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It's a 'Criminal Takedown Like We Have Never Seen'

More than 800 arrested around the world, thanks to FBI's encrypted messaging app

(Newser) - The app was lauded by criminals around the world, who promoted it "for its absolute reliability," says Jannine van den Berg, chief constable of the Central Unit of the Dutch police, per the Washington Post . "But nothing was further from the truth." The encrypted messaging app,...

FBI Chief: Ransomware Is Our New 9/11

Christopher Wray sees parallels, says the scope of the problem is massive

(Newser) - The shutdown of the Colonial oil pipeline . The crippling of one of the nation's biggest meat producers. If it seems like ransomware attacks are growing more frequent and more threatening, know that the head of the FBI agrees. And in an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Christopher Wray...

FBI Seeks to Identify Readers of USA Today Story

Publisher is fighting unusual subpoena

(Newser) - The publisher of USA Today is fighting a very unusual subpoena from the FBI seeking information that could identify readers of a story about a shooting in Florida earlier this year. The subpoena served on Gannett in April orders the publisher to turn over Internet addresses and cellphone information for...

Postal Chief DeJoy Faces FBI Scrutiny

Employees at postmaster general's former company have said they felt pressure to donate

(Newser) - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Republican fundraiser before being appointed to his government job, is under investigation for possible campaign violations. The FBI has questioned current and former employees of DeJoy and his former business, New Breed Logistics, the Washington Post reports. He's also been subpoenaed for information....

Retired FBI Agent Accused in Major Con

Authorities say William Stone bilked woman out of $800K

(Newser) - A month after retiring from the Dallas field office, an FBI agent allegedly began a yearslong fraud scheme that earned him more than $800,000—and potentially up to 178 years in federal prison. William Roy Stone Jr., 62, is charged with wire fraud, impersonating a federal officer, and other...

FBI Quietly Releases File on Kurt Cobain

The slim file, only 10 pages, is available online

(Newser) - Kurt Cobain has now been gone for as long as he was alive. The rock legend was 27 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 27 years ago, on April 5, 1994. And for almost all 27 of those years, conspiracy theories have circulated around his death. Get ready...

FBI: Truck Drivers Kidnapped Women, Demanded Ransom

NJ driver accused of kidnapping, assaulting women in at least four states

(Newser) - The FBI says it is trying to find more potential victims of two long-distance truckers accused of conspiring to kidnap women in multiple states. The FBI says New Jersey-based trucker Brian Summerson contacted women through dating and escort sites and then kidnapped or attempted to kidnap them. An indictment says...

FBI Chief: Every 10 Hours, We Open a China Investigation

Christopher Wray told Senate panel the FBI has had more than 2K investigations tied back to China

(Newser) - Prominent on the FBI's "What We Investigate" page is a section dubbed "The China Threat," which the agency describes as the "counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party" that have become the FBI's "top...

FBI Employees Were Afraid to Report Harassment By Supervisor

James Hendricks was allowed to retire at full benefits

(Newser) - One woman carried a ruler at FBI headquarters so she could smack James Hendricks' hands when he reached for her legs and breasts. Another went home shaken after he tugged on her ear and kissed her cheek during a closed-door meeting. And when Hendricks went on to lead the FBI'...

FBI Says Suspect 'Wanted to Kill Off 70% of the Internet'

Man arrested in plot to bomb Amazon data centers

(Newser) - The FBI says a man arrested in Texas believed blowing up Amazon data centers would "kill off about 70% of the Internet"—and he planned to start with one in Virginia. The agency says the suspect, 28-year-old Seth Aaron Pendley was arrested after he bought what he believed...

He Wanted to Be a Hollywood Star. Instead, a $690M Scheme

Zachary Horwitz, aka Zach Avery, faces up to 20 years for wire fraud

(Newser) - The US Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of a Hollywood actor appearing in an upcoming movie with Olivia Munn over charges that he ran a $690 million Ponzi scheme. Zachary Horwitz—who uses the name Zach Avery in film credits—ran a company, 1inMM Capital, that claimed...

Cop Is Divorcing Wife Who Was at Capitol Riot

Police say Michael Heinl asked her not to go

(Newser) - A police detective and FBI task force member in Pennsylvania filed for divorce a month after his wife took part in the Capitol riot, according to court records. Shaler Police Chief Sean Frank says Detective Michael Heinl asked his wife not to go Washington on Jan. 6, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

FBI May Have Been Digging for Lost Gold

Official line is that no treasure was found, but not everyone is so sure

(Newser) - Go for the gold? The US government went for it. FBI agents were looking for an extremely valuable cache of fabled Civil War-era gold—possibly tons of it—when they excavated a remote woodland site in Pennsylvania three years ago this month, according to government emails and other recently released...

DNA Test Led to Her Birth Father, and a Grim Accusation

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. allegedly murdered his wife, mother, and three children

(Newser) - Of all the secrets revealed by at-home DNA tests, Kathy Gillcrist's has to be one of the more extreme. The 63-year-old was adopted and quickly connected with her first known family member after taking a 23andMe DNA test in 2017: a third cousin named Susan Gillmor. As luck would...

FBI Director on Capitol Riot: We've Found No Antifa Link

Christopher Wray called the attack 'domestic terrorism'

(Newser) - FBI Director Chris Wray categorized the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as "domestic terrorism," but made clear that the bureau has no evidence it came at the hands of far-left violent extremists. "We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribed to...

Reports: FBI Has New Possible Clue in Death of Brian Sicknick

Individual seen on video spraying chemical irritant at Jan. 6 riot may have fatally harmed Capitol officer

(Newser) - What caused the death of Brian Sicknick , a Capitol Police officer who died after "physically engaging" rioters on Jan. 6 at the US Capitol, remains murky, but it appears the FBI has narrowed its focus on an assailant seen on video attacking officers during the riot. Sources tell the...

Slain FBI Agents Had Spent Careers Fighting for Kids

Special Agents Laura Schwartzenberger, Daniel Alfin were killed in Sunrise, Fla.

(Newser) - It was "an awful day in FBI history" on Tuesday, per a former FBI official, after a shooter killed two FBI agents and injured three others while a search warrant on violent crimes against children was being served in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Now, the two who...

Multiple FBI Agents Shot in Florida
5 FBI Agents Shot,
2 Fatally, in Florida

5 FBI Agents Shot, 2 Fatally, in Florida

They were investigating a child pornography case near Fort Lauderdale

(Newser) - Two FBI agents were shot to death and three agents were wounded while serving a search warrant in a child pornography case in Florida on Tuesday, reports the AP . Police described an incident in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise that began shortly after 6am, noting a suspect was barricaded...

FBI: Capitol Riot Trail Leads to Small-Town Bar

Two residents are charged with planning the Jan. 6 attack

(Newser) - In the don't blink-or-you'll-miss-it town of Woodstock, Ohio, population 300, dozens of residents still fly "Trump 2020" flags. But it's a now-shuttered bar that brought the FBI to town this month. Bedsheets and drapes cover the windows of the Jolly Roger Bar and Grill, except for...

Treasure Hunters Say FBI Cheating Them Out of Old Gold

Lawyer is pushing to unseal records following 2018 dig in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A lawyer says he's one step closer to uncovering the truth about a legendary treasure of Civil War gold said to have been lost in the Pennsylvania wilderness, reports Penn Live . The FBI excavated a site in Elk State Forest in 2018, acting on a tip from treasure hunting...

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