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.”
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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.
Bitcoins are a virtual currency that was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software that the currency was built on and the P2P network used to run the software. Millions of dollars of Bitcoin transactions take place every year. The FBI fears that the Bitcoin payment network could be a way to launder money and other criminal activity like hackers stealing from fellow Bitcoin users. According to a leaked FBI report, it would be difficult to track and identify anonymous Bitcoin users.
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The U.S. government will now have two copyright notices in DVDs and Blu-rays being sold. Everyone knows the first label that warns people about how the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyright work is illegal and criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement, which can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The second label will be used for “educating” people that copyright infringement is not a victimless crime. Above is what the new message looks like (credit: Ars Technica).
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Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean is best known for working with some of the best hip hop artists and producing some of the best hits. It turns out that he is also presently the CEO of Megaupload and was responsible for enlisting celebrities like Diddy, Kanye West, will.i.am, Alicia Keys, and Kim Kardashian to appear in a song called “Mega Song.” He filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for having the video taken down from YouTube. Now it appears that the FBI has shut down MegaUpload.com and four people have been arrested as suspects for being online pirates.
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