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Identity Theft Cost Victims $24.7 Billion, Report Finds

Identity theft continues to cost Americans a lot of time, money and emotional stability, according to a new federal report. Roughly 16.6 million people experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012. That equates to 7% of the U.S. population age 16 years or older. The losses attached to those thefts totaled nearly $25 billion, outdistancing the combined losses associated with all other property ...

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FBI: 48% of Hate Crimes Racially Motivated

Nearly half of all the hate crimes reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012 were based on racial bias, new agency figures show. Among the reported single-bias incidents, 48.3% were race-based, more than twice the second- and third-place motivation categories of sexual orientation and religion, respectively, which accounted for almost 20% each. ...

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FBI Hunting Cyber Crime ‘Most Wanted’ Fugitives

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has added five fugitives to its Cyber Most Wanted list, including one man who authorities say was involved in a scheme that infected millions of computers worldwide with malware. Investigators said Andrey Nabilevich Taame, 33, was one of seven people involved in the creation and use of DNS Changer, a piece of malware that redirected unsuspecting Internet surfers to rogue ...

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FBI Veteran to Lead Bureau’s National Security Branch

A 17-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been tapped to lead the agency’s counterterrorism and counterintelligence missions and resources. Andrew G. McCabe, whose new title will be executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, is among the first high-profile personnel picks of James B. Comey, who was sworn in as FBI director in September 2013. ...

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FBI: Fewer Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Line of Duty

Ninety-five law enforcement officers were killed and nearly 15,000 injured in the line of duty nationwide during 2012, according to a new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Of the officers killed, 48 died as a result of criminal acts and 47 in accidents. The number of local, state, campus, tribal and federal officers killed by assailants last year was down significantly from the 72 death ...

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Pranks Backfire on Hoax 911 Caller

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for making prank calls to 911 in a practice known as “swatting,” according to federal law enforcement officials. In one hoax call, Nathan Hanshaw told emergency dispatchers that he was armed with explosives, nerve agents and weapons, and threatened to detonate the explosives or kill hostages if his demands for $50,000 and a helicopter rid ...

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Feds Seek Fugitive Foreign Nationals in Fraud Scheme

Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects in a California-based crime ring that used foreign nationals as accomplices in multimillion-dollar financial crimes. In September, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced charges against 55 people in connection with the scam. As of late October, about 30 of those individuals had been ...

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Report: Immigration Defendants Swelled Federal Caseloads

Federal criminal cases more than doubled from 1995 to 2010, fueled by a massive spike in the number of immigration defendants, according to a recent report. That 15-year period also brought an almost tripling of federal cases involving weapons offenses and a 54% increase in the number of drug defendants, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported. In 2010, more than 100,600 defendants had their cr ...

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FBI Agent: Job Description, Requirements, and Salary

Working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an FBI agent means being a part of an elite law enforcement agency that helps keep the United States safe. The FBI protects the country from terrorists, cyber-attacks, white-collar crime, drug trafficking and public corruption. Careers with the FBI include special agents, linguists, hostage rescue team members and investigative support, among others. Pay is ...

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