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Florida city attacked by a hacker trying to poison its drinking water

The FBI is investigating an attempt by an individual or group of hackers to poison a city’s water supply. As reported by Reuters and the Tampa Bay Times, public officials from Oldsmar, Florida, a community located about 25 minutes north of Tampa, said someone gained unauthorized access to one of the computers in the city’s …

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FBI arrests 24-year-old crypto trader for commodities and wire fraud

U.S. criminal authorities have brought criminal charges against a crypto trader who they say defrauded investors out of over $5 million.  The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it had arrested Jeremy Spence. Between 2017 and 2019, the 24-year-old Spence operated a crypto investment scheme under the name of “Coin Signals,” primarily via Twitter and Discord.  …

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FBI, Europol take down a VPN service aimed at criminals

Prykhodov via Getty Images Virtual private networks are often forces for good that keep your data secure, but how that service is offered appears to matter to law enforcement. TorrentFreak reports that the FBI and Europol worked together to shut down Safe-Inet (also known as Insorg), a VPN service apparently tailor-made for criminals. The “bulletproof” …

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FBI Warns Ransomware Gangs Are Harassing Victims via Telephone Calls to Pay Crypto Ransoms

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an alert that warns private industry in the country about incidents of harassment of victims made by ransomware gangs, such as the well-known Doppelpaymer group.</strong> FBI Is Aware of Cold-Calling Tactics by Ransomware Gangs According to a PIN (private industry notification) alert regularly …

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“Stay Home” robocalls to voters prompt FBI, FCC investigations

Enlarge / Voters in Michigan, one of the states where residents received misleading robocalls about the election, casting their ballots on November 3, 2020. Elaine Cromie | Getty Images Both the FBI and the Federal Communications Commission are investigating a series of suspicious robocalls that warned recipients to “stay home” on Election Day in an …

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Advisories: “Brazen” Russian ransomware hackers target hundreds of US hospitals

Enlarge Getty Images Russian hackers are targeting hundreds of US hospitals and healthcare providers just as the Corona Virus is making a comeback and the US presidential election is in its final stretch, officials from three government agencies and the private sector are warning. The hackers typically use the TrickBot network of infected computers to …

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Feds blame Russia, Iran for election misinformation and threatening emails

Rep. John Ratcliffe, (R-TX), testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. Pool via Getty Images At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told reporters that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have been identified as taking actions to interfere …

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FBI sent a team to ‘exploit’ Portland protesters’ phones

REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that the FBI sent its “Fly Team” counterterrorism unit to Portland in mid-July to conduct the “initial exploitation” of phones and other …

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US Government Moves to Regulate Cryptocurrencies After Attorney General Publishes Enforcement Framework

United States Attorney General (AG) William Barr says the recent publishing of the Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework will help law enforcement to fight elements using digital currencies for illicit ends. Produced by the AG’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, the framework provides law enforcement with what Barr terms a “comprehensive overview of the emerging threats and enforcement challenges …

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FBI/DHS: Government election systems face threat from active Zerologon exploits

Enlarge Getty Images The FBI and the cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security said they have detected hackers exploiting a critical Windows vulnerability against state and local governments and that in some cases the attacks are being used to breach networks used to support elections. Members of unspecific APTs—the abbreviation for advanced persistent …

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