14 Feb 2019

Phone scams remain lucrative, but risks exist: Ex-director of FBI, CIA takes on a phone scammer—and wins

Showcasing some of the common elements of basic phone scams and their surprising successes, a recent case saw a Jamaica-based phone scammer attempt to scam William H. Webster, ex-director of both the FBI and CIA and the only person to have headed both agencies. The case started in 2014 when

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17 Jan 2019

Massive Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes 7 Years of FBI Investigations

In the latest data leak stemming from an unsecured web server, 3 terabytes of data belonging to the Oklahoma Securities Commission has been found exposed to the Internet. The millions of unencrypted files included highly sensitive government information, such as details of FBI investigations, email archives and social security numbers. An UpGuard

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04 Jan 2019

The FBI is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

Government use of silicon valley tech is projected to skyrocket in 2019, with the FBI’s use of Amazon’s facial-recognition software showcasing the broader trend. The use began as a pilot program in 2018 to support a number of counter-terrorism investigations that generated more video footage to be sifted than could

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21 Dec 2018

FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites

“The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline. The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services.

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06 Dec 2018

FBI: Watch out for Iranian SamSam malware

DHS and the FBI shared a joint alert on December third regarding the critical infrastructure threat posed by the Iranian SamSam virus. The ultimate purpose of the virus is the successful intrusion and takeover of a network for the purpose of extorting a ransom (ransomware). The alert recommended strong passwords,

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30 Nov 2018

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

An FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism recently announced a nearly two-year-old partnership between the bureau and Amazon in which Amazon’s cloud services are used to host and analyze counterterrorism intelligence, both classified and unclassified. The partnership emerged from what the FBI referred to as a “data crisis” that was

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30 Oct 2018

FBI to private industry: Attribution won’t deter North Korean hacking

Hackers for the North Korean government will not be stopped by achieving attribution of their cyberattacks, the FBI’s cyber devision declared in an industry advisory report. North Korean targeting of US companies “will continue unabated, regardless of the U.S. government public attribution,” simply because the regime does not appear to

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02 Oct 2018

FBI Director Implores Corporate Boards to Join Cyber Fight

The FBI is encouraging companies to go directly to the federal government when their systems are breached or infected. In a recent speech, FBI Director Christopher Wray took a consoling tone with corporate board members, saying “I get that there’s a reluctance out there sometimes to turn to the feds

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17 Sep 2018

The FBI studied the pre-attack behaviors of 63 Active Shooters. This is what they found.

By articulating the concrete, observable pre-attack behaviors of many active shooters, the FBI hopes to make these warning signs more visible and easily identifiable.

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16 Aug 2018

FBI warns banks of potential ‘unlimited’ ATM heist

The FBI has issued warnings to U.S. banks of a suspected “cash out” that may steal millions by using cloned ATM cards. The effort has been globally organized and could be launched anytime. The attack is most likely connected to an unknown or undisclosed card issuer breach.  Source: FBI warns

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