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Fbi’s Task Force Against Russian Social Media Manipulation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on to alert U.S. companies and the public about the movements done by Russia or other countries to utilize false news and social media manipulation to impede in the upcoming elections. While the bureau takes action against the said issue, it is careful not to upset free speech and constitutional rights.

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The FBI “foreign influence” is headed to a direction wherein it could considerably reshape the relationship between government and social media companies to be able to address vulnerabilities that permitted Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. Jeffrey Tricoli, a top FBI official heading the task force, said that the bureau has been reluctant in some instances to share the amount of information of what they know about what’s happening. He added, “you can’t stay with the same strategy if you think there needs to be changed. So, going forward, there’s going to be opportunities for us to share information in better ways.”

Toward the end of the year, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that the task force had been created. While the public is given this information, almost everything about it has been kept from them to date.

Russian officials—including President Vladimir Putin—have denied that they interfered in the U.S. election. Oppositions like Russia are mixing cybersecurity, criminal, and counterintelligence operations to twist the truth or prevent people from finding what’s true, Tricoli said. He further added that the task force seeks to build partnerships with companies, friendly foreign governments, and academic institutions.

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Fast Facts About The FBI And Its History

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One of the most respected agencies throughout the world is the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI. America’s domestic intelligence agency has grown from humble beginnings in 1908 to the massive global force that it is today. Here are some interesting facts about the FBI that you might not know about.

Firstly, before the bureau’s first director J. Edgar Hoover was appointed in 1924, it was known as the Bureau of Investigation (BOI). The name would stay that for the next 11 years, officially changed to FBI in 1935. Hoover would go on to head the agency until his death, and by then he had spent 48 years leading the service. Today, FBI directors are limited to 10-year terms.

Another interesting trivia about the FBI is that those who find themselves in its popular “Most Wanted” list will not be removed from it unless they die, are captured, or if charges against them are dropped. Since the list was first released in 1950, 465 of the 494 criminals who made the top 10 have been either apprehended or located.

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Lastly, the agency’s infamous FBI Laboratory, now one of the largest crime labs in the world, began as a one-man operation. In 1932, the entire campaign was housed in a single room with but one technician, Special Agent Charles Appel. Appel used a wiretapping kit, a borrowed microscope, and basic chemicals to analyze handwriting and examine the evidence. Today, the FBI Laboratory employs 500 scientists and provides forensic services to various other federal agencies.

Criminal justice professional Adam Quirk has handled various security, loss, prevention, and enforcement projects for both the FBI and the DEA. For more FBI-related posts, visit this blog.

Why ‘Mindhunter,’ the new FBI show from Netflix, matters

Netflix has come out with several great TV shows and movies since the site became operational a few years ago. It has aired some true-crime documentaries that were critically acclaimed. This year, however, it came out with an original show largely based on historical facts – “Mindhunter.”

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Now not only is “Mindhunter” a very impressive dark drama with world-class casting, but it’s also very much part of American history. The story follows an FBI agent through a series of interviews with some of the most notorious and brutal serial killers in America. They are all of course, behind bars when the show begins.

“Mindhunter” offers its viewers a glimpse into the development of the mind of a serial killer, from their traumatic childhood, up until their first kill. People are shown just what triggers these sociopath’s murderous deeds.

It is a very important series that delivers much more than entertainment value. There is psychological and behavioral value to the show that most people can relate to. It shows how abusive parents can have long-term effects on a child – and these effects can turn out to be catastrophic to an entire society and horrific for a whole generation.

For those who are fascinated with psychology and why people do things, or why they are the way they are should check “Mindhunter.” It’s only 10 episodes long.

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Notes on the FBI’s role in investigating acts of eco-terrorism

Eco-terrorism is considered a form of extremism in furthering ecological causes. It has maintained its polemical nature as a term, giving rise to various discussions about appropriate usage and application of the word. Most environmental movements have abided by their organization’s mission that categorically counteracts any kind of violence, but in the early years of the new millennium the FBI reported an increase in cases of violence initiated by some environmental protection groups.

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The definitional scope of eco-terrorism usually encompasses professed acts of disobedience and sabotage. A number of high-profile eco-terrorism cases in the past involved the destruction of property and facilities typically achieved through arson to make a statement about environmental stands and beliefs. There are no human casualties, but the FBI specifically extends the range to cover such acts of sabotage, which of course are under their jurisdiction.

Terrorist acts are classified by the FBI as international or domestic. Since these eco-terroristic incidents are done without the aid of foreign actors, directed at the government to affect their decisions about certain policies (and consequently to pressure groups and the civilian population to support their convictions), they are listed under domestic terrorism.

Activists often get involved in engagements that are constitutionally protected by free speech and assembly. When criminal acts are perpetrated by the same groups, law enforcers are mandated to carry out measures that will protect the properties and people. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) have been the largest eco-terrorist organizations that the Bureau had to deal with. Damages by those groups and other similar organizations reached more than a hundred million dollars, according to estimates.

In general the FBI has, since the 1990s, intensified the force of special agents dedicated to counterterrorism efforts.

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Acclaimed private investigator Adam Quirk has previously worked for the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He currently works as a licensed private investigator at his own company, Stealth Advise, LLC.

How The Fbi Tackles Computer And Network Intrusions

Cybercrimes, which involve hacking into personal computers and other electronic devices, are on the rise in the United States and other parts of the world. This type of crime is known as computer and network intrusion. The effects are staggering, which billions of dollars lost annually in repairing systems and enabling them to work once again in banks, hospitals, and other services.

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Computer geeks, businesses, terrorists, and rings of criminals are just some involved in such attacks. At the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), these computer intrusion crimes are given high priority in its cyber program due to their potential relationship to national security.

The FBI employs numerous ways to combat these threats. Efforts include a Cyber Division that seeks to “address cybercrime in a coordinated and cohesive manner,” as well as specially trained cyber squads at the headquarters and in each of the organization’s 56 field offices. These agents and analysts probe computer intrusion cases as well as those involving theft of intellectual property, child pornography and exploitation, and online fraud.

The FBI’s Cyber Action Teams, too, make rounds globally to assist in resolving computer intrusion cases and gathering vital intelligence to identify those that threaten national security and the economy. Around the United States, 93 Computer Crimes Task Forces combine technology and multi-level resources. Finally, the agency maintains key partnerships with other federal offices, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

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The vital role of the FBI in recovering missing children

When a Virginia teenager was reported missing to the local police a few years back, it set in motion an intense rescue operation that made use of the resources, capabilities, and the partnerships with different government agencies. Even the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was asked for its help.

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In some cases, it is only the local police who would resolve the situation on their own, but because the girl was thought to be endangered, the case was also referred to the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO). After the report was made, the missing teenager’s description was indexed to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC), to which every law enforcement agency in the country has access.

Immediately, the Bureau’s agents and analysts got to work to track the teenager’s probable location. Video footages and other pieces of evidence were studied, which led to FBI finding out of a bus ticket sent to the girl. It revealed her destination, which was more than a thousand miles away from her home, and the identity of a subject. A few days after she was reported missing, she was successfully recovered.

In 2016, there were 465,676 cases of missing children, based on the reports of the NCIC. Because of this, the immediate inclusion of the FBI in dealing with these cases, especially if there is a sense that the child is in danger (susceptible to human trafficking, child prostitution, or abduction) or below 12 years old, is important. As Special Agent Rob Bornstein, supervisor of WFO’s Crimes Against Children division, puts it, “Timing is critical. The earlier we get involved, the better.”

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The Different Career Paths In The Fbi

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is headquartered in Washington D.C, employs more than 30,000 people who work in Washington, 400 satellite offices, and 56 field offices across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Though the FBI is known for its special agents, many career opportunities are offered by the agency.

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Special Agent

Special agents are responsible for investigating matters pertaining to terrorism, organized crime, counterintelligence, and other potential federal crimes. They have very strict physical and mental requirements.

Linguists

Linguists translate, analyze, and report confidential materials. Linguists can either be a contract linguist, a tester, a special agent linguist, or a language monitor. Candidates that are fluent in the language that is needed by the FBI are contacted to complete the required Foreign Language Test Battery.

Hostage Rescue Team

This is a division of the FBI’s Tactical Support Branch. They respond to escalated hostage crisis situations. All members of the HRT are special agents who have a minimum of two years of investigative experience and passed a rigorous physical fitness test.

Professional Staff

These are entry level and seasoned professionals that are hired to staff the Bureau. Generally, a minimum of an undergraduate degree is required, but college students may also have a chance to start a career with the FBI through paid or volunteer-based internship.

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