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FBI Raids Home of Hacker Who Launched Digital Protest Following Philando Castile’s Death

Philando Castile was killed by a cop in Minnesota.

Philando Castile was killed by a cop in Minnesota.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker who launched a digital protest following a not-guilty verdict against a police officer who killed a black motorist has been raided by the FBI.

The man known as “Vigilance” told the Daily Beast that FBI agents searched his home in Minnesota for allegedly hacking into government and education websites in the state in June. He’s accused of posting stolen email address and other information online.

The man, whose real identity wasn’t revealed, breached the websites after police officer Jeromino Yanez was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter for shooting black motorist Philando Castile

“They knocked, cleared the house with their guns,” the man said, adding that his electronic devices, including a laptop, were seized.

No charges have yet been filed.

Czech Republic Arrests Russian Accused of Participating in Cyberattacks Against U.S.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Russian man accused of launching cyberattacks on the United States has been arrested by police in the Czech Republic, CBS News reports. 

Cooperating with the FBI, Czech authorities arrested the man on Oct. 5. But the news is just now becoming public.

It’s not yet clear whether the suspect was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party.

Czech officials are considering extraditing the man to the U.S.

American officials have suspected Russians were involved with the hacking of Democratic Party officials.

Other Stories of Interest

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.

Teen accused of Hacking into CIA Director’s Email And Dumping Records of FBI Was Arrested

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old boy accused of hacking into the CIA director’s e-mail account and publicly dumping data about FBI and Homeland Security agents has been arrested.

The UK’s South East Regional Organized Crime Unit arrested the boy on Feb. 9, saying he has been arrested on “conspiracy to commit unauthorized access with intent to commit further offenses contrary to Section 2 Computer Misuse Act 1990 and conspiracy to commit unauthorized acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing operation of a computer contrary to Section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990.”

The teenager, known as “Cracka,” is accused of breaching the private e-mail account of CIA Director John Brennan by using social engineering techniques.

At the time of the hacking, “Cracka” said he broke into the systems in retaliation for U.S.’s support of Israel.

Hacker Dumps Details of Homeland Security Officials; Plans Same for FBI Today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker posted a database featuring details of nearly 100,00 Homeland Security employees online Sunday and pledged to post similar information today of 20,000 FBI employees, International Business Times reports.

The database includes the names, titles, phone numbers and email address of 9,355 DHS employees, the hacker announced on Twitter.

The information “appeared to be genuine and matches other online records,” IBT reported.

The hacker, who often uses the hashtag “FreePalestine,” said access was possible through an internal Justice Department network.

Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has commented yet.

Was Hacker Able to Seize Plane Mid-Flight? FBI Investigates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a purported hacker was able to control a plane mid-flight, The Washington Post reports. 

Chris Roberts, who’s with a security intelligence firm called One World Labs, tweeted on April 15 that he was able to manipulate the in-flight and crew-alerting system of a United Airlines plane. The FBI detained Roberts for several hours after the flight, seizing his equipment and barring him from taking another United flight.

“Lesson from this evening, don’t mention planes,” he later tweeted. “The Feds ARE listening, nice crew in Syracuse, left there naked of electronics.”

Roberts told Wired in an interview that he was only kidding and did not actually take control of the flight. But the point, he said, was to show that it can be done and to alert U.S. officials to the problem.

The FBI said Roberts claimed he was able to take control of the flight.

“He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights,” FBI Special Agent Mark Hurley wrote in his warrant application, as Wired reported. “He also stated that he used Vortex software after comprising/exploiting or ‘hacking’ the airplane’s networks. He used the software to monitor traffic from the cockpit system.”

Anonymous-Linked Activist Sent to Prison for Threatening FBI Agent, Sharing Stolen Data

 

Barrett Brown via YouTube

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An activist tied to the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of threatening an FBI agent and spreading stolen data.

The Business Insider reports that Barrett Brown, who had faced more than 100 years behind bars, read from a lengthy statement before sentencing, saying he broke the law to uncover unlawful government activity.

“If I criticize the government for breaking the law, but then break the law myself in an effort to reveal their wrongdoing, I should expect to be punished just I’ve called for the criminals at government-linked firms… to be punished,” he said. “When we start fighting crime by any means necessary, we become guilty of the same hypocrisy as law enforcement agencies throughout history that break the rules to get the villains, and so become villains themselves.”

Brown was arrested in 2012 after threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video.

He pledged to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Brown also was charged with sharing information hacked from defense contractor Stratfor, Business Insider wrote.

FBI Searches for ‘Ethical’ Hackers to Help Combat Increasing Cyber-Attacks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The level of sophistication of today’s hackers has made it difficult for the FBI to combat cyber-attacks. 

With attacks on the rise, the bureau announced it’s looking for technology experts – even people with experience in “ethical hacking” – to become “cyber special agents,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Cyber permeates every aspect of what we do, whether it’s counterterrorism, criminal investigations or traditional cyberattacks, as we’ve seen in the recent past,” the FBI said.

The job candidates must be both technologically savvy and loyal to the country.

“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyberthreat,” said Robert Anderson Jr., executive assistant director for the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch.

The job pays between $59,340 and $76,568 a year.

A four-year degree also is required, and candidates must be between the ages of 23 and 37.