Wray tells lawmakers that FBI conducts cyber offensive operations

FBI Director Christopher Wray told Senate lawmakers on Thursday that his agency has been conducting offensive cyber operations against state and non-state cyber actors. Wray said offensive operations are one of many tactics the agency employs to counter various cyber Read More …

End-to-end encryption is a ‘disaster’ for counter-terrorism and stops police finding right-wing extremists online

End-to-end encryption on messaging apps is a “disaster” for counter-terrorism officials as it stops them finding extreme-right activity online, a new report warns. Extreme right-wing terrorists’ “conspiracy theorist, anti-government outlook” means they are “often aware of what technical security measures Read More …

UK: Police anti-terror IT system was ‘not fit for purpose’ – former officer

A key intelligence database used by police to investigate extremists was “not fit for purpose” when introduced in 2014, a former counter-terrorism officer has told the BBC. The officer, who retired in 2018, says the National Common Intelligence Application (NCIA) Read More …

Europol coordinates action against bomb manuals available online

On 1 February, a large-scale Referral Action Day targeting terrorist content online took place at Europol’s headquarters. The European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) at Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) coordinated the referral activity, which saw the involvement Read More …

Afghanistan: The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices

The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices that could aid in the identification of Afghans who assisted coalition forces, current and former military officials have told The Intercept. The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, Read More …

Secret terrorist watchlist with 2 million records exposed online

A secret terrorist watchlist with 1.9 million records, including classified “no-fly” records was exposed on the internet. The list was left accessible on an Elasticsearch cluster that had no password on it. In July this year, Security Discovery researcher Bob Read More …

Report: Aussie biz Azimuth cracked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, ending Apple-FBI privacy standoff

Australian security firm Azimuth has been identified as the experts who managed to crack a mass shooter’s iPhone that was at the center of an encryption standoff between the FBI and Apple. Until this week it had largely been assumed Read More …

Man jailed for trying to buy chemical weapon online able to kill ‘hundreds’ of people

A man has been jailed for trying to buy a chemical weapon online capable of killing “hundreds” of people. On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that Jason William Siesser, a resident of Missouri, will spend 12 years Read More …

The ‘offensive cyber’ used by UK National Cyber Force to confuse Islamic State militants and prevent drone attacks

The UK has revealed new details about a secret cyber operation against Islamic State that targeted the group’s ability to fly drones, meddled with their phones and hit their propaganda. The mission – told to Sky News by the head Read More …