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Tag: Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Michael J. Driscoll Named Assistant Director of New York Field Office

Special FBI Agent Michael J. Driscoll.

By Steve Neavling

Michael J. Driscoll, who most recently headed the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, has been named assistant director of the New York Field Office. 

Driscoll is no stranger to the New York Field Office, where he began his career as a special agent in 1996, investigating terrorism cases. He helped investigate al Qaeda conspirators involved in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 9/11 attacks. 

Driscoll earned an Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2002 for his work on the al Qaeda cases and the 1998 embassy bombings.

In 2003, Driscoll was transferred to FBI headquarters to serve as the bureau’s representative to the al Qaeda Department of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.

In 2005, Driscoll returned to the New York Field Office, where he headed the squad tasked with extraterritorial investigations in Africa. He also led the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts in the New York Hudson Valley region and was later promoted to the coordinating supervisory special agent for New York’s Counterterrorism Program.

In 2013, Driscoll was named assistant legal attaché for London, where he oversaw the Cyber Program and working closely with U.K. law enforcement and intelligence services. In 2016, he became assistant special agent in charge of Philadelphia’s counterintelligence and cyber programs.

In 2018, he returned to FBI headquarters, serving as the chief of the Violent Crime Section, which leads the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Program, as well as efforts to combat violent crime and gang-related violence.

In 2019, Driscoll was promoted to special agent in charge of New York’s Criminal Division and later began to lead New York’s Counterintelligence and Cyber Division.

Driscoll was named special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office in 2020. 

Before joining the FBI, Driscoll worked as an attorney in commercial litigation. He’s a graduate of the State University of New York in Albany, and he received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y.

The FBI announced three other appointments on Wednesday.

Jennifer L. Moore was named assistant director of the Security Division at FBI headquarters. Christine O’Neill was named assistant director of the Human Resources Division at FBI’s headquarters. And Timothy M. Dunham was named assistant director of the Training Division.

FBI Turns Focus on Cyber Attacks in US

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is combating a surge in cyberattacks on corporate America, trying to stop a growing number of people from hacking websites and disturbing commerce, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In just the past month, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army crippled the New York Times website for several hours. Hackers also have attacked other well-known sites.

Combating the hackers is a new challenge for the FBI and underscores how vulnerable digital information is.

Leading that battle is Austin Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber branch in New York. Berglas has responsibility over agents who handle major cyber cases, the LA Times wrote.

To read his interview with the Times click here.

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Ken Porter, Whose Father Died While on Duty As an FBI Agent, to Retire from Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ken Porter, an assistant special agent-in-charge for the FBI in Salt Lake City, will retire after nearly three decades of service, the Desert News reports.

Porter’s father, J. Robert Porter, also worked for the FBI, but he and his partner were gunned down while on duty near San Diego, the News reported. J. Robert Porter worked for the FBI and helped investigate the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the Symbionese Liberation kidnapping.

Ken Porter was 16 years old during the death and pledged to continue on his dream to become an FBI agent.

Born in Arizona, Porter studied political science at BYU and Arizona State and has been stationed in Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and Florida.

To read more click here.