Techdirt: FBI Sent A Special Task Force To Portland To ‘Exploit’ Phones Taken From Protesters

Techdirt: FBI Sent A Special Task Force To Portland To ‘Exploit’ Phones Taken From Protesters . “The Fly Teams have been in existence since shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. But until now, they’ve mainly been foreign-focused — either operating in other countries or targeting foreign terrorists. This breaks some new ground in a disturbing way: counterterrorist activity targeting US citizens, some of which have engaged in nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Lawfare Blog: FBI & CISA Issue Another Warning About 2020 U.S. Election Disinformation

Lawfare Blog: FBI & CISA Issue Another Warning About 2020 U.S. Election Disinformation . “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) today issued another public service announcement that warns of the potential threat posed by foreign actors and cybercriminals spreading disinformation to cast doubt on the legitimacy of U.S. elections.”

FBI and CISA: Foreign Actors And Cybercriminals Likely To Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Results

FBI and CISA: Foreign Actors And Cybercriminals Likely To Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Results. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing this announcement to raise awareness of the potential threat posed by attempts to spread disinformation regarding the results of the 2020 elections. Foreign actors and cybercriminals could create new websites, change existing websites, and create or share corresponding social media content to spread false information in an attempt to discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.”

CyberScoop: The FBI’s digital security guide for local police actually has good OPSEC advice

CyberScoop: The FBI’s digital security guide for local police actually has good OPSEC advice. “The instructions include a range of advisories for smaller police agencies, ranging from ways to avoid harassment on Facebook to the best methods for removing personal information from publicly available databases. The 354-page document, titled ‘Digital Exhaust Opt Out Guide,’ was released publicly in June as part of the BlueLeaks data dump, a trove of law enforcement materials made public by transparency activists calling themselves Distributed Denial of Secrets. Federal authorities have distributed the guidelines to local police”

Philadelphia Inquirer: The FBI used a Philly protester’s Etsy profile, LinkedIn, and other internet history to charge her with setting police cars ablaze

Philadelphia Inquirer: The FBI used a Philly protester’s Etsy profile, LinkedIn, and other internet history to charge her with setting police cars ablaze. “More than two weeks after that climactic May 30 moment, federal authorities say they’ve identified the arsonist as 33-year-old Philadelphia massage therapist Lore Elisabeth Blumenthal by following the intricate trail of bread crumbs she left through her social media history and online shopping patterns over the years. The path took agents from Instagram, where amateur photographers also captured shots of the masked arsonist, to an Etsy shop that sold the distinctive T-shirt the woman was wearing in the video. It led investigators to her LinkedIn page, to her profile on the fashion website Poshmark, and eventually to her doorstep in Germantown.”

FBI: FBI Warns of Child Sexual Abuse Material Being Displayed During Zoom Meetings

FBI: FBI Warns of Child Sexual Abuse Material Being Displayed During Zoom Meetings. “The COVID-19 crisis has caused many organizations and schools to conduct virtual meetings/events, some of which are open to the public. Additionally, links to many virtual events are being shared online, resulting in a lack of vetting of approved participants. During the last few months, the FBI has received more than 195 reports of incidents throughout the United States and in other countries in which a Zoom participant was able to broadcast a video depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The FBI considers this activity to be a violent crime, as every time child sexual abuse material is viewed, the depicted child is re-victimized. Furthermore, anyone who inadvertently sees child sexual abuse material depicted during a virtual event is potentially a victim as well.”

FBI: FBI Expects a Rise in Scams Involving Cryptocurrency Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI: FBI Expects a Rise in Scams Involving Cryptocurrency Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Fraudsters are leveraging increased fear and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money and launder it through the complex cryptocurrency ecosystem. People of all ages, including the elderly, are being victimized by criminals through cryptocurrency-related fraud schemes. Developments in cryptocurrency technology and an increasing number of businesses accepting it as payment have driven the growing popularity and accessibility of cryptocurrency. There are not only numerous virtual asset service providers online but also thousands of cryptocurrency kiosks located throughout the world which are exploited by criminals to facilitate their schemes. Many traditional financial crimes and money laundering schemes are now orchestrated via cryptocurrencies.”

FBI: FBI Anticipates Rise in Business Email Compromise Schemes Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI: FBI Anticipates Rise in Business Email Compromise Schemes Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Fraudsters will take advantage of any opportunity to steal your money, personal information, or both. Right now, they are using the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to further their efforts. Business email compromise (BEC) is a scam that targets anyone who performs legitimate funds transfers. Recently, there has been an increase in BEC frauds targeting municipalities purchasing personal protective equipment or other supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19.”

Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings (CNN)

CNN: Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings. “The Justice Department has started to probe a series of stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of the sharp market downturn stemming from the spread of coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

Coronavirus: Man planning to bomb Missouri hospital killed, FBI says (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Man planning to bomb Missouri hospital killed, FBI says. “A man suspected of planning to attack a hospital treating coronavirus cases in the US state of Missouri died after a shootout with the FBI, officials say. The confrontation happened as agents tried to arrest the 36-year-old in the city of Belton as part of a domestic terrorism investigation, the FBI said.”

FBI: School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation

FBI: School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation. “Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.”

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin: Optimizing Facebook for Public Assistance in Investigations

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin: Optimizing Facebook for Public Assistance in Investigations. “When communicating with the public directly through social media, agencies must choose their words carefully—as they would with traditional media—to respect the privacy rights of victims, witnesses, and subjects; avoid harming a case referred for prosecution; and deliver the desired message. To this end, the authors recently examined how departments can use social media most effectively and appropriately to procure the public’s help with investigations. They focused on the most commonly used site—Facebook.”

FBI: FBI Art Crime Team Announces the Repatriation of Over 450 Cultural and Historical Artifacts to the Republic of Haiti

FBI: FBI Art Crime Team Announces the Repatriation of Over 450 Cultural and Historical Artifacts to the Republic of Haiti. “The 479 Haitian artifacts were discovered in 2014, when the FBI Art Crime Team seized more than 7,000 items from the private collection of an amateur archeologist, Donald Miller, who had likely acquired the items in contravention of state and federal law and international treaties. This was the largest single recovery of culture property in FBI history.”

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2019 Internet Crime Report

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2019 Internet Crime Report. “The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2019 Internet Crime Report includes information from 467,361 complaints of suspected Internet crime, with reported losses in excess of $3.5 billion. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2019 were phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming, non-payment/non-delivery, and extortion.”