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FBI Is Spying on Terrorism and Child Porn Suspects by Hacking Computers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is in the business of hacking computers.

Kind of. NBC reports that the FBI is installing malware and spyware on computers belonging to suspected terrorists or pedophiles, which allows agents to send a virus or other malware to spy on the suspects.

The hacking is so sophisticated that the FBI can switch on the webcam without the user ever knowing it, privacy activists said.

“In the last few years the FBI has created a team that has solely focused on delivering what we call malware — viruses and worms — to people’s computers to get control of them,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, told NBC News.

The FBI declined to comment for the story.

A Missouri Man Fooled by a Computer Virus Tipped Off Police about Child Porn on His Computer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Missouri man was so spooked by an Internet scam that he tipped off police about child porn on his computer, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Police say the unnamed man, who is now under investigation, panicked when he received an alert that the FBI wanted $200 to unlock his computer to search for porn.

Not knowing the alert was part of a computer virus, the man called police and said he believed there was porn on his computer that he had tried to delete in the past, according to the News-Leader.

When he took the computer into the police department for a look, cops said they found 20 images and a video of child porn.

U.S. and Israel Developed Virus called “Flame” to Slow Iran’s Nuclear Program

By Allan Lengel
tickletheiwre.com

More info is leaking out about the virus aimed at Iran’s nuclear program.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the U.S. and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slowdown the nuclear program.

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FBI Warns: Beware of Fake Viruses Known as “Scareware”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has issued a warning to the public to beware of “scareware”, bogus pop-up messages that warn that your computer is infected with a virus when it really is not.  The pop ups then recommend buying a certain antivirus software.

“Most of these pop-ups are scams, and it’s one of the fastest-growing types of Internet fraud today,” the FBI said in a warning published on its webpage.

The FBI warned that if you try to buy the antivirus software “it will either do nothing…or it could compromise your computer by installing malicious software onto your system. And in some instances, you don’t even have to click on the pop-up box…the software downloads automatically.”

The FBI said majority of these scammers operate outside the U.S. But it said it has had some success in prosecuting some people.

Last May, for example, three people were charged in Illinois in with scamming users in more than 60 countries, including the U.S., to buy more than $100 million worth of bogus “scareware” software, the FBI said.

According to the FBI webpage, here’s how to spot a scareware scam:

  • Does the pop-up use “non-clickable” icons? To build authenticity into their software, scareware will show a list of reputable icons—like those of software companies or security publications. However, the user can’t click through to the sites to see the actual reviews or recommendations.
  • Is the pop-up ad hard to close? Scareware pop-ups employ aggressive techniques and will not close easily after clicking the “close” or “X” button.
  • Have you heard of the software before? Cyber criminals use easy-to-remember names like Virus Shield, Antivirus, or VirusRemover.

The FBI said a good way to protect yourself against the scareware is to have up-to-date antivirus software.

It Ain’t the Swine Flu, But the FBI Says it’s a Virus Worth Looking Out For

computer virus By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – It may not be the menacing Swine Flu, but this virus could cause you some pain.

The FBI has issued a consumer warning regarding a pop-up security message on the Internet.

“The messages may contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft,” the FBI said in a press release. “The messages contain scareware, fake or rogue anti-virus software that looks authentic.

“The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go to the real site to review or see recommendations. Cyber criminals use botnets—collections of compromised computers—to push the software, and advertisements on websites deliver it. This is known as malicious advertising or “malvertising.”

Once the pop-up warning appears, it can’t be easily closed by clicking the “close” or “X” buttons.”

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Computer Virus Strikes FBI and U.S. Marshal Computers

computer1Scary to think these agencies are so vulnerable. Looks like some IT folks have some work to do.

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.

The U.S. Marshals confirmed it disconnected from the Justice Department’s computers as a protective measure after being hit by the virus; an FBI official said only that that agency was experiencing similar issues and was working on the problem.

“We too are evaluating a network issue on our external, unclassified network that’s affecting several government agencies,” said FBI spokesman Mike Kortan. He did not elaborate or identify the other agencies.

Marshals spokeswoman Nikki Credic said the agency’s computer problem began Thursday morning. The FBI began experiencing similar problems earlier.

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