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Archive for August 28th, 2014

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Sister Accused of Threatening to Bomb NYC Woman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Monday after police say she threatened to bomb a New York City woman, Fox News reports.

Ailina Tsarnaeva is accused of making the threat via telephone Monday. She been charged with aggravated harassment and is due in court Sept. 30.

Tsarnaeva couldn’t be reached for comment.

Her brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pleaded no guilty to killing three people in the April 2013 marathon explosions.

FBI Investigates Coordinated Hacking Attacks on JPMorgan Chase, Other Financial Institutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

JPMorgan Chase was among at least five financial institutions recently hacked in coordinated attacks, the USA Today reports.

A federal law enforcement official told USA Today that investigators believe Russian attackers were behind the hacking. Now FBI agents are trying to determine whether the attacks were related to U.S. sanctions against the Russian government.

The banks lost sensitive data in the attacks.

Companies “of our size unfortunately experience cyberattacks nearly every day,” JPMorgan spokeswoman Trish Wexler said in a statement without confirming the reports. “We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels.”

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the bureau is “working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions.”

Local Police Receive Cell Phone-Monitoring Surveillance Made for Federal Government

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The militarization of local law enforcement has become a hot button topic since police in Ferguson employed their weapons during the recent protests, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. What’s not getting as much attention is surveillance equipment that some police forces are getting from federal law enforcement.

In Tacoma, Wash., police were using surveillance known as Stringray that is capable of collecting records on every cell call, text message or data transfer up to a half-mile from the device. It was manufactured by a Pentagon contractor.

More than 40 local law enforcement agencies have similar surveillance.

Privacy groups have warned of the potential for abuse.

“It’s like kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is,” Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, told the News Tribune.

 

Former CBP Insider Accuses Agency of Corruption, Distortions to Cover Up Deaths

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Tomsheck, who was forced to resign as internal affairs for CBP, said the agency made it difficult for him to investigate internal complaints.

NPR reports that Tomscheck believes some Border Patrol agents aren’t being held accountable because of a culture that evades legal restraints.

Tomscheck said about a quarter of the 28 fatal shootings by agents and officers are highly suspicious, yet no one has paid any consequences.

“I believe the system was clearly engineered to interfere with our efforts to hold the Border Patrol accountable,” he says.

“Some persons in leadership positions in the Border Patrol were either fabricating or distorting information to give the outward appearance that it was an appropriate use of lethal force when in fact it was not.”

Tomscheck said he became a scapegoat for the problems in the agency.

Condition of Ex-FBI Chief Freeh Remains Mystery After Serious Car Accident

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh remained hospitalized Wednesday but officials remained tight-lipped about his condition, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del, crashed his SUV on a rural stretch of southern Vermont on Monday and has been in the hospital since under armed guard.

Authorities said no drugs or alcohol were involved.

The special protection is in place because of Freeh’s work against terrorists.

The accident remains under investigation.

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