The Supreme Court approved new rules on Thursday that would potentially give the FBI the authority to hack any computer in the United States, and potentially computers located overseas as well. Those hidden by Tor technology will also be vulnerable.
Now the Congress have until December 1 to either approve the rule, reject or make changes to it – then any magistrate judge in the country could grant the FBI warrants authorizing hacks into computers whose whereabouts are unknown.
In its letter to Congress, the Supreme Court approved the following change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure.
A developer of the Tor software has been exposed for creating malware for the FBI to help the agency spy on users of the supposedly anonymous tool for internet browsing and communication.
Matt Edman, a cybersecurity expert who worked for the nonprofit privacy project in 2008 and 2009,“contributed significantly to Tor’s codebase” before creating software for the FBI, according to Daily Dot.
The open-source software encrypts internet traffic and sends it through thousands of servers before reaching its destination. It has been a key component of the ‘dark web’ used by millions, ranging from human rights agencies, the military and journalists to drug dealers and creators of child pornography.
As predicted all the game is fixed to keep things in order…
The names, bank passwords and other sensitive data on Qatari royal family members, alleged intelligence agents and Al Jazeera staff have reportedly been leaked following a massive hack attack on the Qatar National Bank.
A 1.4GB file emerged online on Wednesday and reportedly contains hundreds of thousands of entries, including customer transaction logs, PIN codes and credit card data.
The leak was initially uploaded at the website Global-Files.net, but was quickly removed without explanation, according to the International Business Times.
A “SPY, Intelligence” folder included an array of records listed as Ministry of Defense, MI6 (the British intelligence agency) and Qatar’s State Security Bureau, also known as Mukhabarat, International Business Times reported.
Several computer viruses have been detected in a German nuclear power plant in Bavaria, the station operator said. The malware can steal login credentials and allow a remote attacker to access the cracked computer.
The incident took place at Gundremmingen plant about 100km from Munich.
“In Gundremmingen nuclear power plant so-called office-malware has been found during … testing work in Unit B,” a statement released by the power plant said.
A massive power outage struck the Swiss city of Zurich, electric officials have confirmed, adding that the city center lost electricity and traffic was halted. Almost an hour after the blackout, the power was back.
The Zurich Electricity company (EWZ) tweeted that the blackout took place shortly before 2pm local time (12:00 GMT).
The company added that two transformers had been shut down due to “unknown reasons.”
The lights were off on Zurich’s main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse, Swiss 20 Minuten newspaper reported.
Several shops had increased security measures, according to the paper.
Numerous Facebook pages in support of Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy were shut down on Monday after they were reportedly flooded with pornographic images, with at least one participant in the attacks being linked to a Hillary Clinton support group.
The incidents, which The Hill stated seemed to be coordinated, began around 9:00pm on Monday, with account owners being able to regain control of their groups around midnight. According to a report fromHeavy.com, attackers posted porn in at least two groups and then reported the content to Facebook, triggering the shutdowns.
Some of the groups that were shut down had tens of thousands of members, including: Bernie Sanders Is My Hero, Bernie Believers, Bernie Sanders for President, and Bernie Sanders Activists.
The Islamic State-aligned United Cyber Caliphate claims to have hacked into US State Department records, releasing online information on 43 employees it wants dead. The leak also includes staff with Homeland Security and other agencies, media reported.
The information was released through the group’s account on the messaging app Telegram. The departments of energy, commerce, health and defense have been compromised along with the State Department and DHS, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.
The document is entitled ‘wanted to be killed’ and contains threats to the US, which the group sees as its main enemy. Various staff members from all over the world were identified, including embassy workers in Sudan and Togo, Vocativ was able to verify. The list included other officials, Homeland Security among them.