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FBI Combats Computer Hackers with Cyber Crimes Task Force in Louisville

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The alarming increase in computer attacks has prompted the FBI to create a cyber crimes task force in Louisville, WDRB.com reports.

To combat the sophistication, the FBI is recruiting computer-savvy people.

“There’s a changing in the F.B.I. for sure,” said Michael Russo Jr., a Supervisory Special Agent with the F.B.I.

Russo said cyber attacks are a big threat and can result in people having their identities stolen within seconds.

“We are hiring special agents, computer scientists and I.T. forensic examiners,” Russo said.

It’s not easy. The FBI received more than 20,000 applications for traditional investigator positions but far fewer people expressed interest in FBI tech jobs.

 

FBI Director: Don’t Let Marijuana Stop You from Applying to Bureau Jobs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It seems some of the FBI’s best hacker recruits also like to smoke marijuana.

The Washington Times reports that the FBI says its no-tolerance pot policy is hurting the bureau’s ability to recruit the best and brightest hackers.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” FBI Director James Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute.

To handle growing concerns over cybersecurity, Congress authorized the hiring of 2,000 recruits this year, most of whom will work on cyber crimes.

The FBI is “grappling with the question right now” of how to change its marijuana policies, which prohibit applicants who have smoked pot in the past three years.

At a recent conference, an attendee said his friend didn’t apply because of the policy.

“He should go ahead and apply,” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

FBI Director Comey Delivers Good News – More Staff, Training, Resources in Beefed-up 2014 Budget

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey sought to assure agents and local law enforcement that the bureau plans to increase staff, training and resources in what will be a much less frugal 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports that Comey, during his visit to the bureau’s New Orleans Field Office on Thursday, said the beefed-up budget will mean a stronger focus on violent crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, cyber crimes and public corruption.

“As of six weeks ago, the FBI became adequately funded again,” Comey said. “We’re going to invest in the personnel, training and technology we need to face the challenges before us.”

The good news came in January when Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

“We had been forced to eliminate over 2,000 positions because of the budget Armageddon of the last 18 months,” he said. “I plan to fill those positions again and then some, ranging from field agents to (support personnel). We also need to resume investing in new technology and training after those things came to a halt.

“We got an enormous budget increase, which I think is something the FBI deserved. We need to explain to the taxpayers how we’re going to spend that money, and I’m going to do that.”

FBI Reduces Number of Agents Investigating Organized Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will continue to shed the number of agents assigned to fight the mafia as the demand for other threats increases, The New York Times reports.

For the third time in five years, the bureau will decrease its agents assigned to organized crime to about three dozens.

In the meantime, more agents are being assigned to newer threats such as cyber crimes and global terrorism, The Times said.

The FBI’s fight against the mafia has been largely successful.

But some worry the reductions in investigators will allow the weakened crime families a chance to reorganize, The Times wrote.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News has   been reporting on the reduced number of agents  working on mob cases.

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FBI Creates Squad to Crack Down on Intellectual Property Thefts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 In an effort to crack down on cyber crimes, the FBI’s field office in Washington has created a squad to investigate intellectual property thefts, the Associated Press reports.

The team, assembled with a variety of experts, will investigate intellectual property and economic espionage and occasionally team up with the nearby Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

The AP said the investigations will range from counterfeit medications to trade secrets stolen by hackers.

“We’re looking at everything from health and safety to theft of trade secrets to intellectual property,” Trent R. Teyema, assistant special agent in charge of the office’s cyber branch.

Demand for the team has risen as hackers and cyberattacks become more common.