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Archive for October 21st, 2014

Federal Officials Warn That Hackers Stole More Than 500 Million Financial Records in 1 Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

These bank robbers don’t wear masks or slip notes to a teller.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

The FBI and Secret Service warned companies that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records of the past year, the USA Today reports.

“You’re going to be hacked,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision, told business leaders at a  cybersecurity event. “Have a plan.”

Personal data for about half of U.S. adults have been exposed in some form, officials said.

“No one is going to solve this problem on their own,” said Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Grasso of the FBI. “This is something we all need to work together on.”

 

 

FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.

Justice Department Launches Independent Review of Baltimore Police Department After Complaints

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice is launching an independent review of Baltimore’s police force following a string of complaints from residents about excessive force and other alleged abuses, the Baltimore Sun reports.

But instead of launching a full-scale civil rights investigation, the Department of Justice will work directly with police – an approached called a collaborative review.

“The civil rights division is a part of the process,” U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Davis said, “and they retain the ability to come into Baltimore if reform is not made, if recommendations are not implemented. … Nothing is off the table.”

The request follows a Baltimore Sun report that revealed the city paid out $5.7 million in court settlements and judgments over alleged police misconduct since 2011. Virtually every officer involved has never been charged.

The review will include consultants working with community members, elected leaders, cops and union officials. The consultants also will ride with officers and review the culture, practices and polices of the police department, the Sun wrote.

“This is very strong process,” Davis said during a news conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore. “I want to reassure the community this is about helping the city of Baltimore reform. This is not about forcing them to reform in a way that we decided.”

DEA Agent Shot While Executing Search Warrant at Home of Suspected Drug Trafficker

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent is recovering after a suspect shot him in the elbow Monday morning while serving a search warrant at the home of a suspected drug dealer in South Carolina, the State reports.

Shot was Special Agent Barry Wilson, who was executing a search warrant at the home of Joel Robinson. The 32-year-old suspect fire at DEA agents several times.

The suspect is accused of drug trafficking and carrying a firearm while committing crimes.

FBI agents stormed onto the property wearing ballistic vests and identified themselves as law enforcement, the State reported.

“While executing the warrant, the team at the front door announced ‘Police, search warrant’ multiple times and made entry into the residence,” the complaint said.

Robinson responded to the agents by firing at them as they entered his home.

Border Patrol Find Immigrants inside Boxes, Washer in Back of U-Haul in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents never know where they’ll find immigrants hidden.

On Friday, five immigrants were rescued from the back of a U-Haul at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas after agents were alerted by their K-9, KVAL reports.

The immigrants were hiding in a cardboard box, and one was inside a washing machine.

The immigrant declined medical attention.

The driver and passenger were taken into custody.

The case is under investigation.

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