Tag: FBI

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Police Question Lizard Squad Suspects in the UK & Finland

Authorities in the UK and Finland have been questioning two people allegedly involved with the hacker group, Lizard Squad, who were responsible for the Christmas Day attacks on PlayStation and Xbox. Vincent Omari, the spokesman for the hacking group Lizard Squad, was arrested over PayPal theft. The 22-year-old had allegedly stolen funds from several PayPal […]

The FBI is Hiring ‘Ethical Hackers’ as Cyber Special Agents

The FBI is now hiring technology experts to join their forces in roles like cyber special agents and computer scientists with experience in ethical hacking, malware analysis, and computer programming. An ‘ethical hacker’ is a person who breaks into a system to check its security. Their intentions are not to hurt the system, but to […]

South Korean Nuclear Reactor Computer Systems Hacked

South Korea has admitted that the computer systems at some of its nuclear reactors have been hacked. This has raised serious concerns about the safety and integrity of its nuclear facilities, especially since the country is technically at war with North Korea. Last week, documents and manuals about equipment used by South Korea’s nuclear plant […]

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Sony Pulls ‘The Interview’ After Increased Threats from North Korea

After increased pressure from both North Korea and the United States government, Sony has officially decided to pull all showings of the upcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco movie The Interview from theaters until further notice. The studio had been staring down the barrel assorted threats ever since they first announced their plans to produce […]

Baltimore Detective Declines to Reveal Phone Tracking Methods

This week a Baltimore city police detective declined to tell a defense attorney how the police tracked a defendant in a Baltimore Circuit Court robbery trial. A local judge threatened to hold the detective in contempt of court for declining to reveal the methods used to locate the robbery suspect’s phone. Instead, the detective decided […]

FBI Worked With Lithuania in Silk Road 2.0 Operation

Following last week’s raid of Silk Road 2.0, The Daily Dot reports that the illicit market’s servers were hosted in Lithuania, according to a local news report. The Lrytas site (page in Lithuanian) reports that Lithuania’s law enforcement agencies assisted the FBI in the operation, which saw a Bureau agent undercover on the second incarnation […]

Silk Road 2.0 Brought Down by Joint Task Force of FBI & Interpol

This week, federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest of the man they believe to be responsible for the online drug marketplace, Silk Road 2.0. San Francisco tech geek and developer Blake Benthall has been accused of a plethora of conspiracy counts related to drug dealing, including computer hacking, money laundering and trafficking in […]

Nearly 8K Affected By Breach at Miami Health Center

We’re almost used to hearing about major data breaches a la Target but smaller incidents continue at an alarming pace as nearly 8,000 people were recently breached in Miami at a healthcare facility. The Miami Herald reports that the Jessie Trice Community Health Center discovered a data breach on its systems targeting 7,888 patients in […]

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Two Men Arrested in Texas Over Home Depot Breach

Two men have been arrested in Houston, Texas suspected of being behind the Home Depot breach that affected over 50 million customers. Antoine Christopher Lee (22) and Stephen Jarramayne Parker (24) were arrested in Patton Village, outside Houston, on October 11, after a police traffic stop pulled them over for speeding 10mph over the limit. […]

15K Students Breached at North Dakota Colleges

More than 15,000 students on databases at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) have been infected by malware, potentially affecting data such as names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The breach occurred on secured computers at two NDSCS campuses in Wahpeton and Fargo. The college says that at this time it has seen […]

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China Criticizes US Remarks on Hackers

China has criticized the US for the “fabrication of facts” in claims that Chinese hackers cost the US billions of dollars every year. FBI James Comey made the remarks last Sunday where he stated that Chinese hackers were targeting American firms and costing the US economy billions as a result. “I liken them a bit […]

NASDAQ Reveals Three Year Old Malware Exploit on Servers

This week, the NASDAQ was outed in a BusinessWeek article that claimed in February of 2010, the financial security of half the world’s economy rested solely in the hands of a couple hackers hailing from somewhere in Siberian Russia. Despite dropping nearly $1 billion on enhancing its security over the past several years, the servers […]

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New York Establishes Cyber Crime Task Force

In New York, the NYPD, FBI and Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) have announced the establishment of the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force that it hopes will tackle financial cyber-crime in the region. The three bodies, which will work out of the FBI’s NY offices, say the task force was established in response to the growth […]

US Bitcoin Auction Draws Big Name Bidders

When the FBI and US government announced that it would be auctioning off the bitcoins salvaged from last year’s infamous Silk Road seizure, it piqued many people’s interests, namely because of the value – a whopping $17.4 million. So much so that Wall Street and Silicon Valley is getting in on the bidding. With registration […]

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World Cup Sponsors Threatened With Attack by Anonymous

On Friday night, a member of the international hacking group Anonymous announced that the group would begin ramping up its operations to attack corporate sponsors of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil later this month. “We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable,” said […]

FBI Allowed Hackers to Carry Out Exploits Undercover

According to new documents unearthed by investigative reporters with the New York Times, the FBI was working with informants in the Anonymous hacking group who were actively carrying out attacks on a variety of high-profile websites during correspondence between the two parties involved. “The attacks were coordinated by Hector Xavier Monsegur, who used the Internet […]