Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far.
A security expert claims the FBI is lying about how it located the Icelandic server hosting the Silk Road underground drugs bazaar.
When Ross Ulbricht was arrested by the FBI and charged with being the operator of the billion dollar drugs empire known as Silk Road, one of the most intriguing questions for many was just how the law enforcement agency was able to locate the server hosting the website considering it was running on the anonymous Tor network.
Newly surfaced court documents revealed that “Sabu” wasn’t the only hacker helping the feds; in fact after the FBI flipped an autistic hacker known as “Eekdacat” for his role in the 2010 Gawker hack, he helped nail “Kayla.”
The FBI is evaluating separate criminal referrals sent to the Justice Department by the CIA in its dispute with Senate investigators over access to documents about the agency's "enhanced interrogation" practices, officials familiar with the matter said.
The CIA and one of its two main congressional overseers, the Senate Intelligence Committee, have traded accusations that each inappropriately intruded into computer systems containing highly classified data about the Bush-era practices, which human rights activists have described as torture.
The outrage over massive, pervasive surveillance has put the NSA in the spotlight, somewhere its officials are obviously uncomfortable being. The administration's minimal efforts to address domestic surveillance have also focused on the agency. But there's an agency doing just as much privacy-invading as the NSA and its efforts are now going largely unnoticed, as Emily Berman points out at Just Security.