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The Cyber Action Team

Rapidly Responding to Major Computer Intrusions It can be a company’s worst nightmare—the discovery that hackers have infiltrated their computer networks and made off with trade secrets, customers’ personal information, and other critical data. When such intrusions happen—and unfortunately, they occur frequently—the FBI can respond with a range of investigative assets, including the little-known Cyber…
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Ransomware on the Rise

FBI and Partners Working to Combat This Cyber Threat Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files…
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Guide for Requesting Military Records

Requesting military records? What is the turn-around time and what is available? Current Status for Active Members First, what if you need to check the status of a current service member? These questions come up frequently for investigators. For current status, visit https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/single_record.xhtml. Veteran Records For veteran records, its not so simple, but it has…
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How Technology is Used to Prevent Counterfeiting

How Technology is Used to Prevent Counterfeiting Counterfeiters produce $700 billion in fake products every year. This criminal activity makes it difficult for consumers to identify genuine products. Counterfeiting is also problematic because it negatively affects a brand’s image, and often funds organized crime. Product markings, apps, websites and mobile surveillance devices are used as…
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Things You Should Never Share Online

10 years ago, if someone you barely knew asked how your holiday was or what the new job is like, you’d have either wondered how much you’d had to drink last night or alerted the police that you were the latest victim of stalking. Things You Should Never Share Online Yes, social media has meant…
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How to Stop Online Tracking and Protect Your Identity

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, and in most respects, it has enriched our daily existence, helping make the world smaller, more informed and connected. The problem with networked technology, however, is that everything can be tracked down. Stop Online Tracking and Protect Your Identity Unbeknownst to some of you, every move…
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Video Surveillance Camera Use on the Rise

Before conducting video surveillance, be sure to check the laws in your state. Video surveillance continues to rise in frequency and numbers across the globe. Government agencies, institutional organizations and privately-owned corporations are increasing the use of surveillance cameras, and the use of video cameras in private investigations is on the upswing as well. A…
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Capital Hill Times Newspaper interviews Washington State Investigators

Read an interview by Seattle News Tribune - Capital Hill Times Meet Wolfgang Grasst: A local Private Investigator Interview by Jenny Kuglin Capital Hill Times and Photo by Sonya Wallace When I scheduled my interview with Wolfgang Grasst, Private Investigator, I accidentally told him the wrong address to the coffee shop where we meeting. But…
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6 ways the cops know you are texting

Forty-four states ban all drivers from texting behind the wheel, but that doesn't seem to stop many of us. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that at any given daytime moment, over 600,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while they are driving. In 2012, over 421,000 drivers were injured…
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Tips for avoiding Internet Fraud

Listed below are tips to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud.Tips for Avoiding Internet Fraud Use the online tips form or the IC3 website to report potential cases of cyber fraud. Tips for Avoiding Internet Auction Fraud: Understand as much as possible about how the auction works, what your obligations…
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Criminals Spoofing Seattle PD’s Non-Emergency Number

At least 10 confused Western Washington residents have called Seattle Police today after receiving calls asking for money, which appear to be coming from the SPD non-emergency line. These calls which appear on caller ID’s as 206-625-5011 are the result of caller ID fraud, or “spoofing,” and are not coming from SPD’s 911 communications center.…
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Seattle PD will be sharing information with Seattle Nextdoor.com users

There Goes the Virtual Neighborhood! Written by Public Affairs on October 14, 2014 3:54 pm Guess who’s moving in Nextdoor? Seattle PD Public Affairs will begin posting useful public safety information on Nextdoor.com effective this week. From crime trends and blotter articles to Community Policing Microplans, Seattle PD will be sharing information with Seattle Nextdoor…
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The Spooky Truth About Cyber Security for Business

Information thieves can suck the life out of your business. Don’t let it happen to you. The facts are scary. It takes an average of one year for an organization to restore its reputation after a data breach, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study of 850 executives. Victim organizations lost anywhere from $184 million…
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO IMPROVING ONLINE SECURITY

Investigative journalists like the members of ICIJ are facing growing concerns about improving online security. Our members often work with leaks or other materials requiring protection of sources, collaborate across borders with colleagues at risk for their physical safety, and communicate with devices and services open to surveillance or attack. And that’s not to mention…
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Should Law Enforcement Tell the Public About New Surveillance Tech?

A recent investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED revealed that in 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department piloted a wide-area surveillance program – except it didn’t tell the public. The two-week program used high-powered surveillance cameras attached to a manned civilian aircraft, which flew over Compton for six hours a day.…
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Easily Obtained Subpoenas Turn Your Personal Information Against You

Article was written in 2013, but for a majority of readers it will be very interesting reading. For some, revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting vast amounts of personal information on U.S. citizens might seem as far removed as the city of Moscow. But it’s not just an ultrasecret spy agency that…
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7 Mass Surveillance Tools Your Local Police Might be Using

If you’ve been concerning yourself with the Heartbleed bug and the National Security Agency, you might as well have these seven items on your radar, too. Military-inspired technologies are coming home for use by local law enforcement. Since 2001, federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security have been trickling to local authorities for counterterrorism…
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The Best Low-Tech Spycraft Tricks

The F-21 buttonhole camera - as used by the Soviet Union, Europe, and North America in the early 1970s (International Spy Museum) Despite ubiquitous surveillance and fancy gadgets, there are still simple, old-fashioned ways that spies and criminals can avoid detection, says Frank Swain. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US National…
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How Pickpockets Trick Your Mind

Pickpockets use much more than sleight of hand, says Caroline Williams, they hack your brain’s weaknesses. My mother has eyes in the back of her head. She also taught me from an early age to be suspicious of strange men, especially when they give you presents. Which makes it all the more surprising that a…
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