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FBI Warns That Iran Is Preparing for Potential Cyber Attack on U.S. Businesses

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal investigators have an ever-evolving threat that John Edgar Hoover could never have anticipated – hacking.

The FBI issued a warning to businesses recently about a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation that could soon target energy firms, defense contractors and educational institutions, Reuters reports.

The operation hacked at least 50 businesses in 16 countries last week, according to cyber security firm Cylance Inc.

The firm believes the Iranian government is behind the attacks, but the FBI stopped short of making that conclusion.

Tehran has been spending a lot of money on its cyber abilities.

“They are good and have a lot of talent in the country,” said Dave Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSEC LLC. “They are definitely a serious threat, no question.”

FBI Informant’s Ties to Cyberattacks Abroad Raise Questions About Bureau’s Intentions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is the FBI using hackers to gain access to intelligence overseas?

The New York Times reports that an FBI informant launched hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including ones run by other governments, even as the bureau tried to dismantle hacking groups like Anonymous.

New information indicates that the cyberattacks even targeted websites operated by Iran, Pakistan, Brazil and Syria.

What remains unclear is whether the FBI directly ordered the attacks, the Times wrote.

The mastermind behind the attacks was Hector Xavier Monsegur, a hacker within Anonymous, who was arrested and in exchange began working to help the FBI identify other members of the hacking group.

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Family Takes Note of Former FBI Agent Robert Levinson’s Disappearance After Seven Years

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has been seven long years since FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared while on a mission for the CIA in Iran.

“Today we remind the world that, after seven years, Bob is still not home with those who love him – his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends,” the family said in a emailed statement Friday, ABC News reports. “Bob’s continued imprisonment defies the humanity in all of us. After seven years, we have almost no words left to describe our life without Bob… We miss everything about [him]. No matter where we turn, Bob is absent.”

Levinson was retired from the FBI when he was kidnapped from Kish Island off Iran’s coast on March 9, 2007.

Only recently was it discovered that Levinson was working as a freelance spy for the CIA.

The family’s attorney expressed anger that the real story of his work as a CIA was never divulged.

“[R]ather than acknowledge what they had done and try and save Bob’s life, they denied him,” McGee said.

FBI Takes Note of the 7th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI issued a press release on Friday denoting the seven-year anniversary of the disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

The release said that Levinson, who turns 66 on March 10, retired from the FBI in 1998. On March 8, 2007, he traveled to Kish Island, Iran, “as a private investigator. He went missing the next day and is now one of the longest-held Americans in history.”

The release makes no mention of his wife Christine Levinson’s statements in January to CBS that her husband was a consultant for the CIA.

The FBI announced two years ago that it was offering a $1 million reward in the case.

“Bob’s absence over the past seven years has exacted an enormous toll on his family, and we will not waver in our commitment to bringing him home safely to his loved ones and his country,” FBI Director James B. Comey said in a statement. “We continue to request the assistance of our international partners, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we continue to ask anyone with information regarding Bob’s disappearance to contact the FBI.”

Wife of Missing FBI Agent in Iran Demand More Information from FBI About Husband

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nearly seven years ago, is fed up and said she wants the world to know the truth about her husband.

“He was working as a consultant for the CIA,” his wife, Christine Levinson, told CBS News.

Levinson wants the FBI to divulge details of her husband’s work with the CIA.

In 2011, the family received documents, pictures and a video of Bob Levinson apparently in detention in Iran.

U.S. Senator Offers to Fly to Iran to Help Find ex-FBI Agent Who Has Been Missing Since 2007

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Senator offered Tuesday to travel to Iran if it would help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in the country in 2007, NBC 3 News reports.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., may have a hard time finding information, though. 

 

Sen. Nelson

The last images showing Levinson alive are from early 2011, and Iranian officials insist they have no idea where Levinson is.

Nelson’s decision comes a week after it was reported that Levinson was working secretly as a CIA operative.

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Iranian Official: No Trace of Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Country 6 Years Ago

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case of the former FBI agent who went missing in Iran six years ago remains a mystery.

There’s no evidence that Robert Levinson is in Iran, the country’s Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Associated Press.

“What we know is that he is not incarcerated in Iran,” Zarif said. “If he is, he’s not incarcerated by the government and I believe the government runs the, pretty much, good control of the country.”

It was revealed last week that Levinson was actually working for the CIA when he disappeared.

U.S. Calls for Release of Former FBI Agent Held Since March 2007 in Iran

Robert Levinson/photo helpboblevinson.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It seems like a long shot.

The U.S. is calling for the release of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who Monday became the longest-held American hostage ever, the Associated Press reports.

Levinson has been missing since a business trip to Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007.

“It is our view that all of these Americans should have the opportunity to come home,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “The U.S. government has made a respectful request of the Iranian regime during this holiday season to consider on humanitarian grounds releasing these three Americans, or at least releasing the two Americans we know are detained and locating the whereabouts of the third, Mr. Levinson.”

Levinson’s release became a topic as the U.S. began negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

His release sure would make the holidays brighter for his family.