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FBI chief: Terror threat level to US 'same as last week'

The head of the FBI has said the terror threat to the US remains "about the same today as it was last week".

FBI director James Comey Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In a press briefing, James Comey told reporters that he believes two extremist groups - Islamic State (IS) and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan - are working towards an attack.

He added that there was a "big focus" on identifying two people who sound like they are American or Canadian who appear in IS propaganda videos.

FBI works with UK authorities to combat malware

The FBI in the US was successful in disrupting a hacking network, making security updates by users around the world more effective, National Crime Agency officials said.

The NCA is working closely with the FBI in order to minimise the impact of the attack.

FBI is working with NCA to contain the malware Credit: Reuters

“Those committing cyber crime impacting the UK are often highly-skilled and operating from abroad,” Andy Archibald from the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit said.

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FBI warns of possible UK victims of paedophile teacher

The FBI is attempting to trace up to 90 potential victims of an American paedophile who taught at London's prestigious Southbank International School from 2009 until last year.

William Vahey's crimes were uncovered last month and investigators say some victims may not even know they were abused, as the teacher drugged many of the boys he targeted.

American William Vahey, 64, worked at Southbank International School in London from 2009 to last year Credit: AP

The 64-year-old, who typically taught in international schools, was found dead from an apparent suicide in Minnesota last month, after confessing to drugging male pupils with sleeping pills before sexually abusing them on field trips.

Police who searched his computer found images of at least 90 boys aged from 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious. The children are thought to be Vahey's students, as the photos were catalogued with dates and locations going back to 2008 that corresponded with overnight field trips.

The FBI's Special Agent Patrick Fransen said: "I've never seen another case where an individual may have molested this many children over such a long period of time.

"I'm concerned that he may have preyed on many other students prior to 2008."

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.

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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: Terror suspect had 'Plan B to be a suicide bomber'

Earlier this morning, Nafis met the undercover agent and travelled in a van to a warehouse located in the Eastern District of New York.

While en route, Nafis explained to the undercover agent that he had a “Plan B” that involved conducting a suicide bombing operation in the event that the attack was about to be thwarted by the police.

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