The World Wide Web is typically described as the "surface web" in which websites can be accessed by search engines. Then, there's the "deep web" in which certain content can't be indexed by search engines. Within that is the "dark web," a realm intentionally hidden that can only be accessed with special software.
The one-page Roll Call Release reported there were at least two instances in which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria inspired individuals to steal weapons or other specialized gear from law enforcement officials.
Darkode is a password-protected online forum where cybercriminals buy, sell and trade information, skills and products to hack into computers and other electronic devices.
Message encryption can have detrimental results when it prevents law enforcement officials from legally accessing communications that could save lives, FBI Director James Comey said.
U.S. officials blame Chinese hackers for stealing personal data on about 4 million current and former government employees, although a news report cites other government officials saying that it may have actually affected up to 18 million people, including prospective employees.
The Social Security numbers of some 4 million current and former workers that were potentially compromised in a breach of an Office of Personnel Management database were not encrypted, said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.
Hackers breached the Office of Personnel Management's computer systems and potentially compromised the personal data of about 4 million current and former employees, according to a statement from the agency emailed to reporters June 4.
A senior FBI counterterrorism official emphasized the need for federal law enforcement officials to have the capability to legally access encrypted devices without the use of backdoors for investigating potential terrorist incidents.
The companies were among more than 140 civil society groups, corporations, trade associations and security and policy experts urging President Obama to promote rather than undercut data encryption technology.
A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker has been charged in connection with an attempted email spear-phishing attack that targeted dozens of Energy Department employee email accounts.