The Bizarre Schemes of the Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former federal agents have been charged with fraud and money laundering while they were working on a task force devoted to bringing down infamous online drug bazaar Silk Road, and the charges paint a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran going rogue in such an over-the-top fashion that it's hard to believe this isn't … » 3/30/15 5:40pm Monday 5:40pm

Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment. » 3/30/15 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones

When Apple decided to encrypt its iPhones by default, the move was hailed as a major step forward for security. Except, of course, by the FBI, which is now saying that such encryption should be outlawed. For the safety of Americans, of course. » 3/29/15 6:00pm Sunday 6:00pm

The FBI's Drone Pilot Team Is Just Two Dudes

The Justice Department inspector general's recent audit of the FBI's drone program revealed something surprising: the FBI drone pilot team is literally just two people sitting in a room. » 3/25/15 4:20pm 3/25/15 4:20pm

ISIS Has a New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

The Islamic State's "Hacking Division" has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing is the latest digital weapon in ISIS's tech-savvy arsenal. » 3/23/15 11:10am 3/23/15 11:10am

FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Screws Up Bystanders' Cell Service

The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can… » 3/03/15 3:45pm 3/03/15 3:45pm

Here Is the Spy Equipment That Powers the FBI's Secret Dragnet

The FBI is going to remarkable lengths to hide information about its surveillance program that intercepts calls and texts with equipment called Stingrays. » 2/18/15 6:00pm 2/18/15 6:00pm

Where Are the FBI's Drone Privacy Reports?

The FBI is known to have flown unmanned aerial vehicles since at least 2005 and, like any other federal agency, it's supposed to conduct a privacy impact assessment prior to such activity. But according to Muckrock, the Beaurau can't track them down, and nor can the Justice Department office that's supposed to collate… » 2/13/15 4:30am 2/13/15 4:30am

Plan C: America's Nuclear Doomsday Plan to Declare Martial Law

Newly released documents show that the U.S. government drew up a plan in April of 1956 for how to deal with an impending nuclear war. What was its strategy? Declaration of martial law, evacuation of top American personnel to secret offices, and the immediate detention of over 12,000 people with ties to "subversive… » 1/30/15 11:36am 1/30/15 11:36am

Google Handed Stacks of WikiLeaks Email Straight to the FBI in 2012

WikiLeaks is demanding explanations, after it's come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012. » 1/26/15 5:00am 1/26/15 5:00am

The NSA Saw Signs That the Sony Hacks Were Coming

When the FBI blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hacks, some wondered how that finding had been made so quickly. Now, new interviews and documents reveal that the NSA had tapped into North Korean networks years before the attacks, and saw indications that such an attack may be imminent. » 1/19/15 3:40am 1/19/15 3:40am

Report: The FBI Oversaw the NSA's Email Surveillance 

A newly declassified Justice Department report shows that the FBI has had a leading role in the NSA's email surveillance program. » 1/12/15 5:25am 1/12/15 5:25am

FBI Director Says North Korea's Sony Hackers "Got Sloppy"

FBI director James Comey just explained new details of the Sony hack at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City. "Several times they got sloppy," he told the audience, referring to the hackers. In more technical terms, the hackers revealed IP addresses in North Korea that they "exclusively… » 1/07/15 12:39pm 1/07/15 12:39pm

FBI Says It Doesn't Need a Warrant to Spy on Cell Phone Calls In Public

If you're in a public place, don't expect your phone calls and texts to stay private. At least not if the FBI flies a Cessna over your head or drives a car around your neighborhood while you're out for a walk. » 1/05/15 5:28pm 1/05/15 5:28pm

The FBI Thought This Guy's Joke Was a Legit Threat to CNN

Remember when the FBI issued a bulletin about the Sony hackers' threatening a media outlet? Turns out the threat was actually a thinly veiled joke made by David Garrett, Jr., a homeland security blogger from Knoxville, Tennessee. The punchline: David got to spend his New Year's Day being questioned by the Feds! » 1/02/15 5:55pm 1/02/15 5:55pm

Fact vs Fiction: The 225-Year-Old All Writs Act and Encryption

Following recent reports in the Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica, there's been new interest in the government's use of a relatively obscure law, the All Writs Act. » 12/05/14 7:15am 12/05/14 7:15am

The FBI Has Warned That 'Destructive' Malware Attacks Could Hit the U.S.

The FBI has issued a confidential report to businesses in the wake of the Sony Pictures hack which explains that U.S. businesses should remain vigilant against new malicious software that can be used to launch "destructive" cyberattacks. » 12/02/14 3:45am 12/02/14 3:45am

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill a Child, Which, C'mon Man

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full off Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to… » 11/19/14 4:49pm 11/19/14 4:49pm

Report: A Bunch Of Illegal Websites Seized By The FBI Were Fakes

The dark web owes the FBI a thank-you. It turns out that during its recent mass seizure operation against a number of Tor sites (including Silk Road 2.0), a little more than half of the sites taken down were either clones or scams — and, in a number of cases, the real, functional websites are still active. » 11/17/14 10:00pm 11/17/14 10:00pm

Pranksters Get Kim Dotcom Kicked Off His Own Site For Piracy

Kim Dotcom is probably the most wanted man in the movie theaters' fight against piracy. He's under investigation by the FBI, and they're trying to extradite him from sunny, safe New Zealand to the States. But those pale in comparison to his latest problem: his account on Mega, the cloud storage site he founded last… » 11/15/14 5:22pm 11/15/14 5:22pm