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Archive for May 1st, 2014

Alleged Member of Hacktivist Collective, Anonymous, Faces A Prison Sentence of 440 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators announced a total of 44 charge against a suspected member of the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, Texas, could be sentenced up to 444 years in prison for conspiring with the collective to hack computer systems of a county government, a school district and a newspaper in Texas, RT.com reports.

For awhile, it looked like Salinas would only face a single charge, but subsequent charges continue to be filed.

Salinas is also accused of cyber-stalking a female victim at least 18 times in December 2011.

“According to the allegations, between Dec. 23-29, 2011, Salinas had the intent to harass and intimidate a female victim. Allegedly, he repeatedly e-mailed her, attempted to gain unauthorized access to her website, made submissions through a contact form on that site and tried to open user accounts without her consent,” the FBI said in Tuesday’s statement.

“The indictment lists his alleged attempts to stalk her and hack into her website. According to the indictment, he repeatedly did so late at night and early in the morning, with his stalking attempts or messages sometimes occurring less than one minute apart from each other. He allegedly did so as part of a conspiracy or agreement with at least one other person, according to the charges.”

Charges Against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm Put Spotlight on His 11-Year FBI Career

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who was indicted on fraud and other charges this week, served as an FBI agent for 11 years, spending about half of that time investigating financial corruption, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Grimm’s congressional biography states that he worked in the New York FBI office from 1995 to 2006.

About five of those years were spent “deep undercover” with the bureau’s Financial Fraud Squad.

Grimm helped lead an investigation that netted charges against nearly four dozen traders in a currency trading scheme.

Grimm also investigated organized-crime fires and corrupt public officials.

Now the FBI said it will review his handling of the cases following the charges filed against him, including perjury.

“That’s something we definitely will look at. No doubt about it,” George Venizelos, assistant-director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, said.

Audio: FBI Agents Interview – And Threaten – Potential Informant in Recorded Phone Call

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Naji Mansour is an American living abroad.

His refusal to become a government informant has left his life in shambles. He was banned from seeing his family and was locked up in a squalid prison in South Sudan, Mother Jones reports.

Mansour recorded a conversation with two FBI agents who tried to win back his trust.