FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
2021-04-30 18:50:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In a covert operation to undercut hacking groups’ attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange email program, the FBI has begun accessing hundreds of vulnerable computers in the United States to remove malicious web shells.  Web shells, interfaces... Read More

Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
Law Enforcement
Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
2021-04-30 13:04:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol came back to haunt Congress Thursday as lawmakers sifted through ideas to ensure it never happens again. The riot was the immediate subject of a House subcommittee hearing but domestic... Read More

Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers
Privacy
Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers
2021-03-29 18:07:59
by Alexa Hornbeck

As vaccine eligibility expands to those 16 and over in many states, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning those getting shots against posting photos of their vaccine cards online.  “I’ve seen people wanting to be proud and show off... Read More

FBI Releases New Video in D.C. Pipe Bomb Case
Law Enforcement
FBI Releases New Video in D.C. Pipe Bomb Case
2021-03-09 21:45:26
by TWN Staff

The FBI has released new surveillance video of the person suspected of placing pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee in January. The footage, which the FBI released via Twitter on Tuesday... Read More

FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot
Law Enforcement
FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law... Read More

FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot
Law Enforcement
FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot
2021-01-29 20:27:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier this month were actually placed at both locations the night before thousands of Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. According... Read More

FBI Tracking 'Extensive' Online Chatter About Armed Protests
Law Enforcement
FBI Tracking 'Extensive' Online Chatter About Armed Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed protests leading up to next week's presidential inauguration, Director Chris Wray said Thursday. Wray, in his first public appearance since the Jan.... Read More

FBI Warns of Potential Nationwide Protests, Downtown DC to Lock Down Wednesday
Law Enforcement
FBI Warns of Potential Nationwide Protests, Downtown DC to Lock Down Wednesday
2021-01-12 14:28:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FBI has issued an internal bulletin warning of plans for armed protests by extremists in all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The bulletin, first reported by... Read More

FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC
Crime
FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC
2021-01-08 17:32:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for placing suspected pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters Wednesday afternoon. According... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
2021-01-07 17:20:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement in Washington D.C. In a written statement, Sund went on to defend... Read More

US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'
Cybersecurity
US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented... Read More

Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020 Elections
Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020-12-01 21:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered voting fraud at a scale that could have affected the results of the presidential election. Barr's comments, made during an interview with the Associated Press,... Read More

Republican Senators Seek Prosecution Against Crossfire Hurricane Investigators
Political News
Republican Senators Seek Prosecution Against Crossfire Hurricane Investigators
2020-11-11 14:43:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee implied Tuesday that government officials will be fired or prosecuted soon for investigating whether Trump administration officials sought Russian assistance to influence the 2016 election. He called the Crossfire Hurricane investigation... Read More

PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (D)
House Watch
PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (D)
2020-10-31 16:07:38
by TWN Staff

About Fitzpatrick: Brian Fitzpatrick was the author of legislation signed into law which provides additional resources for law enforcement to stop the flow of deadly drugs into communities. For nearly a decade and a half, Fitzpatrick served as an FBI... Read More

Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020 Elections
Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020-10-23 16:03:42
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr requesting an official briefing on Russian and Iranian interference... Read More

Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
State News
FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say
State News
Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say

DETROIT — Federal agents said Thursday they thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the government as well as kidnap and harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a conspiracy that included visits to her home in northern Michigan and training with... Read More

Voter Beware: US Tells Public How to Avoid Election Mischief
Homeland Security
Voter Beware: US Tells Public How to Avoid Election Mischief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans... Read More

FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
Cybersecurity
FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
2020-09-17 20:24:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are evolving so fast that his agency has difficulty managing them. Cyberattackers threaten the next presidential election, COVID-19 vaccine development and... Read More

US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said they see little evidence of coordinated voter fraud or efforts by foreign adversaries to manipulate mail-in balloting ahead of the November election even as President Donald Trump repeatedly warns that the vote is at risk.... Read More

Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair
U.S. Senate
Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair

WASHINGTON — The GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday he would temporarily step down from his committee post after the FBI seized his cellphone in its investigation into whether he sold a significant portion of his stock... Read More

Inspector General Finds More Problems with FBI Surveillance Applications
Intelligence
Inspector General Finds More Problems with FBI Surveillance Applications

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department watchdog has found more problems with FBI applications to a secret court that approves surveillance as part of counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations. The inspector general audit, released Tuesday, could play into the ongoing congressional debate... Read More

Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
2020-01-06 19:39:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice,... Read More

FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Justified But Flawed, Agency Watchdog Says
In The News
FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Justified But Flawed, Agency Watchdog Says
2019-12-13 14:50:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The FBI was justified in investigating the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government but the investigation was deeply flawed, the Justice Department’s inspector general told Congress Wednesday. Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified to the... Read More

Hate Crimes Dip Slightly, But Surge Against Latinos, FBI Reports
Crime
Hate Crimes Dip Slightly, But Surge Against Latinos, FBI Reports

Hate crimes targeting people in 2018 surged to their highest levels in 16 years despite a slight overall dip in the number of hate crimes, the FBI said in a report released Tuesday. The FBI’s tally, which used data submitted... Read More

Democrats Seek Insider Trading Probe After ‘Trump Chaos’ Article
Finance
Democrats Seek Insider Trading Probe After ‘Trump Chaos’ Article

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are increasingly demanding that U.S. authorities investigate allegations raised in a recent magazine article that traders might be using nonpublic government information to reap huge illegal profits, even as the exchange where the transactions purportedly took... Read More

Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case
State News
Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The former head of North Carolina’s Republican Party formally pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his role in one of the state’s biggest political corruption cases. Former GOP Chairman Robin Hayes agreed to plead guilty to... Read More

New Reporting Details How FBI Limited Investigation of Kavanaugh Allegations
Supreme Court
New Reporting Details How FBI Limited Investigation of Kavanaugh Allegations

WASHINGTON — As Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh prepares for his second year on the Supreme Court, new reporting has detailed how the limits ordered by the White House and Senate Republicans last year constrained the FBI investigation into allegations of... Read More

Comey Faulted for Breaching FBI Policy in Handling Trump Memos
In The News
Comey Faulted for Breaching FBI Policy in Handling Trump Memos

WASHINGTON — James Comey violated policies in handling memos that he wrote to document interactions with President Donald Trump, according to the Justice Department’s watchdog, who also found that the former FBI director didn’t disclose classified information. “Comey violated department... Read More

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