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FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

The FBI has issued a warning about dangerous malware, and Reuters has acquired a five-page confidential document on it the agency sent to unspecified companies in the U.S. today. That document reportedly contains some information about the malware, and reports that it has been used in a "destructive cyberattack" in the US. The agency did not specify which company has fallen victim (nor if there is more than one), but it is believed to be related to the recent massive attack against Sony Pictures.

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Owner of Polygraph.com indicted for teaching people to beat lie detector tests

Owner of Polygraph.com indicted for teaching people to beat lie detector tests

A 69 year old Oklahoma man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for teaching customers how to beat polygraph tests, or lie detector tests, on his website Polygraph.com. Doug Williams, a former police officer, faces charges of obstruction of justice, as well as fraud, for basically instructing people "to lie or conceal crimes during polygraph examinations."

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FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

James B. Comey, the current director of the FBI, made statements on Thursday calling for America's tech companies to make their consumer devices more wiretap-friendly. He believes that the efforts from giants like Apple and Google to provide users with ways to encrypt data and communications on their mobile devices will lead to a future where those who commit murder or acts of terror could have an easier time escaping law enforcement.

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FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

The FBI isn’t too happy with Apple right now. They’re lumping Google in for good measure, too. Director James Comey says he is “very concerned” about the encryption methods Apple and Google use for their devices. Not because they are too weak, but because they are beyond his reach.

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FBI joins celebrity photos leak investigation

FBI joins celebrity photos leak investigation

This weekend's big celebrity photos leak revealed intimate images of many well-known actors, amongst them being Jennifer Lawrence, who has publicly stated through her publicist that "anyone who posts the stolen images" will be prosecuted. According to the Associated Press, the FBI has now gotten involved, and is actively looking into the matter.

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FBI concerns leak: self-driving cars could be used as weapons

FBI concerns leak: self-driving cars could be used as weapons

A restricted document obtained by The Guardian reveals the FBI's focus on self-driving cars, one that is, naturally, rather pessimistic. The bureau warns that autonomous vehicles can potentially aid in nefarious activities, including functioning as someone's combination get away car and driver.

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FBI’s Twitter slang book goes public

FBI’s Twitter slang book goes public

The FBI, much like your grandma, wants to know what the kids are talking about on Twitter, and the myriad of abbreviations used can make that a bit difficult at times. To make sure everyone's on the same page, it crafted a Twitter slang book, which has now been made public.

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Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

According to Microsoft, they’ve beat the FBI at their own game. A letter sent to the company recently asked for information on an enterprise client, which Microsoft fought in court. Without having actually won a verdict, Microsoft says the FBI withdrew their request.

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Blackshades raids confirmed, detailed by FBI

Blackshades raids confirmed, detailed by FBI

Earlier this week, sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal tipped that raids were taking place on the hacking collective surrounding Blackshades, a remote access tool that made spying on others a simple matter. Today the FBI confirmed the raids, and detailed a bit about what went down.

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Blackshades hacking collective raided

Blackshades hacking collective raided

The hacking collective behind the remote access tool (RAT) called Blackshades has been raided by the FBI and applicable foreign law enforcement agencies. The raids are said by sources to be taking place at the homes of those involved with the software globally.

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Syrian Electronic Army leaks Microsoft’s FBI private data sales

Syrian Electronic Army leaks Microsoft’s FBI private data sales

The Syrian Electronic Army is known for their Twitter-hacking exploits, sometimes also going after the websites of various media agencies. Earlier this year, the SEA targeted Microsoft's Twitter account and blog, something said to have been a distraction while it pulled off its bigger mission: grabbing copies of Microsoft's invoices to the FBI.

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FBI webcam spying turned on: no red light required

FBI webcam spying turned on: no red light required

This week a former assistant director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division has spoken up on a single case which has subsequently revealed a lot of pointed spying abilities of the institution itself. Speaking up on terror suspect "Mo", Marcus Thomas has let it be known that they've been able to break into (some) computers for years, able to turn on their webcams remotely, and that they're able to do this without triggering the webcam's red light. In other words, they're able to see through a computer's webcam without the computer's owner knowing.

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