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FBI on Hunt for British Computer Hackers Who Threatened Schools, Other Places in U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to track down a group of British computer hackers who allegedly called in terrorist threats across the U.S., Breitbart reports.

The hackers belong to a group called the “ISISGang.”

Three British youths threatened schools, universities and conference centers with threats of bombs and shootings, according to the FBI.

What’s unclear is whether the group is affiliated with ISIS or if the youths are just using the name as a scare-tactic.

One of the threats was directed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed in a mass shooting. The caller said his name was “Mohammed Jamile” and claimed he was en route to “kill your asses.”

FBI Capable of Spying on Computer Users by Remotely Activating Web Cams

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The little web cam at the top of your computer may seem innocuous, but advanced technology is allowing the FBI to activate the camera and monitor you, the New York Post reports.

Investigators can see real-time images by remotely turning on web cams.

But that’s not it.

New technology also is allowing the FBI to download files, e-mails and photos.

Column: Crime Stats for Short Attention Spans

Ross Parker

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Recent studies have shown that, because of the barrage of technology like the social media, our attention spans are about half what they were ten years ago. For computer users, like ticklethewire readers, this attention span has been calculated to be 8 seconds, about the same as a goldfish.

For those of you who are still reading this, as a public service the following are the latest numbers in ten law enforcement/crime categories presented as succinctly as possible:

1. Violent Crime Statistics increased 1.2% in 2012, the first increase after a five-year decline of about 15%. Stats were up for murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, down for rape, burglary and arson. Property crime dropped .8%. The largest increase occurred in the West (3.3%), the lowest in the Northeast (-.6%).

2. Law Enforcement Officers Killed, Assaulted—72 officers were killed in the line of duty, a significant increase over the 41 to 57 per year in the previous nine years. Another 53 were killed in accidents, mostly in auto accidents. 54,774 were assaulted (about 1 in 10 officers). The most dangerous time—between midnight and 2 a.m. The safest time—between 6 and 8 a.m. 1,686 federal officers were assaulted, 3 killed. The most dangerous federal agency—U.S. Department of Home Security.

3. Prison Population dropped for the third year in a row, about 1.7%, which interestingly is almost exactly the same decrease as the number of students entering college this year.

4. Capital Punishment—Prisoners under a sentence of death dropped from 3139 to 3082 last year. 43 were executed in 9 states, the same number as the previous year but about half the number a decade ago. Texas executed 15 last year,10 so far this year, including one woman, Kimberly McCarthy.

5. Law Enforcement Officer Employment remained steady at 2.4 per 1,000 people in the U.S. Employees in law enforcement was about 3.4/1.000. Of the officers, 88.2 were male, 11.8% female. Of employees 73.4% were male and 26.6% female.

6. Crime Clearance by Arrest was 47.7% for violent crimes, 18.6% for property crimes. The highest clearance rate was 64.8% for murder, the lowest 11.9% for motor vehicle theft. The highest rate occurred in the South (50.1%), the lowest in the West (42.5%).

7. School Crime increased by 4 % last year over the previous year. There were 1,246,000 victimizations in our nation’s schools. Intentional homicides on school property jumped from 11 to 25.

8. DOJ Police Department Investigations in President Obama’s first term were double the number in President Bush’s second term. Cities under investigation include Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Missoula, Montana, and East Haven, Connecticut. Subjects of the investigations include use of excessive force, racial profiling, treatment of the mentally ill, and sexual assault investigations. The federal court consent decree against the Detroit Police Department for excessive force, false arrests, and illegal detentions has been in effect for 11 years.

9. Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. are, in order, Flint, Michigan, Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, and Memphis. Despite this dubious achievement St. Louis recently slashed its law enforcement budget.

10. Most Dangerous Cities in the World –all 15 were in Latin America. The five most dangerous in order are San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Acapulco, Mexico, Caracas, Venezuela, Distrit Central, Honduras, and Torreon, Mexico. If you are wondering why Honduras and Mexico top the world in this category, see the earlier columns on America’s insatiable appetite for drugs and the effect it has on countries on the transportation route from source countries to the American consumers.

For those of you who made it to the end, you must be over 40 since the attention span plummet seems to occur mostly in our children’s generation.

 

Hacker Helped FBI Break Big Case With Anonymous

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By Donna Leinwand Leger
USA TODAY

An influential computer hacker turned FBI informant led investigators to his former accomplices, helping federal agents make their first significant crack into Anonymous, a cybergroup that attacks corporate and government websites.

Four members of the international computer hacking group LulzSec were charged Tuesday with a worldwide conspiracy after the legendary hacker known in Internet circles as Sabu exposed the inner workings of the sophisticated attacks.

LulzSec hackers are allegedly part of a loose confederation of computer saboteurs known as Anonymous, which has “waged a deliberate campaign of online destruction, intimidation and criminality,” according to an indictment made public Tuesday in a federal court in New York.

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How The Feds Turned a Hacker Against His Own (Fox News)

 

Scores Charged in Cybertheft of Millions from U.S. Banks

computer1By Allan Lengel
AOL News

More than than 60 people were indicted today on charges of stealing millions of dollars from U.S. bank accounts through mischievous computer attacks.

In announcing the local and federal indictments, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York said that modern high-tech bank heists no longer require “a gun, a mask, a note or a getaway car. … It requires only the Internet and ingenuity. And it can be accomplished in the blink of an eye, with just a click of the mouse.”

Authorities said the cyberattacks began in Eastern Europe with the e-mailing of a malware known as “Zeus Trojan.”

The e-mails were sent to municipalities and small businesses in the United States, and once they were opened, the malware embedded itself in the computers, recording keystrokes of account numbers and passwords when users logged into bank accounts, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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FBI’s Troubled Computer Project to Go In House

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is making a new move to try and bring its troubled computer project called the “Sentinel” under control, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Business report. The program has been plagued by endless glitches.

The paper reports that the FBI has decided to bring the project in house, with its IT division taking over from contractor, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin. The system has been designed to replace the FBI’s paper-based system for criminal investigation records.

The paper reports that the project is expected to go quicker and come within the $451 million budget. Lockheed Martin will be retained as a subject matter expert, the paper reported.

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FBI Info Tech Manager Gets 46 Months in Prison for Child Porn

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 65-year-old Information Technology Program manager for the FBI was sentenced Friday  in Alexandria, Va., to 3 years and 10 months in prison for possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Samuel I. Kaplan, 65, of Gainesville, Va., pled guilty to possessing child porn on June 3. Court records show Kaplan, who worked for the FBI in Chantilly, Va., used the FBI’s computer network to “facilitate sexually explicit communications.”

Authorities said Kaplan had on his home computer between 10 to 20 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

FBI Dir. Mueller Assures Senators Overhaul of Computer System No Boondoggle

Robert Mueller and Eric Holder in 2009/fbi photo

Robert Mueller and Eric Holder in 2009/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – The massive overhaul of the FBI’s computerized case management system may not be as big a mess as it seems — at least that’s what Director Robert S. Mueller III told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday.

The website Main Justice reported that Mueller said the delays on the $305 million project known as the Sentinel were routine and assured Senators that it would not become a boondoggle.

Main Justice reported that Mueller’s decision to suspend work on parts of the program resulted from the discovery of some “coding defects.”

“Is this just a normal delay … or are we on the way to boondoggle?” asked Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and science Appropriations Subcommittee, Main Justice reported.

Mueller said it was a minor setback.

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