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CIA Tweets U.S. Capture of Osama bin Laden – Five Years Later

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Osama bin Laden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA commemorated the five-year anniversary of killing Osama bin Laden with a series of live tweets.

On Sunday, the CIA tweeted that bin Laden was found “on third floor and killed.”

“The takedown of bin Laden stands as one of the great intelligence successes of all time. History has been a key element of CIA’s social media efforts,” CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to ABC. “On the fifth anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the day and honor all those who had a hand in this achievement.”

Facebook, Twitter Support Apple’s phone encryption battle with FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are siding with Apple’s fight against the FBI’s attempt to weaken encryption.

“We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services,” Facebook said in a statement Thursday.

“However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: We stand with @timcook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!”

The comments come after a federal magistrate ordered Apple to make it easier to crack the iPhone’s password. The FBI has been unable to access an iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino killer.

Technology companies are worried about setting a legal precedent to allow the government to using hacking tools to access private information.

The FBI argues that the uncrackable encryption is thwarting its fight against terrorism.

Buffalo Woman Accused of Supporting ISIS, Threatening FBI Agents on Twitter

Safya Roe Yassin

Safya Roe Yassin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Buffalo woman is accused of using Twitter to make pro-ISIS statements and threaten two FBI agents.

A criminal complaint says Safya Roe Yassin, 38, tweeted the names, phone numbers and cities of two FBI agents under the words, “Wanted to Kill,” the Springfield News-Leader reports. 

Yassin also is accused of using dozens of Twitter accounts to post statements supporting ISIS.

“The West thinks that caging Muslims will stop ‘terrorism’ …but they will be finding out soon, it only increases the attacks against them,” one of the tweets read.

Yassin has been charged with communicating threats of violence over the Internet.

Hackers Unload Information on 20,000 FBI Employees After Doing Same for Homeland Security

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.02.48 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hackers unveiled the contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday evening, a day after releasing similar data on nearly 10,000 Homeland Security employees.

The information was released on Twitter, via @DotGovs, indicating the hacks are in retaliation for the U.S. government’s ties to Israel.

“When will the US government realize we won’t stop until they cut relations with Israel..” the tweet reads.

The hackers broke into a Justice Department database.

The information on FBI and Homeland Security officials contained their names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The Justice Department, which is investigating, said private information, such as Social Security numbers, didn’t appear to be breached, CNN reports. 

“The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “This unauthorized access is still under investigation; however, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information. The department takes this very seriously and is continuing to deploy protection and defensive measures to safeguard information. Any activity that is determined to be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement for investigation.”

Harrisburg Man Indicted for Allegedly Aiding ISIS, Supporting Violence Against Americans

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania teenager accused of helping people travel to the Middle East to join ISIS was indicted Tuesday, Reuters reports. 

Jalil Ibn Aziz, 19, of Harrisburg, was charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a militant group.

Investigators said Aziz used at least 57 Twitter accounts to show his support for violence against Americans and to spread ISIS propaganda. He also posted the names of U.S. military members as potential targets.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether he acted alone or was in contact with other extremists.

Minnesota Man Charged with Threatening FBI After Friend Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man is accused of threatening FBI agents on social media following the arrest of his friend who was charged with conspiring to help ISIS, Fox News reports.

Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, was charged Friday with making the threats on Twitter after the FBI arrested his friend, 20-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame.

In grammatically challenged messages, he threatened to “kill them FBI” and wrote, “I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers,” according to court documents.

“While there are many legitimate means in the United States to voice dissent and difference of opinion with our government, threatening violent retaliation against federal agents is both illegal and outrageous,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.

He is being held without bail until a court hearing on Wednesday.

Oregon’s Justice Department Spied on Black Lives Matter Protesters

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s Justice Department spied on Black Lives Matter supporters to determine whether they presented a threat, the Huffington Post reports.

The digital surveillance included reviewing people who used the movement’s hashtag, BlackLivesMatter.

“When I initially heard about this incident I was appalled,” state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a letter, which was in response to an earlier letter from the Portland chapter of the national civil rights organization the Urban League.

But Rosenblum discovered that at least one Justice Department investigator performed digital surveillance.

Rosenblum said the department put an end to the surveillance after it became known.

“It is improper, and potentially unlawful, for the Oregon Department of Justice to conduct surveillance and investigations on an Oregonian merely for expressing a viewpoint, or for being a part of a social movement,” the letter from Urban League of Portland reads. “We are concerned that such unwarranted investigations are racially motivated, and create a chilling effect on social justice advocates, political activists and others who wish to engage in discourse about the issues of our time.”

Twitter Becomes FBI’s Most Effective Informant As ISIS Supporters Take to Social Media

twitterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most effective informants in the crackdown against terrorism has been Twitter.

The social network is an “extraordinarily effective way to sell shoes, or vacations, or terrorism,” FBI Director James Comey said recently, reports The Huffington Post. “It’s buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz. It’s the constant feed … the devil on your shoulder all day long, saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill.'”

What makes it such an effective tool for investigators is the ability to monitor tweets, especially those supporting ISIS.

Investigators said Twitter has helped crack numerous cases recently and continues to be helpful