Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka "Sabu"), the infamous hacker and leader of the Lulzsec hacktivist group, has directed his associates to attack and compromise the websites and computers belonging to the Iranian, Syrian, Turkish, Brazilian, Pakistani and other governments, the NYT reports.
In a request for quote (RFQ) published on Monday, the Bureau has explained the reason behind their need: The Operational Technology Division (OTD), Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) of the FBI has the following mission: Provide technical analysis of digital methods, software and data, and provide technical support to FBI investigations and intelligence operations that involve computers, networks and malicious software.
TorMail users engaged in illegal activities might have felt more than a twinge of anxiety when it was confirmed last summer that the FBI took control of Freedom Hosting's servers.
Three men who allegedly ran a one-stop online shop selling counterfeit credit cards and holographic overlays to be used by criminals to make fake identifications, face federal charges in an ongoing investigation that has already resulted in 11 additional arrests, including a customer facing federal charges.
Court documents related to a recent FBI investigation have revealed that the agency has been permitted to try to compromise with spying malware the computer of a potential terrorist in order to discover his identity and location, The Washington Post reports.
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