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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

FBI Says Twitter Needs to Do More to Monitor Site for Terrorism-Related Activity

twitterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Could Twitter do more to stop terrorists from recruiting others?

It’s a debate waging in the Senate after an FBI official told Fox Business News that Twitter “needs to do more in setting up teams to troll, monitor and review all terrorist-related tweets and content.”

Twitter fired back that it notifies authorities of immediate threats and shuts down terrorist-related accounts. But a Twitter spokesman said, “Like all of our technology industry peers, we do not proactively monitor content.:”

A 2016 funding bill would require Twitter and other social media companies to report terrorism, but it was blocked earlier this week by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

“Internet companies should not be subject to broad requirements to police the speech of their users,” Wyden said.

Wyden said stopping terrorism is a top priority, “But I haven’t yet heard any law enforcement or intelligence agencies suggest that this provision will actually help catch terrorists.”

Donald Trump Asks FBI to Investigate Alleged Threat from Escaped Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

Donald Trump, via Twitter

Donald Trump, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Presidential candidate and shrewd businessman Donald Trump is asking the FBI to investigate a Twitter threat he received from an account purportedly run by escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, ABC News reports.

Trump said the threat came after he made comments about the escaped drug lord.

“I’m fighting for much more than myself,” Trump said about the threat Monday in a statement. “I’m fighting for the future of our country which is being overrun by criminals. You can’t be intimidated. This is too important.”

One of the tweets read: “Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption, and USA is paying the price. I told you so!” tweeted Trump.

On an account attributed to El Chap, Trump received the response: “Keep f—ing around, and I will make you swallow your whore words.”

Investigators are trying to determine the account’s origins.

Secret Service Kept Busy Monitoring President Obama’s New Twitter Account

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s decision to join Twitter unleashed a torrent of hateful, even threatening tweets that have already caught the attention of the Secret Service.

Not only that, the White House is archiving every response to @POTUS, the Washington Post reports. 

So the newspaper kindly reminds readers to be wise when tweeting to the president of the United States.

“Just seconds after posting something online it has likely been disseminated to dozens of people and definitely been archived by an unknowable number of automated systems,” the programmer Pehr Hovey wrote in his master’s thesis on deleted tweets in 2010. “Though a delete button may provide solace to those having second thoughts, in reality it is a façade.”

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