10 Apr 2020

CISA Offers Ways to Lessen Lag for Teleworkers Without Sacrificing Security

COVID-19 has forced thousands of businesses and several governments across the world to switch to mass teleworking. However, federal employees working from home are causing significant logistical problems for networks and presents risks in terms of enforcement of security standards that are mandated by law. On Wednesday, the Cybersecurity and

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06 Apr 2020

DOJ Says Zoom-Bombing is Illegal, Could Lead to Jail Time

The Department of Justice has warned the public that ‘Zoom-bombing’ is illegal and those who are involved in such practices may be charged with federal and state crimes. The ‘Zoom-bombing’ incidents have frequently been occurring as a result of a massive work-from-home movement in the US as well as colleges

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24 Mar 2020

Fake Coronavirus ‘Vaccine’ Website Busted in DoJ Takedown

The Department of Justice has been cracking down on malicious websites using the current pandemic to lure victims. Most recently, the DoJ has taken down a website that claimed to give out coronavirus vaccine kits but rather stole victims’ payment card and personal information. This shutdown marks the first federal

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18 Mar 2020

Attorney General Directs DoJ to Prioritize Coronavirus Crime

The US Attorney General, William Burr, recently urged attorneys in the DoJ to pay close attention to cybercriminals who are capitalizing on coronavirus fears to spread malware and commit fraud. The memo consists of Barr warning attorneys that it is essential to remain vigilant in detecting and prosecuting wrongdoing as

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12 Mar 2020

First 100,000 Victims of Western Union Fraud Scheme Receive $153m

Western Union set up a remission fund to compensate the victims of a money transfer scam that hit thousands of its customers. The company states on Tuesday that it had begun paying approximately $153 million in funds that were forfeited to the US government to roughly 100,000 victims across the

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11 Feb 2020

How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax

On Monday, the US Department of Justice identified the culprit behind the major Equifax attack that occurred in 2017. The incident caused the sensitive personal information of almost 150 million Americans to be leaked, resulting in names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers becoming exposed. In the announcement, which is

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07 Nov 2019

Three Charged in US With Spying on Twitter Users for Saudi Arabia

The US Justice Department is charging three individuals, two of which are former Twitter employees, of conducting espionage targeting users of the social media platform who criticized the Saudi royal family. Two of the suspects are Saudi nationals, while the third is a US citizen. The campaign was allegedly orchestrated

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18 Sep 2019

US Justice Department Sues Snowden Over New Book

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden over his new book, Permanent Record, because Snowden allegedly violated non-disclose agreements he signed with the two intelligence agencies that employed him in the past. The DOJ aims to ensure that Snowden will not earn

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03 Jun 2019

Google is facing an imminent antitrust investigation from the US Justice Department

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing an antitrust investigation into Google, the Wall Street Journal reported last Friday. Anonymous sources told the newspaper that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is letting the DOJ carry out the probe. The FTC has investigated Google in 2011 and 2013, but the

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30 Nov 2018

When does ‘responsible encryption’ equal surveillance?

“The Trump administration and the Department of Justice’s want to modernize surveillance and computer crime laws as a way to boost cybersecurity, but researchers and privacy experts are skeptical of the federal government’s motives and warn that digital security may be an excuse to install backdoors in encrypted phones. Some

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