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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop Shawn Henry Joining Calif. Computer Security Firm

FBI's Shawn Henry/ file photo fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, the FBI’s top cyber cop up until his recent retirement, is putting his FBI skill to use in the private sector.

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett reports that ex-FBI official Shawn Henry is joining an Irvine, Calif. upstart computer security firm called CrowdStrike Inc.

The Journal reports that Henry will lead a unit “that will provide vulnerability assessments and instant response for hacking incidents.”

 

FBI’s Top Cyber Cop: “We’re Not Winning”

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The message from the FBI’s top cyber cop is that the bad guys are winning the cyber war.

“We’re not winning,” Shawn Henry told the Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett.

Henry, who is about to retire from the FBI, said the current methods of fending off hackers isn’t sustainable.

He said the criminal hackers are just too talented, the Journal reported.

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FBI’s Shawn Henry Stepping Down After 24 Years

FBI's Shawn Henry and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. (in background)/ file photo fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry, who had taken on a higher profile in the bureau in more recent times, has decided to retire, Jason Ryan of ABC News reports.

Ryan reports that Henry will step down after 24 years of service.

Henry is credited with “boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity capabilities,” Ryan reported.

In 2010, Henry was named to the FBI’s number four spot — Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch. Just before that, he briefly headed up the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

 

FBI Exec. Asst. Dir. Warns of Dangers Online

FBI's Shawn Henry /fbi file photo

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI, had some dire warnings for attendants of the International Conference on Cyber Security, in New York, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.

Criminal hackers pose risk that are “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” he said. Hackers tampering with things such as the power grid “could actually cause death,” Henry said. He also mentioned FBI investigations into a small company that had gone out of business after hackers stole $5 million, another which lost a decade’s worth of research and development, and another who encrypted computer health systems for hostage, demanding a fee for the password.

“We’ve seen the number and sophistication of the attacks by these cyber actors increase dramatically,” Henry said, according to the Huffington Post. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen, primarily through the financial services sector, just in the last couple years.”

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FBI Official Says We Need Secure Alternative Internet to Fend Off Cyber Threats


Shawn Henry /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We could be headed for bigger trouble if we don’t develop a highly secure alternative Internet to fend off the ever increasing cyber threats against critical utilities and financial systems, an FBI official told the Associated Press Thursday.

Shawn Henry, the FBI’s executive assistant director, told AP that critical systems are under increasingly under threat from terror groups like jihadist militants looking to harm the U.S.

“The challenge with the Internet is you don’t know who’s launching the attack,” he said.

He said it would be helpful to develop networks where anonymity is not an option and only known and trusted employees have access, AP reported.

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FBI-led Raids Result in Rescue of 69 Child Hookers and Arrests of 99 Pimps

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Child prostitution continues to be a nationwide problem.

With that in mind, over the past few days, the FBI along with local and state police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concluded Operation Cross Country V, in which 69 child prostitutes were “rescued”,  the FBI said Monday.

Additionally, authorities said the operation in 40 cities netted nearly 885 arrests including 99 pimps.

“Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization.”

The crackdown was part of the  nationwide Innocence Lost National Initiative.

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Musical Chairs Expected at FBI Headquarters With Departure of Pistole

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Expect a game of musical chairs over at FBI headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue now that the number two person John Pistole has left the agency and Timothy Murphy, the number three person, has replaced him.

Nothing has been announced yet, but the rumors are circulating. Here’s one set of rumors — and I emphasize “RUMORS” at this point.

Kevin Perkins/fbi photo

Kevin Perkins/fbi photo

Thomas J. Harrington, the FBI’s number four person, might take over the number three spot that had been occupied by Murphy.

Now here’s the part that gets interesting.  Under the rumor scenario, Shawn Henry, a rising star in the FBI, who  took over the Washington field office as the assistant director in charge early this year, might return to headquarters and replace Harrington as the Executive Assistant Director over Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

Then Kevin Perkins, who heads up the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters, would head up the Washington field office. At this point, it’s only rumors.

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Michael Kortan, the FBI’s chief spokesman at headquarters, declined to comment on Monday.  And some of the agents, who are subject of the rumors, did not immediately respond to emails for comment.

Pistole’s departure set the stage for what’s to come. He was recently confirmed as head of the Transportation Security Administration.

Ex-High School Football Player Arrested in Bid to Join Terrorist Group; Made Threats About South Park Show

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 20-year-old Virginia man, who made threats against the TV show “South Park”, was arrested Wednesday on charges of providing material support to al Shabaab, a terrorist organization in Somalia with links to al Qaeda, authorities said.

Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., who according to a report in the Washington Post, was a high school football player and rowed crew, told federal agents that he twice tried to travel to Somalia to join the al Shabaab as a foreign fighter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria said.

He was not charged for his online posting in April that said the creators of the TV show “South Park” risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad, according to the Associated Press

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