Law Enforcement

DefCon: Stolen data markets are as organized as legitimate online businesses

DefCon: Stolen data markets are as organized as legitimate online businesses

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In order to cause disruption within the stolen data markets of the dark web, its organizational structure must be analyzed, according to one expert at DefCon 22 in Las Vegas.

Apple updates guidelines for gov't, law enforcement data requests

Apple updates guidelines for gov't, law enforcement data requests

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Apple schools law enforcement and government agencies in how to ask for data and says it will notify customers of the requests.

LinkedIn asks judge to dismiss privacy class-action suit

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The social networking giant has filed a motion with a U.S. district judge, asking to throw out a recent suit that claims the company was hacking into its members' accounts.

Black Hat: Digital rights lawyer advises researchers on navigating legal landscape

Black Hat: Digital rights lawyer advises researchers on navigating legal landscape

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Seeking legal advice before starting new projects that may violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act should be step one for security researchers, according to one legal expert.

Lawyers ask appeals court to toss conviction of researcher who exposed AT&T iPad customer data

Lawyers ask appeals court to toss conviction of researcher who exposed AT&T iPad customer data

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As promised, documents have been filed to overturn the conviction and sentence of 27-year-old hacker Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, who discovered a vulnerability in AT&T's public website and told Gawker about it.

Is your smartphone spying on you?

Is your smartphone spying on you?

For all of their bells and whistles, smartphones present real privacy concerns -- some of which users aren't aware.

WorldPay "casher" jailed for helping to steal $80k

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A Chicago woman with roots in Nigeria was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison for playing a key role in extracting cash from the bank accounts of individuals whose prepaid payroll information was stolen in a massive 2008 breach.

Limitations of law enforcement in fighting cyber crime

Limitations of law enforcement in fighting cyber crime

The active pursuit of online criminals by authorities serves a valuable purpose, but often it ends up netting lesser fish and doesn't complete the entire equation of what is needed to battle today's slick adversaries.

Alleged CabinCr3w member denies hacking police sites

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A 21-year-old Ohio man has pleaded innocent to charges he hacked into the websites of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association and the Salt Lake City Police Department to release sensitive data, which included crime tips and personal information about officers.

The global landscape: International cooperation

The global landscape: International cooperation

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The FBI-led takedown of Hong Kong-based P2P site MegaUpload -- and the arrests in New Zealand of its leaders -- was a big win for law enforcement. But pursuing suspects across borders can be tricky.

Claims over entrapment, FBI-enabled hacks fly after arrests

Claims over entrapment, FBI-enabled hacks fly after arrests

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As the news settles that a trusted member of Anonymous was actually an FBI informant, some are wondering whether his FBI handlers went too far when trying to gather evidence about other suspected hackers.

Anonymous hacker-turned-informant helps feds arrest five

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Sabu, an Anonymous/LulzSec/AntiSec hacker beloved by many across the world, has spent the last nine months providing information to the FBI. What does this mean to the future of the hacktivist movement?

Hacktivism endures

Hacktivism endures

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The threat posed by politically motivated attackers, known as hacker activists, or hacktivists, is far-reaching, yet authorities are finding it difficult to take down a structurally decentralized movement.

FBI call gives clues into Anonymous, LulzSec probes

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Security experts believe a member of Anonymous hacked into the email account of a law enforcement official, which provided them the credentials necessary to eavesdrop on an FBI-led conference call.

FBI wraps up 2011 with 30 more cyber crime indictments

Recent prosecuted cases tackle long-running internet-based scams

2012 cyber crime predictions: More arrests and Willie Sutton 2.0

More cyber crime rings will be broken up in 2012, but the risk/reward ratio for cyber crime will remain criminal friendly.

Yahoo wins $610M spam judgment

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Digital media company Yahoo has ended a three-year legal battle against a team of spammers, winning a default judgment of $610 million.

Cyber crime aftermath: Beyond the indictment

The aftermath of a cyber crime takedown poses new challenges to law enforcement, like what to do about the victims' systems and data

SC Congress New York: Reach out to the FBI

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Security professionals must establish relationships with their local FBI agents, and relevant information-sharing bodies, as well as have a plan of action before being hit with a breach.

FBI arrests six in click-fraud cyber scam that netted $14M

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A gang of Estonians is accused of infecting millions of computers, many in the United States, with DNS-changing trojans capable of manipulating the online advertising industry through clickjacking.

Hacker "soldier" steals $3.2 million from U.S. companies

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Researchers at Trend Micro say they have been hot on the tracks of a corporate hacker, and now they are turning over their findings to U.S. law enforcement.

After a botnet falls, infected PCs drop by more than half

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More than half of Rustock-infected machines have been cleaned since Microsoft led a joint effort earlier this year to shut down the prolific botnet.

U.S. lead on huge phishing ring receives 13 years in prison

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A Los Angeles man has earned considerable time behind bars after serving as the U.S. head of a phishing operation that stole more than $1 million from the customers of two banks.

FBI breaks up two international scareware rings

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The FBI, with the help of international partners, has broken up two criminal rings believed to be responsible for peddling scareware, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Suspected LulzSec member arrested, in custody in London

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Police believe they have apprehended a major cog in the LulzSec hacking collective's wheel, but the group said the suspect was, at best, a fringe associate.

Three Anonymous members arrested for DDoS, hacks

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Three members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous have been arrested in Spain, but the group has promised revenge to the country.

Greek police arrest man accused of hacking U.S. sites

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Police in Greece have arrested an 18-year old man suspected of hacking into computer systems belonging to the Pentagon, National Security Agency, FBI and Interpol, according to reports. The unnamed hacker, who used the alias "nsplitter," faces charges of hacking, fraud and illegal weapons possession. In addition to infiltrating government sites, the man also is reportedly accused of participating in credit card fraud. Greek police arrested the teen in his home in Athens on Monday. U.S. and French authorities aided in the investigation.

Proposed legislation would reform digital privacy law

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A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would update a 25-year-old digital privacy law to require authorities to obtain a court-issued search warrant before retrieving a person's email and other content stored in the cloud.

Lawmakers to probe smartphone data collection

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Google and Apple are facing heat from U.S. and foreign lawmakers over the discovery that their smartphone and tablet devices are collecting and storing information about users' locations.

Location data collection may interest law enforcement

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Anonymous location data being collected off smartphones is nothing new, but some privacy experts worry about the implication if law enforcement wants access to it.

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