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With Terrorism And Other Crimes, Chicago’s FBI Struggles to Find Resources to Combat Violent Crime in Chicago

Robert Holley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI’s Chicago office continues to make terrorism a top priority, the bureau is facing pressure to help quell violence in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But Robert Holley, the special agent in charge in Chicago, said his office lacks the staff to adequately combat violent crime. In addition to terrorism, his 850 agents, analysts and support staff,  also are tied up investigating cyberattacks, financial fraud, political corruption and bank robberies. About half of the 850 are actually agents.

Holley pointed out that budget problems mean a hiring freeze.

“We will go after the worst of the worst, and we will go after the gang leadership. That has to be our focus,” said the 18-year FBI veteran, who has met with Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and plans to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month. “(But) if I put more resources on violent crime, I’d have to take away from other things… I’m not prepared to accept that risk right now.”

 

FBI Turns Focus on Cyber Attacks in US

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is combating a surge in cyberattacks on corporate America, trying to stop a growing number of people from hacking websites and disturbing commerce, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In just the past month, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army crippled the New York Times website for several hours. Hackers also have attacked other well-known sites.

Combating the hackers is a new challenge for the FBI and underscores how vulnerable digital information is.

Leading that battle is Austin Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber branch in New York. Berglas has responsibility over agents who handle major cyber cases, the LA Times wrote.

To read his interview with the Times click here.

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Federal Agencies Complain of Being Unable to Access NSA’s Surveillance Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal intelligence agencies have been complaining of a lack of access to the NSA’s trove of surveillance information, creating what the New York Times called “turf fights.”

The Times reports that the NSA has been rejecting numerous requests for information from agencies working on cases that range from cyberattacks to money laundering.

NSA investigators said the requests were rejected because the cases weren’t considered high priority enough.

NSA officials maintain they have been careful about violating Americans’ privacy rights.

“It’s a very common complaint about N.S.A.,” said Timothy H. Edgar, a former senior intelligence official at the White House and at the office of the director of national intelligence. “They collect all this information, but it’s difficult for the other agencies to get access to what they want.”

 

Cyberattacks Focus on Govern. Sites Including Homeland Security and the Washington Post & Nasdaq

computer-photoThese attacks certainly aren’t catastrophic — at least not yet. But they are scary and are a reminder that we need to do more to protect our computers.

By Brian Krebs and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — A widespread and coordinated cyberattack during the past few days has targeted Web sites operated by major government agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security and Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, according to several computer security researchers.

The attacks involved thousands of computers around the globe infected with rogue software that told them to repeatedly attempt to access the targeted sites, a tactic aimed at driving up traffic beyond the sites’ normal capacity and denying access to legitimate users, according to the researchers, many of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they are helping with the investigation.

Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said that the agency was aware of ongoing attacks and that the government’s Computer Emergency Response Team had issued guidance to public and private sector Web sites to stem the attacks.

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