After it had received backlash from customers, DNA testing company FamilyTreeDNA decided to change its terms of service that would allow users to prevent law enforcement agencies from accessing their genetic data.
March 14, 2019
The FBI reportedly shut down and evacuated the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico. No reason was divulged to the public, but the site has remained close and deserted for over a week.
Space September 16, 2018
Apple has outed the upcoming USB Restricted Mode, and it'll give criminals a tougher time breaking into iPhones. However, in the same vein, law enforcement will also face the same difficulties.
Apple June 13, 2018
Federal law enforcement and local police departments have reportedly been purchasing GrayKey, an encryption-bypassing tool that allows them to crack iPhones. GrayKey use among law enforcement is reportedly on the rise, as the technology can crack even iOS 11 devices.
Apple April 15, 2018
A federal court ruled that the FBI can keep the vendor and price of its iPhone hacking tool a secret. The tool was used to unlock the iPhone 5C of one of the shooters of the 2015 San Bernardino tragedy.
Apple October 2, 2017
President Donald Trump has startlingly fired FBI Director James Comey over his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. Here are the reactions from some Democrats, Republicans, and Twitter users.
Life & Style May 10, 2017
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn wants immunity in exchange for information on President Donald Trump’s possible ties with Russia, a year after he insinuated that asking for immunity is a sign of guilt.
Feature | Culture April 1, 2017
U.S. prosecutors had to dismiss a case against a former school worker accused of child pornography because the FBI refused to reveal its investigative techniques. The case revolves around the Tor-hosted Playpen, a popular child pornography site that the FBI briefly hijacked.
Business Tech March 7, 2017
Google must hand over emails from a foreign server as part of an FBI probe, a U.S. judge has ruled. The company, however, plans to repeal the ruling, relying on a precedent set by a similar case involving Microsoft.
Google February 6, 2017
The backdoor tool used by the FBI to unlock the iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters is already available on the web. It was published by a hacker in an online code repository called Pastebin.
Apple February 5, 2017
The FBI may have overstepped legal boundaries in seeking user data from Twitter, issuing surveillance orders without warrants and adding gag orders to keep it secret. As the gag orders expired, Twitter speaks out.
Business Tech January 28, 2017
Fresh leads have surfaced on the 1971 D.B. Cooper hijacking case. According to a team of amateur scientists, the clip tie the hijacker used had been found with traces pointing to alleged links to Boeing.
Life & Style January 16, 2017
The NSA is now allowed to share raw surveillance data with all the 16 national security agencies. It is now authorized to tap in and share your voice calls, text messages and emails with various security agencies.
Security January 13, 2017
A Reuters report revealed that the FBI has launched an investigation into the security breaches that had affected the FDIC starting 2010. The hackers behind the attacks were said to be sponsored by the Chinese military.
Security December 24, 2016
Google has published eight National Security Letters sent by the FBI from 2010 to 2015 seeking access to user data. The letters were published as part of Google’s transparency report.
Business Tech December 14, 2016
A Reuters report exposed that Yahoo scanned millions of its users' emails in behalf of the U.S. intelligence officials. The move allegedly prompted the resignation of its top IT security officer.
Security October 5, 2016
Tim Cook talked about the importance of privacy and the potential of virtual reality technology. He was hosted by Utah senator Orrin Hatch during the Utah Technology Council.
Apple October 3, 2016
Three news organizations have come together to sue the FBI over the hack of the San Bernardino iPhone. They believe the information on how the hack was achieved needs to be released to the public, and as such, they are looking to the courts to force the agency to concede.
Security September 16, 2016
An FBI investigation led to the arrest of two Israeli teens who are behind the paid online service vDOS. Through the platform, customers can request DDoS attacks and pay amounts depending on how long the attacks will last.
Security September 12, 2016
The FBI released on Friday a redacted summary of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The personal email account was used to communicate classified government information.
Feature | Tech September 3, 2016
Stephen Cebula, a 28-year-old 'Heroes of the Storm' player, now faces five years of jail time and a hefty fine of $250,000 after threatening to injure Blizzard employees. Blizzard has been paying more attention to racist and harassing statements from gamers.
Video Games July 23, 2016
With the request for additional budget of over $100 million for next year, the budget of the FBI's Operational Technology Division inches closer to $1 billion. The amount has been revealed in a roundtable discussion on encryption.
Security June 26, 2016
A U.S. District Court judge has handed down a ruling suggesting that the FBI can hack a U.S. citizen's computer without a warrant. The decision means that the bureau can even spy on Americans, who use Tor to hide their online footprint.
Security June 26, 2016
Yahoo published three national security letters on June 1 after the FBI dropped the gag order to comply with the USA Freedom Act. Here is what the government now knows about those Yahoo users.
Security June 2, 2016
Mozilla almost got word of an important security flaw in its Firefox browser, but a U.S. judge ruled against it. The vulnerability was detected by the FBI in the Tor browser while investigating a child porn network.
Business Tech May 19, 2016
A judge ordered a woman to unlock her iPhone after authorities obtained a search warrant. Just 45 minutes after being taken into custody, the woman in question had her finger pressed on the phone's fingerprint scanner so prosecutors could access its data.
Business Tech May 3, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41, which essentially grants more hacking powers to the FBI. However, the Congress can alter or reject the rule outright before Dec. 1, if it so chooses.
Life & Style April 29, 2016
The FBI arrested John Martin Roos because of his threats of shooting President Barack Obama. The accused man from Medford in Oregon, also used Facebook to start a revolution in the U.S.
Life & Style April 29, 2016
Apple claims that the information shared by the FBI pertained to older versions of its iPhone and Mac products.
Apple April 27, 2016
The FBI got help from a third party to access the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, but may keep the details to itself. The government agency is hesitant to release the data to Apple following the highly-publicized case.
Apple April 27, 2016
Authorities have successfully gained access into the iPhone 5s involved in the New York drug case. As a result, they have dropped the case against Apple.
Business Tech April 23, 2016
The creators of the SpyEye botnet creation kit - Aleksandr Andreevich Panin and Hamza Bendelladj - have been sentenced to a combined 24 years and 6 months in prison by the US DOJ.
Security April 23, 2016
The FBI handed over more than $1 million for a hacking tool to break into the iPhone involved in the San Bernardino shooting, about seven years and four months' worth of the salary of Director James Comey.
Business Tech April 22, 2016
BlackBerry is one of the fortresses of digital encryption and security but some authorities have special access to its devices, according to recent reports. The Canadian police is reportedly able to peruse your BBM messages, as it has the right key.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 15, 2016
The FBI is said to have paid professional hackers to break through the encryption of the iPhone 5c used by one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino shooting last year. The hackers reportedly created hardware that took advantage of a previously unknown flaw in iOS 9.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 13, 2016
The FBI has recently been pushing Apple to reveal its data encryption methods. Its director’s latest statement, however, seems to contradict what the FBI has been pushing for in courts.
Internet April 11, 2016
Despite success in unlocking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter, the government is continuing to arm-twist Apple to unlock another smartphone. The Justice Department has filed an appeal for Apple's assistance in accessing iPhone data in relation to a New York drug case.
Legal April 10, 2016
The FBI has already managed to access the iPhone 5c involved in the San Bernardino shooting. The big question now is whether or not the authorities will tell Apple how.
Legal April 9, 2016
FBI director James Comey revealed the hack used to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone only will work with select iPhone models like the iPhone 5c.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 7, 2016
The FBI has found someone, other than Apple, to crack open the San Bernardino iPhone. Some anonymous sources are saying its long-time FBI collaborator Cellebrite, while others are saying another party came forward with a way past the phone's encryption.
Legal April 3, 2016
The FBI is considering showing local law enforcement agencies how it managed to get past the encryption on the San Bernardino iPhone. "We are in this together," the FBI says.
Legal April 3, 2016
The FBI has agreed to assist prosecutors in unlocking an iPhone 6 and an iPod that could contain evidence related to a murder case in Arkansas. It is not determined, however, if the FBI would use the same method to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Farook in the San Bernardino shooting.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 31, 2016
The Feds recently cracked down hard on Apple to unlock an iPhone, but such practices are nothing new. Both Apple and Google received requests to break into phones on at least 63 occasions, the ACLU reveals.
Legal March 31, 2016
The FBI dropped its case against Apple, as it was able to access the contents of the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino incident without the company's help. Is the war on encryption between tech companies and law enforcers over, or is it merely beginning?
Legal March 30, 2016
The FBI 'no longer requires the assistance from Apple' after it has successfully unlocked the iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters, but how did they do it?
Legal March 29, 2016