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Archive for August 12th, 2015

Hillary Clinton Hands Over Private Server to FBI As Part of E-Mail Investigation

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton has handed over her private server as part of an investigation into her using private e-mail during her four-year stint as secretary of state.

The Washington Post reports that Clinton’s attorney also handed over a thumb drive with copies of thousands of e-mails.

Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, wouldn’t say whether the FBI demanded the devices but emphasized that she is cooperating with authorities.

“She directed her team to give her e-mail server that was used during her tenure as secretary to the Department of Justice, as well as a thumb drive containing copies of her e-mails already provided to the State Department,” Merrill said. “She pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.”

FBI Gets Tips on 25-Year-Old Art Heist in Boston After Release of Video

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 25-year mystery surrounding the bold heist at the Stewart Gardner Museum may be getting closer to being solved after the FBI began investigating a “handful of tips,” The New York Daily News reports.

The tips come just days after the FBI released jumpy surveillance video of the museum 24 hours before the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

One tip included the identity of a man seen leaving the museum the night before it was robbed.

The artwork is valued at $500 million.

Attorney George Burke said one of his clients identified the mystery man an antique dealer.

Robert Holley, Head of Chicago’s FBI Field Office, Plans to Retire, Join Private Sector

Robert Holley

Robert Holley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special agent in charge of Chicago’s Field Office plans to retire in late August following 20 years with the bureau, The Chicago Tribune reports. 

Robert Holley, who once led international terrorism investigations, conducted work for the FBI in Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Tanzania, India and Isreal.

Holley’s career began in 1995 at the Chicago FBI office, where he received several promotions. He also served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division and was the special agent in charge of the FBI Indianapolis Division.

“I am most proud of having the opportunity to lead the Chicago Field Office and work with these men and women every day,” Holley said Tuesday in a FBI news release. “I am amazed by their dedication and what they do for the citizens of the United States every day.”

Like many retiring agents, Holley has accepted a job in the private sector. He will work on Discover Financial Services’ Global Security Team after his retirement on Aug. 20.

Man Charged in Border Patrol Agent’s Death Agrees to Plead Guilty As Part of Sentencing Deal

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man charged in the death of a Border Patrol agent won’t face the death penalty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

Rosario Burboa-Alvarez agreed to plead guilty Monday in the first-degree murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The sentencing recommendation calls for 30 years in prison with credit for time served.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Prosecutors said Burboa-Alvarez was in charge of recruiting people to sneak across the U.S. border and rob marijuana smugglers.

Burboa-Alvarez, 31, was considered a co-conspirator, even though he was in Mexico at the time of the killing.

“Mr. Burboa-Alvarez is extremely remorseful for his role in the conspiracy and accepts responsibility for his actions,” his court-appointed attorney Benjamin Aguilera said Tuesday. He “has obviously undergone much reflection and feels nothing but anguish and sorrow for what transpired in December 2010. Without question, the tragedy of Agent Terry’s death is something everyone wishes could be undone.”

FBI Busts ‘Largest-known Computer Hacking’ of Its Kind with 9 Arrests

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling it the “largest-known computer hacking security fraud scheme,” the FBI charged nine people in indictments unsealed Tuesday that allege nine people managed to break into three newswires to access yet-to-be press release about financial information.

The FBI reports that the international scheme netted its participants $30 million in illegal profits.

The suspects are accused of stealing confidential information about companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

The FBI said the group stole about 150,000 confidential press releases from the servers of newswires.

“The defendants were a well-organized group that allegedly robbed the newswire companies and their clients and cheated the securities markets and the investing public by engaging in an unprecedented hacking and trading scheme,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, District of New Jersey, said in a press release. “The defendants launched a series of sophisticated and relentless cyber attacks against three major newswire companies, stole highly confidential information and used to enrich themselves at the expense of public companies and their shareholders.”

The suspects hail from around the globe, including in the U.S.

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