Items tagged with FBI

When Apple says "there's an app for that," they mean it. Of all the companies and entities in the world, though, most weren't expecting the FBI to come out with an iOS app. The Child ID app has just hit the App Store, detailed as the first mobile application created by the FBI to provide a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about users' children so that it will be at hand if needed. Users can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, users can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes... Read more...
It's an acknowledged fact that modern technology, Google and the rise of social networking sites like Facebook have changed the rules when it comes to expectations of privacy. Most of the time, when we hear that these evolving expectations have tripped someone up, it's because an employee once considered a shoo-in for a job was disqualified when the potential employer found distasteful evidence in the candidate's MySpace profile, blog, or previously unmentioned extensive filmography in German and Japanese porn. In tumultuous times like these, it's understandable that employers and employees can both be caught unawares. Every now and then, however, an organization or individual will make such... Read more...
FBI Director Robert Mueller, while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, gave an example of why everyone should be wary of cybercrime. He related the story of the head of one of America's domestic agencies. This person, Mueller said, received an email, purportedly from his bank, which looked "perfectly legitimate." It asked him to verify some information, and he began to do so, until he realized that it "might not be such a good idea." "It turned out that he was just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam, phishing spelled with a 'ph,' and this is someone who spends a good deal of his life warning others about the perils of cybercrime.... Read more...
No wonder the Pentagon is bracing for all manners of cyber warfare. Late last week, officials reported that the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service saw some of their computers "shut down" after a virus attack overwhelmed them. Reportedly, the virus stemmed from an invasion at the Marshals Service, with an FBI spokesperson noting that it was just one of several agencies "facing similar issues."Technicians disconnected the Marshals system from the Justice Department's computer system in order to proactively prevent any further spreading, though Marshals spokesman Nikki Credic insisted that "at no time was data compromised by the virus." She also stated that the origin of the bug and its type were... Read more...
It doesn't carry quite the same weight as the Warren Commission report and it might even contain more redactions than the Nixon tape transcripts, but recently-released FBI documents obtained by Wired News via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) prove that the FBI has been using its own version of spyware for years to catch cyber-criminals. The spyware goes by the moniker, "Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier" (CIPAV), and has apparently has been in use by the FBI since at least 2004. CIPAV first came to public attention in 2007 when it was mentioned in an FBI affidavit that Wired News had obtained. The affidavit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington,... Read more...
Though you might not go there as often yet, you soon will.  It's a random sort of babble that sounds mysteriously entertaining at first and then sucks you in like some cheesy sit-com.  What am I speaking of you say? Why the HH Blog Roll of course!  In our recent submissions we discuss things like the new HH Twitter and Facebook pages, that you should all either become a "fan" of or "follow" almost immediately, if not sooner.    And then of course Marco steps up in his RTG with a fleeting glimpse of a new keyboard that just might get you all jazzed - or not, depending on your personal preference.   HotHardware's Tweets (left) and The HH Facebook Page... Read more...
Just when you thought it was safe to open your browser: "The Department of Justice and FBI today said ongoing investigations have identified over 1 million botnet crime victims. The FBI is working with industry partners, including the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to notify the victim owners of the computers. Microsoft and the Botnet Task Force have also helped out the FBI. Through this process the FBI may uncover additional incidents in which botnets have been used to facilitate other criminal activity, the FBI said in a statement." It's actually quite troubling to think that either these 1 million+ people either didn't use proper protection... Read more...
First ... Prev 2 3 4 5 6