A hacker has published the personal details of 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and 9,000 Department of Homeland Security officers online.
I’m not saying the FBI’s heart isn’t in the right place. Making sure children know the difference between healthy political discourse and attempts to sway them into extremism is a laudable goal. But the agency’s execution in a new website is just embarrassing.
If you listen to FBI Director James Comey or GOP presidential candidate John Kasich, encryption is a dangerous techno-blight that lets bad guys “go dark” and plot in secret. Actual tech experts are puncturing these scaremongering claims, and a new report tells a very different story: “Going dark” is alarmist nonsense.…
The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterized it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders are…
In the summer of 2014, anonymous hackers flooded the internet with private nude photos of major (and minor) celebrities. Two years later, new details show the FBI thinks they identified Jennifer Lawrence’s hacker. But no one’s facing charges.
Disney’s Epcot theme park in Florida includes exhibits of countries from around the world, staffed by student ambassadors from those countries. But before the theme park even opened in 1982, the FBI was concerned that EPCOT might become overrun with Communist spies from China, Poland, and the Soviet Union.
The latest round of FBI Director James Comey’s War On Encryption came during a Senate Judiciary Commitee hearing this morning. Comey’s latest revelation is that encryption isn’t a ‘technical problem’: it’s a problem with the ‘business model’ of wanting to keep users’ data private.
Last month, it was alleged that the Internal Revenue Service had been using Stingray devices to track people by scraping their phone metadata. Now, it’s admitted as much—and gone so far as to say that it wants another of the units, too.
The government hides information all the time, for a variety of reasons. As a recently unredacted court documents show, some of those reasons are flabbergasting-dumb.
Last week, it was suggested that a research group from Carnegie Mellon University had been paid $1 million by the FBI to hack Tor. Now, CMU has issued a statement denying that money changed hands—but seems to suggest it was forced to hand over data to the authorities.
Since Bluetooth was given an overhaul in 2010 with the 4.0 standard, it’s surged in popularity. Now, it’s about to get another serious spec bump, providing four times the range, twice the speed and even mesh networking.
Last year, Tor—the service which allows people to use the internet with anonymity—was attacked. Now, a new report suggests that the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University a cool $1 million to carry out the work.
A North Carolina judge was arrested this week for allegedly trying to bribe an FBI agent to obtain a log of text messages without a warrant.
As documented in numerous Nicolas Cage movies, the FBI has a fairly strict ‘don’t negotiate with the terrorists’ policy. Unless you’re a company that’s had your files encrypted, in which case you should probably just pay the ransom. Welp.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have both opened probes into daily fantasy sports in an attempt to determine whether they are legal or not. The Journal says there is an “ongoing discussion” within the DOJ regarding the legality of daily fantasy, and…
Today, the FBI released the 2014 edition of its annual report on crime statistics, which found a decrease in violent and property crimes. New this year are federal stats on on offenses related to human trafficking, hate crimes, and computer hacking; it was also announced that future reports will study non-fatal…
Privacy took a blow last week when the NSA got permission to keep operating a massive dragnet. Here’s some better news: As of today, federal agents should have a harder time using Stingrays to spy on cell phones.
An American teenager was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for providing material support to terrorism. But Ali Shukri Amin, just 17 years old, never committed violence in the name of radical Islamic terrorism. His crime was running a Twitter account that celebrated the terrorist group and taught others how to…
As a kid, fire drills taught you fire safety. And you haven’t been killed by a fire. Your parents trained similarly for nuclear war. With 248 mass shootings in US in the 238 days of 2015, it’s time we began treating those the same way. This is how.