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Op-Ed: “Going Dark” is an FBI Lie

In 2009, the FBI publicly introduced the term and initiative “Going Dark,” a reference to a “capability gap” between the Bureau and the public. To this day, the FBI maintains a position of inferiority to users of any type of encryption. Their struggle, as seen in the changes to Rule 41, has taken the form of a fight to legally ... Read More »

FBI Calls Playpen Case “Unprecedented in Scope”

A recent court case sparked heated debates surrounding tactics used by the FBI in the investigation into the now-convicted Steven W. Chase. Chase, as many know, created the “world’s largest child pornography website” called Playpen. He actively participated in administrative roles on the site as the site’s lead admin. Only few protested the convictions of Chase, two admins, and hundreds ... Read More »

FBI Transparency Report Shows a Decline in NSLs

According to a recent transparency report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI issued less National Security Letters this year than last year by a 5% margin. National Security Letters (NSL) fall into a semi-shady area of law enforcement—partially because of the lack of oversight surrounding them. Additionally, the NSLs come with a gag order, more ... Read More »

FBI Warns That Hackers Target Open FTP Servers

In a Private Industry Notification, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed they knew of threat actors who targeted specific healthcare facilities. The FBI explained that these “hackers” hunted open FTP connections from medical and dental practices across the United States. From there, the intruders stole sensitive medical information and use it for extortion, identity theft, or simply a darknet marketplace ... Read More »

Two Dutch Brothers Arrested For Ordering Explosives From Undercover FBI Agent

Two brothers, 22-year-old Ali and 19-year-old Yusuf, were arrested in the Netherlands for ordering 500 grams of Semtex, a plastic explosive from the dark web. The explosive is mostly used in commercial blasting, demolition, and in certain military applications. However, Semtex became a popular tool for terrorists and paramilitary groups since it was extremely difficult to detect, until recently. According ... Read More »

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 »