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DOJ Announces Project Focused on Admissibility of Forensic Evidence

This morning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an initiative aimed at “examining and strengthening forensic science.” Presumably, the initiative will impact how the DOJ approaches digital forensic evidence in criminal prosecutions. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein made the announcement at the International Association for Identification’s (IAI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The IAI … Continue Reading

DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas of large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that there have been many attempts over the past five … Continue Reading

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Although the … Continue Reading

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Government Property

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a former contractor of a defense contractor has been indicted for stealing over 75 percent of hacking tools belonging to the Nations Security Agency’s offensive cyber unit, as well as the ICA and Cyber Command. According to the indictment, Harold T. Martin has been charged … Continue Reading

2016 Was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad that consumers began to throw up their hands and say “My personal information is out there anyway. … Continue Reading

DOJ Charges Defense Contractor with Removal and Retention of Classified Materials

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has charged a Maryland man, Harold Thomas Martin III with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor. According to the criminal complaint against Martin that was unsealed yesterday, Martin was a contractor with the federal … Continue Reading

White House Directive Outlines Who to Call for Help with a Cyber Incident

Last week, the White House issued a new directive that outlines how the government handles significant cyber incidents, which gives the public information on which agency to call in the event of a cyber incident. We often get asked, “Who do we call—the FBI, Secret Service, DOJ, etc.?” The directive outlines what incidents are considered … Continue Reading

Notice of proposed rulemaking, exemption for biometrics database from the grasp of the Privacy Act

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register moving to exempt the FBI’s biometrics database from the notice and consent provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act). The Privacy Act governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII) that … Continue Reading

BigLaw firms hit with cyber intrusions

Just a week after we reported [view related post] that the FBI warned international law firms that they are targets for cyber hackings, multiple (reportedly up to 50) BigLaw firms have confirmed that they have been victims of hackings and intrusions. Further attempts are expected. The FBI and Department of Justice have reportedly opened an … Continue Reading

Hacker has possession of 9,000 Department of Homeland Security employee information through social engineering and threatens to release data of 20,000 FBI employees

Boasting on a Twitter account, a hacker has claimed that he accessed over 9,000 Department of Homeland Security employees’ demographic information, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, and titles. The hacker claims that he obtained access to 1TB of data directly from the Department of Justice. The hacker explained that he gained access to a … Continue Reading

Member information accessed through Healthfirst’s online portal during fraud scheme

On July 25, 2015, Healthfirst Inc. notified approximately 5,300 of its members that their information may have been compromised during a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against it. The fraudulent scheme was discovered by Healthfirst in 2013, and it notified the Department of Justice (DOJ), which began an investigation and ultimately charged the perpetrator with fraud. … Continue Reading
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