Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

    Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

    Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown… Read More

  • News orgs sue FBI for details on San Bernardino iPhone exploit

    News orgs sue FBI for details on San Bernardino iPhone exploit

    The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, sued the FBI today in an attempt to uncover information about how the law enforcement agency was able to unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The Justice Department initially sought to force Apple to create custom software that would allow the device to be unlocked, but dropped… Read More

  • FBI says state election boards targeted by hackers

    FBI says state election boards targeted by hackers

    The FBI warned states to check the security of their election systems after hackers stole voter data from one state election board earlier this summer and attempted to access another this month. The attacks were revealed in an FBI bulletin sent to the agency’s private industry partners and obtained by Yahoo News. One state’s election board was compromised in June, according to… Read More

  • New York Times journalists reportedly targeted by Russian hackers

    New York Times journalists reportedly targeted by Russian hackers

    The FBI is reportedly looking into hacking attempts against U.S. journalists that may have been orchestrated by Russian intelligence services. New York Times journalists were among those targeted, CNN and the AP report. The New York Times confirmed that its Moscow bureau was targeted, but said the paper has no reason to believe the attack was successful. It’s not yet clear why the… Read More

  • USA Freedom Act allows Yahoo to disclose 3 National Security Letters

    USA Freedom Act allows Yahoo to disclose 3 National Security Letters

    For years, tech companies have received demands from federal law enforcement for users’ data — and they’ve had to keep those demands a secret. Today, Yahoo is finally able to share three of the National Security Letters it has received from the FBI. The release of the three letters is the first time a tech company has been able to disclose specifics about the NSLs it has… Read More

  • General Michael Hayden on the state of surveillance in America, presidential candidates and more

    General Michael Hayden on the state of surveillance in America, presidential candidates and more

    General Michael Hayden is no stranger to government — or to your data. As the former director of the NSA and the CIA, he oversaw controversial surveillance programs and had authority over some of the government’s most closely kept secrets. Since he retired from his post at the CIA in 2009, Hayden has worked with a security consulting firm run by former secretary of the Department… Read More

  • FBI to keep Apple guessing on San Bernardino iPhone hack

    FBI to keep Apple guessing on San Bernardino iPhone hack

    The FBI plans not to disclose to Apple the method it used to access an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooting suspect, or submit it for an internal government review, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The FBI announced in March that it had purchased a hacking tool from a third party that enabled it to access data on an iPhone used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife… Read More

  • Federal judge rules FBI didn’t have proper warrant to hack child porn site

    Federal judge rules FBI didn’t have proper warrant to hack child porn site

    A federal judge ruled today that the FBI did not obtain the proper warrant before hacking a child porn website and that the evidence it collected against one of the defendants, Alex Levin, must be suppressed. The case centers on a child porn site called Playpen, which was hosted on a hidden Tor service intended to conceal users’ identities. Read More

  • Apple doesn’t consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

    Apple doesn’t consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

    Despite Apple’s highly publicized sparring match with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, security engineers pushed back against the idea of Apple as an opponent to the government in a meeting with reporters. Senior Apple engineers feel that government intrusion is not their primary threat model when designing iPhone security and said… Read More