Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FBI undergoing some change that isn't going to be easy.

First news bit: The FBI needs to hire people capable of fighting hackers. According to the FBI, some of these potential new hires are smoking weed on the way to the interview. Are they stereotyping? Or did someone come in for an interview high on weed? See the third bit below. Is that all the drugs they are doing? The FBI says they may hire them anyway. This is an interesting admission from a very controlling institution that something has to give to combat the cyber criminals of the world. Can you imagine how the old guard FBI is going to deal with this change in attitude and hiring practices? To read more click here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27499595

2nd news bit:  US federal law enforcement agencies have been ordered for the first time to record interviews with suspects. Previously this was forbidden. The policy change occurs in July and covers the FBI, DEA, ATF, and US Marshals service. Audio or video recordings are "strongly encouraged" according to the Deputy Attorney General James Cole of the justice department.  Will this provide transparency, or risk generating false confessions and other problems. Will recording it intimidate witnesses. The policy will not apply to interviews conducted outside the US. To read more about it click here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27527125?print=true

Did anyone else notice that there has been a lot going on in fighting cyber crime recently as reported in the news? Well here's why...

3rd news bit: Now we find out that a prominent cyber criminal, the former head of LulzSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur, has helped the FBI since 2011 fend off 300 major cyber attacks on government and businesses including the "US Armed Forces, the US Congress and NASA as well as a television network, a video game manufacturer and an electronics conglomerate". This saved the US a lot of money in avoiding lost revenues and responding to the criminals. Hector helped fend off attacks from "cyber criminals affiliated with Anonymous, LulzSec and Internet Feds". He also helped the FBI arrest the #1 cyber criminal Jeremy Hammond. Using his contacts, Hector was also able to determine that a suspected attack was not an attack at all saving the feds a lot of money they could have spent investigating the situation. Now he may go to prison for over 20 years. Prosecutors are asking for a reduced sentence. I think he should be sentenced to community service, working with the FBI for over 20 years to get people up to speed to fight cyber criminals. To read more about it click here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27579765

Hector got 7 months (which he has already served) and 1 year probation and walked out of court today. Now he'll be the subject of abuse from his former cyber friends. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27588976

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