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Archive for February 5th, 2019

Chris Christie Says Subpoenas, N.Y. U.S. Attorney’s Office Big Problems For Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney and Donald Trump campaign insider who was unceremoniously booted from Trump’s inner circle, says that the subpoenas linked to the 2017 inauguration could be the president’s biggest problem.

He also said that Trump should be more worried about the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York than the Mueller probe.

FBI Hunts Down 2 Men in Malaysia Who Were Hacking Into U.S. College Computers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two citizens of Nigeria, who lived in Malaysia, hacked into university computer systems to steal paychecks and tax returns.

Now, they’re behind bars, thanks to partnerships with the Georgia Institute of Technology,  the Department of Justice, and Malaysian authorities that enabled the FBI to identify, arrest, and extradite Olayinka Olaniyi and Damilola Soloman Ibiwoye, the FBI said.

Ibiwoye has been sentenced to 39 months in prison and Olaniyi got nearly six years.

“We found their computer folders with documents showing efforts to phish employees at 130 to 140 schools,” FBI agent Tyson Fowler said in a statement. “They would steal a logo and do the work to make it look legitimate.”

According to a story on the FBI website:

The duo sent fraudulent emails to personnel at these institutions in an attempt to gain system credentials. These phishing messages appeared official but they took unsuspecting recipients to fraudulent sites that allowed the criminals to record user names and passwords. Armed with this information, the hackers could then enter the official school systems and use the stolen credentials to reroute employees’ paychecks and access financial documents. Fowler says the hackers were successful in obtaining access at about 20 schools.

Joseph R. Bonavolonta Now Heads Up Boston FBI Office

Joseph R. Bonavolonta (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, who had served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division since March 2018, has taken over as head of the Boston field office.

He’s no stranger to the Boston office, having previously served as assistant special agent in charge there from 2013 to 2017.

Bonavolonta has held a variety of leadership, operational, and investigative positions throughout his FBI career.

He entered the FBI in 1996 as an investigative specialist in the FBI’s New York Field Office.

In August 2000, he received his first assignment as a special agent in the New York Field Office, where he spent several years investigating the Bonanno La Cosa Nostra Family.

His work led to the convictions and/or guilty pleas of dozens of high-ranking members and associates of the Bonanno LCN Family, according to an FBI press release.

From 2006-2007, Bonavolonta served as the program manager in the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters.  He also directed an international organized crime initiative with the Italian National Police to combat criminal operations between the American-based LCN families and the Sicilian Mafia.

In 2008, he became a supervisory special agent of the corporate/securities fraud squad at the Newark Field Office in 2008. In 2013,  Bonavolonta was named assistant special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office.