Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

FBI Raids Anonymous

January 31st, 2011

The FBI has executed 40 arrest warrants throughout the US in an investigation against the online group Anonymous.

These arrests came as a response to recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, in defense of WikiLeaks in 2010. The attacks targeted Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Amazon, all of which stopped providing services to WikiLeaks after it started the distribution of thousands of leaked diplomatic cables.

In their statement, the FBI said that these arrests are “as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations”.

ars technica has some really interesting personal stories from people who got arrested and searched by the FBI.

The FBI Wants to Know What You Do Online

February 6th, 2010

The FBI wants Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to save your browsing history. FBI Director Robert Mueller wants ISPs to track “origin and destination information” about their customers’ browsing habits and store them for authorities’ use for two full years.

If the FBI has its way, it would mean that clearing your browser history and erasing cookies from your computer won’t be enough to protect your privacy. Though the FBI would only be able to access the information if they have a warrant, the amount of data ISPs would have to save is going to be huge.

Recording what Web sites are visited is likely to draw both practical and privacy objections. Still, no details are currently available on the exact information the FBI is calling for.