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FBI to form digital currency unit, Justice Dept taps new crypto czar

The US Justice Department has tapped a seasoned computer crimes prosecutor to lead its new national cryptocurrency enforcement team and announced that the FBI is launching a unit for blockchain analysis and virtual asset...

Hackers compromise FBI email system, send thousands of messages

Hackers compromised a Federal Bureau of Investigation email system and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of a possible cyberattack, according to the agency and security specialists. Fake emails appeared to come from a...

Ex-US intelligence operatives in UAE hacking case will cooperate with FBI

Three former US intelligence operatives, who worked as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, agreed to pay fines of $1.685 million and cooperate with federal prosecutors to avoid trial, the Justice Department has...

Brit arrested in Spain for role in infamous 2020 Twitter hack

A 22-year-old Brit has been arrested in Spain in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack which compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday. It named the...

Biden orders probe of latest ransomware attack

President Biden has said he has directed US intelligence agencies to investigate who was behind a sophisticated ransomware attack that hit hundreds of American businesses and led to suspicions of Russian gang involvement. Security firm...

Like the Terminator, high-tech cyber crime to ‘keep coming’

Businesses worldwide are fighting sophisticated data scientists as they battle to protect their data-rich computers from cyber crime - and the costly attacks are not going to stop, a top expert at insurer Sompo...

US Supreme Court restricts scope of computer fraud law

The US Supreme Court has limited the type of conduct that can be prosecuted under a federal computer fraud law, overturning a former Georgia police officer's conviction for misusing a government database to investigate...

Ransomware gangs disrupted by response to Colonial Pipeline hack

Multiple ransomware groups claimed they were shutting down or scaling back operations last week as the US government ramped up pressure while tech companies, cryptocurrency exchanges and others worried about getting caught in the...

Facebook faces prospect of ‘devastating’ data transfer ban after Irish ruling

Ireland's data regulator can resume a probe that may trigger a ban on Facebook's transatlantic data transfers, the High Court has ruled, raising the prospect of a stoppage that the company warns would have...

Ransom group linked to Colonial Pipeline hack is new but experienced

The ransomware group linked to the extortion attempt that has snared fuel deliveries across the east coast of America may be new, but that doesn't mean its hackers are amateurs. Who precisely is behind the...

White House blames Russian spy agency SVR for SolarWinds hack

The Biden-Harris White House has said in a statement that Russia's foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, was responsible for the SolarWinds hack, which led to the compromise of nine federal agencies and...

Software vendors would have to disclose breaches under new order

A planned executive order by President Joe Biden will require many software vendors to notify their federal government customers when the companies have a cybersecurity breach, according to a draft seen by journalists. A...