That Time The FBI Phished A Cop With Poisoned Microsoft Docs

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In an investigation into a Irondequoit, New York cop accused of stalking and harassing an ex-girlfriend, the FBI used techniques it often sees deployed by cybercriminals it investigates. It sent emails to the suspect containing Microsoft Word and Excel documents that, once clicked, would help them unmask the identity of…


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FBI’s Disturbing Hacking Powers Challenged In Court Over Child Pornography Case

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Arguments were heard in an appeals court on Wednesday involving a controversial government hacking case in which the FBI participated in the distribution of child pornography. This is the most recent legal test of the FBI’s ability to hack any computer, anywhere. In February 2015, the US Federal Bureau of…


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FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

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Taylor Huddleston woke early on December 6th, hours before the Arkansas winter morning would stir to life with the sound of roosters and dogs. Since selling off the last piece of his software business two months earlier, Huddleston had nothing in particular to do, and he’d been keeping odd hours….


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FBI director to testify on wiretapping, Russia hacking charges

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The conflict within the US ruling elite over charges of Russian interference in the US elections is set to come to a head today with the public testimony of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey before the House Intelligence Committee. Comey is to speak publicly and under oath…


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FBI says it can’t release iPhone hacking tool because it might still be useful

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Justice Dept. officials say that details of a hacking tool used to access a terrorist’s iPhone should not be released because it may still be “useful” to federal investigators. The government is fighting a case against three news organizations, including the Associated Press, which are fighting to release details of…


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FBI Hacking Operation: International Advocates Fight Back With Lawsuit

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been put in place to protect and serve the people, but its methods of doing so have since come under fire. Several international groups that advocate privacy have made a lawsuit against the government agency, under the pretense that it has violated thousands of…


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Reporter Sues FBI & CIA for Info on Russian Hacking

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WASHINGTON (CN) — The FBI and CIA blew off a reporter’s request to fast-track his FOIA demand for intelligence agencies’ communications with members of the Electoral College about Russian interference with the recent presidential election, the reporter claims in court. Jason Leopold, a frequent flyer in Freedom of Information Act…


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FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Tor Users In 120 Countries

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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 part of a child porn sting, reports Vice’s Motherboard. They…


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The FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries Based on One Warrant

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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 was actually several orders of magnitude larger. In all, the…


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America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

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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 America. No one in Congress has voted on this legal…


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Is an FBI hack a Fourth Amendment search?

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(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 use of NIT to track thousands of computers accessing one…


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Two More Courts Find In Favor Of The FBI And Its NIT Warrant; No Suppression Granted

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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 from the more substantive “Report and Recommendation” [PDF] by the…


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Clicking on random FB apps may allow hackers to steal personal data: Cyber experts

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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 formed to look into instances of hackers stealing user data…


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Media sue FBI for details of iPhone hacking tool

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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 unsuccessfully trying to force Apple to help agents bypass security…


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The Story of the FBI’s Unprecedented and Illegal Hacking Operation

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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 enforcement history. The Playpen investigation—driven by the FBI’s hacking campaign—resulted…


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FBI needs a warrant to hack your computer, judge rules

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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 ongoing court case relating to a dark web child porn…


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Dark Web Child Porn Site Ran Better When It Was Taken Over by the FBI

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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 malware to its visitors in the hope of identifying suspects…


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FBI took months to tell Democrats of hacking and suspected Russian role

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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 about the DNC’s network security, the FBI did not warn…


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Agent’s Testimony Shows FBI Not All That Interested In Ensuring The Integrity Of Its Forensic Evidence

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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 that Matish’s residence in Virginia meant that Rule 41 jurisdiction…


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Colorado Springs cybersecurity center announces new name to clear confusion with FBI

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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 Tuesday voted to rename the facility the National Cybersecurity Center…


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