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Exclusive: The DHS Used A Hacker Convicted Of Child Exploitation As A Source

The FBI uses information from a foreign national convicted of a child sexual abuse material crime to investigate a $10,000 assassination plot. → Read More

Exclusive: U.S. States Are Flying Thousands Of Chinese Drones Across The East Coast. Marco Rubio Is Furious.

Government and police agencies are buying thousands of Chinese drones made by DJI and Autel, flying them all over the East Coast. Marco Rubio says there’s “no excuse.” → Read More

A Twitter User Threatened To Kill Obama. Musk’s Safety Team Let Him Keep Tweeting.

A former employee says the user would have been immediately banned for life in the pre-Musk Twitter era. Meanwhile, it appears Musk is failing to execute his own rules on death threats. → Read More

Elon Musk’s Twitter Quietly Fired Its Democracy And National Security Policy Lead

Twitter’s public policy team continues to be decimated under Elon Musk, signaling a retreat from engaging with democratic, national security and human rights concerns across the world. → Read More

A Christian Ministry Promised An Obamacare Alternative. The FBI Says Its Leaders Pocketed $4 Million And Left Members With Thousands In Unpaid Medical Bills

Missouri Christian nonprofit owners accused of making millions while clients were left with tens of thousands in unpaid medical expenses. → Read More

Passport Breach Hits Over 500 Cricket Stars, From Wasim Akram To Ian Bell

A database of 543 cricket stars’ passports were found online by a cybersecurity researcher. → Read More

Google Cuts Company Protecting People From Surveillance To A ‘Skeleton Crew,’ Say Laid Off Workers

Jigsaw, which produces tools to protect people from surveillance and other threats, saw its staff slashed by at least a third amidst concerns its altruistic work is being shelved in favor of more profitable endeavors for Google. → Read More

A Murderer Targeted Pregnant Moms In A Private Facebook Group, Feds Say. Its Moderators Claim No One Told Them.

An alleged killer joined a Facebook group for passing on kids’ items to find pregnant mothers and possibly kidnap them, according to a search warrant. Some moms in the group say neither the FBI nor Meta informed them that their data was caught up in a murder investigation. → Read More

Book A Last Minute Flight? You’re More Likely To Be Searched By The Feds

Newly-unsealed documents obtained by Forbes reveal American law enforcement has deep access to people’s travel records and how it uses that data to conduct targeted surveillance. → Read More

Armed With ChatGPT, Cybercriminals Build Malware And Plot Fake Girl Bots

Users of underground forums start sharing malware coded by OpenAI’s viral sensation and dating scammers are planning on creating convincing fake girls with the tool. Cyber prognosticators predict more malicious use of ChatGPT is to come. → Read More

International Drug Conspiracy Used Binance To Launder Millions, DEA Investigation Finds

Mexican drug gangs are still dabbling in cryptocurrencies, says Binance, as it helps the DEA investigate as much as $50 million in suspect transactions. → Read More

Amazon, Ashton Kutcher And America’s Surveillance Of The Sex Trade

Huge police databases armed with Amazon’s facial recognition are harvesting online sex ads of exploited children and consenting sex workers alike. Forbes finds that even when wielding a mass surveillance arsenal, cops can and do fail to keep sex workers and trafficking victims safe. → Read More

Amazon, Ashton Kutcher And America’s Surveillance Of The Sex Trade

Huge police databases armed with Amazon’s facial recognition are harvesting online sex ads of exploited children and consenting sex workers alike. Forbes finds that even when wielding a mass surveillance arsenal, cops can and do fail to keep sex workers and trafficking victims safe. → Read More

Elon Musk Wanted Twitter To Encrypt Messages. His New Safety Chief Says It’s On Hold.

End-to-end encryption isn’t launching anytime soon, Twitter’s new trust and safety lead tells Forbes. Senator Ron Wyden says it would be a “huge step back” if encryption isn’t rolled out, after Musk had offered encouraging signs DMs were soon going to be protected. → Read More

Cops Can Extract Data From 10,000 Different Car Models’ Infotainment Systems

As cybersecurity researchers detail a flaw that allowed them to unlock and start Honda and Nissan cars from anywhere in the world, border and immigration agencies are buying up tech to exploit weaknesses in vehicle security. → Read More

Elon Musk Gives Twitter Staff 2 Days To Decide If They Want To Stay

Musk’s "Fork in the Road" email goes out to global staff on Wednesday morning, giving them two working days to decide if they’d like to commit to a “hardcore” Twitter. → Read More

Amazon Packages Of Garden Stones Are Being Used To Smuggle Meth, Feds Say

A global narcotics gang is hiding methamphetamine in packages of ornamental stones, according to a previously-unreported investigation. → Read More

Twitter’s Security And Privacy Leaders Quit Amidst Musk’s Chaotic Takeover

Elon Musk loses heads of security, privacy and compliance, as an internal worker reportedly warns about risks of FTC action. → Read More

Scammers Are Extorting Parents With Their Dead Children’s Nude Images, FBI Says

In a search warrant, the agency warns of a “high rate” of teenage boys dying due to sextortion. Families are now being told to pay so the deceased’s nude images are not publicly released. → Read More

For Sex Traffickers, Jack Dorsey’s Cash App Is ‘King’

The Twitter and Block billionaire made Cash App into a $700 million monster. Now police officers, nonprofit critics and current and former employees say it’s struggling to fight “rampant” criminality. → Read More