This year, the FBI appears to for the first time have overlooked a reporting obligation established by the US Attorney General's office, and in doing so, the bureau appears to have greatly low-balled the total number of times it authorised confidential informants to engage in criminal activity last year.
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The baffling story of US diplomats in Cuba suffering hearing loss and brain damage in some sort of covert "health attack" just gets stranger and more terrifying with every new report. The Associated Press has learned that victims' recollections and symptoms are even more varied and serious than we previously knew.
Self-proclaimed cyber terrorists tend to have one thing in common: They think police can't catch them. And almost always, these sad men sitting at computers are wrong. That seems to be the case with Brian Kil, a fictional Facebook bad guy who liked to extort underage girls into sending him nudes, according to the FBI. The story behind Brian Kil is a crazy one, but the story of how the FBI caught the suspect they believe to be behind the crimes is even crazier.
On July 5, 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.
"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.
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".
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 US government. Until now.
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.
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.
We know that the FBI has had a hard time finding tech talent and the current US administration has so far shown little interest in hiring technology experts, but we didn't expect this. New US federal court documents show that the FBI has been actively coordinating with members of Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to hunt for child pornography on customers' computers.
Digital security and its discontents — from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks — is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey's high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of sleuthing to find Comey's account, which is not protected.
By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes.
US federal 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.