Deloitte & Touche LLP said on Monday it hired a former senior FBI official as its new director of security and privacy, as the firm seeks to help its client companies fight the threat from increasingly sophisticated computer hackers.
Mary E. Galligan, who supervised the FBI's investigation into the September 11 attacks during a more than 25 year career in law enforcement, will advise Fortune 500 companies on cyber security risks for Deloitte.
She began her role last week, Deloitte said.
After the FBI said their investigations into, and subsequent arrests of, several Anonymous supports led to the dismantling of the loosely associative group and a decline in their activities, Anonymous responds by leaking thousands of compromised records.
Austin Berglas, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's cyber division in New York, told Huffington Post last week that the agency dismantled Anonymous' leadership, leading to a drop in action from the multi-faceted collective.
James Bimen Associates of Virginia and Harris Corporation of Florida have contracts with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hack into computers and phones of surveillance targets, according to Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
“Bimen and Harris employees actively hack into target computers for the FBI,” Soghoian told CorpWatch.
This week the FBI released a report that they have been successful in taking down High-profile Anonymous "members" that have been acting as the core of Anonymous. According to the report the amount of high profile attacks have been decreased as the FBI arrested more people that had been active in the Anonymous hacking.
The FBI is declaring victory over Anonymous in a series of statements claiming the hacker collective is no longer able to carry out large, successful operations because most of its “largest players” have been arrested or detained by US law enforcement authorities.
"The movement is still there, and they're still yacking on Twitter and posting things, but you don't hear about these guys coming forward with those large breaches," Austin P. Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's cyber division, told the Huffington Post.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged "sextortion" case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women.
Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified.
FBI performs hacking activities on special cases that involve child pornography, organized crime, and counterterrorism.
The U.S law-enforcement officials are said to be expanding the use of various tools that are periodically adopted by computer hackers in order to get information on suspects, thus bringing the art of criminal wiretapping to the age of cyber technology, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Operation Cross Country a three-day nationwide enforcement action focusing on underage victims of prostitution concluded with the recovery of 105 sexually exploited children and the arrests of 150 pimps and other individuals.
The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as part of the Bureau's Innocence Lost National Initiative. It is the seventh and largest such enforcement action to date.
During the past 72 hours, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included enforcement actions in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.