Articles by Chris Strohm and Alyza Sebenius

FBI Chief Wray Warns Cyber-Attacked Firms Not to Pay Ransoms

Companies and organizations that are victims of ransomware attacks shouldn’t pay hackers to unlock their data and should quickly contact law enforcement, which opens up the possibility of creative solutions, FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “It is our policy, it …

FBI Recovers Most of Bitcoin Ransom Paid by Colonial Pipeline

The U.S. recovered almost all the Bitcoin ransom paid to the perpetrators of the cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. last month in a sign that law enforcement is capable of pursuing online criminals even when they operate outside the …

Justice Department Outlines Proposed Overhaul of Social Media Immunity

The Justice Department on Wednesday outlined a broad overhaul of legal protections for online platforms such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. if they deliberately promote illegal speech on their websites. The proposals, which could upend the companies’ business …

Using Big Data to Predict Terrorist Acts Amid Privacy Concerns

Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau …

U.S. Intelligence to Help Companies Thwart Supply-Chain Hacking

U.S. intelligence officials are planning to provide information including classified threat reports to companies about the risks of hacking and other crimes tied to the supplies and services they buy. The effort is part of a new campaign by the …

FBI Warns of More Terrorist Attacks in U.S. as ISIS Is Defeated in Syria

Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned. “At some point there’s going to be …

Automakers, Tech Industries Must Plug Cybersecurity Gaps, Says U.S. Official

Internet-connected and driverless cars could be targets for hackers — potentially including terrorists and hostile nations — so the automotive industry must ensure vehicles have built-in cybersecurity protection, a top U.S. Justice Department official said. “There is no Internet-connected system …

Russian Air Crash Bomb Theories Highlight Insider Threat to Aviation Security

The possibility that Islamic terrorists smuggled a bomb onto a Russian jet flying home from Egypt highlights a new area of worry for aviation security: the insider threat. Instead of focusing on a small cadre of al-Qaeda forces trying to …

U.S. Threatens Economic Sanctions Against Cybercrimes, Spying

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday allowing the use of economic sanctions for the first time against perpetrators of destructive cyber-attacks and online corporate espionage. That will let the Treasury Department freeze the assets of people, companies or …

FBI Says It’s Close to Identifying Anthem Hackers

The FBI said it’s close to finding the hackers responsible for the attack on health-insurance company Anthem Inc. that exposed personal data on about 80 million customers. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are still deciding whether to publicly reveal information …