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FBI Investigates Cyber Attacks Targeting Police Accused of Mishandling Rape Case

Part of Threatening Letter/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local police in Ohio who are accused of mishandling a rape case involving high school football players have been bombarded with cyber attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine who posted a death threat to the local sheriff on Facebook and an email that shut down the computer of the Steubenville Police Department.

As a precaution, the police and sheriff’s departments shut down their websites after business hours, the AP wrote.

“The police who protect them must be executed,” the Facebook post said, with “them” referring to students at Steubenville High School, the AP wrote.

“This has got to be some crackpot sick individual out there who would put this stuff out there,” Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Wednesday.

Anti-DEA rants on Facebook Were Threatening and Specific, Judge Decided

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Indiana man who posted vague but violent threats against DEA agents on Facebook is headed to trial after a judge last week rejected a free speech defense, CNET reports.

In August 2011, Matthew Michael is accused of writing a series of angry posts about DEA agents.

“War is near,” he wrote on Facebook. “Anarchy and justice will be sought…I’ll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race…BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!”

CNET said U.S. District Judge William Lawrence rejected the defense’s notion that no law was broken because the threat wasn’t specific to anyone.

Lawrence disagreed, saying threats “were directed at natural persons, namely DEA agents.”

Michael is charged with three counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Purported Spokesman for Hacking Group Anonymous Arrested for Threatening FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The purported spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous was arrested by the FBI on allegations that he threatened an FBI agent, his attorney said Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

Barrett Brown, 31, of Dallas is expected to be charged in connection with YouTube videos in which Brown rails against federal authorities.

In one of the profanity-laced videos, Brown addresses FBI Agent Robert Smith.

“So that’s why Robert Smith’s life is over,” Brown said. “But when I say his life is over, I don’t say I’m going to go kill him. But I am going to ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Anonymous splinter group AntiSec appears to have retaliated Thursday night by posting addresses and credit card numbers of 13 federal government workers, the Dallas Morning News reports.

AntiSec claimed to have hacked an FBI computer to obtain personal information on millions of Apple users last week, but its story was quickly refuted by Apple and the bureau.

FBI Investigates Alleged Terrorist Threat in Tenn.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining an investigation into an alleged terrorist threat in Nashville, News Channel 5 reports.

Amal Abdullahi, 29, was arrested last week on allegations she made terrorist threats to coworkers at CEVA Logistics, saying she was prepared to be a martyr for Allah and that nonbelievers should die, News Channel 5 reported.

According to interviews with coworkers, Abdullahi said nonbelievers should die and soon the country will be predominately Muslim.

After the company asked for charges to be filed, Abdullahi was jailed on a $50,000 bond, according to New Channel 5.

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Threats to President Obama Lands Washington Man in Jail


Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Washington state man is in custody after the FBI notified the Secret Service of emails threats against President Obama, Reuters reports.

The Secret Service described the emails from Anton Caluori, 31, as alarming but didn’t elaborate.

Agents found Caluori brandishing a shotgun when they arrived at his home south of Seattle on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Caluori was charged with threatening the president and assault of a federal agent, according to Reuters.

Inmate Threatens Fed Judge and to Blow Up Fed Courthouse

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Clifford Cousins will not be out on good behvior any time soon.

The 41-year-old prison inmate, already serving time for murder, arson and robbery–he was once accused of threatening President George Bush–is facing new charges of threatening a federal judge in northeast Ohio.

Cousins, also known as Abdullah Jihad Al-Malik, was angered with U.S. District Judge David Dowd, of Akron, Ohio, for refusing to allow Cousins to serve state and federal sentences simultaneously. So Cousins sent a “menacing series of letters” to the judge and his family, reports Cleveland’s FOX affiliate. He also threatened to blow up the federal court building in Akron. Cousins also put white powder in the envelope of a letter which claimed the substance was arsenic.

This week a federal grand jury returned an eight count indictment against Cousins, which could potentially tack on 100 years to his prison term.

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Secret Service Investigates Threatening Messages on White House Facebook Page

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s a downside to the White House being hip to social media.

The Associated Press reports that the Secret Service is investigating three threatening messages that were posted on the White House’s Facebook page.

The messages, first reported by WNBC in New York, included a photo of Osama bin Laden and said, according to the AP:

The messages included a picture of Osama bin Laden and said, “We’ll come back 11/9/2011 to kill u all.”

AP reported that Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the matter has has been referred to the agency’s Internet threat desk.

 

FBI Says Violent Threats Against Lawmakers Set Record in 2010

house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Politics can be a dirty game. It can also be a dangerous one.

The FBI reports that lawmakers were the target of more threats of violence in 2010 than in any other year on record, according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Some threats involved health care legislation, The Hill reported. And politicians from both sides of the isle were targets including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The Hill reported the FBI opened, investigated and closed at least 26 threats against lawmakers.

Last March, The Hill reported, Pelosi got a call from a man who said: “I’m going to come down there and put a bullet in your a– when you leave.”

A McConnell staff member got a call last year from someone who said: “I’m going to kill you and your senator and your staff.”

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