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FBI Urges People to Reboot Routers to Fend Off Russian Malware

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is recommending owners of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers.

The culprits are using VPNFilter malware that is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic, the FBI said in a press releases.

The malware targets routers produced by several manufacturers and network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer, the FBI said. The initial infection vector for this malware is currently unknown.

VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity is complicated by its use of encryption and misattributable networks, the release said.

 

FBI Must Choose Between Prosecuting Some Cases and Revealing Investigative Methods

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s refusal to reveal some of its secret investigative methods is backfiring in several cases.

The Intercept reports that the FBI most recently jeopardized a child pornography case against against a Washington State school administrator because the FBI doesn’t want to reveal how it got evidence.

The FBI gathered its evidence by inserting malware on the computers of people suspected of using a child-porn website.

U.S. District Cout Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma agreed with defense lawyers for Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Wash., who said he has a right to review the malware.

“The consequences are straightforward: the prosecution must now choose between complying with the court’s discovery order and dismissing the case,” Michaud’s defense attorneys wrote in a brief filed last week.

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FBI Offers $3M Reward for Information on Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering some serious cash for information leading to the arrest of the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of hacking 1 million computers in the U.S. and internationally.

Newsweek reports that the FBI is offering $3 million for information on capturing Bogachev, who is accused of collecting personal and bank information by installing a malware onto victims’ computers.

A Pennsylvania court indicted Bogachev on charges of conspiracy, computer fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in May 2014. Authorities said his last known location was the Russian town of Anapa on the north coast of the Black Sea.

FBI Is Spying on Terrorism and Child Porn Suspects by Hacking Computers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is in the business of hacking computers.

Kind of. NBC reports that the FBI is installing malware and spyware on computers belonging to suspected terrorists or pedophiles, which allows agents to send a virus or other malware to spy on the suspects.

The hacking is so sophisticated that the FBI can switch on the webcam without the user ever knowing it, privacy activists said.

“In the last few years the FBI has created a team that has solely focused on delivering what we call malware — viruses and worms — to people’s computers to get control of them,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, told NBC News.

The FBI declined to comment for the story.

FBI: More Than 300,000 Could Lose Web Access in July

By CNN

In the wake of a multi-million-dollar online scam, more than 300,000 computer users worldwide could find themselves without Web access this summer.

Luckily for them, it will only take a few clicks to clean things up.

The FBI announced that it’s created a website where users can check whether they’re infected with malware and remove it if they are. Check your computer here — http://www.dcwg.org. The site was at times difficult to access on Monday, presumably due to heavy traffic.

To read more click here.

 

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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.

To read more click here.