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

FBI Turned Off Hotel Internet, Impersonated Cable Guy to Catch Gamblers

It is not a good week for FBI undercover sting operations. After yesterday's revelation that the FBI planted a phony, malware-loaded Seattle Times article, we're now getting wind of another FBI scheme in which agents impersonated internet repairmen. As if we needed another reason not to trust the cable guy. » 10/29/14 3:02pm 10/29/14 3:02pm

FBI Planted Phishing Scam on Fake Seattle Times Page to Trap a Teen

For years, phishing scammers have been setting up fake tech support hotlines, websites—even fake Netflix logins—to plant malicious malware on unsuspecting machines. And apparently, even our own FBI has been getting on the fun. Because back in 2007, the FBI created a fake Seattle Times web page, all to catch a high… » 10/28/14 1:49pm 10/28/14 1:49pm

FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs the Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey who is "very concerned" about the matter. He's so concerned that the FBI's had conversations with Apple and Google about how they're marketing the devices. And Comey wants America to know that he's upset. » 9/25/14 6:30pm 9/25/14 6:30pm

The FBI Just Finished Its Insane New Facial Recognition System

After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of U.S. citizen's faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis. » 9/15/14 11:31am 9/15/14 11:31am

The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

The Ultra-Laborious Way the FBI Matched Fingerprints to Paper Files

The FBI just switched over to Next-Generation Identification, a new digital system for keeping track of the 83 million fingerprint cards the bureau maintains. That means dismantling thousands of filing cabinets that were once hand-searched by Bureau employees, twenty-four hours a day. Here's how they did it. » 8/23/14 8:00pm 8/23/14 8:00pm

The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users with Malware to Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor's had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organization made the difficult announcement that an attack on their system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually… » 8/05/14 12:21pm 8/05/14 12:21pm