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US Offers Record Bounty for a Hacker

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev accused of leading Zeus gang

(Newser) - The FBI is offering a record-breaking $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a Russian hacker accused of infecting up to a million computers with software that stole passwords and sucked at least $100 million out of bank accounts. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whose online aliases include "... More »

Report: FBI Finishes Inquiry, Won't Charge Ferguson Cop

Justice Department working on memo saying Darren Wilson is in the clear, says NY Times

(Newser) - As the FBI investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unfolding, both the New York Times and Washington Post reported that federal charges against officer Darren Wilson were unlikely. The investigation is now over, and it doesn't look like much has changed: The "Justice... More »

Police Have Been Using Radar to Peek Into Homes

Legal and privacy concerns emerge as law enforcement uses detection technology

(Newser) - The gist of the Fourth Amendment, according to the Supreme Court , is "the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion." Which is why legal and privacy concerns are cropping up regarding the recent revelation that at least... More »

FBI Accuses Ohio Man of Plotting Attack on Capitol

Christopher Cornell is busted in sting operation

(Newser) - The FBI says a 20-year-old Ohio man planned to attack the US Capitol with pipe bombs and gunfire, reports CNN . Christopher Cornell of Green Township is charged with attempting to kill a US government official. It was another FBI sting, and authorities say the plan stood little chance of actually... More »

Report: Prosecutors Want David Petraeus Charged

Leak may be intended to put pressure on Eric Holder

(Newser) - Prosecutors are recommending felony charges against David Petraeus for allegedly divulging classified information to an old mistress, unnamed officials tell the New York Times . Now it's Eric Holder's call to either heed the FBI and Justice Dept advice or risk the perception of special treatment for the retired... More »

Convicted Eco-Terrorist Freed as FBI Admits Error

Eric McDavid is released after 9 years because prosecutors withheld evidence

(Newser) - A man handed a 19-year prison sentence for environmental terrorism is out after serving nine years—and he's no longer an eco-terrorist in the eyes of the law. Eric McDavid, convicted in 2007 of plotting to attack the Nimbus Dam, a US Forest Service lab, and cellphone towers near... More »

Security Firm to FBI: Sony Hack Was Inside Job

Cyberintelligence firm tells federal agents that signs don't point to North Korea

(Newser) - Despite the FBI's firm assertion earlier this month that North Korea was definitely behind the Sony hack attack, not everyone has been satisfied with that conclusion. A Chatham House cybersecurity expert , conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson , a hacking conference security director , and plenty of theorists on Twitter and Reddit... More »

FBI Told of ISIS Threat to Bridge Over Mississippi

It's an 'unsubstantiated' threat, but local police have been told to remain vigilant

(Newser) - It's "unsubstantiated" and "anonymous" but the FBI has passed along the threat all the same: Local police in Tennessee and Arkansas have been told of a threat, allegedly made by ISIS, to bomb the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge that traverses the Mississippi River. FOX13 News got its hands on... More »

Sony Hack Suspects Send FBI a Video: 'You Are an Idiot'

Studio says it's looking at alternatives for releasing The Interview

(Newser) - The hackers allegedly behind the hack of Sony Pictures are congratulating the FBI on its work and offering the bureau a "Christmas gift." "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes," a... More »

FBI: Yes, It Was North Korea

Agency links Pyongyang to Sony hack

(Newser) - The FBI today formally blamed North Korea for the massive Sony Pictures hack, reports NBC News . The bureau says its investigation turned up "links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korea actors previously developed," reports the Washington Post . North Korea's moves "were intended to... More »

How an Arrest Ended Secret Talks to Save Peter Kassig

Stanley Cohen feels betrayed after covert operation fell through

(Newser) - For weeks before Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of Peter Kassig , FBI officials backed a plan to save the US aid worker. In an exclusive, the Guardian reveals New York lawyer Stanley Cohen—who has represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law —convinced al-Qaeda-linked clerics Abu... More »

Teen Burned Alive Said Last Words to Firefighters

Hacking group Anonymous says gangs were involved in her death

(Newser) - The horrific case of a Mississippi teenager burned alive has spawned new developments, including talk of her last words, hacks by Anonymous, and the possibility of a mysterious second person. From around the Web:
  • Moments before Jessica Chambers was doused in flammable liquid and set ablaze in her car near
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At Least 3 Shot Outside High School

Police believe Portland attack may be gang-affiliated

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire today on several young people outside an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon, wounding four and fleeing on foot with two other people, police tell the AP . The victims are all students at Rosemary Anderson High School or in affiliated job programs: a 16-year-old girl in... More »

FBI Looks Into Black Teen's Hanging Death

Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in North Carolina trailer park

(Newser) - A prosecutor says the FBI is looking into the hanging death of a black North Carolina teen after his family questioned the official ruling that he killed himself. Seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt from a swing set in a trailer park in... More »

FBI Joins Search for College Student Missing in Philly

Shane Montgomery last seen leaving bar before Thanksgiving

(Newser) - A Philadelphia college student hasn't been seen since the night before Thanksgiving, when he left a bar in the early morning. Now the FBI has joined the search, NBC 10 reports. West Chester University student Shane Montgomery, 21, was last seen leaving the bar after he reportedly bumped into... More »

Letter May Be FBI's Attempt to Get MLK to Kill Himself

Yale professor finds uncensored version in Hoover's files

(Newser) - In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received an anonymous letter assailing him as an "evil" fraud and threatening to reveal all kinds of sordid details about his personal life. Unless: "There is only one thing left for you to do," it concludes. "You know what it... More »

FBI: 3 Teen Girls From Denver Tried to Join ISIS

Girls ages 15 and 16 were caught in Germany, returned home

(Newser) - Three teenage girls from Denver flew overseas in a bid to join ISIS in Syria before being stopped, reports the Denver Post . The girls, ages 15 and 16, apparently were lured by a "slick" online campaign to join militants with the Islamic State, an FBI official tells ABC News... More »

ISIS Oil Sites Pounded for 2nd Day

FBI: Only 12 Americans fighting in Syria

(Newser) - The US-led anti-ISIS coalition has hit the militant group in the wallet for a second day, carrying out more airstrikes on the oil production facilities in eastern Syria believed to make millions of dollars a day for the group. Activists say that ISIS has started to cut back on the... More »

FBI: We've Identified 'Jihadi John'

But FBI Director James Comey isn't making the information public

(Newser) - The US believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in videos related to the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. But FBI chief James Comey told reporters that he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the US... More »

Mass Shootings Have Nearly Tripled Since '06: FBI

Most are over before cops arrive, report finds

(Newser) - Mass shootings really are on the rise, according to a new FBI report. There has been an average of nearly one mass shooting a month in America this century and the rate has risen dramatically in recent years, the report released yesterday says. The agency says it identified a total... More »

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