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FBI Begins Construction of Nationwide Watchlist For Employers

The FBI has begun the construction of a nationwide watchlist for employers. With a platform called Rap Back–”Rap” stands for Record of Arrest and Prosecution while Back is short for background–employers will soon be able to receive real-time notifications of their employees’ criminal status. Instead of conducting a one-time background check in the initial recruitment stage, employees will now be ... Read More »

FBI Concerned Criminals Could Use Monero

Monero (XMR), the privacy-centric cryptocurrency that was first released in 2014, is now definitely on the FBI’s radar. In late 2016, darknet markets AlphaBay and Oasis Markets began to accept Monero for payments. At a recent seminar session attended by a journalist from CoinDesk, Special Agent Joseph Battaglia of the FBI’s Cyber Division in New York City, told 150 people ... Read More »

Twitter Announces Two FBI Gag Orders, Intends to Keep Pushing for Transparency

Elizabeth Banker, Twitter’s Associate General Counsel for Global Law Enforcement, published “#Transparency update: Twitter discloses national security letters.” The Twitter lawyer’s post brought up interesting points with relevance to events on Reddit in general and the darknet market subreddit, /r/darknetmarkets. More importantly though, or at least with respect to Banker’s Transparency update, Twitter released two redacted National Security Letters from ... Read More »

FBI Hides Method Used to Catch Pedophile in Dark Web

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found itself in the midst of a controversial debate in regards to the agency’s recent decision to charge a man alleged for various pedophiliac activities, including the illicit acquisition of child pornography. Initially, the FBI filed a lawsuit against Jay Michaud, a middle school teacher in Vancouver, Washington, for his involvement in darknet ... Read More »

The Legitimacy of the Latest FBI Hack is Still Being Questioned

A hacker known as CyberZeist, for the second time, hacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and uploaded account information to Pastebin, according to RT. CyberZeist (CZ), in 2011, breached the FBI’s security with a phishing scam. Internet users attributed the hack to Anonymous—and Anonymous claimed credit for it. Like the 2011 occurrence, Anonymous received lots of attention, thanks to the ... Read More »

Yahoo Helped the FBI Catch a Pedophile in France and Identified a CP Network Online

In October, the search giant Yahoo spotted unusual activity originating from an I.P. address in France. They immediately notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation—the suspect purchased feeds that featured the live abuse of children in the Philippines. The FBI reached out to the Central Office for the Prevention (translated Repression) of Violence to People (OCRVP) in Nanterre, France. Authorities indicted ... Read More »

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Senator Introduces Bill to Delay FBI Changes to Rule 41

The FBI’s successful mass-hacking during “Operation Playpen” raised concerns over Rule 41. The Department of Justice proposed changes that would allow the FBI to hack thousands of computers—with one warrant. In reality, the FBI hacked 8,000 computers across the globe in Operation Playpen. The FBI routinely oversteps their boundaries but the upcoming changes would allow them to legally do so. ... Read More »

The FBI Hacked 8,000 Computers in 120 Countries With a Single Warrant

In August, we wrote about the FBI’s hacking tool that hacked computers in Austria. Throughout 2016, judges made decisions on the validity of the data obtained via the hack. A judge, without jurisdiction, allowed the FBI to hack 1000 computers. Now, court documents from a recent trial revealed that 8,000 computers got hacked. According to the recent transcript, the FBI ... Read More »

New Documents Reveal the FBI May Have Hacked Every TorMail User Illegally

In 2013, the FBI took down Freedom Hosting and with it, brought down a minimum of 23 child pornography sites. The seizure of child pornography (CP) servers was considered a win by law enforcement and many Tor users. However, recently unsealed documents reveal just how far the FBI stepped outside the law. During the investigation, agents discovered a connection between ... Read More »

Apple to FBI, Spying Possible Even With Encryption

Apple was declared the victor in its latest battle with the FBI which officially came to an end in March 2016. The multi-billion dollar technology company kept its dignity by refusing to offer sensitive user data to the FBI. In a recently leaked Wikileaks-Podesta email however, Apple has stated that it will continue its relationship with law enforcement by sending ... Read More »

Knoxville Federal Judge Rules Against FBI In PlayPen Case

Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation violated both the US Constitution and federal rules of criminal procedure when they hacked nearly 1,300 users who accessed the PlayPen child porn site. During Operation Pacifier, the FBI took over the dark net child porn site PlayPen and ran it between February 20 and March 4, ... Read More »

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FBI May Need Apple’s Help in Breaking into Another iPhone

In February, the FBI fought the encryption on an iPhone 5C that once belonged to the San Bernardino shooter. A legal battle ensued wherein the FBI attempted to force Apple into bypassing the iPhone’s lockscreen. As Wired points out, the FBI promised the ordeal was a singular event; the agency promised subsequent cases would not be handled this way. Eight ... Read More »

FBI Investigating The Theft Of 1.3m Bitcoin From Massachusetts Man

The FBI is working with Massachusetts police to recover funds stolen from a Bitfinex user, Coindesk reports. An unnamed Cambridge, Massachusetts resident filed a police report in September, shortly after the company encountered a $70,000,000 Bitcoin theft. The theft was reportedly tied to the initial Bitfinex breach. Cambridge police took and filed the report but have since handed the case ... Read More »