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It Ain’t the Swine Flu, But the FBI Says it’s a Virus Worth Looking Out For

computer virus By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It may not be the menacing Swine Flu, but this virus could cause you some pain.

The FBI has issued a consumer warning regarding a pop-up security message on the Internet.

“The messages may contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft,” the FBI said in a press release. “The messages contain scareware, fake or rogue anti-virus software that looks authentic.

“The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go to the real site to review or see recommendations. Cyber criminals use botnets—collections of compromised computers—to push the software, and advertisements on websites deliver it. This is known as malicious advertising or “malvertising.”

Once the pop-up warning appears, it can’t be easily closed by clicking the “close” or “X” buttons.”

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NY FBI Gives Dir. Community Leadership Award to Activist Devorah Halbertstam

Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Joseph Demarest Devorah Halberstam and the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York. Photo credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI
Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Joseph Demarest Devorah Halberstam and the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York. Photo credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Devorah Halberstam, whose son was killed in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, was honored last week with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. It honors individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence.

The New York FBI Office gave her the award.

In a press release, the FBI said:

“On March 1, 1994, Devorah’s son, Ari Halberstam, was murdered in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge. Following her son’s murder, Devorah committed herself to the fight against terrorism. She pounded the halls of Congress to change laws on immigration, terrorism and gun control. Working side by side with former Governor of New York George Pataki and other officials, she was instrumental in enacting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, the first of its kind in New York State.

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Blago’s Chicago Lawyers Want FBI Interviews of Pres. Elect Obama and Staff

obama-and-biden1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The criminal case against ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich can only get more interesting.

In the latest move, his lawyers have asked for the FBI interviews of then President-elect Barack Obama,his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and others, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The lawyers in a court filing also asked for information regarding an FBI interview with the first lady, but the Sun-Times reported that a source said the FBI never interviewed her.

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Will Pakistan Arrests in Suspected Terrorist Case Improve FBI-U.S. Muslim Relations?

mosqueBy Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (An AOL News Site)

WASHINGTON — The arrest of five D.C.-area Muslim young men in Pakistan this week may be a step toward improving the rocky relationship between the American Islamic community and the FBI.

The five men, ages 19 to 25, reportedly tried to join radical jihadists and fight Americans in Afghanistan. They left behind a “farewell” video.

Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced it had assisted the bureau in that Pakistan case after the men’s parents expressed concerns about their children’s whereabouts and activities. CAIR said the parents and members of the Muslim community came to the organization, which contacted the FBI. The young men, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities, have not been charged, but the matter is under FBI investigation.

“I think obviously it’s not a secret there’s been a strained relationship between the American Muslim community and the FBI for a number of reasons including agent provocateurs, mosque surveillance, border profiling and all kinds of things,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, said on Thursday.

“We hope this case can be a springboard to better relations with the FBI and the American Muslim community.”

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Arrests of Americans Shows Long Arm of Terror

There’s no question there is a terrorism problem in this region. The real question is: Is the U.S. efforts really going to be enough to address the problem?

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By Griff Witte
Washington Post Staff Writer
KABUL –– The arrest in Pakistan of five Americans who authorities say may have been on their way to terrorist training camps highlights the growing internationalism of Pakistani militant groups — both in their aims and their appeal.

The men, who had not been charged as of Thursday night but were being questioned by the FBI, have been connected by Pakistani police to at least two armed Pakistani groups, Jaish-i-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Both groups have traditionally had local aims but in recent years have increasingly been linked to al-Qaeda, an organization with global reach and aspirations.

Indeed, police officials suggested that the five Americans arrested Tuesday may have been headed to North Waziristan, the rugged tribal land that has become al-Qaeda’s home base. The region is used as a training ground for fighters and as a staging area for attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Gets Briefed in Chicago on Terrorism Case Linked to Mumbai

Robert Mueller III in Denver/fbi photo

Robert Mueller III in Denver/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller III was in Chicago on Wednesday where he was briefed on a terror case involving the 2008 deadly attacks in Mumbai, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mueller reportedly was told details of the case involving David Coleman Headley, who is charged with plotting to attack a Copenhagen newspaper and scouting targets for the Mumbai attack last year that resulted in about 170 deaths.

Headley has pleaded not guilty and is cooperating with the FBI, the Tribune reported.