The FBI issued a confidential "flash" report Dec. 12, warning defense contractors, energy firms and education institutions, among other U.S. businesses, to monitor for an Iranian hacking campaign, according to a report from Reuters.
Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.
On Sunday the FBI issued its strongest warning about possible attacks from militant extremists associated with the Islamic State against the U.S. military, and asked servicemembers to scrub their social media accounts, according to a Dec. 1 ABC News article. The FBI issued the bulletin Sunday jointly with the Homeland Security Department and strongly urged military members to scrub their social media accounts of anything that could bring unwanted attention from extremists or help them learn servicemembers' identities, the article says.
As cyber threats, attacks and espionage escalate against the United States, the Justice Department needs to make sure it's properly addressing these issues in a coordinated manner and sharing critical information with industry, among other measures, the inspector general said.
A federal regulatory body is discussing a rule change Nov. 5 that would allow the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance of devices wherever they're located.
A 28-year-old Ohio man admitted Nov. 3 that he participated in a scheme to distribute more than a million pirated copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications, worth more than $1.7 million, the Justice Department said.
Several options may be available to law enforcement officials concerned that recent actions by companies to protect and encrypt data on smartphones and other mobile devices could impact their investigations, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.
Hydrologist Xiafen "Sherry" Chen was arrested Oct. 20 at at the agency's Wilmington, Ohio, facility after being indicted in U.S. District Court, according to the FBI.
FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.
After years of refusing to tell people whether or not they were on the federal government's "no-fly list," the Justice Department Oct. 10 notified seven people of their status.