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FBI WARNS: HACKERS WREAKING HAVOC THROUGH HOME SECURITY DEVICES

In a public service announcement last week, the FBI warned residents with camera and voice-capable smart devices that hackers are targeting them with swatting attacks that stem from stolen email credentials. Swatting is an attack in which ill-meaning attackers make a fake emergency call to the police, calling law enforcement and S.W.A.T teams into action on a fake premise. The hoax call usually mentions an immediate life threat so that law enforcement will scramble to arrive ASAP and in full force. This type of attack causes damage on both sides of the dangerous prank – police, who are taken away from other critical tasks, and homeowners whose hacked devices were used for the call, who are left confused and shaken or worse. Some health-related and even violent consequences of these situations have also been reported.

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FBI Pays $1 million to ??? to Crack iPhone

The Washington Post reported today that the FBI paid a one-time fee of $1 million to hackers to crack the San Bernardino shooter's phone. The article goes on to say that authorities have not revealed the identity of the hackers.

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Los Angeles Times: Why Hackers Are Not Lining Up to Help the FBI

In all of the debate around the Apple vs FBI tussle, many have wondered why someone has not simply stepped up and hacked the phone already.

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Apple vs the FBI: Tech CEO Viewpoint

The FBI postponed a planned showdown with Apple saying it may not need the phone manufacturer’s help after all to gain access to information on an iPhone.

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FBI: Ransomware on the Rise

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI is once again warning that ransomware is on the rise. The FBI made a similar statement in January 2015. This latest FBI message says it will be on the rise in 2016.

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