The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen’s computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation infiltrated and shut down what it called “the largest remaining known child pornography hidden service in the world” this summer, using a hacking method to track IP addresses on the Dark Web, Vice Motherboard reported. The Dark Web bulletin board site, named “Playpen,” launched in August 2014 and within one year had garnered 215,000 accounts with 11,000 unique visitors each week.
If you use insider knowledge for your own gain, it could land you in hot water… especially if you hacked the computers at your job to get the information you need. At least that’s what Eddie Tipton, Multi-State Lottery Association’s former security director, is being accused of. Tipton allegedly used a rootkit — a malicious software that activates when a computer boots up — to know a drawing’s winning numbers in advance. He’d then ask an accomplice to buy the winning ticket and to collect the money afterward.
Arms control treaties already do a lot to prevent extreme abuses of real-world weaponry, so why shouldn’t they apply to virtual conflicts? The US and China certainly think that makes sense. According to sources speaking to the New York Times, the two countries arenegotiating a deal that would set limits on cyberwarfare attacks. It’s not clear exactly what this agreement would entail, but it would offer a “generic embrace” of a UN code of conduct that, among other things, bars attacks on critical infrastructure like power grids and cellular networks. At the least, these nations wouldn’t be the first to resort to these assaults.
Federal officials are warning as many as four million current and former federal employees that potentially sensitive information may have been hacked, the Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday.
Russia’s military overtures haven’t been limited to its recent arctic war games. Cyber operatives reportedly working for Russia have already compromised an unsecured State Department computer system. Now US officials have admitted that the White House’s network has been hit as well.