Tag Archives: FBI

FBI arrests wife of Orlando nightclub shooter

Source: ABC News

"The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting an Orlando, Florida, nightclub was arrested by the FBI today in San Francisco, the FBI and her lawyer said. Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, was charged with obstruction of justice and with aiding and abetting Mateen's attempted provision and provision of material support to ISIL, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, referring to the terror group also known as ISIS. Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, said in a statement to ABC News, 'Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.'" (01/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wife-pulse-nightclub-gunman-omar-mateen-arrested-san/story?id=44808948

The FBI paid Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to spy on Americans

Source: The Free Thought Project

"If you've ever taken your computer in for service at the GEEK Squad inside your local Best Buy, then you know when you hand over your laptop to the technician, he/she has your entire life in his/her hands. Your search history, your financial accounts, your private emails, and your photo album can all be accessed, copied, deleted, or shared. When you give them your computer, you trust that no one will see your most private matters. However, you'd be wrong. Several Best Buy employees have now been revealed to be working with the FBI to prosecute pedophiles. And while busting pedophiles is most certainly in everyone's interests, wholesale invasion of privacy and corporate spying is certainly not." (01/15/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fbi-paid-geek-squad-techies-rat-best-buy-clients/

US DoJ to investigate itself over Servergate probe

Source: CNN

"The Justice Department's internal watchdog announced Thursday it has launched a probe into the department and the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The announcement, which was expected, comes after criticism of the Justice Department's handling of the investigation, particularly on how the public was notified about the controversy, which was a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail." [editor's note: Wait before you cheer, Clinton fans. Investigating the investigation implies revisiting that investigation. Your gal skated once, but there's a new sheriff on the way … – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/politics/doj-watchdog-launches-probe-into-handling-of-clinton-email-investigation/index.html

Comey, Clapper try to change up "Russian hacking" narrative by adding GOP story line

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Russia's intelligence agencies compromised the networks of some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations, but not the current Republican National Committee or the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, top U.S. intelligence chiefs said Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and other spy bosses told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia 'harvested' information from Republicans but that it captured 'old stuff' and targeted RNC Web domains that were no longer in use. The testimony shed new light on a terse line in the intelligence community's declassified report from Friday about Russia's cyber-mischief campaign, in which Clapper and his compatriots said Moscow had also collected information from the GOP in addition to the reams of data it [allegedly — no evidence provided so far] took from Democrats and then released to the public." [editor's note: Is it even possible that anyone still believes these jokers about anything? – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/10/509170300/fbis-comey-says-russia-also-harvested-data-from-republicans

FBI torpedoes Tor pedophile case to conceal source code

Source: Ars Technica

"Rather than disclose the source code that the FBI used to target a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington recently dropped their appeal in United States v. Michaud. The case is just one of 135 federal prosecutions nationwide involving the Tor-hidden child porn website Playpen. The vast effort to bust Playpen has raised significant questions about the ethics, oversight, capabilities, and limitations of the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects. In United States v. Michaud, Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Washington allegedly logged on to Playpen in 2015. But unbeknownst to him at that point, federal investigators were temporarily operating the site for 13 days before shutting it down. As authorities controlled Playpen, the FBI deployed a sneaky piece of software (a 'network investigative technique (NIT),' dubbed by many security experts as malware), which allowed them to reveal Playpen users' true IP addresses. With that information in hand, identifying those suspects became trivial." [editor's note: The source code is "public property," period, end of story. Start jailing government employees until they cough it up – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2017/01/feds-may-let-playpen-child-porn-suspect-go-to-keep-concealing-their-source-code/

FBI arrests Volkswagen exec in emissions probe

Source: MarketWatch

"The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday arrested a Volkswagen AG executive suspected of participating in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. in connection with the company's emissions-cheating scandal, according to people familiar with the situation. The arrest comes as Volkswagen seeks to settle criminal allegations stemming from its admission in 2015 that it rigged nearly 600,000 diesel-powered cars sold in the U.S. to cheat on emissions tests. Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to $17.5 billion in the U.S. to settle claims with regulators, consumers, dealers and state attorneys general and could face another multibillion-dollar penalty in the expected criminal case." (01/09/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fbi-arrests-volkswagen-exec-in-emissions-probe-2017-01-09

FBI exposed for letting child predators walk free just to keep its hacking tool secret

Source: The Free Thought Project

"The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Justice would rather let hardened pedophiles go free than to turn over information related to their methods of gathering evidence against such suspects. In some cases, the FBI has reportedly run porn sites in order to gather information on child porn seekers. And in other instances, the FBI has infected suspects' computers with malware, all in an effort to gather the evidence necessary for a conviction. Labeled 'The Playpen,' the FBI's kiddie porn sting operation on Friday saw the latest suspect to walk free." (01/07/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fbi-child-predators-free-hacking/

FBI hacked, again; hacker leaks data after agency fails to patch its site

Source: The Hacker News

"It seems like the FBI has been hacked, once again! A hacker, using Twitter handle CyberZeist, has claimed to have hacked the FBI's website (fbi.gov) and leaked personal account information of several FBI agents publically. CyberZeist had initially exposed the flaw on 22 December, giving the FBI time to patch the vulnerability in its website's code before making the data public." (01/05/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/fbi-plone-cms-hacked.html

Forensic science is a mess, and the Justice Department wants to keep it that way

Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

"A White House council has declared junk science all too common in the criminal justice system, but the Department of Justice is refusing to implement recommendations that would increase safeguards against scientifically invalid testimony and require greater disclosure of misconduct and shoddy work. In September the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report finding 'a dismaying frequency of instances of use of forensic evidence' — such as analyses of hair, bite marks, and shoe prints — 'that do not pass an objective test of scientific validity.' This is not just a theoretical problem. Last year, the FBI admitted that nearly every one of the experts at its microscopic hair analysis lab had given scientifically invalid testimony. The breaches affected almost 270 cases. Of those, 32 defendants were sentenced to death, and 14 were executed or died in prison." (for publication 01/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/22/forensic-science-is-a-mess-and