04 Oct 2021

Hackers as Global Private Contractors is a Pandora’s Box You Do Not Want to Open

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) recently fined three former National Security Agency (NSA) hackers who worked as service contractors for a United Arab Emirates (UAE) cybersecurity company named DarkMatter. These three individuals were not the only former ex-U.S. Intelligence officers working for the company. DarkMatter employed more than a dozen former NSA hackers who would use the skills and techniques learned from the NSA to help the UAE target and compromise the phones and computers of its enemies. These “enemies” included human rights activists, journalists, and political rivals. At the core of this issue is the fact that these ex-intelligence operatives used cutting-edge cyber-espionage tools learned from their time in the U.S. Intelligence Community on behalf of a foreign intelligence service.

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15 Sep 2021

DOJ fines NSA hackers who assisted UAE in attacks on dissidents

The Justice Department has announced a deal with three former US Intelligence operatives that allows them to pay a fine rather than face jail time for breaking multiple laws when conducting offensive hacking for the government of the United Arab Emirates. The deal is controversial, as it allows the three

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27 Aug 2021

US charges HeadSpin ex-CEO over fake $1bn valuation scheme

HeadSpin has been charged $1 billion by the SEC and the US Department of Justice for allegedly defrauding investors by falsely claiming that the company had achieved strong and consistent growth. The organization markets itself as an AI testing, dev-ops, and mobile testing platform. For two years, officials state that

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02 Aug 2021

SolarWinds attackers breached email of US prosecutors, says Department of Justice

A new update to the SolarWinds attack has revealed that hackers breached the email accounts of US prosecutors, boasting access to the accounts for several months. Several top US intelligence agencies have confirmed that the attacks were likely the work of Russian state-sponsored hackers. US President Joe Biden has initiated

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08 Jun 2021

Department of Justice Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to the Ransomware Extortionists Darkside

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that it had seized roughly $2.3 million of the $4 million paid in ransom to the DarkSide ransomware gang by Colonial Pipeline following an attack against the latter’s networks. The seizure warrant was announced yesterday by Laurel Beeler, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern

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22 Apr 2021

DoJ Launches Ransomware Taskforce as Apple Hit by Extortion Attempt

The US Department of Justice has launched a new task force that aims to combat and research ransomware attacks following an attack on Apple in which the infamous threat group REvil claims to have stolen the company’s trade secrets via a supplier. The group reportedly posted a blog to its

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07 Jan 2021

DoJ’s Microsoft 365 Email Accounts Compromised in SolarWinds Attacks

The Department of Justice has conceded that its email accounts were breached by Russian attackers as part of the SolarWinds Orion software attacks, according to an announcement made yesterday. Roughly three percent of email accounts were breached, the department stated. The stealthy attacks lead to email compromise among other agencies

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15 Aug 2019

US bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday submitted a last-minute request to the government of Gibraltar to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month. This move postpones a possible tanker swap between the UK and Iran, which seized a UK

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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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