Syed Rizwan Farook

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San Bernardino Shooters Were Angry About a Christmas Tree

Tashfeen Malik didn't want husband at a Christmas party: cops

(Newser) - A mandatory meeting decked out with a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations may have sparked last year's deadly shooting at an office building in San Bernardino, Calif., reports ABC News . Police say that Syed Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, was that upset her husband had to attend, based... More »

Report: 3 Men Rushed San Bernardino Shooter

Fast, heroic police response praised

(Newser) - A new report on last year's San Bernardino shooting details how the horror and chaos of the massacre was met with "the very best that our country has to offer," US Attorney Eileen Decker says. The report from the Department of Justice and the Police Foundation group... More »

Feds Go After San Bernardino Shooter's Life Insurance

Funds should go to families of victims, US attorney says

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have filed a lawsuit to seize payments on life insurance policies taken out by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in the years before the December attacks. The US attorney's office in Los Angeles filed the civil asset forfeiture lawsuit Tuesday for two policies worth a total... More »

Brother of San Bernardino Shooter, Others Arrested

Syed Raheel Farook, 2 Russian women charged with marriage fraud

(Newser) - Syed Raheel Farook—older brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook—was arrested, along with his wife and her sister, Thursday in California, the Washington Post reports. The trio have been charged with marriage fraud and lying under oath. None of the charges are connected to the December shooting... More »

How Did FBI Crack That Phone? They Paid Hackers

'Gray hats' discovered iPhone security hole

(Newser) - To get into the locked iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, the FBI apparently did something Apple never does : give money to hackers. Sources tell the Washington Post that the agency avoided a legal battle with Apple by paying a group of so-called "gray hat" hackers who... More »

FBI May Not Need Apple's Help After All

'Outside party' has demonstrated way to break into iPhone

(Newser) - A new twist in the Apple-FBI showdown means there may be no showdown after all. In a court filing Monday—a day ahead of the latest court hearing on the FBI's demand for Apple to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone—the Justice Department announced that... More »

DA: Shooter's iPhone May Contain 'Cyber Pathogen'

One expert calls it 'blatant fear mongering'

(Newser) - A local prosecutor has offered an unusual justification for forcing Apple to help hack an iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass killer: The phone might have been "used as a weapon" to introduce malicious software to county computer systems. San Bernardino County DA Michael Ramos tells the AP... More »

Defiant Apple Refusing Feds' Order to Unlock Shooter's iPhone

'Unprecedented' demand is too dangerous, says Tim Cook

(Newser) - It's what the Wall Street Journal describes as a "watershed moment" in the fight over smartphone encryption: A court has ordered Apple to obey the government's demand to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, and Tim Cook is refusing to do so. The... More »

Apple Ordered to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Company 'declined to provide that assistance voluntarily'

(Newser) - After more than two months of being thwarted by encryption technology —and by an uncooperative Apple—federal investigators have turned to the courts to try to get into San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook's locked iPhone. At a hearing on Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Apple to help the... 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 Still Can't Crack Terror Couple's Codes

Some lawmakers say it's time for tech firms to open backdoors

(Newser) - The secrets on the phones and hard drive of the San Bernardino shooters, possibly including the names of accomplices or plans for further attacks, may never be unlocked, officials say. David Bowdich, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, tells Fox News that the... More »

San Bernardino Shooters Disappeared for 18 Minutes

And the FBI wants to know where they went

(Newser) - The FBI is trying to figure out what the San Bernardino shooters were doing during an 18-minute stretch after killing 14 people and wounding 22 others at a California holiday party on Dec. 2, the Press Enterprise reports. According to ABC News , the FBI has accounted for most of Syed... More »

Farook's Friend Arrested

Enrique Marquez hit with terrorism-related charges

(Newser) - The man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with terrorism-related counts. The FBI arrested Enrique Marquez, 24, on charges of conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to commit terrorist attacks in 2011 and 2012 that they never carried out. Marquez... More »

Farook's Friend Will Be Charged: Officials

Gun charges against Enrique Marquez expected Thursday

(Newser) - Enrique Marquez will indeed face charges . Federal prosecutors say gun charges are expected against Syed Farook's friend and former neighbor on Thursday, per the Washington Post ; a press conference is scheduled for later in the day. Police allege Marquez purchased the two guns used in the San Bernardino shooting... More »

San Bernardino Shooters Are Buried in Secret

Lawyers: It took a week to find cemetery willing to accept them

(Newser) - San Bernardino shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik have been buried in southern California, but it isn't clear exactly where. The attorneys representing the couple's families say only that it took about a week to find a cemetery willing to accept the bodies and that the pair... More »

FBI: California Couple Didn't Post About Jihad Publicly

'That's a garble'

(Newser) - During the GOP debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Ted Cruz criticized the government for not noticing public social media posts from the San Bernardino shooters showing their commitment to jihad, the Washington Post reports. "[Tashfeen Malik] made a public call to jihad, and they didn’t target it,"... More »

The Cost of Terror in San Bernardino: Just $4.5K

Analysis provides breakdown of costs

(Newser) - It cost Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik less than $5,000 to build the arsenal used for the Dec. 2 terror attack in which they killed 14 people and injured 22 others in San Bernardino, Calif., according to an analysis by NBC News . Materials to make more than 20 pipe... More »

Officials: Farook's Friend Bragged of Pipe Bomb Skills

Local bar patron says Enrique Marquez also spoke about sleeper cells

(Newser) - The man who allegedly bought the guns used in the San Bernardino rampage was a "goody two shoes type kid," not someone you'd expect to be involved in terrorism, says his former boss. Enrique Marquez worked as a bouncer at Morgan's Tavern in Riverside, Calif., for... More »

Source: Extremist Groups Rebuffed Calif. Shooters

Farook, Malik discussed jihad online before meeting

(Newser) - San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik tried to join Islamic extremist groups in the months before the massacre only to get the cold shoulder, according to law enforcement sources. Those sources tell Reuters that the groups appear to have ignored Malik because she was completely unknown to them and they feared... More »

Gun Buyer Plotted With Shooter: Cops

Enrique Marquez was long-time friend of Syed Rizwan Farook

(Newser) - Enrique Marquez didn't just purchase two guns used in the San Bernardino shooting. Officials tell CNN the long-time friend and next-door neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook has also admitted to plotting an attack with Farook in 2012. They allegedly put the plan on ice after four people in the... More »

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