FBI News, Articles and Updates

Ongoing Third-party & insider threats plague organisations' cyber-security

This week, the UK and US governments issued warnings about malicious cyber-activity carried out by the Russian government, but the biggest dangers are closer to home with insider threats a leading risk says new research.

US DHS, FBI name Russia in DragonFly 2.0 attacks on critical infrastructure

"This type of attack (ie cyber-attacks by Russia on Western critical infrastructure) isn't anything new, and the real story here is that the US is choosing to acknowledge it (and in extreme detail),"

FBI used Best Buy's Geek Squad as confidential informants, FOIA docs show

Does the US' FBI really need tech companies to provide backdoors in their products to gain access to illegal material stored there? Apparently not...as long as members of the Geek Squad are willing to do the agency's bidding.

Trump critical of US Justice dept probe into FBI surveillance abuse

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to charge the US Justice Department inspector general with investigating the FBI's alleged abuse of its surveillance authority met with sharp criticism from US president Trump.

US Senator says Facebook should clean up bots or face fines

Concerning the US FBI's investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 US election, Senator Amy Klobuchar said social media companies should be fined if they can't get rid of bots on their platforms.

Hidden Cobra malware infects Androids, turns Windows machines into proxies

The DHS and FBI on Tuesday jointly released two new reports analysing trojan malware attributed to Hidden Cobra, aka Lazarus Group -- a threat actor widely believed to be sponsored by the North Korean government.

FBI malware compared to tracking device in interstate child porn case

A Texas federal judge last week ruled in favour of the US Department of Justice, rejecting a motion to suppress evidence obtained in the course of the investigation using FBI malware.

NSA claims to have identified contractor as source of news media leak

A National Security Agency contractor named Reality Winner has been accused of leaking classified information about possible Russian interference in the US election to a news organisation.

FBI and CIA searching for "insider" following Wikileaks data dump

The CIA and FBI are said to have embarked on the search for the person who leaked their respective secret hacking tools to Wikileaks, which is being described as one of the "worst security breaches in CIA history".

Hearing: Comey confirms FBI is investigating Russia and Trump campaign

In a break with protocol, the director of the FBI has confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation into the ties between Pres Trump and Russia during US election.

FBI director calls for 'hard conversation' on encryption and policing

Law enforcement is being blocked by encryption from accessing data they have every right to examine - it's time to build trust between police and the tech sector, says FBI director James Comey.

Russian arrested by Czech officials allegedly tied to 2012 LinkedIn hack

The Russian man that Czech authorities arrested on 5 October in collaboration with the FBI is allegedly connected to the 2012 breach of LinkedIn.

iOS 10: Is Apple starting a new era of collaborative security?

Kevin Bocek argues that by decrypting the kernel and inviting developers to root around in its OS, Apple will actually make users more secure as any vulnerabilities will instantly be brought to light.

FBI releases major document detailing the agency's Clinton email server findings

The FBI has released a 58-page document detailing the agency's interview with US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others concerning the use of her private email server.

Survey: Hackers believe strongly in privacy... unless they're paid to crack passwords

Four out of five surveyed hackers agreed that Apple was right to refuse the FBI's request for a backdoor into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Yet 52 percent said they would help the FBI crack an iPhone's password for a fee.

Is it ethical to use malware when disrupting cyber-crime?

As the FBI declares its malware-like software cannot be malware as it is used with non-malicious intent, we ponder the ethics of the good guys using the same tools as the bad guys.

UN warns police are not up to targeting dark web superstores

Not a place you want to go shopping, the 'anonymous online marketplace' was meant to protect civil liberties but is now better known as a nefarious network for the illicit drugs trade.

US judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

The FBI recently pressed for a 29-year-old Los Angeles woman to provide her fingerprint to open her phone after she was sentenced in an identity theft case.

FBI 'purchased zero-day from grey hats' to crack iPhone

UPDATED: The FBI apparently purchased a zero-day exploit from grey hat hackers to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, raising questions about ethics and implications for privacy.

Reddit may - or may not have - received a 'national security letter'

Reddit may - or may not have - received a 'national security letter' which forces them to hand over data about users on the popular news website, but also imposes a gag order which stops them talking about it.

Apple, FBI put Cellebrite in the spotlight

The tentative naming of the Israeli firm Cellebrite as the muscle behind the FBI's ability to crack into unlocked the iPhone used by San Bernardino, California shooter Syed Farook without help from Apple, has brought this little known company into the spotlight.

FBI cracks iPhone, no longer needs Apple's assistance

The FBI have finally cracked the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooters with the aid of an Israeli firm, bringing a short respite to a fight over encryption that many say is inevitable.

Judge: Pending final ruling, Apple has not flouted order to help FBI

US District Court Judge Sheri Pym earlier this week validated Apple's assertion that it has so far not defied her previous court order to assist the FBI in cracking the encryption protecting the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

Cellebrite, Israeli mobile forensics firm, reportedly assisting FBI with iPhone hack

Israeli firm Cellebrite have been named as the company the FBI are bringing in to break into Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone

FBI backs down over Apple encryption case

The FBI have backed down in the fight over the San Bernardino shooter's phone, leaving Apple with some breathing room

FBI warns of car hackers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned drivers of the remotely exploitable dangers in their vehicles

Snoopers gonna snoop: IP Bill to give phone hacking powers

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill is set to force tech companies to backdoor any device they create - presumably in response to the ongoing Apple versus FBI case.

RSA 2016: AG Lynch talks Apple case, info sharing framework with UK

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch told an RSA audience Apple should comply with government requests for help in unlocking iPhones and confirmed rumours that the US and the UK were in negotiations to share information in criminal investigations.