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Judge Forces US Capitol Rioter To Unlock Laptop Seized By FBI

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: A federal judge forced a US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop Wednesday after prosecutors argued that it likely contained footage of the January 6 insurrection from his helmet-worn camera. The judge granted the Justice Department's request to place Capitol riot defendant Guy Reffitt in front of his laptop so they could use facial recognition to unlock the device. The maneuver happened after the hearing ended and Reffitt's lawyer confirmed to CNN th...
Tags: US, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Capitol, US Capitol, Honig, Dabney Friedrich, Elie Honig, Guy Reffitt, Reffitt


The Geek in Review Ep. 125 – Shailini George on Law Students Doing Well and Being Well

Suffolk Law Professor Shailini George joins us to talk about her new book, The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well. Professor George talks about the need for law students to take better care of their mental and physical health in order for them to not only do well in law school but to be better lawyers once they enter the profession. Whether it is stopping task switching, setting boundaries on their time, or allowing themselves to be bored, she lays out a guide for students to do b...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Podcast, Law, Russia, Uncategorized, US, Fbi, Mental Health, Marley, Law School, Justice Department, Casetext, Suffolk, Trump, George


So. Much. More To the Tom Barrack Scandal: Just Wait For It

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. Barrack Allegedly Came Up Big For UAE Okay, let's jump right into the Tom Barrack scandal. We'll break it into two parts: key takeaways from the unsealing of the case + what the implications might be. Still a lot to unpack on this story. Key takeaways from the criminal filings: Trump Role? President-elect Trump was directly touched by the scandal, with Barrack allegedly succeeding in arranging calls between Trump and UAE official...
Tags: Google, News, Cbs News, Saudi Arabia, Alabama, Qatar, Fbi, Ben Rhodes, Mitch McConnell, Michigan, DEA, Biden, Justice Department, Uae, Trump, David Kurtz


Daily Crunch: In all-stock transaction, Zoom to purchase Five9 for $14.7 billion

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 19, 2021. In the old days, venture capital had seasons. VCs didn’t work in December, and the July-August period could be a bit hazy. Such variations have declined. Deal-making, it turns out, is now pretty much the theme for all seasons. Evidence? Just read what’s below! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Rappi raises $500M: Th...
Tags: TC, China, Russia, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Dover, Robinhood, Latin America, Jones, Duolingo, SPAC, Carlyle, Newsletters, Microsoft Exchange


US blames China for Exchange server hacks and ransomware attacks

The Biden administration and its allies has formally accused China of the mass-hacking of Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year, which prompted the FBI to intervene as concerns rose that the hacks could lead to widespread destruction. The mass-hacking campaign targeted Microsoft Exchange email servers with four previously undiscovered vulnerabilities that allowed the hackers — which Microsoft already attributed to a China-backed group of hackers called Hafnium — to steal email mailboxes a...
Tags: Security, Technology, Microsoft, Attorney General, Government, China, Russia, US, Tech, Fbi, Cybercrime, Beijing, United States, Hacking, Internet Security, Nato


Man Wrongfully Arrested By Facial Recognition Tells Congress His Story

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Michigan resident Robert Williams testified about being wrongfully arrested by Detroit Police in an effort to urge Congress to pass legislation against the use of facial recognition technology. Williams' testimony was part of a hearing held by the House of Representatives' subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security, which dealt with how law enforcement uses the highly controversial surveillance technology. Congress recently intro...
Tags: Congress, Virginia, US, Tech, Fbi, Williams, Aclu, House Of Representatives, Michigan, Vermont, Robert Williams, U S Postal Service, House Judiciary Committee, U S Government Accountability Office, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Police


Amazon is selling products emblazoned with a far-right, white nationalist meme

A Trump supporter wears a "Groyper" meme shirt outside the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol riot. Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images Amazon is selling three products promoting the far-right meme Groyper. Groyper, a spinoff of Pepe the Frog, is closely linked with the white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes. On Monday, Media Matters for America reported additional items that appear to have been removed. Visit Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Politics, News, Media, Washington Post, US, America, Trends, Fbi, Reddit, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Pepe, Trump


'We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals' (slashdot)

Motherboard bought an FBI "Anom" phone that the agency secretly sells to criminals to monitor their communications. Joseph Cox reports: The sleek, black phone seems perfectly normal. Unlocking the Google Pixel 4a with a PIN code reveals some common apps: Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, and even Candy Crush. But none of those apps work, and tapping their icons doesn't do anything. Resetting the phone and typing in another PIN opens up an entirely different section of the device, with a new ...
Tags: Google, News, Australia, Fbi, BeauHD, Joseph Cox, Anom, FBI Anom, Tinder Instagram Facebook Netflix


'We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals'

Motherboard bought an FBI "Anom" phone that the agency secretly sells to criminals to monitor their communications. Joseph Cox reports: The sleek, black phone seems perfectly normal. Unlocking the Google Pixel 4a with a PIN code reveals some common apps: Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, and even Candy Crush. But none of those apps work, and tapping their icons doesn't do anything. Resetting the phone and typing in another PIN opens up an entirely different section of the device, with a new ...
Tags: Google, Australia, Tech, Fbi, Joseph Cox, Anom, FBI Anom, Tinder Instagram Facebook Netflix


Vice obtained one of the FBI honeypot cellphones that reeled in alleged crooks

ANOM was a black market cellphone platform sold to crooks with the promise of secret comms. Sadly for them, the software was made by the FBI, leading to many arrests. Since the chips were called in, the spooked Google Pixel 4s have been appearing online for sale and Vice bought one. — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Security, Post, News, Law, Fbi, Mistakes, Opsec, Stings, Anom


Russian State Hackers Breached Republican National Committee

Russian government hackers breached the computer systems of the Republican National Committee last week, around the time a Russia-linked criminal group unleashed a massive ransomware attack, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. From the report: The government hackers were part of a group known as APT 29 or Cozy Bear, according to the people. That group has been tied to Russia's foreign intelligence service and has previously been accused of breaching the D...
Tags: Microsoft, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, Dhs, Fbi, Miami, Republican National Committee, Rnc, Bloomberg News, Democratic National Committee, Mike Reed, Synnex, SolarWinds Corp, Kaseya Ltd


World's Single-Biggest Ransomware Attack Hit 'Thousands' in 17 Countries

It's now being called "the single biggest global ransomware attack on record," with thousands of victims in at least 17 different countries breached with ransomware Friday, reports the Associated Press, citing new details provided by cybersecurity researchers. An affiliate of the Russia-linked gang REvil deployed the ransomware "largely through firms that remotely manage IT infrastructure for multiple customers." A broad array of businesses and public agencies were hit by the latest attack, ap...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, America, Tech, Fbi, Miami, Associated Press, Biden, Sophos, Mandiant, VSA, Bleeping Computer, Kaseya, Voccola, Fred Voccola


Report: Hundreds of US companies hit by ransomware attack

By Frank Bajak, Eric Tucker and Matt O’Brien | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network management packag...
Tags: Business, Technology, Crime, News, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Sport, World news, Fbi, Soccer, Infosec, Huntress, Lapd, Hammond


Maine Passes the Strongest State Facial Recognition Ban Yet

The state of Maine now has the most stringent laws regulating government use of facial recognition in the country. The Verge reports: The new law prohibits government use of facial recognition except in specifically outlined situations, with the most broad exception being if police have probable cause that an unidentified person in an image committed a serious crime, or for proactive fraud prevention. Since Maine police will not have access to facial recognition, they will be able to ask the FBI...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Fbi, Maine, Aclu, BMV, Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles BMV


DMARC: The First Line of Defense Against Ransomware

There has been a lot of buzz in the industry about ransomware lately. Almost every other day, it's making headlines. With businesses across the globe holding their breath, scared they might fall victim to the next major ransomware attack, it is now time to take action. The FBI IC3 report of 2020 classified Ransomware as the most financially damaging cybercrime of the year, with no major [Author: [email protected] (The Hacker News)]
Tags: Tech, Ransomware, Fbi


To end cyberterrorism, the government should extend a hand to the private sector

Mark Testoni Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Testoni is the CEO at SAP National Security Services, Inc. Prior to joining SAP NS2, Mark held leadership positions at SAP and Oracle and served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Joseph Moreno Contributor Share on Twitter Joseph Moreno is the general counsel at SAP National Security Services, Inc. H...
Tags: Security, TC, Column, Congress, Opinion, China, Russia, America, Tech, Fbi, United States, Cyberattack, Silicon Valley, National Security, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security


US appears to seize web domains for Iranian state media outlets, including PressTV

This undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV, shows American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi at studio in Tehran, Iran. Press TV via AP Press TV is an English-language propaganda operation created by the Iranian government. The outlet, based in Tehran, was founded in 2007. It continues to operate on Facebook and Twitter. See more stories on Insider's business page. The website for the Iranian government's English-language propaga...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Washington, US, International, Trends, Iran, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Associated Press, Tehran, Charles Davis, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Islamic Republic


The incredible life and career of Sean Parker, who got his start as a teenage hacker before cofounding Napster, netting billions from Facebook, and becoming a political megadonor

Sean Parker. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Sean Parker got his start as a teenage hacker before cofounding Napster in 1999. He joined Facebook in its early days, becoming the founding president of the site at 24. Now, the 41-year-old billionaire funds philanthropic causes and donates to political candidates. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sean Parker found massive success at an incredibly young age.At 19, he cofounded Napster, a file-sharing service that would change how th...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Obama, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, Fbi, Washington Dc, New York Times, Peter Thiel, PAC


Why is ransomware on the rise?

Two high-profile cyberattacks on critical infrastructure companies over the past month have shone what experts say is a much-needed spotlight on the rising threat of ransomware. An attack against Colonial Pipeline in May forced the company to temporarily shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline that it said supplies nearly 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel. Colonial eventually paid the extortionists—a group known as DarkSide—nearly $5 million in Bitcoin. The FBI has since recovered roughly half of th...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Fbi, East Coast, Next Featured


Extorted by Ransomware Gangs? The Payments May Be Tax-Deductible

As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals. But the U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: If you pay a ransom, it may be tax deductible. From a report, shared by a Slashdot reader: The Internal Revenue Service offers no formal guidance on ransomware payments, but multiple tax experts interviewed by the Associated Press said deductions of ransomeware payments as a cost of doing b...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Associated Press, Irs, Don, Slashdot, Internal Revenue Service


How the FBI Is Trying to Break Encryption Without Actually Breaking Encryption

Since at least the 1990s, federal officials have publicly worried that encrypted communications give aid to terrorists and criminals. More often than not they have, to some degree, been right.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Cryptography, Fbi, Information Technology, Computing, Dark Web, Crypto Wars, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyberspace, Secure Communication, End To End Encryption, US Department of Justice, Internet Privacy, Jennifer Lynch


Stop the excuses and pass a police decertification bill

SACRAMENTO – If you’re a Realtor, contractor or insurance agent who engages in serious misbehavior, the state can strip you of the license that allows you to practice your profession. Occupational-licensing rules often are strict. They include “moral turpitude” clauses that deny licenses to those with convictions – even for crimes that have little to do with the specific work license. These rules mostly apply to private-sector workers. But many government employees – especially police officers, ...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Bill, EMS, Bill Of Rights, Legislature, McFarland, Senate Bill, Fullerton, Newsom


The man who got the FBI's fake messaging app off the ground says pulling off one of the biggest police stings in history wasn't the only goal

The FBI partnered with law enforcement around the world to target suspected drug and gun traffickers with a fake messaging app. The FBI Authorities arrested hundreds of suspected criminals after tricking them into using an FBI-controlled chat app. The former prosecutor who oversaw the operation told Insider the sting warned criminals that encrypted technology can't hide their wrongdoing. He wouldn't expand on whether extremist groups that organize over encrypted apps should heed th...
Tags: Europe, Technology, News, Australia, US, Trends, Drug Trafficking, Fbi, Courts, Criminal Justice, Young, Justice Department, Europol, Andrew Young, Barnes Thornburg, Phantom Secure


Ransomware Attack Targeted Teamsters Union in 2019. But They Just Refused to Pay

NBC reports that America's "Teamsters" labor union was hit by a ransomware attack demanding $2.5 million back in 2019. "But unlike many of the companies hit by high-profile ransomware attacks in recent months, the union declined to pay, despite the FBI's advice to do so, three sources familiar with the previously unreported cyberattack told NBC News." Personal information for the millions of active and retired members was never compromised, according to a Teamsters spokesperson, who also said ...
Tags: Nbc, Washington, Nbc News, America, Tech, Fbi, Union, Teamsters, Ransomware Attack Targeted Teamsters Union


Google Won't Kill the URL After All (wired news)

Plus: A Colonial Pipeline update, inside details of the FBI's Anom caper, and more of the week's top security news. [Author: Brian Barrett]
Tags: Google, News, Fbi, Brian Barrett


Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his and his wife's records were subpoenaed by Trump DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his records were subpoenaed by DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Delta passengers, crew subdue off-duty flight attendant on LA to Atlanta flight

By Alta Spells, Elizabeth Joseph and Ray Sanchez | CNN An off-duty Delta Air Lines flight attendant apparently commandeered the intercom on an Atlanta-bound flight Friday night, leading to a scuffle that forced the plane to land in Oklahoma City, an airline spokesman said. Crew members and passengers of Delta Flight 1730 subdued the man after he assaulted two flight attendants and, according to Oklahoma City police, said he was “going to take the plane down.” A passenger said other travelers des...
Tags: Google, New York, Crime, News, La, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Cnn, Fbi, Soccer, Delta, Nashville, Tsa, Detroit, Faa


Google Won't Kill the URL After All

Plus: A Colonial Pipeline update, inside details of the FBI's Anom caper, and more of the week's top security news.
Tags: Google, Fbi


Chicago PD officer charged in Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

By Carma Hassan and Brad Parks | CNN A Chicago police officer was arrested at his home Friday morning and is facing five federal misdemeanor charges in connection to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in Washington. Karol Chwiesiuk is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Chwiesiuk made a court appearance Friday morn...
Tags: Google, Senate, US, Sport, Cnn, Fbi, Chicago, Soccer, Dc, Capitol Police, Trump, David Brown, Chicago Police, Brown, Capitol, Chicago Police Department



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