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FBI’s Wray says cyberthreats ‘bigger than government’

Nation-state actors may not have brought the same chaos and disruption to bear during the 2018 midterms as Russian operatives did in the 2016  presidential election, but the U.S. is still under a relentless onslaught of cyberattacks and malign information efforts by foreign entities, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday. “We’ve not seen in the…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

IG: Comey violated FBI policy by leaking memos of Trump meetings

The Justice Department Inspector General (IG) had harsh words for former FBI Director James Comey, saying that by maintaining a set of contemporaneous memos detailing meetings with President Trump in early 2017 and leaking them, he violated FBI policy, though the IG report released Thursday found “no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any…
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe; Barr disagrees

No sooner had Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report on the origins of the Russia probe, finding as expected that the FBI was justified in beginning an investigation of the Trump campaign, than Attorney General William Barr put out a statement publicly disagreeing with the findings. While Horowitz skewered the FBI…
Cybercrime, Government, Legal, Security News

DEER.IO caught in FBI’s headlights; cybercrime platform gets shut down

The FBI on Tuesday seized the website for DEER.IO, a Russian online platform used to conduct millions of dollars worth of cybercriminal transactions. The crackdown followed the March 7 arrest of alleged hacker/DEER.IO administrator Kirill Victorovich, who was taken into custody while in New York City. Active since October 2013, DEER.IO allows users to purchase…
Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay
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Campaign staffer’s husband arrested for DDoSing former Rep. Katie Hill’s opponent

The husband of a campaign staffer for former Rep. Katie Hill, D-CA., was arrested by the FBI for allegedly launching four DDoS attacks against the former congresswoman’s primary opponent. Arthur Dam was arrested on February 21 by FBI agents and charged with one count of intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer. In…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

FBI cracks Pensacola shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help, discovers al Qaeda connection

Attorney General William Barr slammed Apple for not helping the FBI cracking the encryption on iPhones belonging to a Saudi airman who waged an attack on the Pensacola Naval Station last year and was discovered to be connected to al Qaeda. “Apple has made a business and marketing decision to design its phones in a…
Cybercrime, Government, Ransomware, Security News

FBI alert: Ransomware attacks becoming increasingly targeted and costly

The FBI yesterday issued a new public service announcement regarding the ongoing ransomware epidemic, emphasizing that attacks are becoming more targeted since early 2018, with losses increasingly significantly in that time. The alert is intended to update and supplement a previous ransomware warning that the FBI issued back in September 2016, and specifically identifies state…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

FBI policy promises states timely notification of election-related attacks

A new internal policy at the FBI will ensure “timely federal notification” to state and local election officials when a cyber intrusion affect the election infrastructure, the bureau said. “Understanding that mitigation of such incidents often hinges on timely notification, the FBI has established a new internal policy outlining how the FBI will notify state…
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FBI warns of Kwampirs attacks, COVID-19 scams

Cybercriminals and nation-state actors alike are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to weasel personal informational, financial data, dollars and access to systems from their victims, from consumers to healthcare organizations and supply chain companies, the FBI warned this week in a pair of alerts. For the third time in as many months, the FBI called out…
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ACLU demands Justice Dept. reveal facial recognition tech use

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Massachusetts are demanding the Justice Department reveal how the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology. The rights organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to compel the department about the use of the technology “and what safeguards,…
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