politics
FBI Head Says He Has ‘No Information’ to Support Trump’s Bullshit Wiretapping Claim

Appearing before the House Select Committee on Intelligence today, FBI director James Comey couldn’t offer a shred of evidence to support Donald Trump’s outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claim that former President Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the election. Read More >>

news
Twitter User Accused of Sending Journalist Seizure-Inducing GIF: ‘Let’s See If He Dies’

Friday evening, disturbing new details emerged in the case of a Maryland man accused of sending a seizure-inducing GIF to Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald, including private Twitter messages where the suspect allegedly wrote “I hope this sends him into a seizure” and “let’s see if he dies.” Read More >>

hackers
The World’s Most Wanted Hacker Sounds Like a Goddamn James Bond Villain

Meet Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. He enjoys automobiles, boat adventures, money, and aggravated identity theft. He’s also wanted by the FBI with a bounty on his head of $3 million, the highest ever for a cybercriminal. Seriously, this dude is straight out of an Ian Fleming novel. Read More >>

crime
FBI Drops All Charges in Child Porn Case to Keep Sketchy Spying Methods Secret

US government prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Washington man who allegedly downloaded explicit photos of minors from Playpen, a popular child pornography site on the dark web that was briefly run by the FBI. Read More >>

privacy
US Judge Breaks Precedent, Orders Google to Give Foreign Emails to FBI

A potentially major blow for privacy advocates occurred on Friday when a US magistrate ruled against Google and ordered it to cooperate with FBI search warrants demanding access to user emails that are stored on servers outside of the United States. The case is certain to spark a fight, because an appeals court ruled in favour of Microsoft in a similar case recently. Read More >>

gaming
The FBI’s Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate

A member of Reddit GamerGate hub KotakuinAction filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the online movement which they received last month. Now those documents have been made public, and amid its 173 heavily-redacted pages is one email chain encapsulating how a year of the Bureau’s efforts resulted in exactly zero prosecutions. Read More >>

security
FBI’s New Anti-Hacking Campaign Asks Teens To Be Cyber Heroes, Not Cyber Zeroes

This week, the FBI teamed up with Europol to launch a public prevention campaign designed to “raise awareness of the risk of young adults getting involved in cybercrime.” In service of that mission, the law enforcement agencies representing some of the world’s most powerful nations somehow came up this: Read More >>

avalanche
Feds Bust Huge ‘Avalanche’ Hacker Network in Global Sting Operation

Federal authorities from around the world have finally shut down “Avalanche,” a massive network of 500,000 hijacked machines that hackers used to launch malware and phishing attacks. In fact, at one time, the Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all global phishing attacks. Read More >>

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Over a Dozen FBI Agents Hospitalized After Million Dollar Sculpture Makes Them Sick

When a 17-foot tall wooden sculpture was installed in the FBI’s Miami field office in 2015, the government thought it was getting a great deal. The Government Services Administration (GSA) commissioned the work and estimated that it was “likely worth more than the $750,000 the government paid.” But it’s currently sitting in storage in Maryland. Why? The sculpture got over a dozen FBI agents seriously sick. Read More >>

privacy
The FBI Just Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the US.government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the US federal code of criminal procedure died on the Senate floor. Read More >>

crime
FBI Ran 23 Child Porn Websites: Report

A new report from Ars Technica on documents unsealed by the American Civil Liberties Union show that the FBI may have operated 23 child pornography websites on the dark web. Read More >>

weapons
FBI: Suspected NYC Bomber Ordered Weapon Parts on eBay

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors formally filed charges against Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who allegedly planted a series of bombs around New York and New Jersey before getting captured following a shootout Monday night. And while the complaint lists multiple pieces of evidence connecting Rahami to the attacks — including recovered fingerprints and surveillance footage — it also provides a chilling look into the online life of the man accused of injuring 29 people last weekend. Read More >>

robots
Footage Shows Device Exploding as Police Robots Close In

An explosive device possibly linked to the bombs that exploded in Manhattan and New Jersey this weekend detonated while a police robot attempted to disarm it. Read More >>

security
FBI Director Says You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape

Do you cover your webcam with tape or a sticker? Mark Zuckerberg does. It’s used to guard against hackers who might want to peek at your or your environment through your devices. And now the FBI Director has come out defending his own use of tape on his devices. Read More >>

crime
Israeli Teens Arrested In Connection With ‘Majority’ of Recent DDoS Attacks

Two Israeli eighteen-year-olds have been arrested in connection with an FBI investigation into vDOS, a cyberattack service that has been credited with perpetrating “a majority” of the DDoS attacks over the last few years. Read More >>