Hydrologist Xiafen "Sherry" Chen was arrested Oct. 20 at at the agency's Wilmington, Ohio, facility after being indicted in U.S. District Court, according to the FBI.
FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.
After years of refusing to tell people whether or not they were on the federal government's "no-fly list," the Justice Department Oct. 10 notified seven people of their status.
A former FBI special agent and his conspirator pled guilty Sept. 30 to participating in a bribery plan to obstruct a grand jury investigation in exchange for cash business contracts with a third person, who was under investigation. Robert Lustyik, a 24 year veteran of the FBI, pled guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, obstructing a grand jury and obstructing an agency proceeding, an Oct. 1 Justice Department statement says.
Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.
FBI Director James Comey has criticized Apple and Google for saying they would not give law enforcement officials access to their customers' smartphones even if they wanted to because those devices will be encrypted.
More than half of FBI employees using the bureau's electronic records and case management system for day-to-day activities are dissatisfied with search functionality and say indexing is a productivity drain.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently testified that he's unaware of any plot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to cross into the United States thorugh Mexico.
A House committee Wednesday passed legislation that would make it easier for inspectors general to compel agencies to hand over information during investigations. The bill (H.R.5492) would allow inspectors general to write testimonial subpoenas for federal government contractors and former employees. That would strengthen the independence of inspectors general and allow them investigate agencies with less obstruction, a Sept. 17 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says.
In one year alone, hackers working for the Chinese government penetrated computer networks of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed Sept. 17 after a year-long investigation.