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FBI-Related Hack Unearths Personal Info of Thousands of Federal Officials

FBI cyber crime agents, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker group published the personal information of hundreds of federal law enforcement officials and thousands of other people online after breaching what it describes as more than 1,000 websites, including three belonging to the FBI National Academy Association.

The contents include “4,000 unique records” of names, titles, job descriptions, email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers, TechCrunch reports.

The hackers, who claimed to have stolen “over a million” pieces of data from the breach, said they plan to sell the information on the dark web.

When TechCrunch asked whether the information puts law enforcement officials at risk, one of the hackers responded, “Probably yes.”

“We hacked more than 1,000 sites,” the hacker said. “Now we are structuring all the data, and soon they will be sold. I think something else will publish from the list of hacked government sites.”
The hackers said they were motivated by gaining “experience and money.”

The FBI National Academy Association, a nonprofit education and training program for graduates of the FBI Academy, confirmed to NBC News that “personal information has been obtained to be sold on the web.”

U.S. Investigators Discovered DNC Hacker Was a Russian Intelligence Operative

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The hacker Guccifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for providing WikiLeaks with stolen e-mails from the Democratic National Committee, has been identified as a Russian intelligence operative, according to a new report.

Guccifer inadvertently revealed his identity after failing to disguise his IP address by activating a virtual private network – VPN, the Daily Beast reports

That enabled U.S. investigators to capture the Moscow IP address in the logs of a U.S. social media company and track down the hacker’s identity.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has netted indictments against 13 Russians and three Russian companies, has taken over the Guccifer probe.

U.S. intelligence agency suspected Guccifer was a Russian military operation at least as early as January 2017.

A Chat With the Head of the Detroit FBI on ISIS, Corruption, Jimmy Hoffa and Flint

David P. Gelios

David P. Gelios

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — It has been anything but dull since David P. Gelios arrived eight months ago from FBI headquarters in Washington to head up the Detroit FBI office.

For one, his agents have been busy probing the highly-publicized Flint water crisis.  And then there’s the kickback scandal in Detroit Public Schools that has resulted in charges against a dozen principals, a school administrator and a greedy vendor.  He says the investigation, which is still open, hit close to home because of his previous life as a school teacher.

A native of the Toledo area, Gelios graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He went on to work as a high school teacher in Bakersfield, Calif., a college volley ball coach at Ball State and an outreach officer for the University of California Office of the President.

In 1995, he joined the FBI, first working in the Sacramento Division. He then went on to work in a number of offices including Juneau, Louisville, New Haven and headquarters in D.C., his last stop before Detroit where he served as chief of the Inspection Division, overseeing all FBI field inspections, national program reviews and agent-involved shootings

Of his new assignment in Detroit, he says:

“I like to call it one of the better kept secrets in the FBI.”

In a wide ranging interview, Gelios recently sat down with ticklethewire.com’s Allan Lengel to talk about public corruption, the challenges of encrypted communication devices and apps, cyber crime, ISIS recruiting, the Hoffa investigation and organized crime.

The following interview has been trimmed for brevity. The questions have been edited for clarity.

DD: As a former teacher, did you look at the kickback investigation into the Detroit school principals and the administrator from more than just the perspective of an FBI agent?

Gelios: I absolutely did and in my remarks at the announcement of the charges at the press conference, I said, having been a former teacher, I found it especially disturbing to me knowing what I know about education and knowing what I know about education in the city of Detroit, that people would embezzle such limited funds from a struggling school district.

DD: Being an FBI agent, does it surprise you that people would take advantage of a situation like that?

Gelios: You know in my career, nothing really surprises me any more. School districts have been embezzled from in the past and they continue to be embezzled from.

DD: Do you expect more charges in the school scandal?

Gelios: I would only say that it’s possible. It remains a pending investigation, but that’s as far as I’ll go with that.

DD: In the Flint water system mess, the state has its own investigation and the FBI has an investigation with the U.S. Attorney and EPA. Are you working with state investigators?

Gelios: We have a separate investigation, but the door is open for collaboration between the state investigation and the FBI’s investigation. But I’d best characterize it as an independent investigation being conducted with EPA and the FBI.

David Gelios (far right) at press conference for school corruption probe.

DD: Are you concentrating more on federal employees and federal charges?

Gelios: It’s a pending investigation, so I’m not going to be able to say much. But I think we’re investigating the entire situation, so ours would not just be focused on federal employees. Often times when there’s a state investigation and a federal investigation, we work through the appropriate prosecutors at the state level and the federal levels to see where we can most effectively bring charges. It’s conceivable that some charges would simply be at the state level and some charges would be at the federal level, if and when there are federal charges.

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New Jersey to Use Cyber Canine to Sniff Out Thumb Drives, Hard Drives And Cell Phones

dog-detroitBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This is not your ordinary canine.

The FBI is New Jersey is planning to soon crack down on cyber crime with a special dog that will be able to sniff out thumb drives, hard drives and cell phones, NJ 101.5 reports. 

“It’ll be an extremely versatile dog, it’ll be used in almost any type of investigation where we intend to search out or collect digital media,” said New Jersey FBI Special Agent Celeste Danzi.

“He or she will be able to identify these items and find them if they’re hidden or disguised as a pen or even a tiny chip,” she said. “It could be as small as a fingernail, anything that memory can be stored in, the dog will be able to scent or alert on.”

The FBI has bought the dog but it first must undergo about five months of training.

FBI Losing Cyber Crime Agents to Lucrative Jobs in Private Sector

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is losing some agents with experience in investigating Internet crimes.

Matthew Goldstein of the New York Times reports that in the last three months, at least a half-dozen FBI agents on the online security squad of the New York office have quit to take more lucrative jobs in the private sector.

The Times reports that the departures are beginning to concern top FBI officials.

 

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Chinese Hackers Steal Personnel Data from Alarming Number of FBI Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chinese cyber-thieves penetrated an alarming number of FBI agents’ personnel files during several bold breaches that Newsweek reports have “potentially dangerous national security implications.”

The FBI is now tasked with investigating the massive breach of federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computers and will be assisted by Homeland Security.

It’s not year clear how extensive the hacking was. An FBI spokesman estimated about 4 million federal employee files were breached.

James Trainor, acting assistant director for the FBI’s cyber division, said the number could be as high as 16 million.

An FBI agent told Newsweek that he was told by OPM in May that his personnel file was breached by Chinese hackers.

“This is the second notification that I’ve been breached,” the veteran agent said on the condition of anonymity. “They got me through Anthem Blue Cross, now they have me through OPM. I think of the 17 million they have on file, they’re only notifying 4 million. But I was notified last month.”

 

FBI Increases Bounty to $3M on Bureau’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $3 million reward for information on the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal, Newsweek reports.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of coordinating the GameOver ZeuS botnot, allowing him to collect personal and financial information from computers.

The FBI alleges the malware infected 1 million computers, resulting in more than $100 million in thefts worldwide.

Bogachev was indicted in Pennsylvania in May 2014 on conspiracy and money laundering charges.

“This was a worldwide infection, but it also had law enforcement worldwide working to combat it and bring to justice the criminal organisation behind it,” FBI assistant director Joseph Demarest said.

Bogachev’s last known address was in Russia.

FBI Offers $3M Reward for Information on Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering some serious cash for information leading to the arrest of the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of hacking 1 million computers in the U.S. and internationally.

Newsweek reports that the FBI is offering $3 million for information on capturing Bogachev, who is accused of collecting personal and bank information by installing a malware onto victims’ computers.

A Pennsylvania court indicted Bogachev on charges of conspiracy, computer fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in May 2014. Authorities said his last known location was the Russian town of Anapa on the north coast of the Black Sea.