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FBI Arrests Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up Statue of Liberty

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was no joking matter to law enforcement or the thousands of people who were visiting the Statue of Liberty.

A 42-year-old man is accused of claiming to be a well-known terrorist and calling in a threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty, The Hill reports. 

The FBI and other law enforcement arrested Jason Smith, who is accused of calling 911 on April 24 and saying he was Abdul Yasin, the lone suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Authorities took the threat serious, sending in police dogs and evacuating more than 3,200 people.

Authorities said Smith used his iPad to call in the threat.

FBI Investigates California School District Following Plan to Buy iPads for Every Student

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a Los Angeles school district’s $1.3-billion plan to provide iPads to every student, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Agents seized records from the district on Monday as investigators seek documents related to deals with Apple and the curriculum provider, Pearson.

A grand jury is reviewing the case.

The initiative came under Superintendent John Deasy, who resigned in October.

He declined to speak with the Times.

“No one has spoken to me,” he said. “I have no comment as I do not know anything about this.”

Details of the investigation remain unclear.

Current Superintendent Ramon C. Corines said he is halting any additional iPad purchases.

Hackers Claim FBI Is Monitoring More Than 1 Million Apple Users

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The hacker group Anonymous announced it has stolen information from an FBI laptop computer that carried information on more than 1 million iPhone and iPad users, Forbes reports.

While Forbes was unable to verify the authenticity of the data, writer Andy Greenberg said the information “does seem to be an enormous list of 40-character strings made up of numbers and letters A through F,” just like Apple’s unique device identifier numbers used to identify individual users of iPhone and iPads.

Also included in that information are user names, cellphone numbers, addresses, texts and other personal information, according to Forbes.

It could mean Apple is supplying the data, that the FBI is getting the information on its own or something else entirely, according to technology news site, Gizmodo.

Whatever the case, the FBI will have a lot of questions to answer, Forbes reported.

 

 

Agencies Jumping on the High Tech Wagon; ATF Using iPads and iPhones


By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Somewhere in America, perhaps at this very moment, a bad guy is under video surveillance. He is being watched, every movement, every step – but not on a little TV. That’s so 2009. Instead, a special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is keeping tabs on an iPad.

This is not a movie. This is not a Steve Jobs dream. This is the federal government 2.0, where technology upgrades no longer come at a “Little House on the Prairie” pace. Even President Obama, a BlackBerry devotee, has upgraded. He now owns an iPad, and it has been seen on his desk and under his arm.

The flashy consumer products that have been adopted in the corporate workforce – upending BlackBerrys for iPhones, Microsoft Outlook for Gmail and, lately, laptops for iPads – are now invading the federal government. The State Department. The Army. The Department of Veterans Affairs. NASA. The General Services Administration is in the process of moving 17,000 employees onto Gmail.

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FBI Probing Security Breach of Ipads

ipadBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The creators of the iPad — the mini computer that seems to be today’s hot item in the gadget world — may be getting a little more attention then they want.

This time it’s from the FBI.

The FBI on Thursday said it was investigating a security breach of AT&T’s wireless network, the Washington Post reported. The problem: email addresses and network numbers of iPad users were exposed.

The website Gawker reported that some high-level government officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were among those affected.

The Post reported that FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a e-mail: “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and is looking into it.”

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