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  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    0 +1

    How to Prosecute an Internet Troll

    On May 3, 2015, two men dressed in body armor and armed with assault rifles approached the Culwell Event Center in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas where 200 people had gathered for a Prophet Muhammed Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, roommates from Phoenix, Arizona, arrived just as the event was ending. CNN reported they got out of a dark-colored sedan and began shooting...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +39 +1

    Congress tells FBI that forcing Apple to unlock iPhones is 'a fool's errand'

    The Justice Department is on a “fool’s errand” trying to force Apple to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, lawmakers told FBI director James Comey on Tuesday. Lawmakers of both parties sharply challenged Comey as the House judiciary committee considered the FBI’s court order to unlock an iPhone owned by Syed Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, in December and was killed by law enforcement.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +35 +1

    FBI reveals details of $4.8M gold truck robbery

    The FBI has revealed how thieves made off with gold bars worth $4.8 million in a truck robbery on Interstate 95 last year, and it reads like a heist fit for Hollywood. Agents say the armed robbers painstakingly prepared for the job, using high-tech gizmos including a GPS tracker and a remote-controlled pepper-spray launcher to subdue the drivers.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +49 +1

    ACLU: You can kiss trust in software updates goodbye if Apple's forced to help the FBI

    The ACLU today filed an amicus brief in federal court, taking Apple's side in the dispute about whether the company should be forced to help the FBI access an iPhone.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +40 +1

    FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans

    The FBI has quietly revised its privacy rules for searching data involving Americans’ international communications that was collected by the National Security Agency, US officials have confirmed to the Guardian. The classified revisions were accepted by the secret US court that governs surveillance, during its annual recertification of the agencies’ broad surveillance powers. The new rules affect a set of powers colloquially...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by kong88
    +42 +1

    Snowden: FBI Claim That Only Apple Can Unlock Phone Is “Bullshit”

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI’s ostensibly last-ditch attempt to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone is a sham. The FBI last month persuaded a federal judge that the only way to get into the phone was to make Apple write code to undermine its own security protocols. Apple is refusing to comply. “The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’” to unlock the phone...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +24 +1

    The FBI has a new plan to spy on high school kids across the country

    Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists, warning that “anarchist extremists” are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to “suspicious” countries are more likely to commit horrific violence.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wetwilly87
    +7 +1

    White House Begins To Realize It May Have Made A Huge Mistake In Going After Apple Over iPhone Encryption

    One of the key lines that various supporters of backdooring encryption have repeated in the last year, is that they "just want to have a discussion" about the proper way to... put backdoors into encryption. Over and over again you had the likes of James Comey insisting that he wasn't demanding backdoors, but really just wanted a "national conversation" on the issue (despite the fact we had just such a conversation in the 90s and concluded: backdoors bad, let's move on.).

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +41 +1

    FBI wants iPhone unlocked in Boston gang case

    The fight between Apple and the FBI has come to Boston with agents going after an iPhone that belongs to a reputed Boston gang member accused of being a triggerman in a street feud that bloodied a rival. The FBI took two phones from Desmond Crawford in November 2015, and one of them is an iPhone that agents say is locked and cannot be opened. Crawford — a member of Columbia Point Dawgs, a street gang taken down by the FBI and Boston police...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +39 +1

    If the FBI Is So Worried About Car Hacking, Why Is It Fighting Encryption?

    It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and you find yourself in your car, bound for the supermarket. As you approach a stoplight you lightly apply pressure to the brakes, but your vehicle doesn’t slow down. Slightly more panicked now, you push the brake to the floorboard. Still nothing. Your panic reaches a fury pitch as you find yourself coasting headlong into the intersection and oncoming traffic. As the airbag explodes in your face, you can’t help but wonder how...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
    +43 +1

    FBI: Hospice nurses told to overdose patients to speed death

    The owner of a Dallas-area hospice ordered nurses to increase drug dosages for patients to speed their deaths and maximize profits, according to an FBI affidavit. A copy of the affidavit for a search warrant obtained by KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth (http://bit.ly/1VTzfeh ) alleges Brad Harris ordered higher dosages for at least four patients at Novus Health Services in Frisco. It's unclear whether any deaths resulted from...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +1

    It has begun: The FBI will unlock other iPhones in criminal investigations

    We were wondering whether the FBI will agree to use in other cases the same hack that unlocked the San Bernardino iPhone just earlier this week, and it turns out the agency is more than willing to share its newly acquired know-how to help other law enforcement agencies solve their on-going investigations. Just days after it confirmed it didn’t need Apple to access the local files of the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, the FBI agreed to...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +21 +1

    FBI Whistleblower Wrongfully Fired For Reporting Sex Trips

    A federal appeals court ruled that an FBI whistleblower, who reported fraud and sexual misconduct involving prostitutes, was wrongfully terminated in 2010. By Kevin Gosztola.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +44 +1

    The F.B.I. Is Sharing Its Secret for Breaking into iPhones

    Last week, the F.B.I. successfully broke into an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists in last year’s San Bernardino shootings, ending the government’s contentious, public legal dispute with Apple. While the agency won’t disclose its method for unlocking the device, it has sent a memo to local law-enforcement agencies, telling them it can provide technical assistance to help solve other cases where encrypted Apple devices could contain evidence. “In mid-March...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +32 +1

    FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

    The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, “have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks” since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by chunkymonkey
    +11 +1

    FBI Spy Planes Are Using Augmented Reality To Watch America

    A startling find by BuzzFeed

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam

    FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week about encryption and privacy, repeating his argument that "absolute privacy" hampers law enforcement. But it was an offhand remark during the Q&A session at Kenyon College that caught the attention of privacy activists: The thought of the FBI chief taping over his webcam is an arresting one for many. His comment Wednesday (which is around the 1:34:45 mark in this video) was in...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +29 +1

    It turns out there was nothing substantial on the San Bernardino iPhone all along

    The Justice Department and Apple spent much of the past few months in a bitter legal battle over whether Apple should help the FBI access data on a phone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. Now that the FBI's cracked the phone — without Apple's help — one thing is becoming clear: there wasn't much useful information on it.

  • Review
    2 years ago
    by spaceghoti
    +19 +1

    FISA Court Still Uncovering Surveillance Abuses By NSA, FBI

    With multiple redactions and having survived a declassification review, another FISA court opinion has been released to the public. The opinion dates back to November of last year, but was only recently dumped into the public domain by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. While the five-month delay seems a bit long, the alternative is no public release at all.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +19 +1

    In a First, Judge Throws Out Evidence Obtained from FBI Malware

    For the first time, a judge has thrown out evidence obtained via a piece of FBI malware. The move comes from a cased affected by the FBI's seizure of a dark web child pornography site in February 2015, and the subsequent deployment of a network investigative technique (NIT)—the agency's term for a hacking tool—in order to identify the site's visitors. “Based on the foregoing analysis, the Court concludes that the NIT warrant was issued without jurisdiction...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +35 +1

    The FBI paid more than $1 million to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

    FBI Director James Comey suggested Thursday that the bureau paid more than $1 million to access an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers, the first time the agency has offered a possible price tag in the high-profile case. While speaking at a security forum in London hosted by the Aspen Institute, Comey would not offer a precise dollar figure, saying only that it cost “a lot” to get into the phone. He said the cost of the tool was “more than I will...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +14 +1

    F.B.I. Says Killing Man Was Justified, but Not Shooting His Tire

    When Jameel Harrison, a suspected drug dealer, attempted to escape from F.B.I agents trying to arrest him near a Baltimore shopping center two years ago, agents opened fire. Two bullets hit his Infiniti FX37’s left front tire. Six bullets struck him in the head and neck, killing him. After investigating the case, a state prosecutor and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division declined to prosecute the agents. That left the F.B.I.’s...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by reginaldbinks
    0 +1

    The FBI Raid on The Church Of Scientology (halted by the upper ranks of Washington)

    In 2010 the FBI planned to raid Scientology's headquarters. Drone aircraft had gathered hi-res images of the site and the tail numbers of Tom Cruise’s airplane were on file in case David Miscavige tried to flee. The raid never occurred due to an alleged halt from the upper ranks of Washington.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    +19 +1

    It's Not ‘Malware’ When We Have a Warrant, FBI Says

    The FBI has been in the hacking business for a long time, famously using malware to log suspects' keystrokes as early as the 1990s. But in the high-profile case surrounding a dark web child abuse site called Playpen, the Bureau is arguing that because it was authorized by a warrant, its computer intrusion code shouldn't be called “malware” at all.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +28 +1

    Bill would expand FBI's warrantless access to online records, senators warn

    Two US senators have warned that a new bill would vastly expand the FBI’s warrantless access to Americans’ online records. Although the text of the 2017 intelligence authorization bill is not yet available to the public, two members of the Senate intelligence committee have said the bill could expand the remit of a nonjudicial subpoena called a National Security Letter (NSLs) to acquire Americans’ email records, chat or messaging accounts, account login records, browser histories and social-media service usage.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +41 +1

    Beware of keystroke loggers disguised as USB phone chargers, FBI warns

    FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards. The FBI's Private Industry Notification is dated April 29, more than 15 months after whitehat hacker Samy Kamkar released a KeySweeper, a proof-of-concept attack platform that covertly logged and decrypted keystrokes from many Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards and transmitted the data over cellular networks. To lower the chances that the sniffing device might be discovered by a target...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +23 +1

    Hoover Who? The Battle Over the New $1.8B FBI Headquarters and a Name

    A debate is brewing inside the Beltway and beyond, pitting some current and retired FBI agents against one another in a fight over the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover and whether the name of the Bureau’s first and most controversial director should grace the FBI’s proposed new $1.8 billion...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +23 +1

    FBI wants access to Internet browser history without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases

    The Obama administration is seeking to amend surveillance law to give the FBI explicit authority to access a person’s Internet browser history and other electronic data without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases. The administration made a similar effort six years ago but dropped it after concerns were raised by privacy advocates and the tech industry. FBI Director James B. Comey has characterized the legislation as a fix to “a typo” in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which he says has led some tech firms to refuse to provide data that Congress intended them to provide.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ilyas
    +15 +1

    The FBI's Facial Recognition Software Has Never Been Properly Tested For Accuracy

    Since 2011 the FBI has used facial recognition software to identify people during criminal investigations. The agency combs through a database of over 411 million photos, including everything from mugshots to driver’s licenses. Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that’s critical of the technology.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +34 +1

    New Report Reveals Scope of FBI's Covert Facial Recognition Program

    The FBI is using a dubious facial recognition system and a database of hundreds of millions more photographs than previously thought to hunt for criminal suspects, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).The massive database houses roughly 411 million photos amassed from sources such as driver's licenses, visa applications, biometrics data, and passport applications, as well as surveillance camera footage, the GAO found in its report.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +17 +1

    The FBI, Not "ISIS," Radicalized the Orlando Shooter

    As predicted, the FBI is revealed to have approached Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen in 2013 with informants posing as terrorists in an attempt to “lure” him into participating in a terrorist attack.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +10 +1

    As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

    The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver’s license. But according to a new government watchdog report, the bureau doesn’t know how error-prone the system is, or whether it enhances or hinders investigations. Since 2011, the bureau has quietly been using this system to compare new images, such as those taken from surveillance cameras, against a large set of photos to look for a match.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by weekendhobo
    +36 +1

    Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to place gun owners on FBI database

    Hawaii's governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by sauce
    +30 +1

    FBI Arrests Trio for Defrauding Movie Investors of $12 Million

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested three men for allegedly running an “advance fee” scheme that swindled movie investors out of more than $12 million. An indictment unsealed in Manhattan Federal Court charged James David Williams of Calabasas, Calif.; Steven Brown of Santa Monica, Calif.; and Gerald Seppala of Minnesota with wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy. Williams and Brown are also charged with laundering the proceeds of the fraud.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +34 +1

    US State Department restarts Hillary Clinton email probe

    The US State Department is to restart its investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified material when secretary of state. The likely Democratic presidential nominee learned this week that she will not face criminal charges over her use of private email. The FBI said that although she had sent and received sensitive material there was no evidence of intent. Now that inquiry is over, the State Department will reopen its review. As well as the former secretary of state, it will also include some of her former aides, all of whom have now left the department.