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  1. FBI shares 4 million email addresses used by Emotet with Have I Been Pwned Millions of email addresses collected by Emotet botnet for malware distribution campaigns have been shared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of the agency’s effort to clean infected computers. Individuals and domain owners can now learn if Emotet impacted their accounts by searching the database with email addresses stolen by the malware. Over 4 million emails collected Earlier this year, law enforcement took control of Emotet botnet’s infrastructure that involve
  2. Scammers posing as FBI agents threaten targets with jail time The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning scammers actively posing as FBI representatives and threatening targets with fines and jail time unless they don't hand out personal and/or financial information. As the FBI warns, the agency has received multiple reports of such scam attempts where the fraudsters are targeting North Florida residents attempting to steal their personal info. Additionally, "[m]ultiple versions of the government impersonation scam have been repor
  3. Russian man tied to illicit hosting service Deer.io pleads guilty (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Michael Hunnisett) A Russian computer security researcher has pleaded guilty to hacking-related charges in connection with U.S. law enforcement action against an internet marketplace where buyers purchased access to stolen personal data. Kirill Firsov, a Russian national, acknowledged his involvement with Deer.io, an illicit web hosting service that enabled scammers to operate independent web stores where they sold access to hacked web accounts and other service
  4. FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a notification warning of ongoing vishing attacks attempting to steal corporate accounts and credentials for network access and privilege escalation from US and international-based employees. Vishing (also known as voice phishing) is a social engineering attack where attackers impersonate a trusted entity during a voice call to persuade their targets into revealing sensitive information such as banking or login credentials. According to
  5. FBI warns swatting attacks on owners of smart devices The Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) is warning owners of smart home devices with voice and video capabilities of ‘swatting’ attacks. The FBI has recently issued an alert to warn owners of smart home devices with voice and video capabilities of so-called “swatting” attacks. Swatting attacks consist of hoax calls made to emergency services, typically reporting an immediate threat to human life, to trigger an immediate response from law enforcement and the S.W.A.T. team to a specific location. Un
  6. In a rather unprecedented enforcement action, the FBI and Europol have shut down a 'bulletproof' VPN provider that helped cybercriminals to conceal their operations. The service didn't keep logs and routed traffic through a series of VPN connections. While many VPNs strive to keep customers private and secure, this company clearly crossed a line. Millions of Internet users around the world use a VPN to protect their privacy online. Another key benefit is that VPNs hide users’ true IP-addresses, making them more anonymous. This prevents third
  7. FBI: "The web-based client's forwarding rules often do not sync with the desktop client, limiting the rules' visibility to cyber security administrators." The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says that cyber-criminals are increasingly relying on email forwarding rules in order to disguise their presence inside hacked email accounts. In a PIN (Private Industry Notification) alert sent last week and made public today, the FBI says the technique has been seen and abused in recent BEC (Business Email Compromise) attacks reported over the summer.
  8. FBI blames intrusions on improperly configured SonarQube source code management tools. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent out a security alert warning that threat actors are abusing misconfigured SonarQube applications to access and steal source code repositories from US government agencies and private businesses. Intrusions have taken place since at least April 2020, the FBI said in an alert sent out last month and made public this week on its website. The alert specifically warns owners of SonarQube, a web-based application that comp
  9. The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a Public Service Announcement concerning the risks of using hotel Wi-Fi networks while teleworking. Most users don't seem to realize the severity of the risks they're subjecting themselves to while using hotel Wi-Fi networks. Visit our Security Section for the latest developments regarding cyber-security. You can also check out our VPN Hub to learn more about the benefits of using a VPN. The FBI recently issued a PSA to inform teleworkers of the risks of using hotel Wi-Fi netw
  10. It's using counterterrorism tools against civil disobedience. Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that the FBI sent its “Fly Team” counterterrorism unit to Portland in mid-July to conduct the “initial exploitation” of phones and other devices used by people protesting police racism and violence. The email revealing the plan, from now-retired special agent George Chamberlain,
  11. FBI Director Christopher Wray today offered the House Homeland Security Committee some sobering news about China: the FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case roughly every 10 hours. Wray said of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases underway across the U.S., almost half are related to China. He said China aims to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions conducing important COVID-19 research. “They are going after cost and pricing infor
  12. The CEO of a startup that sold fraud prevention software is facing fraud charges after he was arrested Thursday by the FBI in Las Vegas. Adam Rogas, CEO of fraud prevention software startup NS8, was arrested by the FBI . Adam Rogas, who abruptly resigned from NS8 earlier this month, is accused of misleading investors who poured in $123 million to his company earlier this year, a deal in which he allegedly pocketed more than $17 million. “Adam Rogas was the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a p
  13. Nearly 13,000 FBI agents are working without pay during the government shutdown, and their advocates say that the resulting financial instability is a national security risk. The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) wrote an open letter Jan. 10 urging policymakers to end the partial government shutdown, saying that missed debt payments could complicate agents' security clearance status and harm recruiting. The letter states that "financial security is a matter of national security." The bureau is funded under the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriation, and cu
  14. In an attempt to identify someone tricking a company into handing over cash, the FBI created a fake FedEx website, as well as deployed booby-trapped Word documents to reveal fraudsters' IP addresses. The FBI has started deploying its own hacking techniques to identify financially-driven cybercriminals, according to court documents unearthed by Motherboard. The news signals an expansion of the FBI’s use of tools usually reserved for cases such as child pornography and bomb threats. But it also ushers in a potential normalization of this technologically-driven approach, a
  15. Shocking new documents obtained by Property of the People reveal that Reddit co-founder and famed digital activist Aaron Swartz was caught up in warrantless FBI email data collection which would later be used against him in an unrelated case. Swartz is widely recognized as the face of everything wrong with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In 2013, Swartz killed himself after being aggressively prosecuted for downloading academic articles from a subscription-based research website JSTOR – at MIT, his university – with the intention of making them available to
  16. from the because-why-not dept The Obama Administration was never a fan of leakers and whistleblowers. The Trump Administration isn't either. And it's continuing to ramp up investigations in response to a steady stream of leaks that tend to arrive moments after executive proclamations in order to undermine or contradict whatever has just been proclaimed. Fired company man Jeff Sessions thought the best plan to tackle leaks was prosecuting the recipients: journalists. Not really the best plan of action in a country with enshrined speech rights, but that's the
  17. Using FOIA, they’ve already published NASA’s official report about the infamous WANK worm. In 1989, just a few months after the web became a reality, a computer worm infected thousands of computers across the world, including those of NASA. The worm showed a message on the screens of the infected computers: “Your System Has Been Officially WANKed.” Late last month—30 years after the "WANK worm" struck NASA—the agency released an internal report that the agency wrote at the time, thanks to a journalist and a security researcher who have embarked on a
  18. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting technology firms to build a tool that can monitor social media for threats. The agency posted a request for proposals on July 8 claiming it wants a “social media early alerting tool,” that will help it track the use of the platforms by terrorists, criminal organizations, and foreign agencies. “With increased use of social media platforms by subjects of current FBI investigations and individuals that pose a threat to the United States, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify r
  19. Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data. You should not spend any of your time listening to them. Don’t be mistaken; the threat to encryption remains high. Australia and the United Kingdom already have laws in place that can enable those governments to undermine encryption, while other countries may follow. And it’s definitely dangerous when senior U.S. law enforcement offi
  20. Heavily outnumbered and outpaced by their targets, small FBI cybersquads have been quietly notching up major wins against online criminals operating out of home and abroad. Elliott Peterson struggles a bit when asked to identify the most frustrating part of his job as an FBI agent fighting cybercrime. "Actually, most of the time our job is awesome," he finally says. "We are often the only ones that can effect really permanent solutions in this space." As a special agent in the FBI's Anchorage field office in Alaska, Peterson and his teammates are among
  21. Sen. Chuck Schumer and the DNC says the fact that Russia is involved is a problem. The viral hit FaceApp is facing further scrutiny from US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The senator has asked the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to open a national security and privacy investigation into the Russian-developed AI photo-editing app. In a public letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons, Schumer said he has "serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of wh
  22. Criminals are using TLS certificates to convince users that fraudulent sites are worthy of their trust. One of the most common mechanisms used to secure web browser sessions — and to assure consumers that their transactions are secure — is also being used by criminals looking to gain victims' trust in phishing campaigns. The FBI has issued a public service announcement defining the problem and urging individuals to go beyond simply trusting any "https" URL. Browser publishers and website owners have waged successful campaigns to convince consumers to look
  23. from the making-life-miserable-for-citizens-just-because dept Security researcher Justin Shafer The government isn't done jerking around security researcher Justin Shafer quite yet. Shafer came across a bunch of dental patient information in an improperly secured database. This discovery led to the FTC levying a $250,000 fine against the software provider, Schein, for falsely portraying its faux encryption as actual encryption. After notifying affected parties, Shafer was thanked for his help with a raid by FBI agents. This happened days after the FTC an
  24. The DOJ, FBI, and US Air Force to contact victims infected with the Joanap malware. The US Department of Justice announced today an effort to take down Joanap, a botnet built and operated by North Korea's elite hacker units. Efforts to disrupt the botnet have been underway for several months already, based on a court order and search warrant that the DOJ obtained in October 2018. Based on these court documents, the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office and the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) have been operating servers mimic
  25. A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision. Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all l
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