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Archive for August 3rd, 2016

FBI Investigating Cyber Attack of Democratic Congressional Group

democratic national comitteeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another group of Democrats has been hacked.

The FBI is investigating the cyber attack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and whether Russians were involved, as suspected in the hacking of the Demarcation National Committee, Reuters reports, citing four people familiar with the matter.

The Kremlin continues to deny being involved in the hacking.

Sources said the hacker may have been trying to gain information about donors.

It’s still unclear what information was stolen.

Detroit Man Arrested After Stockpiling Grenades, Assault Rifle, Other Weapons

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking a 29-year-old Detroit man for 16 months a he collected an unusual array of weapons.

The bureau said Sebastian Gregerson was stockpiling grenades, assault rifles, combat knives and road spikes, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On Sunday night, Gregerson was arrested after trying to buy grenades from undercover agents.

It’s unclear what Gregerson planned to do with the weapons, and the FBI stopped short of calling him a terrorism suspect.

His attorney, Bill Swor, said the charges suggested “they don’t have any evidence that this person had any real attack plan or any activity planned.”

FBI Accused of Waiting Months to Alert DNC of Suspected Russian Ties to Hack

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI failed to notify the Democratic National Committee that investigators suspected the party was hacked by a group backed by the Russians, according to three sources knowledgable of the discussions.

Huffington Post also reports that the FBI failed to warn party officials months later that investigators failed to warn the party that they were investigating Russian espionage connected to the hack.

As a result, DNC staffers were unable to take the proper steps to prevent more confidential emails and documents from being stolen.

Neither the DNC nor the FBI would comment.

Authorities Made Alarming Finding at Home of Homeland Security Analyst

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case against a Homeland Security analyst continues to get more alarming.

After Jonathan Wienke tried to walk into a Homeland Security building with a gun, knife, infrared camera, handcuffs and pepper spray in his backpack, authorities have found more weapons at his West Virginia home, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Investigators found sawed-off plastic pipes, glue, walkie-talkies with extra wiring, tools and 10 boxes of magnesium shavings, oxidizers and thermite in the 45-year-old’s house.

The ATF said the weapons could be used to make explosives but not in their current form.

Wienke, who faces up to 10 years in prison on the original charges, pleaded not guilty to firearms charges last month.

TSA: Batman Fans, Don’t Carry Your Superhero Weapons onto Planes

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.28.00 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sorry, Batman fans. You can’t carry your superhero weapons onto planes.

The TSA has reported an influx of people trying to bring aboard “batarangs,” which are sharp, bat-shaped weapons, NPR reports. 

The “batarangs” are being confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA said the weapons should be “placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.”

The TSA said it occasionally has problems with people thinking they can bring superhero weapons on to a flight.

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