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The FBI botched its DNC hack warning in 2016—but says it won’t next time

The FBI botched its DNC hack warning in 2016—but says it...

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Enlarge / By notifying hacking victims sooner and at higher levels, the FBI hopes to avert another high-impact communications breakdown.Drew Angerer | Getty Images On April 28, 2016, an IT tech staffer for the Democratic National Committee named Yared Tamene made a sickening discovery: A notorious Russian hacker group known as Fancy Bear had penetrated…
NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security

NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security

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The FBI and NSA have issued a joint report warning that Russian state hackers are using a previously unknown piece of Linux malware to stealthily infiltrate sensitive networks, steal confidential information, and execute malicious commands. In a report that’s unusual for the depth of technical detail from a government agency, officials said the Drovorub malware…
DoJ suggested OANN should call FBI about NPR’s tipline, emails show

DoJ suggested OANN should call FBI about NPR’s tipline, emails show

Enlarge / The most salacious tips obviously also have the most dramatic backlighting. A representative from the Department of Justice suggested in 2018 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have a look into NPR's use of a secure, encrypted tipline, newly publicized emails reveal. Reporter Jason Leopold obtained an email exchange from DoJ officials…
FBI nabs Nigerian business scammer who allegedly cost victims millions

FBI nabs Nigerian business scammer who allegedly cost victims millions

Enlarge / Ray "Hushpuppi" Abbas poses in front of a private jet in a 2019 Instagram photo. "It’s a different type of GLOW and STANDARD when you start hopping out of Rolls Royces to catch a Jet just to attend fashion shows in a different continent," he wrote. "Your smile begin to be bright just…
Reuters: Apple cut backup end-to-end encryption plans after FBI complained

Reuters: Apple cut backup end-to-end encryption plans after FBI complained

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Enlarge / The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13.Samuel Axon Two years ago, Apple dropped a plan that would have made it impossible for the company to decrypt iPhone and iPad backups for law enforcement, according to a Reuters report today. Reuters wrote that "six sources familiar with…
WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged...

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Enlarge / The seizure notice for WeLeakInfo even included the site's logo. Fancy. On Wednesday, police in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland arrested two 22-year-old men believed to be connected to WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from multiple data breaches for sale. At the same time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination…
WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, Irish police arrest alleged breach...

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Enlarge / The seizure notice for WeLeakInfo even included the site's logo. Fancy. On Wednesday, police in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland arrested two 22-year-old men believed to be connected to WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from multiple data breaches for sale. At the same time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination…
Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help (updated)

Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for...

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Update: Attorney General William Barr ratcheted up the standoff when, according to the New York Times, he declared the shooting an act of terrorism. Barr issued an extraordinarily high-profile call for Apple to provide access to the gunman's two iPhones. He also said that to date Apple has provided no “substantive assistance” in doing so.…
Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help

Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for...

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In a move that may signal another high-stakes clash over encryption, the FBI is asking Apple for help decrypting two iPhones believed to have belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man suspected of carrying out a shooting attack that killed three people last month at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The request came…
FBI seeks Apple’s help in unlocking iPhones belonging to Pensacola gunman

FBI seeks Apple’s help in unlocking iPhones belonging to Pensacola gunman

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In a move that may signal another high-stakes clash over encryption, the FBI is asking Apple for help decrypting two iPhones believed to have belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man suspected of carrying out a shooting attack that killed three people last month at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The request came…

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