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  1. Things We Saw Today: Wear The First Chapter Of Harry Potter In Dress Form!

    But will it read to me in my third grade teacher's voice?

    Rooby Lane, you have indeed outdone yourself. Check out their Etsy page for even more literary goodness.

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  2. Man Arrested for YouTube Comment Threatening Cops, Claims He Never Intended to Follow Through

    The excuse that keeps on excusing.

    Tensions have been high around law enforcement lately, to say the least. So when a YouTube commenter left a fairly specific murder threat in a comment thread, Google took it very seriously, despite his claims about its intent.

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  3. FBI Busts Indiana Archaeologist With Thousands of Artifacts


    The FBI has seized thousands of archaeological artifacts from 91-year-old amateur archaeologist Don Miller. It's unclear if Miller actually broke any laws with his collection, but the FBI plans to return at least some of the items to their country of origin. That could take a while considering the size and range of the collection.

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  4. FBI Drones Are Engaged in Surveillance Over the U.S.

    Every move you make, every step you take...well, you know the rest.

    At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today, FBI Director Robert Mueller said that the agency uses unmanned drones to conduct surveillance in the United States. The admission came in response to questioning from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). According to Mueller, drones are used by the FBI to carry out domestic surveillance missions "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom.”

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  5. Verizon Perfects the Non-Statement Statement, If They Said Anything at All, Which No One Can Prove

    Verizon isn't admitting they're handing over your phone records to the NSA, but they sure aren't denying it.

    The Guardian in the U.K. published a copy of an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that requires phone company Verizon to hand over daily records of all calls within the U.S. as well as calls from the U.S. to other countries. Verizon has since released a statement on the matter. They don't admit to the order, but they don't deny it either.

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  6. The NSA Is Getting Daily Updates Of Your Phone Records From Verizon

    This morning in "I'm pretty sure you're not actually allowed to do that" news, the NSA is collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans on a daily basis. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. has obtained a copy of an order from judge in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requiring cell phone service provider Verizon to turn over the cell phone call records of all domestic calls, as well as calls placed in the U.S. to a foreign country. It's the first solid evidence that the unwarranted surveillance of millions of American citizens who are not accused of any crime -- which began in the terror-panicked wake of the 9/11 attacks -- is alive and well and living in Washington under the Obama administration.

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  7. FBI Forms Anti-Laser Task Force, Targets 8 Year-Olds Leaving Planetariums

    America is under attack. There's a serious threat targeting the country's air travel system that, if left unchecked, could lead to put hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens in jeopardy. What's the cause of this growing problem, you ask? Little kids waving laser-pointers at airplanes. The FBI is concerned about it, so they've created a new task force, the Laser Strike Working Group National Initiative, devoted to study and stop people who try to blind pilots with lasers.

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  8. FBI’s New Facial Recognition Program Leaves No Place to Hide

    We've been worried about the government using security cameras and other devices to track our lives for a little while now. Well, what may have started as paranoia is rapidly becoming a serious concern: The FBI has announced that they plan to spend one billion dollars to build a new type of facial recognition database that will allow the agency to identify suspects and people of interest using security footage from public cameras.

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  9. FBI to AntiSec: Man, We Never Even Met That File

    Earlier today, we reported that hacker group AntiSec had celebrated their Labor Day weekend in the traditional manner: with a barbecue, followed by releasing more than one million (1,000,001, to be precise) identification numbers for Apple products like iPhones and iPads into the wild. The hacker group claimed to have gathered these from a hacked laptop belonging to an FBI agent, but the FBI is now crying foul, claiming they have no idea what file AntiSec is talking about and stating that wherever they got it, it wasn't from the FBI.

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  10. AntiSec Leaks 1,000,001 Apple UDIDs Obtained From FBI Laptop

    In what looks to be one of the worst privacy disasters yet, the hacking collective known as AntiSec has released a list of 1,000,001 Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) that they've allegedly obtained from an FBI breach. This is supposedly from a much larger cache of 12 million UDIDs that the group managed to purloin during their raid. Not only did the files include the UDIDs, but many of these had other identifying information attached, such as usernames, cell phone numbers, and addresses. Lovely.

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  11. Agent Jan Fedarcyk Discusses The 40-Year Anniversary Of Women In The FBI

    The Truth Is Out There

    Jan Fedarcyk, the highest ranking woman in the FBI, is retiring this week. Hear what she has to say about her tenure with the bureau as well as the history of women in the field. 

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  12. Lawsuits, How Do They Work? Insane Clown Posse Suing the FBI

    In what is surely a sign of the end times, the Insane Clown Posse has announced that they intend to sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the fact that Juggalos were labeled a gang last year. The lawsuit itself isn't the sign; the sign's that this perfectly reasonable action comes from the group wondering how magnets work. Due to their classification, suddenly crimes performed by young Juggalos are considered gang activity rather than your typical slew of teenage mistakes.

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  13. FBI Ordered to Copy 150 Terabytes Of Seized MegaUpload Data

    Ever since the big MegaUpload takedown early this year, there's been a question as to what would happen to all the data on the seized servers. In the past six months, much of the data has been in danger of deleltion, and subject to scrutiny by the MPAA, but nothing has really happened to it. Now, a New Zealand High Court has ordered the FBI to prepare to copy the 150 terabytes of data from the seized MegaUpload servers in preparation to provide a copy to Kim Dotcom, for his defense.

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  14. DVDs and Blu-Rays Will Now Contain Two Unskippable, Ten Second Copyright Warnings

    Remember that old FBI warning before movies that you probably don't notice anymore because there's a decent chance you exclusively use streaming services to watch your movies and television shows now? Remember how it was always annoying that, whenever you popped in a DVD, you couldn't skip that warning, as your DVD player would inform you that the operation could not be completed? Well, it's about to get even more annoying for DVD and Blu-ray owners. That single, unskippable FBI warning is multiplying, and now DVDs and Blu-rays from six major studios will carry two unskippable, ten second warnings.

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  15. FBI Can’t Crack Pimp’s Phone’s Pattern Lock, Serves Google With Warrant

    The FBI secured a pimp's Samsung Android phone as part of a case following a former pimp released on parole who seemed to be partaking in pimping activities once again. The pimp previously signed a Fourth Amendment search rights waiver, which allowed the FBI to search his home and property at any time without a court order. When he turned over his phone, he didn't unlock the device, even though his parole conditions prevented him from hiding or locking digital files, but claimed the phone belonged to his sister. Amusingly, the FBI couldn't crack the phone's unlock pattern, and then served a warrant to Google, Android's developer, to help them unlock the phone.

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  16. FBI to Take Down a Chunk of Internet on March 8

    If you can't access the Internet come March 8th, the FBI may be to blame. On that date, a number of domain name servers are due to be taken offline, rendering all computers that use them net-less. Before you go get upset about this, or even worried, there's a pretty legitimate justification here; the action is being taken in order to deal with a scourge called the DNSChanger Trojan, which modifies an infected computer's DNS settings to direct traffic to some rather unsavory sites. The FBI is looking ti put the sucker out of commission for good.

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  17. Anonymous Publishes Stolen FBI Conference Call

    During this recent spell of Internet-endangering-legislation craziness, everyone's favorite loosely organized group of Guy Fawkes-mask-wearing hackers, Anonymous, has been relatively quiet aside from some (alleged) empty threats thrown Sony's way and a flurry of DDOS attacks following the MegaUpload takedown. Now, Anonymous has kicked it up a notch and leaked the spoils of one of their more impressive hacks to date: Audio of a conference call between the FBI and the Scotland Yard.

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  18. All MegaUpload Data May be Deleted by the End of the Week [UPDATED]

    Following the surprise takedown of MegaUpload, the countless thousands who had been using MegaUpload's cloudspace for perfectly legitimate purposes - -sending files across the globe, for instance -- have been wondering what's to become of their data. As it turns out, there's a good chance it's going to disappear. Forever.

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  19. FBI Arrests 14 People Suspected of Anonymous Affiliation, Participation in DDOS Attacks

    Today, the FBI launched a number of raids pertaining to Anonymous DDOS attacks and has reportedly made 14 arrests nationwide. Arrests were made in New York, California, New Jersey and Florida and four of the raids in New York (Brooklyn, the Bronx, as well as Baldwin and Merrick on Long Island) resulted in the seizure of personal computers thought to have been used in the attacks. This isn't the first time hackers, or specifically, suspected Anonymous members have been arrested. Five Anonymous-related arrests were made back in January, Ryan Cleary, a suspected Lulzsec affiliate, was arrested about a month ago, and three men suspected of ties to Anonymous were arrested in Spain a few weeks prior to that. Still, this is the largest push to arrest Anonymous affiliated hackers in the U.S. to date.

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  20. Report: One Out of Four U.S. “Hackers” Is an FBI Informant

    According to a report issued by The Guardian and backed by the publisher of hacker quarterly 2600, a whopping 25% of U.S.-based 'hackers' "may have been recruited by the federal authorities to be their eyes and ears." The reason is as old as crime movies: When a cybercriminal is busted, the feds have a lot of leverage in asking him or her to go turncoat, as the alternative may be a harsh legal sentence. The Guardian:

    "Owing to the harsh penalties involved and the relative inexperience with the law that many hackers have, they are rather susceptible to intimidation," [2600 publisher Eric] Corley told the Guardian. "It makes for very tense relationships," said John Young, who runs Cryptome, a website depository for secret documents along the lines of WikiLeaks. "There are dozens and dozens of hackers who have been shopped by people they thought they trusted."
    A quibble with this report, which may well be true with respect to cybercriminals, is the use of the word 'hacker' as synonymous with credit card thief or Sony breacher, when the more constructive sort of folks who hang around places like Hacker News who self-identify with the word see it quite differently. In the words of Eric S. Raymond, "Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word "hacker" to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end." (via The Guardian)

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