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Aug 03, 2015 05:00 PM

Cold Case Investigation

A look inside an Oklahoma City Division cold case investigation involving kidnapping, mystery, and murder that took decades to fully unravel.

Cold Case Investigation

A look inside an Oklahoma City Division cold case investigation involving kidnapping, mystery, and murder that took decades to fully unravel.

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Jul 30, 2015 04:00 PM

Sexual Predator Sentenced to 29 Years

A California man was recently sentenced to 29 years in prison for using Facebook to solicit juvenile girls for sexually explicit photos, which he would then use to extort the victims for additional ...

Sexual Predator Sentenced to 29 Years

Silhouette of Man at Computer


Social media is a great vehicle for keeping up with friends and family, networking with colleagues, and sharing common interests with others—and it’s an especially popular way for young people to communicate with one another. But, like a car that’s stolen by a bank robber to be used as a getaway vehicle, social media accounts can be hijacked by criminals and others for nefarious purposes. And it’s often a young victim at the other end of the computer.

Which is why parents need to be aware of what could happen if their child unknowingly comes across someone on social media who poses a threat—and should talk to their kids about it.

Case in point: a 23-year-old California man who was recently sentenced to 29 years in federal prison for attempting to produce child pornography and enticing a minor. Jordan James Kirby used Facebook to solicit juvenile girls (as well as women) for sexually explicit photos, which he would then use to extort the victims for additional pictures and/or for sex acts with him.

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Jul 29, 2015 05:00 PM

National Academy: Training Law Enforcement Partners for 80 Years

Eighty years ago today, on July 29, 1935, the FBI opened its training facilities and expertise to law enforcement officers across the U.S., and the National Academy was born.

National Academy: Training Law Enforcement Partners for 80 Years

Eighty years ago today, on July 29, 1935, the FBI opened its training facilities and expertise to law enforcement officers across the U.S., and the National Academy was born.

The idea of a national training academy was first raised in late 1934 as part of U.S. Attorney General Homer Cummings’ “war on crime.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover then fleshed out an idea for professional education for law enforcement officers at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) held in early July 1935. An IACP committee on police training had urged Director Hoover, who spoke at the conference on the value of professional police training, to consider offering such training under FBI auspices.

Hoover returned to Washington, and later that month, the first class of 23 officers from across the country began training with the FBI. They took a wide array of classes detailing the latest research and experience on police procedure, forensic science applications, the law, and other important issues. This first class graduated from this 12-week training course on October 19, 1935.

Within two years, these classes were accepting foreign law enforcement officers as well. Since then, the FBI’s National Academy program has offered training to thousands of law enforcement professionals conducted by experts in law enforcement, legal matters, and scientific applications, and it has graduates spread across the globe. The next National Academy class—number 261—will graduate on September 18, 2015.

FBI press release on the first National Academy session (pdf)

Jul 27, 2015 03:45 PM

International Parental Kidnapping Case

When 9-year-old Billy Hanson didn’t return to Pennsylvania after spending the summer with his father in Seattle, the boy’s mother called her local police department, setting in motion an ...

International Parental Kidnapping Case

When 9-year-old Billy Hanson didn’t return to Pennsylvania after spending the summer with his father in Seattle, the boy’s mother called her local police department, setting in motion an international kidnapping investigation that led FBI agents halfway around the world to a tiny island in the South Pacific.

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Jul 23, 2015 03:00 PM

Economic Espionage: Nationwide Awareness Campaign Announced

To raise awareness of the growing threat of economic espionage, the FBI has launched a nationwide campaign that includes a short film based on an actual case. “The Company Man: Protecting America’s ...

Economic Espionage: Nationwide Awareness Campaign Announced

Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk.

To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Jul 21, 2015 04:30 PM

FBI Discusses Sextortion in Live Twitter Chat

In a live Twitter chat today, the head of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section answered questions from users on the social media platform about sextortion crimes. During the ...

FBI Discusses Sextortion in Live Twitter Chat

In a live Twitter chat today, the head of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section answered questions from users on the social media platform about sextortion crimes.

During the conversation, Special Agent Calvin Shivers defined sextortion, provided links to educational resources for parents and kids, and encouraged victims to reach out to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The hour-long question-and-answer session generated questions that users sent to the Twitter hashtag #AskFBI. A transcript of the conversation can be seen below. The questioners’ identities and some Twitter-specific symbols have been removed, but the conversation can be viewed on the FBI’s Twitter page or by using the hashtag #AskFBI.

Transcript:

Shivers: Welcome & thanks for joining us at our #AskFBI live chat, where we’ll be taking your questions about the crime of #sextortion.

Shivers: AD Campbell couldn’t make it; I’m Calvin Shivers, head of the Violent Crimes Against Children Section, look forward to answering Qs.

Q: What measures are being taken to help decrease #sextortion in the Portland, Oregon metro area?

Shivers: Campaign is nationwide. If you/anyone you know is a victim, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). More at: https://www.fbi.gov/sextortion

Q: What are your plans to decrease the amount of people falling victim to #sextortion?

Shivers: Education of children & parents is key: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/july/sextortion/stop-sextortion-brochure. Vigorous prosecution of individuals engaging in #sextortion.

Q: Often victims won’t come forward because they fear their privacy won’t be protected by law enforcement; how to address this?

Shivers: #FBI works to protect ID of victims during investigations. Victim Specialists in each office are trained to provide assistance.

Q: What kind of measures are being taken to reduce #sextortion in young teens? Or to prevent it from happening?

Shivers: Education: never engage in risky behavior online; don’t be afraid to talk to parents, call FBI. More at: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/december/cyber_122211.

Q: Is this problem becoming more common or is it that there is now more media focus and attention on it?

Shivers: Tech gives offenders new avenues to exploit kids. Users & law enforcement are better understanding #sextortion & how to stop it.

Q: Seriously, what is sextortion? How is it similar/different than other Human Trafficking definitions we know?

Shivers: Sextortion is online blackmail involving the threat to release/distribute material (photos, etc.) victim seeks to keep private. Victims are asked to provide something (explicit pics, etc.) or to recruit other victims into the cycle of abuse.

Sextortion occurs online; human trafficking is a commercially based act initiated through force, fraud, or coercion. 

For more information on sextortion and what it entails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctHCpay_onI.

Q: Can victims of sextortion living outside U.S. seek FBI help? If so how do they get in touch with the FBI?

Shivers: Anyone can report sextortion activity to the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov or 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)

Q: Should sextortion cases be taken to the FBI or local LEOs?

Shivers: Call the FBI. These are global cases; in addition to working w/ state & local partners, FBI works closely w/ international LEOs.

Shivers: Thanks for joining me today and being part of the conversation. Thanks also to @MissingKids & @glamourmag for raising awareness.

We’re still seeking additional victims in the Lucas Chansler #sextortion case. For details: https://www.fbi.gov/sextortion.

Kids can learn more about online safety through #FBI Safe Online Surfing program: https://sos.fbi.gov/.

Jul 21, 2015 12:15 PM

Financial Fraud

Two criminals were sentenced for a scheme that involved enlisting young women at shopping malls and other places to participate in a “hair show,” gaining access to their bank accounts, depositing ...

Financial Fraud

Girls at a Shopping Mall


Two criminals were sentenced for a scheme that involved enlisting young women at shopping malls and other places to participate in a “hair show,” gaining access to their bank accounts, depositing phony checks in the accounts, and withdrawing funds before the banks realized the fraud.

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Jul 20, 2015 02:30 PM

FBI Hosting Live Twitter Chat to Discuss Sextortion

Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money. To ...

FBI Hosting Live Twitter Chat to Discuss Sextortion


Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money. The FBI currently has open sextortion investigations across the country that involve both subjects and victims from around the world. To discuss the crime and highlight a recent case, the FBI is hosting a live Twitter chat Tuesday, July 21, at 2 p.m. EDT. Assistant Director Joseph Campbell of the Bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division will field questions on the FBI’s Twitter account at twitter.com/FBI.


You can follow the conversation and submit questions using the hashtag #AskFBI.

Chats are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

- FBI on Twitter
- Submit questions and follow chat
- More information on sextortion

Jul 15, 2015 11:00 AM

Cyber Criminal Forum Taken Down

A multi-agency investigation involving 20 countries—believed to be the largest-ever law enforcement effort of its kind—has resulted in the seizure and dismantlement of Darkode, an online meeting ...

Cyber Criminal Forum Taken Down

It was, in effect, a one-stop, high-volume shopping venue for some of the world’s most prolific cyber criminals. Called Darkode, this underground, password-protected, online forum was a meeting place for those interested in buying, selling, and trading malware, botnets, stolen personally identifiable information, credit card information, hacked server credentials, and other pieces of data and software that facilitated complex cyber crimes all over the globe.

Unbeknownst to the operators of this invitation-only, English-speaking criminal forum, though, the FBI had infiltrated this communication platform at the highest levels and began collecting evidence and intelligence on Darkode members.

And today, the Department of Justice and the FBI—with the assistance of our partners in 19 countries around the world—announced the results of Operation Shrouded Horizon, a multi-agency investigation into the Darkode forum.

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Jul 10, 2015 12:30 PM

Investigating Human Rights

The FBI’s International Human Rights Unit works closely with partner agencies to reach out to diaspora communities in the United States for tips on the whereabouts of suspected war criminals and ...

Investigating Human Rights

Urban Street Scene (Stock Image)


The FBI’s International Human Rights Unit works closely with partner agencies to reach out to diaspora communities in the United States for tips on the whereabouts of suspected war criminals and human rights violators.

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