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FBI Has Tools to Identify Anonymous “Sextortionists,” Agent Says

According to Jay Abbott, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Indianapolis, the FBI “have tools” to identify criminals on the darknet. During an interview on “sextortion” with Indianapolis news center WIBC, Abbott explained the darknet (internet anonymity) and a the connection to extortion—in light of two recent cases. For some reason, the “abduction” of Chloe Ayling in ... Read More »

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Georgia FBI Allegedly Identified an Alphabay Staff Member

  The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia issued their own press release about the Alphabay takedown. On Twitter, one of the state’s many official Twitter accounts tweeted they were proud of Georgia law enforcement’s role in the takedown. The press release’s subtitle, “Two Matters Prosecuted Locally in Atlanta Have Connections to Historic Takedown of Criminal Marketplace,” ... Read More »

Federal Judge Orders FBI Dark Web Sting to be Kept Secret

Magistrate Judge Paige Gossett ordered an FBI dark web sting to be kept confidential despite the evidence necessary to uncover the details of the investigation for a fair and transparent case. Earlier this month, Tyrell Fears, a graduate of Dutch Fork High School, along with two other men were arrested and charged for conspiracy to murder. Officials and investigators from ... Read More »

Court Orders FBI Darknet Sting to be Kept Secret

The details of a case involving an FBI sting on the darknet have been ordered to be kept under seal by federal Magistrate Judge Paige Gossett. The sting allegedly helped bring down a plot to order a mail bomb through the darknet. It is believed to be the first case in the state of South Carolina involving the FBI and ... Read More »

FBI Talks “Going Dark” in Latest Budget Request

In its Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked for $21 million to go towards fighting cryptocurrency-linked cybercrime. Like so many of the FBI’s proposals, the requests were made under the Bureau’s “Going Dark” initiative. Counter-terrorism is also looking to benefit from Going Dark, thanks to advanced communications. The FBI requested a total of nearly ... Read More »

FBI Hacked Darknet Buyer Who Wanted To Purchase Mail Bomb

According to a plea agreement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hacked a dark web user who tried to purchase a mail bomb from an undercover investigator in the United States. The plea agreement, filed on April 28, 2017, states that Clinton Scott Bass of Georgia in the SE United States, was using two different pseudo names, contacted an undercover police ... Read More »

Local Police Contract the Same Hacking Firms as the FBI

C. Aliens Local Police Contract the Same Hacking Firms as the FBI As part of an ongoing investigation into law enforcement’s forensic procedures regarding cellphones, Muckrock filed Freedom of Information Requests with several police Departments in the US. The organization wanted information related to utilization logs, guidelines, policy, and even payment contracts. They requested the payment information from commercial hacking ... Read More »

Once Again, Judge Rules Against FBI in Porno Case

The FBI’s Operation Pacifier placed many lawyers and civil rights advocates in an awkward position. From a perspective, the FBI hunted down and took down some of society’s most hated using any means necessary. But from another, the Department of Justice illegally hacked thousands of computers and then refused to disclose evidence. Thus, many judges ruled that the government’s evidence ... Read More »

Large-Scale FBI Dark Web Child Porn Investigation Sees Progress, 1 Pleads Guilty

On May 20, DeepDotWeb reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested over 900 user of PlayPen, a darknet child pornography marketplace, after the initial arrest of its administrators and creators. This week, Arthur Cummings, one of the 900 users of PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his charges of child pornography possession at the US District court in Worcester and ... Read More »

Op-Ed: “Going Dark” is an FBI Lie

In 2009, the FBI publicly introduced the term and initiative “Going Dark,” a reference to a “capability gap” between the Bureau and the public. To this day, the FBI maintains a position of inferiority to users of any type of encryption. Their struggle, as seen in the changes to Rule 41, has taken the form of a fight to legally ... Read More »

FBI Calls Playpen Case “Unprecedented in Scope”

A recent court case sparked heated debates surrounding tactics used by the FBI in the investigation into the now-convicted Steven W. Chase. Chase, as many know, created the “world’s largest child pornography website” called Playpen. He actively participated in administrative roles on the site as the site’s lead admin. Only few protested the convictions of Chase, two admins, and hundreds ... Read More »

FBI Transparency Report Shows a Decline in NSLs

According to a recent transparency report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI issued less National Security Letters this year than last year by a 5% margin. National Security Letters (NSL) fall into a semi-shady area of law enforcement—partially because of the lack of oversight surrounding them. Additionally, the NSLs come with a gag order, more ... Read More »

FBI Warns That Hackers Target Open FTP Servers

In a Private Industry Notification, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed they knew of threat actors who targeted specific healthcare facilities. The FBI explained that these “hackers” hunted open FTP connections from medical and dental practices across the United States. From there, the intruders stole sensitive medical information and use it for extortion, identity theft, or simply a darknet marketplace ... Read More »

Two Dutch Brothers Arrested For Ordering Explosives From Undercover FBI Agent

Two brothers, 22-year-old Ali and 19-year-old Yusuf, were arrested in the Netherlands for ordering 500 grams of Semtex, a plastic explosive from the dark web. The explosive is mostly used in commercial blasting, demolition, and in certain military applications. However, Semtex became a popular tool for terrorists and paramilitary groups since it was extremely difficult to detect, until recently. According ... Read More »

FBI Begins Construction of Nationwide Watchlist For Employers

The FBI has begun the construction of a nationwide watchlist for employers. With a platform called Rap Back–”Rap” stands for Record of Arrest and Prosecution while Back is short for background–employers will soon be able to receive real-time notifications of their employees’ criminal status. Instead of conducting a one-time background check in the initial recruitment stage, employees will now be ... Read More »