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Russian trolls are relying on Trump quotes and tweets for disinformation campaigns, saving them from making up the content themselves like they did in the 2016 elections

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Russia's attempts to influence the election are mostly just amplifying President Donald Trump's misleading statements, according to a new report from The New York Times. Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow and former FBI special agent Clint Watts told the Times: "The Russians in 2016 had to make false news stories or manipulated truths to power their narratives. This time they’re not writing anything that’s not already said in US space, often by Mr. T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, New York Times, The Times, Sputnik, Fox News, Associated Press


How comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan became the world's highest-paid podcaster

Joe Rogan's podcast made $30 million last year. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Joe Rogan's wildly popular podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," is now available on Spotify — and it's already stirring up controversy.  In the past week, Rogan has been accused of making transphobic comments and spreading misinformation about the Oregon wildfires on his podcast. Rogan's multiyear licensing deal with Spotify, first announced in May, is worth more than $100 million, per The...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Elon Musk, Florida, Instagram, Podcasts, Nbc, Robert Downey Jr, Youtube, Oregon, Life, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Africa, US


Senate’s encryption backdoor bill is ‘dangerous for Americans,’ says Rep. Lofgren

A Senate bill that would compel tech companies to build backdoors to allow law enforcement access to encrypted devices and data would be “very dangerous” for Americans, said a leading House Democrat. Law enforcement frequently spars with tech companies over their use of strong encryption, which protects user data from hackers and theft, but the government says makes it harder to catch criminals accused of serious crime. Tech companies like Apple and Google have in recent years doubled down on...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Congress, Attorney General, Government, Senate, Tech, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi, Law Enforcement, United States, House, Silicon Valley, Crypto Wars


At Least 10 Amazon Employees Took Bribes from Sellers, Indictment Alleges

CBS News reports: Six people allegedly conspired to bribe Amazon employees and contractors in order to gain a competitive advantage on the retailer's marketplace, federal prosecutors announced Friday. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, those charged posed as consultants and worked with third-party sellers whose products had previously been removed from Amazon Marketplace get the items back on the platform. The six then paid a total of more than $100,000 in bribes to least 10 Amazon e...
Tags: Amazon, Cbs News, Tech, Fbi, Cbs, Seattle, U S Department of Justice, Amazon Marketplace, Brian Moran, Amazon Employees Took Bribes


Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent

The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent The U.S. Commerce Department has released details about how it will be implementing the Trump administration’s domestic ban of TikTok and WeChat. Both apps will no longer be available (and will not be able...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Taylor Swift, Nsa, India, US, Tech, Nasa, Fbi, United States, Aclu, Las Vegas, Mars, Marc Benioff, Bessemer


CEO of Cyber Fraud Startup NS8 Arrested By FBI, Facing Fraud Charges

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The CEO of a startup that sold fraud prevention software is facing fraud charges after he was arrested Thursday by the FBI in Las Vegas. Adam Rogas, who abruptly resigned from NS8 earlier this month, is accused of misleading investors who poured in $123 million to his company earlier this year, a deal in which he allegedly pocketed more than $17 million. "Adam Rogas was the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse," acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audr...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Manhattan, SEC, Las Vegas, Nevada, Justice Department, Adam Rogas, Audrey Strauss, Rogas, Cyber Fraud Startup, FBI Facing Fraud Charges, Lightspeed Venture Partners In


Amid layoffs and allegations of fraud, the FBI has arrested NS8’s CEO following its $100+ million summer financing

The tagline from today’s announcement from the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York says it all: “Adam Rogas Allegedly Raised $123 Million from Investors Using Financial Statements that Showed Tens of Millions of Dollars of Revenue and Assets that Did Not Exist”. Rogas, the co-founder and former chief executive and chief financial officer and board member of the Las Vegas-based fraud prevention company, NS8, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fbi, United States, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Doj, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities And Exchange Commission, Lightspeed Ventures, Lightspeed, Forbes


Joe Rogan falsely blamed forest fires in Oregon on 'left-wing' activists

Joe Rogan hosts "The Joe Rogan Experience," a popular podcast. PowerfulJRE/YouTube Joe Rogan echoed false claims on the latest episode of his podcast that "left-wing" activists had been arrested in connection to forest fires in Oregon. Local law enforcement, the FBI, and Snopes have repeatedly debunked rumors linking the fires to activity by "extremists" or antifa. Spotify reached a deal in May that will see Rogan's "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast become exclusively available on the pla...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Science, News, Media, Podcasts, Oregon, Advertising, Trends, Fbi, Fires, Portland, The New York Times, Kardashian, Portland Oregon


Joe Rogan falsely claimed that 'left-wing' activists set forest fires in Oregon

Joe Rogan hosts "The Joe Rogan Experience," a popular podcast. PowerfulJRE/YouTube Joe Rogan echoed false claims on the latest episode of his podcast that "left-wing" activists had been arrested for setting forest fires in Oregon. The claim that "extremists" or "ANTIFA" had been arrested for arson in the area has been debunked by local law enforcement, the FBI, and Snopes. "The Joe Rogan Experience" signed an exclusive deal with Spotify in May, and will become exclusively available on the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Science, News, Media, Podcasts, Oregon, Advertising, Trends, Fbi, Fires, Portland, The New York Times, Kardashian, Portland Oregon


FBI Director: It's a Mistake To Get Election Information on Social Media

If a Facebook page or an Instagram post is offering the location of your polling place, you should double check that with your local elections office, the FBI director said Thursday at a congressional hearing. Better yet, don't get your election information from social media at all. From a report: The House Committee on Homeland Security hosted on Thursday its annual worldwide threats hearing, where intelligence agencies in past years have warned about international cyberattacks and online disin...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Fbi, Wray, Don, House Committee on Homeland Security


10 things in tech you need to know today

Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images; Clancy Morgan/Business Insider Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Trump said he's not ready to sign off on a TikTok deal as his administration reportedly pushes for majority US ownership. The Wall Street Journal reported that ByteDance had sought to keep its controlling share of the social media app in a deal it pitched to US officials this week.Twitter took 30 minutes ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spotify, Okta, US, Trends, Fbi, Kanye West, Arizona, Tokyo, SEC, App Store, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal


U.S. charges Iranians with hacking aerospace and satellite technology firms for Islamic republic's Revolutionary Guard

The Justice Department announced charges against three Iranian nationals over the hacking of aerospace and satellite tech firms. Here's the news release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, published early Thursday: Iranian Hackers Indicted for Stealing Data from Aerospace and Satellite Tracking CompaniesALEXANDRIA, Va. – An indictment was unsealed today charging three computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the Islamic...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Justice, Iran, Fbi, Tech News, United States, United Kingdom, Hackers, Aerospace, Justice Department, Irgc, District Court, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC, Revolutionary Guard


U.S. Announces Charges Against 2 Russian and 2 Iranian Hackers

Immediately after revealing criminal charges against 5 Chinese and 2 Malaysian hackers, the United States government yesterday also made two separate announcements charging two Iranian and two Russian hackers and added them to the FBI's most-wanted list. The two Russian nationals—Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi—are accused of stealing $16.8 million worth of cryptocurrencies in a series of [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Tech, Fbi, United States, Wang Wei, U S Announces Charges Against, Danil Potekhin, Dmitrii Karasavidi


FBI adds 5 Chinese APT41 hackers to its Cyber's Most Wanted List

The United States government today announced charges against 5 alleged members of a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group and 2 Malaysian hackers that are responsible for hacking than 100 companies throughout the world. Named as APT41 and also known as 'Barium,' 'Winnti, 'Wicked Panda,' and 'Wicked Spider,' the cyber-espionage group has been operating since at least 2012 and is not just [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
Tags: Tech, Fbi, United States


Apple gave the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire

Ted Warren/AP Apple granted the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire in Seattle this summer, according to court documents. Once it had access to the protester's account, the FBI found screenshots of an Instagram post promoting the protest, a screenshot of a recipe for a Molotov cocktail, and videos of "a green glass bottle" in an unzipped backpack. It's routine for Apple to comply with court-issued search warrants, but the cooperation cont...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Privacy, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Fbi, Protests, Jackson, Seattle, Forbes, Edmonds Washington, AP Apple, Tech Insider, William Barr


Hackers working for China have successfully compromised US government systems, according to a federal cybersecurity agency

Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Hackers linked to the Chinese government have successfully infiltrated US government systems across "many sectors," according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI.  The hackers are taking advantage of publicly available code and exploits that have already been publicized in order to hack into US entities. The report suggests that, after vulnerabilities are discovered and publicized by US defenders, hackers are ofte...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Hacks, Hacker, Cisa, Tech Insider, Thomas Trutschel Photothek, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Aaron Holmes, Military & Defense, Getty Images Hackers


FBI Says Credential Stuffing Attacks Are Behind Some Recent Bank Hacks

The FBI has sent a private security alert to the US financial sector last week warning organizations about the increasing number of credential stuffing attacks that have targeted their networks and have led to breaches and considerable financial losses. From a report: Credential stuffing is a relatively new term in the cyber-security industry. [...] According to an FBI security advisory obtained by ZDNet today, credential stuffing attacks have increased in recent years and have now become a majo...
Tags: US, Tech, Fbi, Zdnet


It's time to get serious about impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr

Attorney General Bill Bar stands behind President Donald Trump during a press conference on March 23, 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Attorney General William Barr has shown that he has no respect for the law. During his time as AG, Barr has acted more like President Trump's personal defense lawyers than America's top law enforcement official. If Trump isn't voted out of office, Democrats should be prepared to impeach Barr. Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spoke...
Tags: Google, Congress, Washington, Senate, Russia, US, America, Trends, Intelligence, Fbi, House, Portland, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department


Government's 'Reverse' Warrant Rejected By Two Consecutive Federal Judges (techdirt)

The government doesn't always get what it wants. A novel twist on mass surveillance -- the so-called "reverse" warrant -- is becoming more popular now that law enforcement has realized Google maintains a stockpile of cell location data. Reverse warrants are just that: completely backwards. Cops don't have a suspect to target. All they have is a crime scene. Using location data allows them to work backwards to a list of suspects. Officers geofence an area around the crime scene and head to Goog...
Tags: Google, News, Supreme Court, Court, Fbi, Chicago, Wrigley, Illinois, Carpenter, Tim Cushing, Fuentes, Ybarra, Weisman, David Weisman, CSLI, Gabriel Fuentes


Russian Arrested After Offering $1 Million to U.S. Company Employee for Planting Malware

Hackers always find a way in, even if there's no software vulnerability to exploit. The FBI has arrested a Russian national who recently traveled to the United States and offered $1 million in bribe to an employee of a targeted company for his help in installing malware into the company's computer network manually. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27-year-old, entered the United States as a tourist [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Tech, Fbi, United States, Unknown, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, U S Company Employee for Planting Malware


Hackers Target Defense Contractors' Employees By Posing as Recruiters

CISA Dubbed 'BLINDINGCAN,' the advanced remote access trojan acts as a backdoor when installed on compromised computers. According to the FBI [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Unknown, Cisa


Apple opens up — slightly — on Hong Kong’s national security law

After Beijing unilaterally imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong on July 1, many saw the move as an effort by Beijing to crack down on dissent and protests in the semi-autonomous region. Soon after, a number of tech giants — including Microsoft, Twitter and Google — said they would stop processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities, fearing that the requested data could end up in the hands of Beijing. But Apple was noticeably absent from the list. Instead, Apple said...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Hong Kong, Government, China, US, Tech, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Beijing, United States, Department Of Justice, Icloud, Justice Department, Operating Systems


A Florida high school student was charged with a cyberattack that caused chaos during the first week of online classes

Getty A high school student has been arrested and charged with a cyberattack that took down the servers of Miami-Dade County public schools this week, the school district said in a statement. The attack crashed the district's online learning platform and blocked students from logging on during their first week of online classes. A 16-year-old student admitted to carrying out a distributed denial-of-service attack, and the FBI is now investigating the incident, the district said. Visit Bus...
Tags: Security, Florida, US, Trends, Tech, Fbi, Kaspersky, Miami, Cyber Attack, Zoom, Miami Dade County, Miami Herald, Tech Insider, Online School, Miami Dade County Public Schools, Aaron Holmes


Former IT Director Gets Jail Time For Selling Government's Cisco Gear On eBay

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A South Carolina man was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison for taking government-owned networking equipment and selling it on eBay. The man, Terry Shawn Petrill, 48, of Myrtle Beach, worked as the IT Security Director for Horry County in South Carolina, the Department of Justice said in a press release on Tuesday. According to court documents, "beginning on June 11, 2015, through August 23, 2018, Petrill ordered forty-one Cisco 385...
Tags: Ebay, US, Tech, Cisco, Fbi, Department Of Justice, South Carolina, Myrtle Beach, Horry County, Zdnet, Terry Shawn Petrill, Petrill


The FBI Botches Its DNC Hack Warning In 2016 -- But Says It Won't Next Time

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On April 28, 2016, an IT tech staffer for the Democratic National Committee named Yared Tamene made a sickening discovery: A notorious Russian hacker group known as Fancy Bear had penetrated a DNC server "at the heart of the network," as he would later tell the US Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence. By this point the intruders already had the ability, he said, to delete, alter, or steal data from the network at will. And somehow this breach ...
Tags: Senate, Dnc, Tech, Fbi, US Senate, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Steven Kelly, Kelly, Democratic National Committee, Herrington, Mike Herrington, Yared Tamene, Tamene


Did You Fly a Jetpack Over Los Angeles This Weekend? Because the FBI Is Looking for You

Did you fly a jetpack over Los Angeles at approximately 3,000 feet on Sunday? Some kind of tiny helicopter? Maybe a lawn chair with balloons tied to it?Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Airports, Air Travel, Los Angeles, Fbi, Airplanes, Aviation, Jetpacks, Mystery Jetpack


Police use footage from Amazon's Ring doorbells for investigations, but leaked documents reveal the FBI is concerned that homeowners could spy on officers

Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images The FBI is worried that personal home-security cameras, like Amazon's Ring doorbell camera, could be used to tip off homeowners to police searches, according to a leaked report. Since Ring was bought by Amazon in 2018, the service has become ubiquitous for homeowners looking for an extra layer of security.It also has been used widely by law enforcement, with over 600 US police departments partnering with Ring to request footage from the home systems and thei...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Internet Of Things, Politics, Boston, US, Trends, Surveillance, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Larry Page, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Mike Brown, Waze, Doorbell


Russian agency created fake leftwing news outlet with fictional editors, Facebook says

Internet Research Agency also hired real, unwitting freelance reporters in operation Facebook has removedThe Russian agency that interfered in the 2016 US election created a fake leftwing news publication, staffed it with fake editors with AI-generated photos, and hired real freelance reporters as part of a fresh influence operation detected and removed by Facebook, the company said on Tuesday.The latest operation by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) was still in its early stages when it was de...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, Internet Research Agency, Internet Research Agency IRA, Nathaniel Gleicher


Twitter Hack May Have Had Another Mastermind: A 16-Year-Old

When authorities arrested Graham Ivan Clark, who they said was the "mastermind" of the recent Twitter hack that ensnared Kanye West, Bill Gates and others, one detail that stood out was his age: He was only 17. Now authorities have homed in on another person who appears to have played an equal, if not more significant role, in the July 15 attack, New York Times reported Tuesday, citing four people involved in the investigation who declined to be identified because the inquiry was ongoing. They s...
Tags: Massachusetts, Tech, Fbi, New York Times, Graham Ivan Clark, Kanye West Bill Gates


Duh: FBI Warned Doorbell Cams Can Also Tip Suspects Off to Approaching Cops

The FBI warned in a November 2019 bulletin that smart video doorbells, such as Amazon’s Ring or Google’s Nest Hello cameras, could tip off suspects that police are coming for them, according to a Monday report in the Intercept.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Technology, Privacy, Police, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Fbi, Ring, Nest Hello, Doorbell Cams



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