encryption
Police Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI’s Effort to ‘Backdoor’ Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever

For more than a decade now, FBI directors have been ranting about investigators being cut off from prized intelligence sources thanks to the widespread adoption of digitally encrypted communications. The truth, of course, is that humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the internet has given today’s Federal Bureau of Investigation access to more data than its disreputable predecessors would’ve ever dreamed possible. The notion that technology such as smartphones and the internet have made information-gathering more difficult is a view expressed solely by the FBI in an ominous scenario it likes to call “Going Dark.” Read More >>

apple
Bill Gates Seems to Think Apple Should Just Put a Backdoor in the iPhone

Bill Gates thinks Silicon Valley isn’t worried enough about government regulation. In a new interview, he warned that big tech companies are being reckless in their support for end-to-end encryption, and he made some cryptic comments about Apple. Read More >>

surveillance
Why Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Programme Called ‘Gravestone’

If you’re the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tasked with rapidly uncovering plots involving terrorism and cybercrime, you want access to as much intelligence as you can get your hands on. After all, your successes are rarely rewarded with a ticker-tape parade, but when you fail, well, there’s lots of career-ending blame and congressional testimony to go around. Read More >>

history
FBI Says Remaining JFK Assassination Files Will Be Released (With Redactions) in Coming Weeks

After a couple of false starts, the FBI claims that the remaining JFK assassination files that were scheduled to be released last week will finally be made public. But historians and researchers still might be somewhat disappointed. After further vetting by intelligence agencies, the FBI says that some sensitive names in the files will be withheld. Read More >>

privacy
The FBI Can’t Stop Fearmongering About Encryption

Never in the past century has the FBI ever had greater access to consumer data than it does today. It has never been easier to locate a person of interest—be it a terrorist, a counterfeiter, or a child predator. The quickening pace of technology has given rise to new forms of surveillance, the likes of which, two decades ago, no federal agent would’ve ever thought possible. Read More >>

hacking
Equifax, Which Said Executives Did Not Know of Hack Before Trades, Has Launched a ‘Thorough Review’

Equifax Inc. has insisted that three executives who sold off over a million dollars in shares just days after news of a massive hack of 143 million Americans’ financial data spread internally were not aware of the breach when they made the sales. Read More >>

ebay
eBay Auction For Old FBI Surveillance Van Ends Today

Have you ever wanted to own an undercover FBI van, complete with video and audio recording equipment, and even a toilet in the back for those long stakeouts? Now’s your chance. Read More >>

crime
‘The Biggest Marketplace on the Dark Web’ Gets Busted by Authorities

On July 4th, AlphaBay Market went down and scared the hell out of users. One of, if not the most popular destination for illicit goods on the dark net, the site took over Silk Road’s throne after its founder was arrested. According to a new report, AlphaBay has suffered the same fate and international authorities have shut it down. Read More >>

crime
The Bro Behind Fyre Festival Faces 20 Years for Wire Fraud

“Let’s just do it and be legends, man,” a marketing exec for the doomed Fyre Festival reportedly said when it became clear the event was going to be a disaster. And now the lead organiser of that legendarily terrible music festival might be a legend in the clink. Billy McFarland has been charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison. Read More >>

hacking
The FBI Paid Nearly £700,000 to Unlock the San Bernardino Terrorist’s iPhone

Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino in December of 2015, there was a lot of controversy over whether Apple should help the FBI open one of the terrorist’s phones. Ultimately, the FBI found a private company that helped crack it open, but we had no idea how much that effort cost the government. Until now. Read More >>

twitter
FBI Director James Comey: ‘I Am Not a Tweeter’

James Comey may have an account on Twitter, but, as the FBI director made perfectly clear on Monday, he is certainly not a filthy “tweeter.” Read More >>

fbi
Dark Web Child Porn Kingpin Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

A Florida man whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation says created the “world’s largest child pornography website” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Read More >>

hacking
FBI’s Disturbing Hacking Powers Challenged in Court Over Child Pornography Case

Arguments were heard in an appeals court on Wednesday involving a controversial government hacking case in which the FBI participated in the distribution of child pornography. This is the most recent legal test of the FBI’s ability to hack any computer, anywhere. Read More >>

the cyber
The FBI Considers Opening a Cyber University for Hackers Who Don’t Want to Do So Many Press Ups

In 2014, FBI Director James Comey half-jokingly remarked that the FBI was having trouble recruiting tech talent for its cyber crime division because the best of the best smoke weed. Three years and numerous hacking scandals later, he’s actually floating some ideas on how to fix that problem. Read More >>

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 >>