Category: Law Enforcement

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Just last month, researchers explained how an attacker can knock the 911 service offline in an entire state by launching automated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks using a botnet of just 6000 smartphones. But, doing so, in reality, could not only land public in danger but the attacker as well. The same happened to an 18-year-old teen from Arizona, who was arrested this week following a severe disruption of 911 emergency systems caused due to one of his iOS exploits. Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai discovered an iOS vulnerability that could be exploited to manipulate devices, including trigger pop-ups, open email, and abuse phone features, according to a press release from the Cyber Crimes Unit of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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fbi-cia-director-hacked-crackas-with-attitudeUS authorities have arrested two North Carolina men on charges that they were part of the notorious hacking group “Crackas With Attitude.” Crackas with Attitude is the group of hackers who allegedly was behind a series of audacious and embarrassing hacks that targeted personal email accounts of senior officials at the CIA, FBI, the White House, Homeland Security Department, and other US federal agencies. Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., who allegedly used the handle “INCURSIO,” and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, of Morehead City, who known online as “D3F4ULT,” were arrested on Thursday morning on charges related to their alleged roles in the computer hacking, according to a press release by Department of Justice. A 16-year-old British teenager suspected of being part of the group was arrested in February by the FBI and British police.

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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, a man walks past the European police agency Europol in The Hague, Netherlands. The head of European Union police organization Europol said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)The European Police agency Europol has joined forces with police and cyber security companies to launch a worldwide initiative to combat and tackle together the exponential growth of Ransomware used by cyber criminals.

Europol announced today the initiative, dubbed NO More Ransom, that has been backed by technology giant Intel, cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab and the Netherlands police, aiming at decreasing an “exponential” rise in Ransomware threat.

Ransomware is a piece of malware that typically locks victim’s device using encryption and demands a fee to decrypt the important data. The estimated number of ransomware victims tripled in the first quarter of this year alone.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can now Hack your computers anywhere, anytime.
The FBI appeared to have been granted powers to hack any computer legally across the country, and perhaps anywhere in the world, with just a single search warrant authorized by any United States judge. The U.S. Supreme Court approved yesterday a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would let U.S. judges issue warrants for remote access to electronic devices outside their jurisdiction.

Encrypted-Smartphone-ServiceOn Tuesday, the Dutch Police arrested a 36-year-old man, Danny Manupassa, on suspicion of money laundering and involvement in selling encrypted smartphones to criminals. Manupassa owns a company called Ennetcom, which provides customized Blackberry Phones with the secure PGP-encrypted network. Reportedly, Ennetcom sold nearly 19,000 encrypted cell phones at 1500 euros each in last few years.Police have seized Ennetcom servers based in the Netherlands and Canada and pulled them offline. The seized servers contain data of encrypted communications belong to a large number of criminals.

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Spear Phishing AttackA former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after offering to hand over the email addresses of Energy Department employees to a foreign government for use in cyber attacks, and then trying to carry out a spear phishing campaign.

Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, pleaded guilty in February to one count of “attempted unauthorized access and intentional damage to a protected computer,” after being arrested in the Philippines in 2015, according to the Justice Department.

He first came to the attention of the FBI in 2013 after entering a foreign embassy in Manila and offering to sell a list of over 5,000 e-mail accounts of employees of the agency, which he claimed he could get thanks to his security clearance – despite having being sacked three years earlier.

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Blackberry

BlackBerry has long been known for its stance on mobile security, as it was the first mobile phone maker to provide end-to-end encryption. But a new report revealed that the company has provided a master backdoor to law enforcement in its secure devices since 2010.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have been in possession of a global decryption key for BlackBerry phones since 2010, according to a new report from Vice News published yesterday.
The report suggests that the Canadian police used the master key to intercept and decrypt over 1 Million messages sent using its own encrypted and allegedly secure BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service in a criminal investigation over the course of 2 years.

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