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FBI: Man Sprayed Mouse Poison at Whole Foods

And maybe at more than a dozen other stores, too

(Newser) - The mystery of the man who appeared to be contaminating food at a Michigan Whole Foods has apparently been solved. It was a tip from the public that the FBI says led to the arrest of the unidentified man, who has copped to pouring a mouse poison concoction on food... More »

FBI Digs for Stolen Art at Aging Mobster's Home

Robert Gentile linked to infamous 1990 heist in Boston

(Newser) - Authorities aren't giving up the search for $500 million in paintings stolen in one of the largest art thefts in US history. On Monday, the FBI searched the property of an 80-year-old mobster linked to the 1990 theft of 13 paintings—including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, and a Manet—... More »

FBI Seeks Guy Seen Pouring Liquid on Whole Foods Salad Bar

He was spotted sprinkling 'unknown' substance on food items at store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

(Newser) - Something you don't want to hear before digging into a food bar at your local supermarket: that someone was spotted sprinkling an unknown substance on it. That's what Whole Foods is saying happened at one of its stores in Ann Arbor, Mich., just over a week ago, and... More »

FBI Director Suggests It Cost $1M+ to Crack iPhone

That's more than James Comey will make in 7 years, 4 months

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey won't say exactly how much the agency paid hackers to break into a locked iPhone —but it's definitely more than he makes. Speaking at a security conference in London, Comey said it was "a lot," and "more than I will... More »

Texas Woman Added to FBI Most Wanted List

She allegedly hired a hit man to kill a dentist

(Newser) - A Dallas woman accused of arranging for a hit man to kill a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list , the AP reports. Brenda Delgado, 33, is wanted for capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The FBI... More »

FBI Wants to Grill Clinton Over Email

Former chief of staff, aide, also to be questioned: report

(Newser) - The FBI has wrapped up its review of Hillary Clinton's private email server and emails and is nearing a verdict on whether to seek criminal charges, reports Al Jazeera America, via Mediaite . First, however, agents plan to interview Clinton in the coming days or weeks, according to the report.... More »

FBI Trying to Hack iPhone in Murder Case

Apple devices belong to Arkansas murder suspects

(Newser) - The FBI will again put its mysterious phone-hacking skills to use: A prosecutor in Arkansas says the FBI's Little Rock field office has agreed to help hack an iPhone and iPod owned by two teenagers accused of killing a couple in July. Hunter Drexler, 18—whose iPhone 6 was... More »

FBI to Apple: No Worries, We Hacked Your iPhone

So ends the legal dispute over Syed Farook's device

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world's leading technology companies.... More »

Apple Doesn't Pay Hackers, So Hackers Help FBI: Experts

The black market is doing just fine, though

(Newser) - Hack into Google, Facebook, or Microsoft products and one can reap "bug bounties" that those companies pay to unearth their own flaws. But Apple doesn't pony up for such detective work, which is why security experts say they're not shocked an outside party— Reuters notes an Israeli... More »

John Oliver Devotes Whole Show to Apple Encryption Tiff

'Think of the government as your dad,' show host warns

(Newser) - First John Oliver took on Donald Trump . Now the HBO host is taking on Apple, the government, and encryption, a safeguard he labeled on Sunday's Last Week Tonight as "the best way to keep people from reading your emails short of making the subject line 'Fwd: Fwd:... More »

This Simple Scam Has Cost Businesses $2B in 2 Years

'It's easy; all you need is a computer'

(Newser) - International scammers are successfully tricking businesses into wiring them as much $90 million at a time, and the problem is getting worse, the Financial Times reports. In a scam known as "business email crime" or "CEO fraud," criminals impersonate the email account of a business's CEO... More »

Apple to Judge in FBI Case: Reverse Your Order

Company files first official response in San Bernardino phone case

(Newser) - Apple on Thursday filed its first official response to a judge's order last week that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Apple asked the federal magistrate to reverse the order, the AP reports, and accused the federal... More »

Bill Gates Bucks Tech Trend, Sides With FBI

The government is 'not asking for some general thing'

(Newser) - Bill Gates stands alone. Well, and with the FBI . In an interview with the Financial Times , Gates addressed the question of whether Apple should comply with the FBI's request (and a federal judge's order) to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and in Gates' view, the specificity... More »

FBI Chief: Let's Calm Down Over iPhone Controversy

We don't want 'to set a master key loose on the land,' says Comey

(Newser) - The back-and-forth between the FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone didn't let up over the weekend, with FBI chief James Comey getting in the last word in a blog post Sunday evening, reports NBC News . "I hope folks will take a deep breath and stop saying the... More »

Key to Apple Encryption Fight: a 1789 Law

Government trots out the 'All Writs Act'

(Newser) - A court has ordered Apple to help the FBI crack the security of an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardinio shooters, but CEO Tim Cook says that would be too dangerous of a precedent. Some related coverage:
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Occupiers Left Smelly Surprise at Oregon Refuge

It was a trench filled with 'human feces': prosecutors

(Newser) - FBI agents scouring the "crime scenes" at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since the occupiers surrendered have uncovered a trench filled with "significant amounts of human feces" on or next to a cultural site of the Burns Paiute Tribe. "Occupiers appear to have excavated two large... More »

FBI: Hacker Who Targeted CIA Director Is Just 16

'Cracka' reportedly arrested in England

(Newser) - Remember the hacker who broke into CIA Director John Brennan's personal email as well as the accounts of other high-ranking US security officials? Turns out he's just 16—or so police believe. British authorities and the FBI say they arrested alleged hacker "cracka" in England on Tuesday... More »

Nev. Lawmaker Smack in the Middle of Oregon Standoff

Michele Fiore set to be present for surrender of occupiers she supports

(Newser) - A tense standoff between the FBI and the last four occupiers at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge lasted into the wee hours of Thursday, with a Nevada lawmaker right in the middle of it. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore was in Portland Wednesday for a next-day press conference to show support... More »

2 Months Later, FBI Can't Unlock San Bernardino Terrorist's Phone

James Comey testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - The FBI is still being thwarted by an encrypted phone in the San Bernardino terrorist shooting investigation. "We still have one of those killers' phones that we haven’t been able to open," FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, per the Los Angeles Times... More »

FBI Joins Investigation Into Flint's Poisoned Water

Federal prosecutors 'working with multi-agency team'

(Newser) - The FBI is part of a criminal probe into Flint's water crisis. A rep for the US Attorney's Office in Detroit tells the Detroit Free Press that federal prosecutors are "working with a multi-agency investigation team ... including the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service, EPA's Office... More »

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