Acting on a single warrant, the FBI installed spyware on thousands of personal computers running Tor, a piece of software that obscures a user’s IP address by bouncing information between relays around the world.
The FBI operation was conducted as
In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI’s “unprecedented” hacking operation, in which the agency, using a single warrant, deployed malware to over one thousand alleged visitors of a dark web child pornography site. Now, it has emerged that the campaign
Lawmakers call for action over Rule 41 changes
In one month, an obscure procedural rule tweak will come into effect allowing US cops and federal agents to hack any computer in the world using a single warrant issued anywhere in
(You may not know this but) law enforcement has the capability to hack into computers using software (malware for you privacy advocates) called a Network Investigative Technique, or NIT.
Several cases have recently come before federal judges arising from the
Two more rulings on suppression motions in FBI Playpen cases have been handed down. (h/t Riana Pfefferkorn) The ruling [PDF] in Tennessee agrees with the defendant that the FBI’s NIT warrant exceeded Rule 41 jurisdiction limits. The following quotes are
Hackers these days are waiting to access your personal details using such enticing apps, caution cyber experts.
The victims whose data have been stolen or accounts hacked have now reached the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police. Special teams have been
Three news organizations filed a lawsuit Friday, Sept. 16 seeking to find out how the FBI was able to break into the iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The Justice Department spent more than a month
In December 2014, the FBI received a tip from a foreign law enforcement agency that a Tor Hidden Service site called “Playpen” was hosting child pornography. That tip would ultimately lead to the largest known hacking operation in U.S. law
A US federal judge has ruled that computer hacking legally counts as a search
Hacking someone’s computer legally counts as a search when done by law enforcement, a Texas federal judge has ruled.
The decision comes as part of the
In February 2015, the FBI took control of Playpen, the largest dark web child pornography site at the time. But instead of shutting the site down, the agency kept it going for just under two weeks, in order to deliver
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – The FBI did not tell the Democratic National Committee last fall that officials suspected it had been the target of a cyberattack, three people with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.
And in months of follow-up conversations
Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has been picking apart the FBI’s oral testimony on the NIT it deployed in the Matish/Playpen case. The judge presiding over that case denied Matish’s suppression request for a number of reasons — including the fact
A new cybersecurity center in Colorado Springs has changed its name, launched a national search for its CEO and will soon open temporary offices near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus.
The nonprofit center’s 12-person board of directors
The U.S. Congress has a small window of time to stop proposed changes in federal court rules that will expand the FBI’s authority to hack into computers during criminal investigations, a senator said Thursday.
The rule changes allowing expanded FBI
A court in Virginia has ruled the FBI can hack computers without a warrant.
The decision was made in relation to an ongoing case in which 137 people were arrested on suspicion of having accessed a site hosting images of
A judge has thrown out evidence obtained by the FBI via hacking, after the agency refused to provide the full code it used in the hack.
The decision is a symptom of the FBI using investigative techniques that are usually
Evidence in a child pornography trial has been thrown out because the US government refuses to detail how it hacked the website allegedly visited by the defendant.
The FBI says the hacking method, referred to as a Network Investigation Technique,
FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the government had purchased “a tool” from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
“Litigation between the government and Apple over the San
It began with an early morning phone call and instant fear for the technology director of Horry County, South Carolina’s school district.
Computer servers were acting unusual, and Charles Hucks listened as his administrators described frozen computers and a cryptic
PETAH TIKVA, Israel (CNN) – The legal fight between Apple and the FBI over a terrorist’s smartphone has put another company, an Israeli tech firm, into the spotlight.
Four months after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the iPhone 5c of