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White Supremacists are Riling up Thousands on Social Media
Law Enforcement
White Supremacists are Riling up Thousands on Social Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The social media posts are of a distinct type. They hint darkly that the CIA or the FBI are behind mass shootings. They traffic in racist, sexist and homophobic tropes. They revel in the prospect of a “white... Read More

Cybersecurity
Cybercrime Tracking Bill Signed Into Law
2022-05-06 18:21:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice can now get a handle on the number of cybercrimes happening in the U.S. after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday granting the department the ability to track crimes that have... Read More

Law Enforcement
FBI Used Electronic Surveillance in 3.4M Warrantless Searches
2022-05-02 23:17:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI is enduring a backlash after intelligence agencies’ annual transparency report to Congress last month revealed that it conducted nearly 3.4 million warrantless searches of Americans’ electronic data in the previous year.  The agency collected the information... Read More

Cybercrime
FBI Warns of Ransomware Attackers Using Sophisticated Program
2022-04-26 21:06:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning that computer hackers most likely based in Russia have compromised at least 60 organizations since last month with a new generation of a sophisticated programming language.  The targets of the ransomware attacks have included... Read More

Cybercrime
FBI Warns Farmers to Beware Ransomware Cyberattacks
2022-04-22 21:13:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI issued a warning this week to farm cooperatives that ransomware attackers are increasingly trying to disrupt their operations during the planting and harvest seasons. The FBI announcement was one of several warnings about cyberattacks that are... Read More

Law
Accused Spies Granted Bail as Secret Service Investigates
2022-04-13 23:26:34
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., released two accused spies on bail Wednesday after prosecutors failed to show they were flight risks or a threat to national security. The two men, Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh, had been... Read More

Law Enforcement
Senators Demand Explanation About FBI Investigation Lapses
2022-03-30 20:30:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — High-ranking members of the Senate are calling on the FBI to explain what appear to be a series of blunders in the agency’s recent investigations of political officials and organizations. A newly revealed internal audit from 2019 said... Read More

Cybercrime
FBI Issues Warning to Election and Other Officials About Login Harvesting Scheme
2022-03-30 19:37:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to election and other state and local government officials about invoice-themed phishing emails that could be used to harvest officials’ login information. If successful, the agency warned in a “Private... Read More

Litigation
Government Settles for $127.5M With Families of School Shooting Victims
2022-03-18 21:06:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government agreed this week to pay $127.5 million to families of students killed by a gunman in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.... Read More

Justice
FBI Raid May Complicate Cuellar’s Bid for Reelection
2022-01-25 21:04:54
by Reece Nations

LAREDO, Texas — Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is entangled in an FBI investigation stemming from his ties to the Republic of Azerbaijan ahead of a tightly contested March 1 primary election. It is unclear at this time whether Cuellar and... Read More

COVID-19
FBI Cracks Down on Organizations Accused of Cashing In on the Pandemic
2022-01-24 17:16:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON —  The FBI is investigating an Illinois company that has received $124 million from the federal government for COVID-19 testing after reports the owners were using part of the money for lavish lifestyles. FBI agents raided the headquarters in... Read More

Law Enforcement
FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups
2022-01-18 21:53:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain potential targets of violent extremists. The letter followed an extremist’s attack this weekend on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The... Read More

Law Enforcement
Delaware Teen Charged in Gunpoint Carjacking of Congresswoman
2021-12-27 20:49:23
by Dan McCue

PHILADELPHIA — A 19-year-old Wilmington, Delaware, man has been charged in connection with the armed carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon last week. Josiah Brown was one of five individuals who were apprehended in Scanlon’s 2017 Acura MDX hours after... Read More

Congress
Ethics Panel to Investigate Illegal Contribution Charges Against Fortenberry
2021-12-03 20:33:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Ethics has formed a panel to determine whether Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., is guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions, this on the heels of the Justice Department filing criminal charges against the nine-term congressman.... Read More

Elections
DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
2021-09-21 19:25:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Department of Justice is reaching out to election supervisors around the country following months of abuse and threats of violence long after the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.... Read More

Justice
Former Hillary Clinton Cyber Adviser Indicted for Lying to FBI About Trump
2021-09-17 20:58:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A prominent Washington, D.C. attorney pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to the FBI after he allegedly said he had possible evidence of the Trump campaign’s communications with a Russian bank. The FBI was investigating accusations that former... Read More

U.S. Senate
FBI Faces Senate’s Criticism for Inaction on Sexual Abuse of Olympic Gymnasts
2021-09-16 13:39:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by inaction of the FBI, the athletes told a Senate panel Wednesday. As a result, Nassar sexually abused at least 70... Read More

Cybercrime
FBI Warns of New Hive Ransomware Threat
2021-08-27 20:48:14
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the Hive ransomware known to have infiltrated business networks. The ransomware utilizes multiple mechanisms as attachments to gain access and “Remote... Read More

Social Media
Twitter Loses in Court Ruling on Releasing FBI Search Data
2021-08-12 19:53:54
by Tom Ramstack

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into customer communications of the social media giant. Twitter, Inc. wants to release the information for the sake of transparency to... Read More

Law Enforcement
Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
2021-06-30 20:36:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Free press advocates told Congress Wednesday that the Justice Department is out of control in secretly seeking Internet-based information about its political adversaries. Comments from lawmakers during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee indicated the FBI and... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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