Items tagged with FBI

A 32-old Colorado man who previously worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) has been sentenced to 262 months—close to 22 years—in prison for selling National Defense Information (NDI) to a spy from the Russian Federation. Except that the "Russian spy" was actually an undercover FBI agent.  Jareh Sebastian... Read more...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is the primary interface between the public and the U.S. government, to report cybercrime and collect information about cybersecurity threats. The IC3 recently published a paper outlining a significant increase in reports and losses throughout... Read more...
In the threat intelligence and cybersecurity space, an interesting development has unfolded over the past few days regarding BlackCat or ALPHV, the group behind the Reddit security breach and the more recent 23AndMe data breach. It initially appeared as though the FBI had seized the group’s website, though BlackCat... Read more...
The FBI and Justice Department recently announced a “multinational operation to disrupt and dismantle the malware and botnet known as Qakbot.” In what the authorities are calling one of the largest U.S.-led disruption operations, Qakbot infrastructure was accessed to tear down the network from the inside. Qakbot... Read more...
Deepfake technology, or AI-manipulated videos, photos, or audio clips, has been on the rise over the past few years. While this tech has great applications in places like the film industry, it can also be used for nefarious things like 'undressing' women from any photo they post online. Since deepfake tech has gotten... Read more...
The FBI just issued a warning to the public against using free public USB charging ports, such as those found at airports or malls, because they've been found to be ports of entry for malware.  A recent tweet by the FBI Denver field office advised that bad actors (i.e. people with nefarious intentions, not Steven... Read more...
Last November, two weeks after the Biden administration held the second International Counter Ransomware Summit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a joint cybersecurity advisory warning... Read more...
Two weeks ago, the Biden administration convened the second International Counter Ransomware Summit, warning that ransomware attacks are outpacing efforts to mitigate them. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and... Read more...
Yesterday, a thirty-four year old resident of London. England, Daniel Kaye, was called before a grand jury to answer for nine federal charges. Kaye is accused of operating an online marketplace where cybercriminals bought and sold stolen information and illicit items. According to court documents, this online... Read more...
The US Department of Education is currently preparing to forgive up to $20,000 per person in federal student loan debt. While there are multiple outstanding legal challenges to the executive order that authorizes this plan, those with student loans can already apply for debt relief on the official Federal Student Aid... Read more...
On September 5, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the United States, published a news release disclosing a ransomware attack on its internal systems. While LAUSD is far from the only school to have been hit by ransomware this year, the size of the school district has... Read more...
The Cyber Division of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published a notice warning the healthcare industry of cyberattacks targeting healthcare payment processors. The attacks generally come in the form of phishing attacks that leverage employees’ publicly available Personally Identifiable Information... Read more...
Is that applicant acting a bit funny or are your eyes deceiving you? If you are an employer conducting online interviews, some of your applicants may not be what they seem. The FBI has warned employers that bad actors are using deepfakes and stolen IDs to apply for jobs where they could access sensitive... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on a data breach at Shields Health Care Group that resulted in the theft of personal information belong to 2 million Americans. Oftentimes, data stolen in breaches like this end up on online forums or marketplaces where cybercriminals buy and sell these ill-gotten gains. Lately, US law... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered leaked details regarding a government contractor that demonstrated its ability to track billions of phones all over the world by spying on CIA and NSA agents’ activity. Government contractors are able to provide surveillance services by purchasing user data from third parties. However, US... Read more...
Some recent revelations regarding cybercriminal activity have spelled bad news for T-Mobile. After government authorities seized RaidForums, a popular hacking site where stolen data was sold, court records revealed that T-Mobile attempted to buy back stolen customer data. However, the deal went sideways when the... Read more...
We all know that it is bad luck to cross a black cat. This particular black cat should make you run in the opposite direction. The FBI recently confirmed that the BlackCat ransomware compromised at least 60 organizations worldwide. The breaches occurred between November 2021 and March 2022. BlackCat/ALPHV... Read more...
Practically anything and everything can be accomplished online these days, and that obviously includes applying for a job. As it relates to that, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) posted a notice warning that scammers are preying on job applicants resulting in an average loss of $3,000 per victim, as well as... Read more...
Scanning a QR (Quick Response) code sure is an easy and convenient way to access information, like a restaurant's menu, but be careful of scanning codes willy-nilly. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) felt compelled to issue a warning about cyber-criminals tampering with QR codes to ultimately steal your... Read more...
It is a good idea to always be wary of packages, especially if you are not expecting one. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently warned American companies that cybercriminals are sending USB drives with ransomware in the mail. The cybercriminals have attempted to mimic legitimate institutions... Read more...
As you sort through the plethora of Cyber Monday deals that are out there, including bargains on gaming laptops, discounts on Motorola phones, and the such, be on the lookout for scammers hoping to capitalize on your holiday spending spree. This is a popular time of year for holiday scams, and such a big deal that the... Read more...
This is the time of year for giving thanks, munching on fried turkey (you are frying it, right?) and delicious side dishes, and shopping bargains on gaming laptops, TVs, and everything else. It's also when ransomware and other digital crooks ramp up their efforts to ruin the holidays. As such, the Federal Bureau of... Read more...
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