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100 firms and individuals on 'blue-chip hacking' list

The names of around 100 firms and individuals who allegedly used corrupt private investigators was handed from Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). Soca has come in for criticism over the way it has dealt with the case sparking a row over transparency.

In a letter to the Home Affairs select committee information Commissioner Christopher Graham wrote: "The documentary evidence we hold in relation to these clients is considered significant, and this gives us the best opportunity of instigating criminal proceedings."

The "blue-chip hacking" list was drawn up at the request of the committee and relates to Soca's Operation Millipede, which led to the conviction of the private detectives jailed for fraud in 2012.

Data watchdog to call for FBI investigation of hacking

Britain's data watchdog is poised to call in the FBI to investigate the so-called blue chip hacking scandal, it has been reported.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has told MPs he will contact United States authorities after finding a number of companies contracted private investigators in the UK to hack, blag and steal sensitive data, according to the Independent.

Information Commissioner is to contact the US. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Mr Graham has also revealed that "Demand for Access" notices are being prepared so investigators can get at further evidence from the 11 clients in Britain.

They hired four private detectives jailed two years ago after accessing bank account and mortgage details, medical records and information from the Police National Computer, it added.


FBI: Alleged child abuse facilitator may flee to Russia

An FBI agent has claimed that a man accused of being the largest facilitator of child abuse images in the world is a flight risk and must not be granted bail.

Eric Eoin Marques, 28, is wanted in America on four charges linked to online images depicting the rape and torture of children.

At an extradition hearing at High Court in Dublin, FBI special agent Brooke Donahue said there was evidence that Marques had looked up how to get a Russian visa and fake passport.

Marques is accused of being the sole administrator of an anonymous hosting server on which images of child abuse were shared.

He faces up to 100 years behind bars if he is extradited to the US to answer the charges.

FBI to reopen 1964 stolen baby case

The FBI looks set to reopen a stolen baby case from 1964 after it emerged the infant reunited with his parents after a year-long search was given to the wrong couple.

Paul Fronczak, from Nevada, took a DNA test after wondering why he didn't resemble his parents.

He told the Chicago Sun Times newspaper that he came forward because the case remained unsolved.

Documents show ricin detected on suspect's belongings

A dust mask and other items seized from the martial arts studio of a Mississippi man charged with sending letters laced with a deadly poison to President Barack Obama have tested positive for ricin, according to a court document released on Tuesday.

Tupelo martial arts instructor Everett Dutschke is also charged with sending poisoned letters to two other public officials.

Records seized by the FBI also showed that he ordered castor bean seeds, used to make ricin, from eBay, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in an eight-page affidavit.


FBI: 'Agent and source were arrested man's accomplices'

The FBI has insisted that the public were never at risk from the attempted bombing of the New York Federal Reserve Bank in New York:

"Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure.

The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences.

It is important to emphasize that the public was never at risk in this case, because two of the defendant’s ‘accomplices’ were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent.

The FBI continues to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism.

Report: U.S. border agent may have been killed by friendly fire

Reports suggest a United States Border Patrol agent killed in Arizona near the Mexico border earlier this week may have been hit by friendly fire in an accidental shooting involving other agents, according to the FBI.

While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents.

– FBI Statement


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