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FBI details “Going Dark” for web surveillance

FBI details “Going Dark” for web surveillance

The FBI have drafted a proposed law which would extend the abilities of the 1994 CALEA act which established their ability to tap phones across the USA. This law would work with communications companies across the states to establish a threshold for number of users which, once met, would require said communications company to activate surveillance-friendly functions on their network for use by the FBI. There are two ways that you, the reader, can take this news - one of them, believe it or not, is fairly positive.

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FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

Previously, on The Internet: millions of computers across the globe were infected by malware called DNS Changer. The software targeted both PCs and Macs, and redirected users away from websites to ones that were deployed by cybercriminals. The new websites were filled with advertisements, with enough views and click throughs generating millions of dollars worth of revenue for the bad guys.

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Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games has revealed that it is licensing its Unreal Engine 3 to the FBI, the Army, and other government agencies. This is the same engine behind popular massive multiplayer games, such as Gears of War and Mass Effect. It will be put to use for developing training games that involve medical, decision-making, and crime scene simulations.

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Android pattern-lock stumps FBI in prostitution case

Android pattern-lock stumps FBI in prostitution case

If you wondered whether or not the pattern lock on your Android phone was a secure way to keep your information safe, this news should made you feel pretty confident. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has admitted that not even its collective brainpower is able to crack the code. Investigators are trying to gain access to a Samsung Exhibit II that was recovered in a prostitution case.

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Anonymous retaliates, hacks Panda Security’s website

Anonymous retaliates, hacks Panda Security’s website

Yesterday we learned of the arrests of five members of hacker group LulzSec, seemingly brought down by their own leader working in tandem with the FBI. Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu”, was arrested back in June 2011 and is thought to have been working with the FBI ever since. In response, members claiming to be part of Anonymous have hacked and defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website.

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Hacking group LulzSec brought down from the inside

Hacking group LulzSec brought down from the inside

The LulzSec saga continues, although it may perhaps be at its end in this bizarre development that reads like something out of a movie. The shadowy organization has reportedly been brought down by the FBI, who have been working with LulzSec’s own leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, otherwise known as “Sabu”, after the hacker agreed to cooperate having been arrested in mid-2011.

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Steve Jobs FBI file pulled with Freedom of Information Act

Steve Jobs FBI file pulled with Freedom of Information Act

There's quite a bit of hubub about the Steve Jobs FBI file that's been put up for download by any man, woman, or child who would dare read it today, but not a whole lot of people speaking about how it came to us all now, of all times. What's going on here is that the FBI was vetting Jobs for a tech job with the President - a Bush at the time. The result of this interview process was a set of papers with interviews of colleagues of Jobs speaking highly and in some cases not so highly of his character - this packet of papers is now available for download thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and a fellow by the name of Michael Morisy.

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Steve Jobs’ FBI file: “Deceptive” and “driven”

Steve Jobs’ FBI file: “Deceptive” and “driven”

The FBI has released its file on Apple founder Steve Jobs, a 1991 investigation into the CEO that characterizes the iconic exec as both "a deceptive individual" and one of "high moral character and integrity." The contrary report documents feedback from colleagues, employers and others and was constructed by the FBI when Jobs was being considered for political office in the President's Export Council under the original Bush administration. Although many spoke positively of Jobs, others were less convinced, with suggestions that he "has integrity as long as he gets his way."

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US officials say cyber crimes will overtake terrorism as top threat

US officials say cyber crimes will overtake terrorism as top threat

Just as authentication service VeriSign admitted it has been hit by very strong hacking attacks a couple years ago, US officials have revealed that computer crimes will be more of a threat to the country than terrorism. VeriSign is an example of how cyber attacks can affect tens of millions of civilians, but government offices are also the target of malicious hackers.

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