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  • DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    The DOJ seizes servers and serves search warrants in an effort to take down the long-running Coreflood botnet.
  • Facebook: A cop’s best friend

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 11:22 am

    It’s the golden rule of Facebook (and every other social network): If you don’t want your online activity to come back and bite you in the assets, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. And if grandma wears a badge and carries a gun, that rule goes double.
  • Backdoors in OpenBSD? Reply hazy, try again

    Posted January 17, 2011 - 11:48 am

    The fallout from last month's allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigations attempted to deploy backdoors in the OpenBSD operating system are continuing to echo through developer circles, as more potential clues are unearthed. But if anything, these clues tend to muddy the answer to the key question: did the US government employ contractors to insert deliberate security holes into OpenBSD?
  • OpenBSD back door claim now in doubt

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 11:09 am

    The claim that the FBI planted a backdoor in OpenBSD a decade ago has been flatly denied by developer protagonists named as having been involved in the conspiracy in an email sent to OpenBSD founder, Theo de Raadt.
  • OpenBSD/FBI allegations denied by named participants

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 11:32 pm

    Amidst startling accusations revealed by OpenBSD founder and lead developer Theo de Raadt today that 10 years ago the US Federal Bureau of Investigations paid developers to insert security holes into OpenBSD code, some confusion about the accusations has already emerged, with two potential participants strongly denying any involvement. Updated.
  • FBI investigating Gawker Media hack

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    The FBI confirmed to PC World that it is investigating the recent intrusion by a group of hackers into Gawker Media's servers last weekend. The hack exposed more than 200,000 reader e-mail addresses and passwords, and the data is now circulating online as a peer-to-peer torrent file. An FBI representative declined to comment further about the ongoing investigation; however, Gawker Media founder and CEO Nick Denton was scheduled to meet with federal authorities on Monday, according to The New York Post .
  • FBI doesn't take Sentinel computer system criticism lightly

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Late, over budget and lacking critical components were the three main shots the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General leveled at the FBI on the agency's over-arching computer system revamp known as Sentinel.
  • Microsoft to Prosecute More Botnets

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Just so you know Microsoft won't have to resort to arcane technical solutions to the botnet problem -- the way Facebook did by using obviously
  • Ukranian police arrest 5, targeting brains of Zeus botnet

    Posted October 1, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Ukranian police on Thursday arrested five people thought to be the brains behind the Zeus malware.
  • FBI: Finding criminal data on cell phones and game consoles is tough

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Non-traditional communications devices such as smartphones and game consoles pose a particular problem to law enforcement agencies trying to milk them for forensic data that reveals criminal activity, attendees were told at the 2010 Computer Forensics Show in New York City.
  • Meet your new Facebook friend: Johnny Law

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    You say you've just gotten a friend request from someone with a square jaw, a buzz cut, and a flag pin on his lapel? Congratulations; the FBI is now your FBBFF.(That's Facebook Best Friend Forever, for the acronymically challenged.)
  • FBI details most difficult Internet scams

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    According to the FBI and the IC3 Web site, the “popular scam trends for 2009” included hitman scams, astrological reading frauds, economic scams, job site scams, and fake pop-up ads for antivirus software.
  • FBI's digital aging technique: Borrow pics from Google Images

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Unsurprisingly, the Spanish lawmaker whose picture was the base of one of the photos is extremely displeased.
  • The director of the FBI thinks Internet banking is unsafe

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    I use online banking, you probably use online banking, but the head of the FBI has stopped doing using Internet banking because he thinks it's unsafe.
  • School boards hit with cash-stealing Trojan

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a rash of reported online computer intrusions that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being stolen from school districts in Illinois.
  • Fingerprints not enough for future security government systems

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    The FBI and Department of Defense are undergoing massive security-system makeovers that will make more extensive use of DNA, facial recognition, iris scans and palm over the traditional fingerprints for security investigations.
  • FBI building system that blows away fingerprinting

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    The FBI plans to migrate from its IAFIS fingerprint database to a new biometrics system that will include DNA records, 3-D facial imaging, palm prints and voice scans.
  • Programmer steals Wall Street trading code, FBI alleges

    Posted July 6, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    A high-level developer for a major Wall Street firm was arrested by the FBI on Friday and charged with stealing computer code that automates high-volume trading on stock and commodities markets, according to court documents.
  • FBI e-mail clobbered after virus

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    A virus has reportedly disrupted Web-based e-mail services at the FBI .
  • When the FBI Raids a Data Center: A Rare Danger

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:49 am

    The question of how search and seizure laws are being interpreted for assets hosted in third-party facilities is an issue of concern for anyone with a stake in cloud computing.
  • Conficker hype a 'problem,' says FBI cyber-chief

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Mainstream media hype leading up to the Conficker worm's April 1 software update may have distracted people from legitimate cyber threats, the FBI's head of cyber security said Thursday.
  • The FBI as an ethical hacker?

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    More details are emerging about how the FBI engages in hacking and the planting of spyware.
  • FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:36 am

    The FBI used spyware to catch a Massachusetts man who tried to extort Verizon and Comcast by cutting 18 data- and voice-carrying cables in 2005, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Wired.com revealed yesterday.
  • FBI claims ISP stole millions from AT&T, Verizon

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    The FBI says that two Dallas telecommunications companies bilked Verizon and AT&T out of hundreds of millions of telephone-call minutes.
  • FBI raids Dallas Internet Service Provider Core IP

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    FBI agents have raided a Dallas IP called Core IP Networks because of illegal activity on the network.
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