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Ex-US Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying and Helping Iranian Hackers

February 14th, 2019
The United States Department of Justice has announced espionage charges against a former US Air Force intelligence officer with the highest level of top-secret clearance for providing the Iranian government classified defense information after she defected to Iran in 2013. Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, was a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Specialist and Special Agent of the Air Force Office

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FBI Mapping ‘Joanap Malware’ Victims to Disrupt the North Korean Botnet

January 31st, 2019
The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Wednesday its effort to "map and further disrupt" a botnet tied to North Korea that has infected numerous Microsoft Windows computers across the globe over the last decade. Dubbed Joanap, the botnet is believed to be part of "Hidden Cobra"—an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors' group often known as Lazarus Group and Guardians of

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FBI, Air Force investigators mapped North Korean botnet to aid shutdown

January 31st, 2019
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On January 30, the US Department of Justice announced that it, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations were engaged in a campaign to "map and further disrupt" a botnet tied to North Korean intelligence activities detailed in an indictment unsealed last September. Search warrants obtained by the FBI and AFOSI allowed the agencies to essentially join the botnet, creating servers that mimicked the beacons of the malware.

"While the Joanap botnet was identified years ago and can be defeated with antivirus software," said United States Attorney Nick Hanna, "we identified numerous unprotected computers that hosted the malware underlying the botnet. The search warrants and court orders announced today as part of our efforts to eradicate this botnet are just one of the many tools we will use to prevent cybercriminals from using botnets to stage damaging computer intrusions.”

Joanap is a remote access tool (RAT) identified as part of "Hidden Cobra", the Department of Homeland Security designator for the North Korean hacking operation also known as the Lazarus Group. The same group has been tied to the WannaCry worm and the hacking of Sony Motion Pictures. Joanap's spread dates back to 2009, when it was distributed by Brambul, a Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing protocol worm. Joanap and Brambul were recovered from computers of the victims of the campaigns listed in the indictment of Park Jin Hyok in September.

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Police Shut Down xDedic – An Online Market for Cyber Criminals

January 29th, 2019
In an international operation involving law enforcement authorities from the U.S. and several European countries, feds have shut down an online underground marketplace and arrested three suspects in Ukraine. Dubbed xDedic, the illegal online marketplace let cybercriminals buy, sell or rent out access to thousands of hacked computers and servers across the world and personally identifiable

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Unprotected Government Server Exposes Years of FBI Investigations

January 17th, 2019
A massive government data belonging to the Oklahoma Department of Securities (ODS) was left unsecured on a storage server for at least a week, exposing a whopping 3 terabytes of data containing millions of sensitive files. The unsecured storage server, discovered by Greg Pollock, a researcher with cybersecurity firm UpGuard, also contained decades worth of confidential case files from the

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ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”

December 21st, 2018
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The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies engage in what is often called "lawful hacking."

The activist groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and nine others. None responded in a substantive way.

"Law enforcement use of hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy," the ACLU argues in its lawsuit, which was filed Friday in federal court in New York state.

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Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud

December 10th, 2018
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of stolen identities in public comments on the government's repeal of net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

The investigation focuses on "whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people's identities were posted to the FCC's website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules," the report said.

"Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments," BuzzFeed wrote.

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Silk Road Admin Pleads Guilty – Could Face Up to 20 Years in Prison

October 11th, 2018
An Irish national who helped run the now-defunct dark web marketplace Silk Road pleaded guilty on Friday to drug trafficking charges that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Gary Davis, also known as Libertas, was one of the site administrators and forum moderators for Silk Road, then-largest underground marketplace on the Internet used by thousands of users to sell and buy drugs

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