Route Fifty: White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

Route Fifty: White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware. “Entities experiencing any suspicious cyber activity should report incidents to either the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or the FBI, CISA Director Jen Easterly said in a White House press release highlighting a joint advisory from the agencies in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday break. “

Bloomberg: FBI Says No Network Data Compromised After Fake Email Incident

Bloomberg: FBI Says No Network Data Compromised After Fake Email Incident. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation said no data or personal identifiable information was accessed or compromised on the agency’s network after hackers sent fake emails yesterday using its Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal. The illegitimate email originated from an FBI-operated server, which was ‘dedicated to pushing notifications for LEEP and was not part of the FBI’s corporate email service,’ said the agency in a statement on Sunday on the update of the incident.”

Washington Post: When the FBI seizes your messages from Big Tech, you may not know it for years

Washington Post: When the FBI seizes your messages from Big Tech, you may not know it for years. “In the last six months of 2020, Facebook received 61,262 government requests for user data in the United States, said spokesman Andy Stone. Most — 69 percent — came with secrecy orders. Meanwhile, Microsoft has received between 2,400 and 3,500 secrecy orders from federal law enforcement each year since 2016 — or seven to 10 per day — according to congressional testimony by vice president of customer security and trust Tom Burt. Google and Apple declined to disclose the number of gag orders they’ve received. But in the first half of 2020, Google said U.S. law enforcement made 39,536 requests for information about 84,662 accounts — with many of the requests targeting multiple accounts. Apple said it received 11,363 requests.”

US Department of Justice: 12 Tribes Selected For Participation In Program Enhancing Tribal Access To National Crime Information Databases

US Department of Justice: 12 Tribes Selected For Participation In Program Enhancing Tribal Access To National Crime Information Databases. “The Department of Justice has selected an additional 12 federally recognized tribes to participate in the expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP), a program that provides tribal governments with means to access, enter, and exchange data with national crime information systems, including those maintained by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and the states.”

FBI: FBI Releases 2020 Hate Crime Statistics

FBI: FBI Releases 2020 Hate Crime Statistics. “Today the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2020, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. The 2020 data, submitted by 15,136 law enforcement agencies, provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes.”

NPR: The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters

NPR: The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters. “As rioters made their way through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, many of them livestreamed their actions and posted photos and videos on social media. That steady stream of content created an enormous record of evidence that law enforcement needed to sift through to build cases against the accused. Now, more than 575 federal criminal complaints have been filed, and a striking pattern has emerged: Time and time again, the FBI is relying on crowdsourced tips from an ad hoc community of amateur investigators sifting through that pile of content for clues.”

FBI: Girl Scouts of the USA and FBI Sign MOU in Support of STEM Programs for Girls

FBI: Girl Scouts of the USA and FBI Sign MOU in Support of STEM Programs for Girls. “The recruitment and retention of individuals with exceptional STEM talent is a top priority for the FBI. Furthermore, the FBI seeks to promote awareness of its mission and initiatives among young people. In furtherance of these goals, the FBI and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and are collaborating to increase young women’s interest, confidence, and competency in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

Boston Herald: FBI file on Boston serial killer James ‘Whitey’ Bulger declassified

Boston Herald: FBI file on Boston serial killer James ‘Whitey’ Bulger declassified. “Months before sadistic Southie mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was recruited by the FBI, he was hunted for loan sharking where he was wiretapped and beat an agency mole, newly declassified records imply. Bulger ‘slapped around’ that informant, records suggest, over ‘debts’ the agency ordered deliberately left unpaid to spark anger. It’s all part of a 300-page, heavily redacted FBI file on a crazed crook linked to 11 murders, but traced to 19 or more.”

New York Times: The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.

New York Times: The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.. “The devices, procured on the black market, performed only a single function hidden behind a calculator app: sending encrypted messages and photos. For years, organized crime figures around the globe relied on the devices to orchestrate international drug shipments, coordinate arms and explosives trafficking, and discuss contract killings, law enforcement officials said. Users trusted the devices’ security so much that they often laid out their plans not in code, but in plain language. Unbeknown to them, the entire network was run by the F.B.I.”

Rolling Stone: FBI Releases Long-Withheld File on Kurt Cobain

Rolling Stone: FBI Releases Long-Withheld File on Kurt Cobain. “Periodically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes public some of its archives on politicians, entertainers, and other boldface names. And quietly last month — for reasons the Bureau has not commented on — the FBI plucked out its file on Cobain and made it available for the first time, shortly after it had done the same with paperwork on late mob boss Vito Genovese.”

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report, Including COVID-19 Scam Statistics

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report, Including COVID-19 Scam Statistics. “The 2020 Internet Crime Report includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. State-specific statistics have also been released and can be found within the 2020 Internet Crime Report and in the accompanying 2020 State Reports.”

FBI: Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

FBI: Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccines. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines. The FBI, HHS-OIG, and CMS have received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information (PII) and money through various schemes.”

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.”