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Trump Fires FBI Director Over Clinton Probe, Amid Russia Investigation

Trump Fires FBI Director Over Clinton Probe, Amid Russia Investigation

May 10, 2017Swati Khandelwal
President Donald Trump has abruptly fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was leading an investigation into alleged links between Trump and Russia. The White House announced on Tuesday that Comey was fired on the "clear recommendation" of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, citing the reason that he was no longer able to lead the bureau effectively. "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau," Trump wrote in a termination letter to Comey. Later a memo from the US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein explained that Comey was fired as director of the FBI over mishandling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, including his decision to close this investigation without prosecution .
Casino Sues Cyber Security Company Over Failure to Stop Hackers

Casino Sues Cyber Security Company Over Failure to Stop Hackers

January 16, 2016Swati Khandelwal
IT security firm Trustwave has been sued by a Las Vegas-based casino operator for conducting an allegedly "woefully inadequate" investigation following a network breach of the casino operator's system. Affinity Gaming , an operator of 5 casinos in Nevada and 6 elsewhere in the United States, has questioned Trustwave's investigation for failing to shut down breach that directly resulted in the theft of credit card data, allowing credit card thieves to maintain their foothold during the investigation period. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Nevada, is one of the first cases of its kind where a client challenges a cyber security firm over the quality of its investigation following a hacking attack. Casino Sued an IT Security Firm Affinity Gaming said it hired Trustwave in late 2013 to analyze and clean up computer network intrusions that allowed attackers to obtain its customers' credit card data. It was reported that the details
Emailrevealer.com Launches New Email Hacking Investigation service !

Emailrevealer.com Launches New Email Hacking Investigation service !

February 17, 2011Mohit Kumar
EmailRevealer.com  the Colorado based private investigation firm specializing in cyber stalking intervention and email tracing, has added Email Hacking Investigations to their investigative tool box. EmailRevealer's Email Hacking Investigations, available through their web site at  www.emailrevealer.com , can monitor a clients email account, identify any unauthorized access to that account and obtain identifying information to locate and or identify the person hacking into that email account and invading the account owners privacy. Ed Opperman, President Of Opperman Investigations Inc the owner of  EmailRevealer.com , shares how these new advancements in email account security were developed. - "We have probably spent more man hours investigating emails than any other PI agency on Earth. We investigate cyber stalkers, Internet defamation and even developed a unique investigation service where we can trace an email back to a secret online personals ad on a dating site.
Two Federal Agents Charged with Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation

Two Federal Agents Charged with Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation

March 31, 2015Mohit Kumar
Two former Federal investigators who helped to shut down the infamous black-market website ' Silk Road ' accused of fraud and stealing more than a Million dollars in Bitcoins during their investigation. Silk Road, an infamous online drug market that hosted more than $200 Million in transactions, was seized by the FBI in 2013, but during that period two of FBI agents took advantage of their position. CHARGES AGAINST FEDS The US Department of Justice indictment charges 46-year-old former Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent Carl Force , and 32-year-old former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges , with the following charges: Theft of government property Wire fraud Money laundering Conflict of interest MILLION DOLLAR EXTORTION Both Force and Bridges were part of Baltimore's Silk Road Task Force to investigate illegal activity in the black marketplace. The creator of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, was arrested and found guilty of running the Tor-h
CBI arrests Indian mastermind behind Hire-a-Hacker service on FBI tip-off

CBI arrests Indian mastermind behind Hire-a-Hacker service on FBI tip-off

January 25, 2014Anonymous
For the first time in history, Indian Law Enforcement Agency 'Central Bureau of Investigation' (CBI) has arrested a Cyber criminal after getting a tip-off from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 33-Year-old Amit Vikram Tiwari , son of an Indian Army colonel and an engineering dropout, who allegedly ran two websites offering services for hacking into email accounts was arrested on Friday from Pune city. According to the details submitted by FBI, he had compromised more than 1,000 Accounts around the world and offering illegal services for cracking email account login for $250 - $500 via two websites www.hirehacker.net and www.anonymiti.com hosted on U.S. Based servers. Amit received most of the payments from his Clients via Western Union Money Transfer or PayPal. During the investigation, police found several fictitious names of clients and bank account numbers in his computer. Initial investigation clarifies that he has clients in China, Romania, an
Google has also been Ordered to Unlock 9 Android Phones

Google has also been Ordered to Unlock 9 Android Phones

March 30, 2016Swati Khandelwal
The legal battle between Apple and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) over a locked iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters may be over, but the Department of Justice (DoJ) are back in front of a judge with a similar request. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has discovered publicly available court documents that revealed the government has asked Google's assistance to help the Feds hack into at least nine locked Android smartphones citing the All Writs Act . Yes, Apple is not the only company facing government requests over privacy and security — Google is also in the list. The Google court documents released by the ACLU show that many federal agencies have been using the All Writs Act – the same ancient law the DoJ was invoking in the San Bernardino case to compel Apple to help the FBI in the terrorist investigation. Additionally, the ACLU also released 54 court cases in which the federal authorities asked Apple for assistance to help t
Dutch Police Seize Another Company that Sells PGP-Encrypted Blackberry Phones

Dutch Police Seize Another Company that Sells PGP-Encrypted Blackberry Phones

May 11, 2017Swati Khandelwal
The Dutch police arrested four suspects on Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering and involvement in selling custom encrypted BlackBerry and Android smartphones to criminals. The Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), dedicated team within the Dutch National Police Agency aims to investigate advanced forms of cyber crimes, carried out investigation and found that the phone brand "PGPsafe" was selling customized BlackBerry and Android smartphones with the secure PGP-encrypted network to the "possible criminal end users." PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is an open source end-to-end encryption standard that can be used to cryptographically sign emails, documents, files, or entire disk partitions in order to protect them from being spied on. Selling custom security-focused encrypted phones does not involve any crime itself, but Dutch police have discovered evidence, which indicates over the years such phones had been sold to organized criminals involved in
FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation !

FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation !

December 31, 2010Mohit Kumar
Authorities in the U.S. and Germany have raided Internet Service Providers in hopes of tracking down the hackers who launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Web sites such as Visa.com, PayPal.com, and Mastercard.com earlier this month. In documents posted Wednesday to the Smoking Gun Web site, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation describes the complex path its investigation has taken as it has searched for the computers that served as a central meeting point for the attacks. After Germany's Federal Criminal Police raided service provider Host Europe, they linked one of he IRC servers to Dallas's Tailor Made Services, the documents state. Two hard drives were seized from Dallas's Tailor Made Services on Dec. 16, the Smoking Gun reports. Another IRC server has been traced to Fremont, California's Hurricane Electric. Neither Hurricane Electric nor Tailor Made Services could be reached immediately for comment Thursday. The early-December at
New York, Canada, Ireland Launch New Investigations Into Facebook Privacy Breaches

New York, Canada, Ireland Launch New Investigations Into Facebook Privacy Breaches

April 27, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Facebook has a lot of problems, then there are a lot of problems for Facebook—and both are not going to end anytime sooner. Though Facebook has already set aside $5 billion from its revenue to cover a possible fine the company is expecting as a result of an FTC investigation over privacy violations, it seems to be just first installment of what Facebook has to pay for continuously ignoring users' privacy. This week, Facebook has been hit with three new separate investigations from various governmental authorities—both in the United States and abroad—over the company's mishandling of its users' data . New York Attorney General to Investigate Facebook Email Collection Scandal New York Attorney General is opening an investigation into Facebook's unauthorized collection of the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users during site registration without their permission. Earlier this month, Facebook was caught practicing the worst ever user-verification mechanism
Indonesian and Australian police launched Cyber Crime Investigation Center

Indonesian and Australian police launched Cyber Crime Investigation Center

June 30, 2011Mohit Kumar
Indonesian and Australian police launched Cyber Crime Investigation Center Indonesian and Australian police officially launched a joint project called the Cyber Crime Investigation Center. The center was officiated by Indonesian National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo and Australian Federal Police chief Comr. Tony Negus at the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. Timur said the center had been planned since six months ago. " Today, we launch the center, which will be equipped with tools needed to carry out cyber crime investigation ," Timur said, adding that its communication technology equipment was being provided by the Australian government." Of course, this [center] will improve our capacity to detect and [investigate cyber] crimes, particularly transnational crimes ," he said. Negus said the center would allow the Indonesian National Police to deal with technology and IT-related crimes. He added that the Australian police force was looki
Stratfor Back Online After Hack with message for Anonymous Hackers

Stratfor Back Online After Hack with message for Anonymous Hackers

January 11, 2012Mohit Kumar
Stratfor Back Online After Hack with message for Anonymous Hacker Security analysis firm Stratfor has relaunched its website after Anonymous hackers brought down its servers and stole thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to its clients. Hacking collective Anonymous admitted the cyber attack on Christmas Eve and went on to claim that it used the stolen details to make $500,000 in charitable donations to The American Red Cross and Save the Children, as well as other charities.Anonymous eventually released the stolen data to the world, including 75,000 credit card numbers and 860,000 usernames and passwords. Approximately 50,000 of those belong to .mil or .gov email accounts used by the US government. " This was our failure ," Chief Executive George Friedman said in a message to Stratfor's subscribers. " I take responsibility. I deeply regret that this occurred and created hardship for our customers and friends. " Friedma
Anonymous Vs Sony : Word By Word Q/A b/w Reporters and Sony during Conference !

Anonymous Vs Sony : Word By Word Q/A b/w Reporters and Sony during Conference !

May 01, 2011Mohit Kumar
Anonymous Vs Sony : Word By Word Q/A b/w Reporters and Sony during Conference ! Q. The accuracy of approximately 10 million credit flow A. There is no firm evidence of leakage. Cannot say wether a leak or not. There is no report so far. Q. prospect of resuming services. A. We want to restart the service country/region base. Basically approx within a week schedule. (a week from today?.. previously we heard about same "a week matter..) Q. How was it the effect to the business so far? A. Cannot tell it yet, many things to handle one at the time. Q. What was the condition when you firstly sense the trouble? A. Hacking with the high skill technique was undergoing, was confirmed. But we still dont know data was stolen / taken Q. Why did you announce privacy data was stolen then? A. The possibility existed, what/when/how was it still under investigation. account numbers is between 7700000 to 7800000 accounts plus there are double accounts. Q. What was your damage report
Former employee held for hacking server of BPO unit in Hyderabad !

Former employee held for hacking server of BPO unit in Hyderabad !

March 12, 2011Mohit Kumar
A former software professional on Saturday was arrested for allegedly hacking the server of a city-based BPO company, where he previously worked, police said. The hacker identified as Shaik Mahammad Ghouse Bhasa allegedly secured unauthorised access to the computer systems of M/s IVOICE Network Private Limited in Hyderabad, which provides BPO services to Singapore-based Networks Pte Ltd for VoIP services and caused Rs6 lakh loss to the BPO firm, they said. He was arrested by the cyber crimes cell of Andhra Pradesh crime investigation department (CID), CID's additional superintendent (cyber crimes) U Ram Mohan said. On a complaint filed by the BPO's managing director Balu Visveswar that their server was hacked and several PINs, which are used for making VoIP calls were created by unknown persons, the cyber crime police station of CID registered a case under relevant sections of Information Technology besides for cheating and took up investigations, he said. During the co
Facebook to Pay $5 Billion Fine to Settle FTC Privacy Investigation

Facebook to Pay $5 Billion Fine to Settle FTC Privacy Investigation

July 13, 2019Swati Khandelwal
After months of negotiations, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a record $5 billion settlement with Facebook over its privacy investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal . The settlement will put an end to a wide-ranging probe that began more than a year ago and centers around the violation of a 2011 agreement Facebook made with the FTC that required Facebook to gain explicit consent from users to share their personal data. The FTC launched an investigation into the social media giant last year after it was revealed that the company allowed Cambridge Analytica access to the personal data of around  87 million Facebook users without their explicit consent. Now, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal, the FTC commissioners this week finally voted to approve a $5 billion settlement, with three Republicans voting to approve the deal and two Democrats against it. Facebook anticipated the fine to between $3 billion and
Police Arrest 5 Cyber Thieves Who Stole 3.2 Million From ATMs Using Malware

Police Arrest 5 Cyber Thieves Who Stole 3.2 Million From ATMs Using Malware

January 28, 2017Mohit Kumar
Law enforcement authorities from Europe and Russia have arrested five members of an international cyber criminal gang for stealing $3.2 million cash from ATMs using malware. Three of the suspects, Andrejs Peregudovs (41), of Latvia, Niklae Penkov (34) of Moldova, and Mihail Colibaba (30) of Romania, were arrested in Taiwan by the Taiwanese Criminal Investigation Bureau last summer, have already been sentenced to 5 years in prison for their role in a massive ATM heist operation, involving 22 individuals from 6 countries. The European-based cyber criminal gang used a variety of different hacking techniques to infect ATMs with malware and force them to dispense cash. According to Europol that began its investigation in early 2016, the gang used spear-phishing emails containing malicious attachments to target bank employees and penetrate the bank's internal networks. From there, the cyber crooks then located and hacked into the network of ATMs from the inside, and used a m
Facebook Faces £500,000 Fine in U.K. Over Cambridge Analytica Leak

Facebook Faces £500,000 Fine in U.K. Over Cambridge Analytica Leak

July 11, 2018Mohit Kumar
Facebook has been fined £500,000 ($664,000) in the U.K. after the country's data protection watchdog concluded that its data-sharing scandal broke the law, making it as the social network's first fine over the Cambridge Analytica scandal . Yes, £500,000—that's the maximum fine allowed by the UK's Data Protection Act 1998, and equals to what Facebook earns every 8 minutes. Facebook has been under scrutiny since earlier this year when it was revealed that personal data of 87 million users was improperly gathered and misused by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, who reportedly helped Donald Trump win the US presidency in 2016. According to the social media giant, a Cambridge University lecturer named Aleksandr Kogan collected the users' data legitimately through a quiz app but then violated its terms by sharing the data with Cambridge Analytica, which was then hired by the Trump presidential campaign. The UK's Information Commissioner's
The Incident Response Challenge 2020 — Win $5,000 Prize!

The Incident Response Challenge 2020 — Win $5,000 Prize!

April 21, 2020The Hacker News
Cybersecurity firm Cynet today announced the launch of a first of its kind challenge to enable Incident Response professionals to test their skills with 25 forensic challenges that were built by top researchers and analysts. The challenge is available on https://incident-response-challenge.com/ and is open to anyone willing to test his or her investigation skills, between April 21st and May 15th. What's more interesting is that there's a USD 5000 prize for the first-place winner of the challenge. Forensic investigation is at the core of any IR processes and provides the critical path from the initial stage of suspicion or limited attack view to the concrete and actionable knowledge on the attack's root cause and the impact that is essential for recovery and restore operations. The challenge of the incident responder is to identify and collect the scattered traces the attackers have left them and connect the dots to understand the how, what, and where of the atta
Thurston sees largest identity theft case in the county's history !!

Thurston sees largest identity theft case in the county's history !!

January 09, 2011Mohit Kumar
An Olympia-area man has been arrested in what the Thurston County Sheriff's Office says is the largest identity-theft case in the county's history. More than 1,000 victims statewide had their driver's licenses, credit cards and Social Security numbers stolen, according to the Sheriff's Office. Detectives served a search warrant at a Johnson Point Road home Thursday morning and arrested Anthony Eugene Vaughn, 30, on suspicion of 1,000 counts of second-degree identity theft and two counts of first-degree identity theft. During a hearing Friday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Lisa Sutton ordered Vaughn held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $500,000. The case remained under investigation, and more arrests might be coming, sheriff's Sgt. Jim Dunn said Friday. Detectives think Vaughn had accomplices who stole identification documents during car prowls and residential burglaries and that he used the documents to open fraudulent bank accounts in the victims' names. He t
National Security Agency (NSA) to Investigate Nasdaq Hack

National Security Agency (NSA) to Investigate Nasdaq Hack

March 30, 2011Mohit Kumar
The National Security Agency has been called in to help investigate recent hack attacks against the company that runs the Nasdaq stock market, according to a news report. The agency's precise role in the investigation hasn't been disclosed, but its involvement suggests the October 2010 attacks may have been more severe than Nasdaq OMX Group has admitted, or it could have involved a nation-state, according to sources that spoke with Businessweek. "By bringing in the NSA, that means they think they're either dealing with a state-sponsored attack or it's an extraordinarily capable criminal organization," Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence in the Bush and Obama administrations, told the publication. He added that the agency rarely gets involved in investigations of company breaches. Last year, the NSA was called in by Google to help the company secure its network after it was targeted in a sophisticated attack. Regarding the Nasdaq breach, in addition to the Secr
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