A former FBI special agent was sentenced to a decade in prison for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an alleged Defense Department contractor kickback scheme, says a March 30 Justice Department statement. Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, 2014.
James Comey told a House panel that he coudn't quantify how device encryption has affected FBI work, but called it an "obstacle in a huge percentage of our criminal investigations."
One person was killed Monday when two men tried to ram a gate at Fort Meade in Maryland. Fort Meade is home to the National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency and United States Cyber Command.
The IG reviewed the use and support of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, within the department. It's a follow up to a 2013 interim report.
Both the State and Justice departments announced the reward for Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the "GameOver Zeus" botnet that infected between 500,000 to 1 million computers from 2011 through 2014 that resulted in more than $100 million in financial losses in the U.S. alone.
The Justice Department closed more than 70 percent of its Federal Bureau of Investigation whistleblower retaliation cases within one year of receiving them, says a recently released Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report. The DOJ closed 44 of the 62 FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints within one year, took up to four years to close 15 complaints and took nearly 11 years to close the remaining three, the report says.
Among the findings, violence from sovereign citizens this year "will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect's home, during enforcement stops and at government offices," according to the report.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they're tracking a growing number of foreign fighters, including more than 150 Americans, who've traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist organizations. But they admitted they may not be aware of all such fighters coming from Western countries.
The Office of Personnel Management is monitoring whether the recently reported hacked database at Anthem Inc. has affected any of the 1.3 million federal employees that the health insurer covers.
"As an agency, there's no way I can wade through hundreds of thousands of applications and there needs to be some risk management that industry comes up with," said Walter Bigalow, chief of IT services management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.