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FBI hunts terror suspect through malware, Yahoo, Google

FBI hunts terror suspect through malware, Yahoo, Google

The FBI has been using malware as a means to hunt down certain suspects, as exemplified in the case of a man who has been making bomb threats since June 2012, reports the Washington Post. Some of the malware was a surveillance program planted onto the suspect's computer when he signed into his Yahoo account, but the malware didn't work. The suspect, Mohammed Arian Far -- "Mo" for short -- has not yet been apprehended, though the FBI continues its high-tech search tactics of Mo and others.

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Adobe hacks affected multiple US agencies, FBI says

Adobe hacks affected multiple US agencies, FBI says

The US Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and other US government agencies were infiltrated by the Adobe software breaches that came to light last month, the FBI said in a memo this week. The memo, which was distributed throughout the affected agencies, said that the breaches actually started in December of 2012 and were carried out by the hacker group known as Anonymous. They then left "back doors" to government computer systems which Anonymous operatives could return to later, which some did quite publicly last month.

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Tor browser malware appears loaded by FBI to identify users

Tor browser malware appears loaded by FBI to identify users

This week the folks out there looking to be entirely anonymous (not to be mistaken for the Anonymous hacker collective) have been greeted by a message through the Tor web browser. Tor is a fork of Firefox - based in Firefox's code, recreated as a web browser here to allow entirely anonymous web browsing. According to reports, the malware in question exploits a bug present in Firefox 17 ESR, the same build on which Tor is based, allowing - through "Freedom Hosting" webpages specifically - a payload to be delivered which ultimately sends the location of the user to a 3rd party.

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Roswell UFO incident: 66 years and a single FBI document

Roswell UFO incident: 66 years and a single FBI document

While Google remembers the Roswell UFO incident this week with a doodle like no other, we'd like to remind you of a document released by the FBI on the matter just a few years ago. This March 22nd, 1950 document was posted in April 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation discussing three "so-called flying saucers", each of them containing "three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall." If you've not seen this document yet, it's high time you did.

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FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

The FBI has been sued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for access to its biometrics database, arguing that the US agency has failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests and is gathering face-recognition data, among other things, with no external governance. The lawsuit, which follows grudging FBI confirmation that it is deploying drones in the US for surveillance purposes, is the culmination of two years of EFF investigation into the Bureau's developing Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, which includes storing a broad range of biometrics.

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FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

While it may not come as much of a surprise to some people, the FBI has confirmed and admitted that they perform surveillance with drones on US soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that they use drones for surveillance in the US, but "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom."

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SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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NSA Verizon snooping prompts exit by Wil Wheaton, Android hacker Koush

NSA Verizon snooping prompts exit by Wil Wheaton, Android hacker Koush

As NSA data collection from Verizon Wireless is defended this morning by no less than the office of the President of the United States, actor Wil Wheaton and top Android hacker/developer Koushik Dutta have announced their departure from the carrier. The order in question was revealed yesterday, having originated from the FBI and passed down to the public media by an anonymous source.

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FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

It's been quite the journey for Mega founder Kim Dotcom, but it seems like things are slowly coming to a conclusion. The High Court of New Zealand has ordered the FBI to return confiscated hard drives that were taken from Dotcom's home when it was initially raided last year. They have also ordered the US government to destroy all copies that they might have archived.

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FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

A new proposal from the government would require tech companies like Facebook or Google to allow law enforcement to place real-time wiretaps on a suspect's communication mediums, like messaging apps, emails, and more. Law officials would present a court-ordered request to the companies, and if the companies don't comply, they would receive a fine amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. If they choose not to pay the fine after 90 days, the fines will double each day afterwards.

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