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Apr 10, 2015 06:00 PM

Violent Gangs: Kidnapping Crew Targeted Criminal Community

The Dominican street gang in Lawrence, Massachusetts must have thought they had the perfect illegal enterprise: kidnap drug dealers, bookmakers, and money launderers, steal their cash and drugs, and ...

Violent Gangs: Kidnapping Crew Targeted Criminal Community

The Dominican street gang in Lawrence, Massachusetts must have thought they had the perfect illegal enterprise: kidnap drug dealers, bookmakers, and money launderers, steal their cash and drugs, and then hold them for ransom—knowing that since the victims were themselves criminals, they and their families would likely never report the abductions. But an FBI task force investigation showed them otherwise.

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Apr 10, 2015 03:00 PM

Director Comey Attends Dedication of FBI Miami Office, Named in Honor of Fallen Agents

FBI Director James Comey joined Bureau employees, government officials, community leaders, law enforcement partners, and others in Florida today for the formal naming and dedication of the Benjamin ...

Director Comey Attends Dedication of FBI Miami Office, Named in Honor of Fallen Agents

FBI Director James Comey joined Bureau employees, government officials, community leaders, law enforcement partners, and others in Florida today for the formal naming and dedication of the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building, home of the FBI’s Miami Division.

The building was named in honor of Miami FBI Special Agents Benjamin Grogan and Jerry Dove, who were killed nearly three decades ago—on April 11, 1986—during a gunfight with two violent bank robbers in one of the deadliest shootouts in FBI history.

The new facility houses nearly 1,000 FBI employees in a centralized, collaborative, and secure workplace; is LEED Gold certified and incorporates several sustainability features, including an extensive water consumption reduction system and solar panels; preserves a pristine natural habitat; and saves taxpayer dollars. The project, managed by the General Services Administration (GSA), serves as a model of collaboration between the GSA and the Bureau in developing workplace design guidelines for future FBI facilities.

Apr 09, 2015 05:30 PM

FBI, Foreign Partners Target Botnet Affecting Victims Worldwide

A coordinated international law enforcement and private-sector cyber effort has resulted in the takedown of a botnet known as Beebone—a “downloader” that allowed other forms of malicious software to ...

FBI, Foreign Partners Target Botnet Affecting Victims Worldwide

Linked computers


A coordinated international law enforcement and private-sector cyber effort has resulted in the takedown of a botnet known as Beebone—a “downloader” that allowed other forms of malicious software to be installed on victims’ computers without their consent or knowledge.

The secondary infections installed by Beebone—also known as AAEH—include software that steals banking logins and passwords as well as fraudulent anti-virus software and ransomware. This botnet has impacted users around the world.

The international coalition working against Beebone includes the FBI, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, and private-sector partners.

Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section within the Department of Justice, the FBI seized approximately 100 domain names used by the botnet. As a result of those domain seizures, computers infected with Beebone will no longer report to the criminals responsible for the infection. Instead, infected computers will be redirected to a secure server operated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, which will facilitate victim identification and remediation.

“Botnets like Beebone have victimized users worldwide, which is why a global law enforcement team approach working with the private sector is so important,” said FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Joseph Demarest, Jr.

Computer users can check mitigation options at the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) website: https://www.us-cert.gov/aaeh

It is recommended that computer users:

  • Use and maintain anti-virus software, which recognizes and protects computers against most known viruses.
  • Change passwords. Current passwords may have been compromised during a Beebone infection.
  • Keep your operating system and application software up-to-date. Enable automatic updates if the option is available.
  • Use legitimate anti-malware tools to identify and removes malware.

Press release

Apr 07, 2015 03:45 PM

Public Corruption in Indian Country: Agent Helps Protect His Community

When Special Agent Jeff Youngblood helped convict Jason Merida—a corrupt public official from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who was demanding bribes and kickbacks from contractors bidding on tribal ...

Public Corruption in Indian Country: Agent Helps Protect His Community

When Special Agent Jeff Youngblood helped convict Jason Merida—a corrupt public official from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who was demanding bribes and kickbacks from contractors bidding on tribal construction projects—he felt more satisfaction than usual bringing a criminal to justice. That’s because Youngblood is Native American and a member of the Choctaw tribe.

“There aren’t many Native Americans who are special agents,” he said, “and I have yet to meet any that are working in Indian Country and are enrolled members of the tribe where they work. I think mine is a unique situation.”

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Apr 06, 2015 11:15 AM

Initial Human Trafficking, Cargo Theft Data Released Through UCR

Today, the FBI released its first-ever public compilations of human trafficking data and cargo theft data collected through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Initial Human Trafficking, Cargo Theft Data Released Through UCR

UCR seal

Today, the FBI released its first-ever public compilations of human trafficking data and cargo theft data collected through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Both reports contain 2013 data.

As with any new UCR collection effort, the data in both the human trafficking and cargo theft reports is limited for a variety of reasons—the time and resources it takes for agencies to implement technical changes within their own systems, the need to align state and local policies with federal requirements, and the education and training of participants.

We do, however, expect that the number of agencies reporting data on human trafficking and cargo theft offenses will grow over time. And both collections will be incorporated into UCR’s annual Crime in the U.S report—compiled from our Summary Reporting System—and our annual National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS, report—a more comprehensive accounting of crime which contains additional details on each single crime occurrence. Those two reports—containing data from 2014—will be published later this year.

In January 2013, UCR began collecting offense and arrest data concerning human trafficking from its users as authorized by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008. Under the act, two additional offenses in both the Summary Reporting System and the NIBRS were created: Human Trafficking/Commercial Sex Acts and Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude.

Data on cargo theft, authorized as a separate category in UCR under the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, has been reported to the FBI on a very limited basis for several years, but this 2013 report is the first public release of the data. Cargo theft is often described as a “gateway” crime that can lead to broader investigations in areas like organized crime, drug trafficking, health care fraud, and even terrorism.

Human trafficking report | Cargo theft report

Apr 03, 2015 10:30 AM

National Explosives Task Force

The National Explosives Task Force, a multi-agency group of the country’s leading bomb experts, analyzes and disseminates intelligence related to IEDs and other explosive materials in the U.S.

National Explosives Task Force

Bomb threats are not a new tactic for criminals and terrorists, but when scammers used them in a ruse in 2013 to fraudulently obtain pre-paid money cards from retailers around the country, first responders needed to know about it. A bulletin was sent to public safety officials explaining the scheme. The notice advised that although no devices had been found linked to this particular threat, first responders should not automatically assume any bomb threat is a hoax.

The awareness bulletin was a product of the National Explosives Task Force, a multi-agency assemblage of bomb technicians, analysts, and professional staff that formed in 2011 to quickly analyze and disseminate intelligence related to IEDs and other explosive materials in the U.S. The task force, located at FBI Headquarters, includes personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The arrangement puts some of the nation’s leading bomb experts together in the same room.

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Mar 30, 2015 03:30 PM

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign ...

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

Foreign Bribery Graphic


The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign bribery and kleptocracy-related criminal activity.

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Mar 25, 2015 02:00 PM

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

The release of the 9/11 Review Commission’s report, The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, followed 14 months of research, interviews, briefings, and field visits by commissioners and their 13-member staff. The commission—which included former Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Congressman Tim Roemer, and Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman—began its review in 2013 at the FBI’s request after Congress called for an appraisal of the Bureau’s progress since the 9/11 Commission issued its recommendations in 2004. A classified draft of the Review Commission’s report was sent to Congress and to other agencies mentioned in the report; the FBI released the unclassified version for the public.

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Mar 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for ...

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for assistance in finding a serial bank robbery suspect believed to be responsible for at least 20 Columbus-area robberies between 2013 and 2015.

Referred to as the Buckeye Bandit because he is often seen wearing Ohio State University apparel, the suspect has displayed a handgun during many of the robberies and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is also suspected of robbing a Columbus pharmacy three times.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the FBI for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the robbery suspect. Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio is also offering an additional $2,000 reward. Anyone with information can call the FBI’s Buckeye Bandit tip line at (614) 849-1896.

Press release | Wanted poster

Mar 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, ...

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, but also for the large-scale distribution of cocaine in and around the city was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

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