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FBI Takes Offensive in New Crackdown on Cyber Crime Under New Leader

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to crank up its efforts against cyber crime.

Over the next few weeks, the bureau is expected to announce new searches, charges and arrests of cyber criminals, Reuters reports.

“There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack Americans, we are going to hold you accountable,” the FBI’s Robert Anderson told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington. “If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch you.”

Anderson, who took over the cyber program in March, said the FBI will exhibit “a much more offensive side.”

The result will be more arrests of more serious cyber criminals, he said.

FBI, Facebook Track Down International Crime Ring That Stole $850 Million from Computer Users

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents, with the help of Facebook, cracked one of the largest cybercrime cases in history, arresting 10 people accused of infecting computers with malicious software and then stealing their bank and other personal information worth $850 million, Reuters reports.

Agents were assisted by Facebook’s security team after users of the social networking giant were victimized by the theft, Reuters wrote.

Its “security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats,” the FBI told Reuters.

The 10 people arrested came from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Scores Charged in Cybertheft of Millions from U.S. Banks

computer1By Allan Lengel
AOL News

More than than 60 people were indicted today on charges of stealing millions of dollars from U.S. bank accounts through mischievous computer attacks.

In announcing the local and federal indictments, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York said that modern high-tech bank heists no longer require “a gun, a mask, a note or a getaway car. … It requires only the Internet and ingenuity. And it can be accomplished in the blink of an eye, with just a click of the mouse.”

Authorities said the cyberattacks began in Eastern Europe with the e-mailing of a malware known as “Zeus Trojan.”

The e-mails were sent to municipalities and small businesses in the United States, and once they were opened, the malware embedded itself in the computers, recording keystrokes of account numbers and passwords when users logged into bank accounts, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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