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Opinion: FBI Needs Hackers to Combat Computer Crimes

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Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES last week had to be designed to be “wiretap ready” before they could be offered on the market. Before regular people like you or me could use them.

Yet that’s a real possibility. For the last few years, the FBI’s been warning that its surveillance capabilities are “going dark,” because internet communications technologies — including devices that connect to the internet — are getting too difficult to intercept with current law enforcement tools. So the FBI wants a more wiretap-friendly internet, and legislation to mandate it will likely be proposed this year.

But a better way to protect privacy and security on the internet may be for the FBI to get better at breaking into computers.

Whoa, what? Let us explain.

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Does FBI Gang Report Go Too Far When it Comes to Followers of Insane Clown Posse?

A Juggalo/facebookBy Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Did the FBI go over board a little in its recent 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report?

Reporter Spencer Ackerman of WIRED seems to think so.

Ackerman writes that the FBI considers the teen fans of the “shticky rap group Insane Clown Posse to represent a threat on par with the Crips, Bloods, and Aryan Brotherhood.”

Apparently the fans of the Insane Clown Posse’s people — called Juggalos — paint their faces and have been known to cause mayhem at concerts. The rap group Insane Clown Posse is comprised of a duo from Detroit.

WIRED writes that the feds describe the group as loosely-organized hybrid gang” that are “forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity.”

WIRED writes that the FBI report says the Juggalo gang activity includes thefts, hand-to-hand drug sales and felony assaults.

“The FBI has recently had difficulty distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists; now it appears it has a similar problem distinguishing teenage fads from criminal conspiracies,” Ackerman writes.

Time magazine wrote a little piece on the matter and labeled it “Bizarre.”

 

Secret Service Paid Big-Time Hacker $75,000 a Year As Informant, Website Reports

cash2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service was paying big-time hacker Albert Gonzalez $75,000 a year as an informant before he was arrested in 2008 for operating a multi-million dollar credit and debit card hacking operation, the website WIRED reported.

WIRED attributed the information to Gonzalez’s best friend and convicted accomplice Stephen Watt. Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Boston.

The website said “Watt pleaded guilty last year to creating a sniffer program that Gonzalez used to siphon millions of credit and debit card numbers from the TJX corporate network while he was working undercover for the government.”

The Secret Service declined comment, WIRED reported.

“It’s a significant amount of money to pay an informant but it’s not an outrageous amount to pay if the guy was working full time and delivering good results,” former federal prosecutor Mark Rasch told WIRED. “It’s probably the only thing he was doing — other than hacking into TJX and making millions of dollars.”

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