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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02 Aug 2018

Three Ukrainians Arrested for Hacking Over 100 US Companies

“Three Ukrainians have been arrested for hacking more than 100 US companies and stealing millions of customer records, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. ‘Since at least 2015, FIN7 members engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign targeting more than 100 US companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gaming, and hospitality

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18 Jun 2018

Justice Dept report details ‘micro-jamming’ technology

A new Justice Department report has issued details on a “micro-jamming” technology capable of disabling a cell-phone within a 20-foot radius. These capabilities are “a step forward countering the security threat posed by contraband cellphones” in jail, according to one Department of Justice representative. Difficulties with previous jamming technologies were,

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