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  1. cageymaru

    The U.S. Department of Justice Indicts Two Iranians of Deploying SamSam Ransomware

    The U.S. Department of Justice has unsealed an indictment of two Iranians for computer hacking and deploying a crippling style of ransomware called "SamSam Ransomware" onto American and Canadian public institutions such as hospitals and municipalities. Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    The FBI Impersonated FedEx to Catch Cybercriminals

    After uncovering some interesting court records, Motherboard wrote up an article on how law enforcement is using "network investigative techniques" to catch cybercriminals. In one particular case, attackers used a fake email address and a bit of social engineering to get a $82,000 check from...
  3. AlphaAtlas

    FBI Forced Suspect to Unlock iPhone Using FaceID

    According to documents found by Forbes, the FBI forced 28 year old Grant Michalski to unlock his iPhone X with his face as they searched his home in Colombus, Ohio. Forbes claims this is the first case of "any police agency" forcing a suspect to open their phone with FaceID "anywhere in the...
  4. DooKey

    VPNFilter Router Malware is a Lot Worse Than Everyone Thought

    A couple of weeks ago we reported about a Russian malware (VPNFilter) that was infecting a large number or routers from different vendors. This week I have bad news to report because this malware is far more widespread than originally thought. More vendors have been added to the vulnerable list...
  5. R

    Backpage.com, CEO Plead Guilty in California, Texas, and Arizona

    In the cascade of events surrounding Backpage.com recently, chief executive Carl Ferrer has pleaded guilty of 3 counts of money laundering and one count on conspiracy in California, and human trafficking in Texas according to a report from The Associated Press. Ferrer will cooperate in...
  6. R

    Backpage Founders Indicted on 93-Counts

    In a follow up to a story we posted last weekend of Backpage.com being shut down by the FBI, USA Today is revealing the contents of the 93-count indictment brought against the websites' founders. The indictment names Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co-founders of Backpage.com, and lists 50...
  7. DooKey

    Cops Will Definitely Use Dead Suspects Fingers/Face to Open iPhones

    It was pretty much a given that once Apple began using fingerprints and face ID that iPhones weren't going to be very secure if the owner was incapacitated or dead. The FBI and other law enforcement organizations have been using fingers and faces of bad guys to open iPhones (Site detects ad...
  8. FrgMstr

    FBI Backs Away from the Backdoor and Asks for Private Sector Co-op

    The FBI and access to your encrypted devices have been in the news a lot over the last year (here, here, and here are just a few examples). Even last week stories of the FBI using Geek Squad employees as confidential informants surfaced. The common thread, and biggest point of disgust with the...
  9. DooKey

    FBI Fingerprint-Analysis Software may be Compromised by Russian Code

    Whistleblowers say software that the FBI uses to analyze fingerprints contains code from a Kremlin-connected firm. Supposedly, the code made it's way into the software because a French company obtained it for their own sofware and then hid this fact from the FBI. Whether or not this is going...
  10. DooKey

    FBI Only Gave a Heads-Up to a Fraction of Russian hackers’ US targets

    According to the Associated Press, the FBI sat on information for over a year that the Russian hackers, Fancy Bear, were targeting senior US officials email accounts. Furthermore, many officials were notified by the AP, rather than the FBI, that their accounts had been compromised. Frankly, I...
  11. DooKey

    DHS and FBI Warn of Ongoing APT Attack Against Critical Infrastructure

    A joint technical warning has been issued by the DHS and FBI that government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors are subject to an ongoing attack campaign from an advanced actor, most probably Dragonfly (aka Crouching Yeti and...
  12. DooKey

    FBI Could Not Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption

    In a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, FBI Director Wray said the FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year. He considers it a huge problem and wants to seek a...
  13. FrgMstr

    PureVPN Hands Over IPs to FBI to Catch Cyberstalker

    Generally when you use a paid-for VPN service, you would think that your data is kept private, but like we saw last week, that is not always the case. Torrent Freak has a very detailed write-up on everything that transpired. PureVPN coughed up the raw IP addresses of user(s) in order to catch...
  14. FrgMstr

    FBI Not Forced to Disclose iPhone Hack Company

    It would seem that the FBI will not be forced to disclose the name of the company that cracked Syed Farook's iPhone 5C last year, or how much it paid to do so, in order for the FBI to search the contents of the phone after the San Bernardino terror attack. In her ruling, released Saturday...
  15. R

    Russian Citizen Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Involvement in Global Botnet Conspiracy

    In a press release from the US Department of Justice, a Russian citizen Maxim Senakh was sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Senakh was using malware to infect tens of thousands of servers in order to generate...
  16. FrgMstr

    FBI PSA CYA ASAP

    The FBI wants you to know that all sorts of new kids toys have the ability to leak what might very well be sensitive information about your kids online. Just ask Alexa or Google Home. The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive...
  17. Zarathustra[H]

    FBI Cannot Examine Megaupload Servers, Canada Appeals Court Rules

    And the saga continues. Back in 2012 when more than 1,100 servers were seized in the U.S, an additional 32 servers were targeted in Canada. Ever since then there has been a court battle over who will be able to access those servers. A court of appeals in Ontario has now decided the FBI will...
  18. Zarathustra[H]

    FBI Arrests Man in Seizure-Inducing Tweet to Dallas journalist Kurt Eichenwald

    The FBI has arrested a man allegedly responsible for targeting Dallas journalist Kurt Eichenwald with a seizure inducing tweet. As we reported back in December, the Man had previously been sued by Vanity Fair for the attack. The man reportedly faces federal charges, and is also expected to be...
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