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Head of Newark FBI, Michael Ward, to Retire

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Jason Grant
The Star Ledger

NEWARK — The head of the Newark Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will retire from government service on Dec. 31, the agency announced today.

Michael Ward had not indicated in recent weeks or months that he would be leaving the post and retiring from government service. A statement released by David Velazquez, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Newark Division, noted: “Mr. Ward will be rejoining his extended family in the southern United States after many years away from home.”

Velazquez said today — through a spokeswoman — that Ward would not be speaking to the media about his retirement.

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Head of NJ FBI Not Happy With NYPD Spying on Muslims

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims in New Jersey is not only ticking off Muslims. The FBI is none too happy.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the NYPD activity, which as been written about in the media, is rubbing Michael Ward, head of the New Jersey FBI, the wrong way.

Ward, according to the paper, says the NYPD activity is damaging his agency’s ability to gather info.

“What we have now is (Muslim communities) … that they’re not sure they trust law enforcement in general, they’re fearing being watched, they’re starting to withdraw their activities,” Ward told The Star-Ledger in an exclusive interview. “And the impact of that sinking tide of cooperation means that we don’t have our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the community as well — we’re less knowledgeable, we have blind spots, and there’s more risk.”

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Computer Geeks Continue to Wreak Havoc

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Computer geeks are wreaking so much havoc we may soon have to have prison just for geeks.

The latest: The FBI has busted Jason Cornish, 37, of Smyrna, Ga., with hacking into a New Jersey pharmaceutical company’s computer network and shutting down operations, resulting in losses of at least $300,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

“The computers on which companies do business are the engines of the 21st century economy,” Newark U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said late last week. “Malicious intrusions are against the law, regardless of motive. Hacking attacks devised as personal revenge can have serious repercussions for perpetrators as well as victims.”

“In this instance, Jason Cornish allegedly was able to inflict great damage to Shionogi, Inc., with the stroke of a few computer keys,” added Michael Ward, head of the Newark FBI.

Authorities said Cornish was an information technology employee at Shionogi, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company with operations in New Jersey and Georgia.

In late September 2010, shortly after Cornish had resigned from Shionogi, the company announced layoffs that would affect a close friend and former supervisor, authorities said.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, Cornish gained unauthorized access to Shionogi’s computer network and took control of a piece of software that he had secretly installed on the server several weeks earlier.

Cornish then used the secretly installed software program to delete the contents of each of 15 “virtual hosts” on Shionogi’s computer network, authorities said.

The 15 virtual hosts housed the equivalent of 88 different computer servers.

The deleted servers housed most of Shionogi’s American computer infrastructure, including the company’s e mail and Blackberry servers, its order tracking system, and its financial management software, authorities said.

The attack effectively froze Shionogi’s operations for a number of days, leaving company employees unable to ship product, cut checks, or communicate by e-mail, authorities said.

2 Suspected Terrorists Headed to Somalia Busted at JFK Airport

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two New Jersey men were arrested late Saturday at JFK Airport as they prepared to head to Somalia to join up with the radical Islamic group Al Shabaab and  kill American troops overseas, the FBI announced Sunday.

Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, N.J. and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J. had gone to JFK to take take separate flights to Egypt, with the final destination being Somalia,  the FBI said.

Authorities said a law enforcement team was at the airport, armed with arrest warrants, and waiting for the men. The arrest warrants were issued by a U.S. District Court judge in Newark.

The men, according to the FBI, listened to recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the spiritual Islamic leader who has reportedly has had many followers including the officer responsible for the Ft. Hood shootings.

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New Head of Newark FBI Michael Ward Knows Corruption Will be a Priority

Michael Ward/fbi photo

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael Ward, the new head of the FBI’s Newarks office, is getting his feet wet, getting to know his agents, quickly learning what clearly will be a big priority, the Newark Star-Legder reports.

“After my first couple of briefings, I think I can safely say that corruption is an issue in New Jersey,” Ward told the Star-Ledger.

The straightforward agent, who came from FBI headquarters, has made multiple stops in his 22 year career with the FBI. The Star-Ledger features Ward in a Sunday story. To read the story click here.

Michael Ward Named Head of Newark FBI

Michael Ward/fbi photo

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Michael B. Ward has been plucked from the FBI mothership to head the agency’s  Newark Division, starting in March.

Ward, currently the assistant director of Counterrorism Division’s Operations Branch II at headquarters, started his FBI career in 1988 and spent the first nine years in the Dallas office dealing primarily with violent crime, interstate theft and criminal enterprise investigations, the FBI said.

In July 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI Headquarters. Nearly two years later, he was named assistant inspector in the Inspection Division.

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