Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’

    Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’

    Today the U.S. intelligence community released a report claiming that the Russian government was behind hacks of American political organizations during the 2016 election cycle and that the hackers acted with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct approval. The new report is a joint effort backed by the CIA, FBI and NSA and draws on intelligence gathered by all three agencies. A… Read More

  • Google just published eight National Security Letters

    Google just published eight National Security Letters

    Google dropped a single National Security Letter into its most recent transparency report without much fanfare, but today the company published eight more NSLs in an attempt to shed more light on government surveillance of Google users. The eight letters published today were sent to Google from FBI offices across the country. Cumulatively, the NSLs seek broad access to content for around 20… Read More

  • 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