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FBI Arrests 3 Palm Beach County Men for Allegedly Conspiring with ISIS

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.26.26 AMBy Steve Neavling

Three Palm Beach County men who were being watched by the FBI for at least a year have been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

The men were identified as Gregory Hubbard, also known as Jibreel, 52, of West Palm Beach; Darren Arness Jackson, also known as Daoud, 50, of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Atani Christian, also known as Shakur, 31, of Lake Park, Fox4 Now reports. 

“According to the complaint, these defendants conspired and attempted to provide material support to ISIL and one of the defendants was arrested attempting to travel overseas to join and fight for the deadly terrorist organization,”  Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement.

One of them men, Hubbard, allegedly told an FBI source that he planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

FBI Provided Tip to Brazil That Led to Arrests of 11 Terrorism Suspects

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling

The FBI provided the tip that led Brazil to arrest 11 suspected militants accused of plotting a possible terrorist attack in the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian prosecutor Rafael Brum Miron said the FBI identified at least six people suspected of being militants, Reuters reports.

“The information came from the FBI,” he told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. “They sent a succinct report: These people merit investigating.”

The FBI declined to comment.

The suspected were arrested Thursday, just two weeks before the Olympics are scheduled to begin.

Brazil’s justice justice minister called the suspects “absolutely amateur” and said they have no formal ties to ISIS but have pledged allegiance to the terror group.

Homeland Security Employee Charged After Bringing Weapons to Headquarters

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling

A 45-year-old Homeland Security employee in Pennsylvania was arrested after authorities say he walked into the agency’s headquarters with a gun, knife, pepper spray, handcuffs and an infrared camera in June.

Leigh Wienke, who is a federal government analyst, was charged with illegally building a silencer on an unregistered pistol, along with six other counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison, NBC Washington reports. 

Security officers found Wienke with the weapons at the headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in northwest D.C.

Agents said in the court filing that there was “probable cause to believe Jonathan Wienke was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against the senior DHS officials in the building.”

DEA Warns of Pills Laced with Deadly Opioid in American Market

pillsBy Steve Neavling

The DEA is bracing for overdoses after warning that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills are laced with a potentially deadly synthetic opioid.

The DEA said the drugs, which look like legitimate painkillers, have infiltrated the U.S. drug market, the Guardian reports. 

The pills contain fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

The DEA warned that only a small amount can kill.

“It’s a huge concern. People don’t know what they are getting,” said the DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson, citing an uptick in accidental overdoses by unwitting users.

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Trump’s Campaign Manager Blames FBI for Unreliable Crime Statistics

Donald Trump speaking at the RNC.

Donald Trump speaking at the RNC.

By Steve Neavling

A consistent theme of Donald Trump’s campaign speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night was rising crime.

But his message doesn’t align with crime data, which shows a gradual decline for more than two decades.

So how does his campaign explain the “law and order” message?

Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, claims the FBI’s annual data on crime isn’t reliable.

“The FBI certainly is suspect these days for what they just did with Hillary Clinton,” Manafort told CNN.

Manafort provided no evidence that the numbers were wrong.

Why FBI Should Change How It Prioritizes Cybercrime Investigations

computer spies2By Chris Bing

The FBI should restructure how it prioritizes and catalogues cybersecurity investigations, according to a new report from the Justice Department inspector general.

Rather than relying on instinct and experience to determine the severity of a cyber threat and then allocating resources based on that assessment to solve cases, Inspector General Michael Horowitz recommends the Bureau move towards more data-driven decision making — supported by custom data analytics software.

The FBI’s current, primary cybersecurity case assessment procedure is known as Threat Review and Prioritization, or TRP. The TRP provides guidance, annually, for the FBI’s operational divisions and field offices to reference when defining the level of threat and deciding on resources available to address a case.

The OIG audit, however, concludes that TRP is “subjective and open to interpretation” because, among other things, it does not define specific targets. For example, under TRP, what constitutes a “small business” is up for an agent to decide.

Because TRP is only updated annually the OIG believes this approach is not agile enough to respond to the rapidly changing threat landscape of the cyber arena. The current approach does not use “an algorithmic, objective, data-driven, reproducible and auditable” process, the report reads.

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How Apple Helped FBI Take Down World’s Largest Torrent Site

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling

While Apple was battling the FBI in court over unlocking an iPhone, the technology giant was quietly helping the FBI on another investigation.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Apple provided the FBI with records of the world’s largest torrent site.

Apple’s role led to the arrest of Ukranian national Artm Vaulin, who was charged with copyright infringement and money laundering.

“Apple’s involvement in the arrest of Vaulin shows its willingness to cooperate with the government on certain matters, particularly because Apple is a heavyweight in the music industry, even while holding the line against violating the security of millions of its consumers,” The Christian Science Monitor wrote.