The United Stats government believes that it has shut down one of the largest botnets, which is run by Russian boating enthusiast Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. The FBI and Justice Department on Monday announced that it successfully cracked a Trojan virus called Gameover Zeus (GOZ), which is responsible for creating a botnet out of several computers around the world. GOZ can spread by convincing users to visit malicious websites using phishing e-mails.
Microsoft Corporation and the FBI worked together to kill 1,000 botnets that were used to steal the banking information and identities of 5 million people. This botnet resulted in over $500 million in losses for people. The malware is known as “Citadel.”
Facebook and FBI partnered to take down 10 hackers that had stolen $850 million in the last 2 years. The hackers were spread across Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Those hackers were responsible for “more than 11 million compromised computer systems and over $850 million in losses via the Butterfly Botnet, which steals computer users’ credit card, bank account, and other personal identifiable information.”
The FBI has started implementing a $1 billion facial recognition program. New Scientist is reporting that the Next Generation Identification (NGI) software will combine iris scans, biometrics, DNA and voice prints into a profiling tool. Some states are already using the technology in a limited form. Here is the privacy problem that NewScientist wrote about:
Hacker group AntiSec claimed to have stolen 12 million UDID from iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads from FBI computers. The FBI claims that AntiSec is lying. UDIDs are a unique identifier code for iOS devices that is used when activating your iOS device or when adding it to a developer account. Each account has a unique UDID code so it is like a serial number. AntiSec claims to have stolen the UDID codes from a compromised FBI laptop through a Java vulnerability.
Law Enforcement Agencies Asked Wireless Companies For Information Regarding 1.3 Million Subscribers Last Year
Cellphone companies have reported that they have responded to 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies. The agencies were seeking text messages and caller locations. The carriers published the reports as a response to a Congressional inquiry. Wireless companies are churning over thousands of records per day.
This past January, Bangladeshi terrorist Rajib Karim filed a complaint for not being able to use Skype so that he can make low cost calls to contact his family while he is in Jail. Terrorists are known for using Skype for conspiracy purposes. This is one of the biggest reasons why the FBI is getting ready to launch a surveillance unit that is capable of spying on Skype conversations and other Internet communications. The Domestic Communications Assistance Center (DCAC) is a collaboration between the FBI, the U.S. Marshals, and the DEA. All three agenices are building customized hardware to enable wiretapping on Internet conversations if they get a court order request. The DCAC will also be available for state, local, and federal police. The FBI is also working on an initiative to develop an automatic mass-monitoring computer application to analyze Facebook for crime-related comments.
The FBI used the Freedom of Information Act to inadvertently admit somehow being involved with Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ created network diagnostic software that was accused of collecting personal information. Government transparency blog MuckRock has filed for an FOIA release on the FBI’s use of Carrier IQ. The FBI said no and said the following:
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