• Reminder: Don’t Retweet ISIS Or You Could Go To Jail

    Reminder: Don’t Retweet ISIS Or You Could Go To Jail

    According to a report by the NY Daily News, the FBI considers your retweets to be endorsements…especially when it comes to chatter about the terrorist organization ISIS. It’s not the first time. According to court documents filed on September 16th (embedded in its entirety below), the organization tracked the Twitter-actions of and then arrested a 22-year-old Queens resident… Read More

  • The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

    The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

    The FBI has officially put the blame on the North Korean government for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack which resulted in the theft of mass amounts of personal and commercial data, as well as the shut down of Sony Pictures work computers. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” had claimed responsibility. In the FBI’s full official statement, which is now… Read More

  • Nearly Half Of The Operation Onymous Takedowns Were Scam Or Clone Sites

    Nearly Half Of The Operation Onymous Takedowns Were Scam Or Clone Sites

    While the FBI was able to take down a number of popular Dark Web sites including the Silk Road 2, it seems the wide-ranging attacks targeted mostly fake sites. Friend of TC Nik Cubrilovic has taken a closer look at the sites the FBI attacked and found that 153 of the 276 them were spam sites or clones. “Of the 153 clone or scam sites, 133 were clones and 20 were scam or phishing… Read More

  • Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    FBI Director James Comey had some choice words this week for startups and technology companies about their increasing use of encryption and their responsibilities to law enforcement. Speaking at Brookings, Comey argued that “…if the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.” He… Read More

  • Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Response to a recent report detailing surveillance of Muslim-Americans by the U.S. government has been swift and negative, with condemnation piling up from privacy and religious organizations alike. Delivering on a long-held promise, journalist Glenn Greenwald today published the names of five prominent Muslim-Americans who were under governmental surveillance for years. The group included… Read More

  • NSA And FBI Spied On Muslim-American Leaders

    NSA And FBI Spied On Muslim-American Leaders

    Using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the National Security Agency and the FBI spied on several prominent Muslim-Americans, including civil-rights activists, academics, lawyers and a political candidate, The Intercept reports. Read More

  • Microsoft Challenged A National Security Letter That Included A Gag Order — And Won

    Microsoft challenged a National Security Letter from the FBI last year — and won. The documents relating the case were recently unsealed, making the effort public. The gist is simple: Microsoft received a National Security Letter requesting “basic subscriber information” regarding an “enterprise” customer. That’s how Microsoft characterized the request. Read More

  • FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

    FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a “former U.S. official.” These and other tools are brought to bear in cases related… Read More

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    EFF Sues FBI, Wants Access To Records Of The FBI’s Facial Recognition Program

    EFF Sues FBI, Wants Access To Records Of The FBI’s Facial Recognition Program

    Companies like Facebook have been scrutinized by government regulators over the use of facial recognition technology. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation is putting a mirror up to the government to demand the same scrutiny back. The organization is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to its facial recongition records, based on three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)… Read More

  • Is The FBI Dumb, Evil, Or Just Incompetent? Crunch Network

    Is The FBI Dumb, Evil, Or Just Incompetent?

    Your government is worried. The world is “going dark.” Once upon a time, telephones were the only way to talk to someone far away, and the authorities could wiretap any phone they wanted. Nowadays, though, suspects might be communicating via Facebook, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, Viber. And so, inevitably: “Today, if you’re a tech company that’s… Read More

  • Apple Says It Didn’t Provide UDIDs to FBI

    Apple Says It Didn’t Provide UDIDs to FBI

    Apple now has made an official statement on the UDID AntiSec fiasco we wrote about Tuesday. In a statement delivered to AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski by Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, the company explained that it wasn’t the source of any UDIDs the FBI may have been stockpiling. “The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or… Read More

  • FBI Launches Its First Mobile Application, The ‘Child ID’ iPhone App

    FBI Launches Its First Mobile Application, The ‘Child ID’ iPhone App

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has just informed us that it has debuted its very first mobile application, an iPhone app dubbed ‘Child ID’ (iTunes link). The app gives parents a way to electronically store photos and vital information about their children, enabling them to quickly show pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or… Read More

  • And Now The FBI Has A Bone To Pick With Wikipedia

    More Wiki– news for your afternoon. It seems the FBI now has a problem with Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, specifically the site’s “unauthorised reproduction of the FBI Seal [that is] prohibited by US law.” That is, the FBI does not like the fact that its logo is available on Wikipedia. The world has run out of things to complain about, I’m thinking. Read More

  • FBI pokes around Defcon social engineering contest that tries to obtain corporate information

    The world-famous Defcon hacker conference is currently ongoing in Las Vegas, and we already have our first bit of controversy. (I fully expect plenty of “evil hackers do bad things” stories to pop up in the coming hours.) A social engineering contest that encouraged participants to try to social engineer their way into major corporations has drawn the ire of THE MAN, specifically… Read More

  • Free laptops sent to government offices spurs FBI case

    Apparently it’s not okay to send West Virginia’s governor five free laptops. What a world! Governor Joe Manchin’s office got a nice four-pack of Compaq laptops earlier this month, followed a week later by a fifth machine from HP. The only problem was that nobody in his office ordered them or paid for them. Read More

  • Cable modem hacker charged, pretends to be innocent

    According to documents obtained online, the owner of the website cablehack.net is facing federal charges for the sale and distribution of hacked cable modems. While he has multiple disclaimers on his website, they are all carefully worded and have a generous dose of *wink wink* applied. Read More

  • New FBI database, with biometrics a-plenty, really upsets privacy advocates (What else is new?)

    Generally, whenever someone calls the United States a “police state,” you can ignore them and go about your business. I’m tempted to do the same here, but here we go anyway. The FBI, in working with Lockheed Martin, is developing a so-called super database for crime prevention. You’ll find the same thing you’d find in other, My First Crime Prevention Databases… Read More

  • FBI wants to see your tramp stamp

    Are you ready to show the FBI that tattoo you got in Key West when after you broke up with Celia and decided to go on a tear and get a tattoo disparaging both Celia and her mom? I sure don’t! It seems the FBI is planning a $1 billion, 10-year project to map identifying characteristics of millions of suspects, including palm prints, eye scans, and tattoo maps. Most of this data is… Read More

  • FBI crime database info to be shared with your boss?

    The FBI of the USA is busy building the world’s largest photo database of people’s faces, fingerprints, and palm prints. It’ll be used for crime fighting and terrorist wrangling but it can also be used as part of a plan "under which employers could ask the FBI to keep employees’ fingerprints in the database, subject to state privacy laws, so that if that employees… Read More

  • FBI Protects America By Fighting Zombies

    As part of Operation Bot Roast (good god, guys, really?), the FBI has contacted more than one million people, telling them their PCs have been zombified. Someone at the Bureau is wise to the intricate networks of botnets that routinely send massive numbers of spam e-mails and has now invoked the “national security” clause to help stop them. Our tips e-mail account regularly… Read More