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Ex-FBI Cyber Security Expert Heads to Private Sector

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former top FBI cyber security expert is headed to the private sector to join Kroll Advisory Solutions as the new managing director, Virtual-Strategy Magazine reports.

Timothy P. Ryan, former supervisory special agent and cyber investigations and security expert, will join a team of digital forensic specialists who to investigate cyber crime and the breaches.

“In response to the evolving challenges of digital commerce and globalization, we are continually looking to provide our clients with the best resources and skills to manage these risks,” Robert Brenner, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader of the Investigations & Disputes Group in the Americas, told Virtual-Strategy Magazine. “Tim’s background and experience will augment Kroll’s global cyber and investigative capabilities.”

As a supervisor for the FBI’s largest cyber squad in the U.S., Ryan investigated malware outbreaks, corporate espionage and advanced computer intrusions, Virtual-Strategy Magazine reported.

Column: 30 Years Later Retired FBI Agent Still Tries to Keep U of M Football Team on the Straight and Narrow

Greg Stejskal  served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

 

The author (right) Greg Stejksal and late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

 In 1982 legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler called the FBI office in Ann Arbor. Bo wanted the FBI to talk to his team primarily about the perils of illegal sports gambling.

The Senior Resident Agent, Tom Love, agreed to make the presentation. Tom knew I had played (read mostly practiced) college football and asked me to help.

At the time Michigan’s football team was housed in a relatively small one story building that reminded me of a Quonset hut. Michigan’s transition from that modest building to the state of the art facilities they have today is emblematic of the change in Division 1 football in the last 30 years.

In our talk we explained how sports gambling worked. How it’s not about who wins. It’s about covering the point spread. How important it was for gamblers to get inside information as an edge to better divine how a team will perform, and if possible, have a cooperating player or ref with the ability to control the point spread, “point shaving.”

Sports gambling was and is a potential threat to the integrity of sports. The huge amount of money bet illegally in the US on sports is an incentive to gain an advantage in knowing or trying to control the outcome of a game. Recent estimates of the annual amount bet illegally in the U.S. are north of $300 billion.

When I started doing the FBI presentations, a D-1 college team, like Michigan, might be on TV once or twice a year. Now sports programing has become so pervasive that a dedicated fan or gambler can watch just about any game played anywhere in the country.

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FBI: Poor Food, Medical Care Instigated Deadly Prison Riot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Inadequate medical care, poor food and overzealous guards was the catalyst for the deadly riot at a prison for illegal immigrants in Mississippi in May, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit, the Associated Press reports.

Inmates in the privately-run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez pledged to disobey orders until demands for better conditions were met, according to the affidavit.

A guard was killed, but no details about the death or who is responsible emerged from the affidavit, the AP reported.

To blame for the riot are Paisas, an affiliated group within the prison.

Authorities: No Evidence Saints Eavesdropped on Opposing Teams

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A joint investigation between the FBI and state police found no evidence that the New Orleans Saints or General Manager Mickey Loomis intercepted opposing teams’ radio communications, authorities announced Monday, the Associated Press reports.

“We found no corroborating evidence that Mickey Loomis or anybody in the Saints was engaged in wiretapping or eavesdropping,” Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police said.

Allegations first surfaced that the Saints were eavesdropping in April, prompting the investigation.

The team has hired the firm of former FBI director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an independent probe.

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Police Union Demands Probe into How Jet Skier Breached Security at JFK Airport

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By PHILIP MESSING
New York Post
NEW YORK –– The outraged head of the Port Authority police union today demanded an investigation into how a swamped jet skier was able to breach Kennedy Airport’s troubled $100 million security system.

Paul Nunziato, president of the authority’s PBA, will send a letter to PA big Patrick Foye “demanding a PA inspector’s general investigation into the failed Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, the cost over-runs and the relationship between the Port Authority and Raytheon, the vendor,” said Robert Egbert, a PBA spokesman.

The demand for answers followed an exclusive report in The Post yesterday on how the marooned jet skier easily overcame the supposedly fool-proof security system at JFK.

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Two Ex-Border Patrol Agents Convicted of Smuggling Immigrants

By Allan Lengel
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It was the end of the line Friday for two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who fled to Mexico while under investigation for smuggling hundreds of illegal immigrants.

The Los Angeles Times reports that two, who are brothers, were convicted in federal court in San Diego of multiple counts of conspiracy, bribery and human smuggling. The brothers names are Raul Villarreal, 42, and Fidel Villarreal, 44.

In 2006, the two fled to Mexico after catching wind that they were under investigation. They were eventually captured.

 

Homeland Security Employee Busted for Swimming Nude

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security employee was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after police found him nude in the ocean at Myrtle Beach, Carolina Live reports.

Michael Worth Calfee, 35, of North Carolina got out of the water and dressed when police arrived.

Police said his eyes were red, he was unsteady and had slurred speech.

Another North Carolina resident, who was with Calfee, also was arrested for being swimming in the nude and possessing 4 grams of marijuana.