File-sharing kingpin Kim Dotcom has so far had the upper hand in a legal fight over the FBI’s attempt to extradite him from New Zealand. That changed this week.
The spread of revenge porn, which is used to terrorize women, has led some to hail copyright law as a magic bullet solution. It won’t work and could do more harm than good. There are better options.
Google, Microsoft and others are fighting to lift gag orders that prevent them from disclosing the number of surveillance requests they receive — but the FBI won’t even show them the legal arguments they are using to oppose the request.
The legal fight over tech companies’ right to disclose information about government surveillance got a big boost from Apple this week. Here’s a look at its legal filing.
Yarrr, that must hurt. Forbes reports that the FBI has located a new stash of 144,000 Bitcoins, currently worth about $28.5M, that belongs to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind of the online criminal bazaar Silk Road. The agency took down the site three weeks ago, and charged the Dread Pirate (aka 29-year-old Texan, Ross Ulbricht) for plotting to torture and kill an employee he believed had betrayed him. The FBI appears to have moved the seized pirate booty to its own Bitcoin wallet, but has not confirmed it will sell them for dollars. The new Bitcoin haul comes in addition to two other large Silk Road related seizures.
The bizarre story of the FBI’s takedown of “Dread Pirate Roberts” took a new twist last night, as the feds laid out new charges that could put the pirate in jail for many decades.
A provider of secure email communications closed abruptly in August. Now, a report suggests that it did so as an alternative to turning over its encryption tools to the FBI.
The FBI has shut down notorious online marketplace, Silk Road, and arrested the man who controls it. The news appears to creating upheaval in markets for Bitcoin, the currency used for Silk Road deals.
The secret court that oversees America’s spy agencies explained (a bit) about why it believes the mass collection of phone records is legal under the Patriot Act and the Constitution.
FBI CISO Patrick Reidy gave Black Hat attendees some advice on detecting insider threats inside their agencies or companies. Essentially, he said, there’s no Edward Snowden profile that should set off alarms, so organizations must know their people very, very well.