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We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

A new factsheet by the NSA and FBI has laid bare ludicrous contradictions in how US intelligence agencies choose to interpret a law designed to prevent spying on American citizens, but which they use to achieve exactly that end. While noting that the law specifically bans the gathering of information on US citizens, it then …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2017
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Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

FBI agents have collared a devops engineer accused of stealing rifling through colleagues' user accounts and stealing proprietary stock trading software. Since 2010, Zhengquan Zhang was employed by New York finance house KCG that makes billions of dollars in trades a day via sophisticated algorithmic trading models and trading …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2017

USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

InfraGard.org is supposed to be one of the United States' defences against online criminals. But the FBI-led service is currently the subject of a typosquatting and email attack that could see organisations seeking protection instead send their personal data straight to parties unknown. As its name implies, InfraGard is all …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2017
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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

Vid Monday mornings are never pleasant, are they? Take FBI director James Comey and head of the NSA Admiral Mike Rogers, for example, who kicked off their week by being grilled by the US House Select Intelligence Committee. The meeting was scheduled to give Congress an update on claims of Russian meddling in the presidential …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2017

Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

Two Russian spies and two hackers were the miscreants who broke into Yahoo!'s servers and swiped at least 500 million user account records. That's according to the US Department of Justice, which today indicted [PDF] four men – including two senior officers in the FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service born from the Soviet- …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2017
Comey

FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

FBI director James Comey has told a cybersecurity conference that any communications – be it with your spouse, your priest, or your lawyer – and any of your memories are up for grabs should a court order it. Speaking at the Boston Cyber Security Summit, Comey said that America's founding fathers had set down that there is a …
Iain Thomson, 8 Mar 2017
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Web banking malware slurps $1.2m for crooks, now kingpin 'fesses up

An online banking malware scam netted criminals $1.2m in stolen funds – and now one of the ringleaders is now facing hard time in the big house. In August 2015, a Long Island online banking customer had $44,000 moved out of their account after a software nasty infected their PC and stole the account's login credentials. The …
Iain Thomson, 6 Feb 2017
Jeff Sessions

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

US President Donald Trump's pick for his Attorney General and head of the FBI will have security specialists nervous, since both believe breaking encryption is a good idea. Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (R‑AL) is Trump's pick for the top legal job in the US. In congressional testimony, he outed himself as a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2017
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Playpen child sex abuse archive admin gets 20 years in the Big House

An administrator of Playpen – the notorious dark-web trading post of child sex abuse material – has been jailed for 20 years and faces a lifetime of parole. Michael Fluckiger, 46, of Portland, Indiana, was arrested on March 4, 2015 and pled guilty to helping run the Playpen website, which was taken over by the FBI and used to …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2017

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Lawyers for a California doctor accused of hoarding child sex abuse images are challenging the legitimacy of crucial evidence a PC repairman handed to the FBI. While fixing top surgeon Mark Rettenmaier's HP Pavilion computer, a Best Buy technician found what was claimed to be an indecent photo of a child and passed it onto the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2017
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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

Cloudflare successfully fended off an FBI demand for people's private information, we can report this week now that a gagging order has been ripped away. In February 2013, the Feds slapped a National Security Letter (NSL) on the San Francisco-based web delivery biz, requiring it to hand over some customer account records and …
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Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

The FBI has arrested a senior Volkswagen executive for allegedly coordinating a cover-up over its diesel emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt was nabbed in Florida over the weekend. He is expected to appear in court in Detroit on Monday on charges of defrauding the United States. A court filing [PDF] lodged by the Feds in the …
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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

In a surprising and worrying move, the FBI has dropped its case against a man accused of downloading child sex abuse images, rather than reveal details about how they caught him. Jay Michaud, a middle school teacher in Vancouver, Washington, was arrested in July last year after visiting the Playpen, a dark web meeting place …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jan 2017
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Hacker: Lol, I pwned FBI.gov! Web devs: Nuh-uh, no you didn't

Updated A hacker is claiming to have breached the FBI's website security, dumping staffers' email addresses and SHA1-scrambled password hashes with salts online. Meanwhile, the makers of the site's publishing software say it's all a hoax. A miscreant using the handle @cyberzeist claims to have infiltrated Plone CMS used by FBI.gov, …
Darren Pauli, 5 Jan 2017

Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

American crimefighters spend huge amounts of cash on Stingray-like devices that impersonate cellphone towers to snoop on people – and with little or no oversight. That's the findings of an 18-month US congressional study, which revealed the Department of Justice (DoJ) has spent $71m on 310 cellphone-tracking units between 2010 …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2016

Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

A California chap says he blew $1m in money stolen from his employer on Game of War, a freemium phone game fronted by swimsuit model Kate Upton. Kevin Lee Co, of Rocklin, has pleaded guilty [PDF] to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering, and admitted to stealing roughly $4.8m from his employer through charges to …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2016

Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

Three last-ditch legislative efforts to block the changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure have failed, and from tomorrow the Feds will find hacking your PC a lot less of a hassle. The rule change was introduced by the Supreme Court in April. It will allow the FBI and police to apply for a warrant to a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016

'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

A US man is facing felony wire fraud charges for allegedly stealing and reselling in-game currency for EA Sports' FIFA console games. Anthony Clark has been charged by the Northern Texas District Court with a count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud for his role in a scheme to automatically generate and then re-sell the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2016

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