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FBI Turns to Crowdsourcing to Crack Unsolved Code

Crowdsourcing unsolved codes has been done before. (Remember the San Francisco Chronicle appealing to the masses to crack the Zodiac killer's mystery missives?) But, it hasn't been done often by the FBI. So it is strange to see the Bureau open up a 12-year-old case, in which a man was found murdered with nothing but a bizarre note in his pocket, to the public. Perhaps the distance between the...

FBI Investigating Hacking Ring Responsible for Swiping Nude Celeb Pics

It ain't a nice time to be a female star. The FBI is investigating a hacking ring it believes is responsible for swiping "sensitive" material from the e-mail accounts and phones of dozens of stars. According to TMZ, 50 celebrities (including Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson) have been targeted, with nude photos and embarrassing videos allegedly stolen. Supposedly, all the...

Student Sues FBI for Putting a Tracking Device on His Car

Last year, U.S.-born college student Yasir Afifi found an FBI tracking device stashed under his car. Now Afifi is suing the agency, claiming his civil rights were violated when law enforcement begain tracking him without a warrant. Judges have gone back and forth over whether or not GPS tracking ought to require a search warrant, and Afifi hopes his case will settle the debate once and for all....

4Chan Turns in Teen For Planning School Massacre

Share 4Chan has landed itself in the middle of yet another FBI investigation. This time, though, the site is cooperating with authorities after a Michigan-based member named Ali Saad posted threats to go on a shooting rampage at his community college. Saad insists that his postings were in jest, but his claims that he could top the "high score" of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho set off...

Kidnapping Suspect Contacted Police via Facebook, Says Source

A woman accused of kidnapping an infant from a hospital more than 20 years ago has turned herself over to the authorities. The suspect, Ann Pettway, allegedly stole the young girl from a New York hospital back in 1987, and raised her as her own. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Friday, in North Carolina, and she was finally taken into custody on Sunday, in Connecticut. A source told CNN that...

FBI Investigating Pro-WikiLeaks 'Operation Payback'

It's no secret that the U.S. government is going after WikiLeaks and its elusive founder Julian Assange. According to the Smoking Gun, however, federal authorities have been targeting its supporters, as well. Earlier this month, a group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers known as Anonymous began launching a series of coordinated cyber-attacks against companies that had severed ties with Julian Assange's...

FBI Uses Facebook to Trap Terror Suspect, Defuse Maryland Bomb Scheme

On Wednesday, FBI agents arrested a young Muslim-American man who was allegedly plotting to blow up a U.S. military recruitment office in Maryland. Officials nabbed the suspect, 21-year-old Antonio Martinez, after trapping him in an intricate sting operation that was facilitated, at least in part, by Facebook. The FBI lured Martinez into its trap with an informer, who posed as one of his...

FBI Says Video Barbie Girl Could Be Used for 'Child Pornography Production'

When we got our hands on the new Barbie Video Girl a few months ago, we sort of knew that the camera-equipped doll could give rise to a whole new era of kiddie voyeurism. Little did we know, though, that it could spawn a whole new era of homemade kiddie porn, as well. Yet that's exactly what the FBI is worried about, according to a new memo (PDF) that describes the toy as a "possible child...

FBI Hunts Russian Man Behind One-Third of the World's Spam

Federal investigators are currently pursuing a 23-year-old Russian man accused of orchestrating the so-called 'Mega-D' botnet that, at one point, had the capacity to send 10 billion spam e-mails per day. The network of 500,000 infected computers was taken down late last year, but one researcher quoted by the FBI said that Mega-D, at the height of its powers, "was likely the largest botnet in the...

FBI Goes to Facebook, Google to Talk Expanding Gov't Wiretapping

We already knew that the FBI was pushing to expand its online wiretapping capacities. Now, the agency has apparently taken its campaign to Silicon Valley. As the New York Times reports, FBI Director Robert Mueller met Tuesday with several tech companies -- including Facebook and Google -- to discuss a possible expansion to current legislation that would make it easier for federal agencies to...

FBI Investigating 4chan and Anonymous Over DDoS Attacks

According to sources in contact with CNET, the FBI is pushing forward with an investigation of 4chan and the Internet vigilante collective known as Anonymous, which has loose ties to the controversial message board. Anonymous and its members, who frequent the 4chan boards, have unleashed a flurry of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks over the past few months on individuals and...

Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker

Twenty-year-old Yasir Afifi took his car to the mechanic last week for an oil change, and wound up a minor Internet celebrity. When the California resident's Lincoln was raised on the car lifts Afifi and his mechanic, Mazher Khan, noticed something strange, with an antenna, near the car's exhaust. Afifi and his friend posted images of the device on Reddit, wondering if it was an FBI tracking...

White House, FBI Seek Legislation to Expedite Online Wiretapping

As part of their tireless struggle to prevent terrorist attacks and protect U.S. citizens, federal law enforcement officials are now pushing for new legislation to enhance their online surveillance capabilities. The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit for Congressional deliberation next year, would require communications services like Facebook, BlackBerry and Skype to be capable...

Teller May Have Been Texting Bank Robber Before Heist, Police Say

On September 1st, a man who had been hiding in the bathrooms of an Arlington, Texas branch of Texas Trust Credit Union suddenly emerged after closing time, forced bank employees into the cash vaults, and walked away with a handsome $183,000. About four hours later, police arrested a suspect, Tyce Von Franklin, after pulling him over and finding a handgun, piles of cash, and a surgical mask in his...

Warrant Required for GPS Tracking, Court Rules

The next time the police think about slapping a GPS tracking device on your car, they may be required to have a search warrant in their hands beforehand. In an opinion issued Friday, a D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determined that unwarranted and prolonged GPS surveillance violates constitutionally mandated protections against unreasonable searches. Federal prosecutors used evidence...