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8 Nov
During a press conference today, Director Christopher Wray discussed how the #FBI can impose risk and consequences on #cybercriminals when we work with our national and international partners and the private sector. go.usa.gov/xejcC Director Christopher delivers remarks at a podium at the Jus
Wray: Today's announcement ... demonstrates our resolve in pursuing criminal enterprises that use ransomware to threaten our critical infrastructure, our public health and safety, and our economic vitality.
Wray: We immediately strategized with our interagency #partners and reached a carefully considered decision about how to help the most companies possible, both by providing the key and by maximizing our government’s impact on our adversaries.
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8 Nov
Director Christopher Wray will join our partners from @TheJusticeDept, @StateDept, and @USTreasury today at 12:30 p.m. EST to make several major cybercrime announcements. You can watch the press conference live at justice.gov/live.
The #FBI and our partners announced that Yaroslav Vasinskyi, a Ukrainian national, faces charges for allegedly launching ransomware attacks against multiple victims, including a July attack against information technology management company Kaseya. go.usa.gov/xebhZ Director Christopher Wray said, "The arrest of Yaroslav
On October 8, Polish authorities took custody of Vasinskyi in Poland, where he remains pending proceedings to secure his extradition to the U.S.
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28 Oct
During a virtual meeting with the Economic Club of New York, Director Christopher Wray stressed how public-private #partnerships help the #FBI combat criminal and national security cyber threats like ransomware and intellectual property theft. go.usa.gov/xexyy Image
Wray: Today’s #cyber threats are more pervasive ... than ever before. ... We’re investigating over a hundred #ransomware strains today, and their impact has been growing. ... But if there’s one thing the FBI understands, it’s taking down criminal enterprises.
Wray: Our strategy centers on prevention and disruption—hitting hackers before they attack or before their intrusions can cause major harm. … Actors, infrastructure, and money are all important individually, but we achieve the biggest impact when we disrupt all three together.
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26 Oct
Deputy Director Paul Abbate will join our partners for a press conference to announce the results of an international law enforcement operation. Visit justice.gov/live at 10 a.m. EDT to watch the press conference. @DEAHQ @Europol @ICEgov @TheJusticeDept @USPISpressroom
The #FBI and our partners on the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement team joined @Europol to announce the results of Operation Dark HunTor, an international campaign focused on disrupting opioid trafficking on the darknet. go.usa.gov/xe3WR
During the press conference, Deputy Director Abbate stressed how #partnerships help the FBI target people who sell illegal and potentially lethal drugs online. You can read his remarks at go.usa.gov/xe3BG.
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10 Sep
Director Christopher Wray spoke at a wreath laying ceremony at the Terrorist Screening Center this morning. He remembered the lives lost and sacrifices made as a result of the 9/11 attacks. #NeverForget go.usa.gov/xMT8j Director Christopher Wray speaks during a wreath laying cere
Wray: Two decades after one of the darkest days in this nation’s history, the memory is as strong as ever. We remember #September11 as if it were yesterday. And we remember every life lost. Special Agents Lenny Hatton and John O’Neill were two of those we lost that day.
Wray: And in the last few years, painful remnants of that day continue, as we’ve also sadly lost other members of our FBI family to 9/11-related illnesses. ... Each life lost is a stark reminder that the long-term effects of the recovery work after September 11 are still present.
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6 Jul
The #FBI has released videos of suspects who participated in the most violent assaults on federal officers during the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Help us identify them. Submit tips at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can remain anonymous. @FBIWFO go.usa.gov/x6Mx4
Help the #FBI identify people who allegedly assaulted law enforcement personnel during riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. If you recognize the person in this video, call 1-800-225-5324 or visit tips.fbi.gov to submit a tip. Refer to video 245 in your tip.
Do you recognize this man who allegedly assaulted law enforcement personnel at the U.S. Capitol on January 6? Help the #FBI identify him by calling 1-800-225-5324 or visiting tips.fbi.gov to submit a tip. Remember to mention video 258 in your tip.
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22 Jun
The #FBI never stops looking for missing children—no matter how long ago they vanished. Learn about some unsolved cases on a new episode of the #InsideTheFBI podcast, and if you have a tip that could help bring a child home, visit tips.fbi.gov. go.usa.gov/x6ykx
Arianna Fitts was last seen in Oakland, California, in February 2016 and was reported missing from San Francisco, California, in April 2016. Submit tips regarding her whereabouts at tips.fbi.gov. go.usa.gov/x6ywk Arianna Fitts was last seen in Oakland, California, in Febru
Margaret Ellen Fox was last seen in New Jersey in June 1974. If you have a tip regarding her whereabouts, call @FBINewark at 973-792-3000. go.usa.gov/x6ywN The FBI is seeking information about the disappearance of Ma
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16 Jun
Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee yesterday at a hearing about the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. You can read his statement for the record at go.usa.gov/x6nGm.
Wray: On January 6, our country witnessed an angry mob attack the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to interfere with our democratic process. ... Such acts of domestic terrorism are an affront to the rule of law and have no place in our democracy.
Wray: The #FBI’s agents, analysts, and professionals, alongside our partners, have been working around the clock to track down those who participated in the attack to hold them accountable. We've already made close to 500 arrests—with more sure to come.
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11 Jun
#ICYMI: Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. He discussed threats that the #FBI and our partners are confronting together, including terrorism and violent crime. You can read his statement for the record at ow.ly/6Yji50F7Iyn.
Director Wray also recognized the brave law enforcement personnel who risk their lives every day to protect their communities.
Wray: The officers and agents we’ve lost this year were people who got up one morning [and] picked up their badge—not knowing whether they’d make it home that night.
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10 Jun
Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning at a hearing about threats to the United States. You can read his statement for the record at ow.ly/6Yji50F7Iyn.
During the hearing, Director Wray discussed the prevalence of violence throughout the country and the FBI’s work to combat threats that jeopardize Americans’ right to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities.
Wray: The FBI does not—and should not—police ideology, and we do not investigate groups or individuals based on the exercise of First Amendment-protected activity alone. But when we encounter violence and threats to public safety, we will not hesitate to take appropriate action.
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7 Jun
#FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate will join our partners from @TheJusticeDept and @USAO_NDCA for a press conference today regarding the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. You can watch live at 3:15 p.m. EDT via justice.gov/live.
Justice Department Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to Ransomware Extortionists: @TheJusticeDept today announced that it has seized 63.7 bitcoins that allegedly represent the proceeds of a May 8 ransom payment to DarkSide cyber actors. ow.ly/UaXC50F4Xc1 Deputy Director Paul Abbate stated, "There is no place
During the press conference, Deputy Director Abbate discussed the central role partnerships play in #cyber investigations, including the investigation into DarkSide. ow.ly/tYjg50F523f FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate speaks at a Justice Departme
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26 May
An uninformed employee, an unpatched vulnerability, or the use of end-of-life software all present opportunities for cybercriminals to gain access to your business's communications and networks. #StopRansomware
You are the first line of defense against ransomware attacks. You and your coworkers should practice taking a few seconds to look at links before clicking on them. #StopRansomware
Companies should have their employees use multifactor authentication to access their accounts and restrict new employees' access to systems they don't need to do their jobs. #StopRansomware
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26 May
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that cybercriminals use to hack into a victim’s computer, encrypt data, and demand a ransom to unlock the network. #StopRansomware ow.ly/FQp350EW1mj
Cybercriminals can exfiltrate data from victims' computers during ransomware attacks. If a victim doesn't pay a ransom, a hacker may threaten to sell or leak the exfiltrated data. #StopRansomware
Everyone who uses a computer and stores information on it should take precautions to prevent ransomware attacks. #StopRansomware
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14 May
#FBI Marks the Seventh Anniversary of Paul Edwin Overby Jr.’s Disappearance: In May 2014, Overby vanished in Afghanistan, where he was conducting research on a self-authored book. ow.ly/Ds7A50EMVQO Assistant Director in Charge Steven D'Antuono said, "Th
Prior to his disappearance, Overby suggested that he planned to cross the border into Pakistan to further his research. Overby is one of three Americans who has disappeared in Afghanistan, including Mark Frerichs and Cydney Mizell. ow.ly/xh9450EMVRF Paul Edwin Overby Jr. was kidnapped in Afghanistan in May 20
In May 2018, @FBIWFO announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading directly to Overby's safe location, recovery, and return. The @StateDept's Rewards for Justice program is also offering a reward of up to $5 million. ow.ly/fBRD50EMVSI
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12 May
To fulfill our mission, our leaders must reflect the communities we serve. The #FBI’s current slate of executive assistant directors represents the most diverse leadership team in FBI history. Learn more about them at ow.ly/Iat650ELjvo. FBI executive assistant directors at FBI Headquarters in May
Darrin Jones, the executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch, leads the #FBI’s science, technology, and information sharing programs. When he first joined the FBI, he investigated international drug trafficking and cybercrime. ow.ly/Z1EB50ELjyI Executive Assistant Director Darrin Jones
Executive Assistant Director Larissa Knapp of the Human Resources Branch manages the #FBI’s human resources, security, and training divisions. She started her FBI career investigating criminal computer intrusions and intellectual property matters. ow.ly/50AH50ELjAh Executive Assistant Director Larissa Knapp
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5 May
This Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, the #FBI needs the public to help us capture people who are responsible for disappearances and deaths in Indian Country. You can look at our current cases at ow.ly/Hwi250EFFt0. #MMIP
Tyrell J. Bellson was found dead near state Route 53 in Zuni, New Mexico, on September 24, 2019. The #FBI is offering up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for his death. #MMIP @FBIAlbuquerque ow.ly/zEe450EFscG The FBI is seeking informat...
On October 5, 2020, Isiah Terrell Billy's body was found near a gas station in Shiprock, New Mexico. The #FBI is offering up to $5,000 for tips that help identify, arrest, and convict the individual(s) responsible for his death. #MMIP @FBIAlbuquerque ow.ly/Ijl150EFq8L The FBI is seeking informat...
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12 Mar
#FBI Director Christopher Wray will discuss the role civic education plays in national security during a webcast this afternoon at 2 p.m. EST. You can watch live at ow.ly/wPk650DWdZc. #NatSec @CSIS
During his remarks, Director Wray described how civic education intersects with national security and the FBI’s work: “First, it intersects with some of the threats the FBI and our nation confront today, and second, it can shape how we do our work.” ow.ly/tPBU50DXDI9
Wray: One example of how civic education affects a current national security threat is election security—and more broadly, the problem of malign foreign influence, which has been a top concern for the FBI recently.
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7 Mar
Statement on Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities ow.ly/Yp9950DS4s0
The #FBI and our interagency and private sector partners are tracking Microsoft’s emergency patch for previously unknown vulnerabilities in email server software. Network owners should immediately patch their systems to help protect against attacks. #Cybersecurity
However, patching does not remediate compromised servers. Organizations that know they have compromised servers should immediately contact their local FBI office. ow.ly/PJ6u50DSijA
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5 Mar
#ICYMI: During a congressional hearing this week, #FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed how end-to-end encryption threatens the FBI’s mission to protect the American people from federal crimes, including crimes against children, cyberattacks, and terrorism.
Wray: We are concerned that ... no matter how bulletproof or ironclad the legal authority, no matter how compelling the facts and circumstances, no matter how horrific the crime ... we will not be able to get access to the content that we need to keep people safe.
Wray: What we have been suggesting ... is for the companies themselves to build in a way to have legal access when confronted with a proper legal authority so that they can get access to information and provide it in response to a warrant or a court order.
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4 Mar
Learning about common scams can help you combat fraud. As @USAGov said, fraudsters target consumers when they file their taxes, shop online, or talk to people on dating apps and websites. The #FBI has tips to help you protect yourself. #SlamTheScamChat
Tax Scams: Beware of fraudsters who pretend to work for the IRS. The @IRSnews won't call you to demand you pay your taxes with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. If an IRS imposter calls you this #TaxSeason, file a report at ic3.gov. #SlamTheScamChat @USAGov income tax, calculator, accounting
Online Shopping Scams: When you shop online, confirm whether a website is secure and reputable before providing personal and financial information. Beware of suspicious websites and advertisements that offer brand name merchandise at extremely low prices. #SlamTheScamChat @USAGov shopping, online, e-commerce
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8 Feb
Family and friends gathered this weekend to honor @FBIMiamiFL Special Agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin, who were killed in the line of duty February 2 while serving a federal search warrant in a crimes against children investigation. ow.ly/gOAm50DuU9t
Memorial services were held Saturday and Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Law enforcement officers escorted the caskets to the stadium, where #FBI Director Christopher Wray eulogized both agents. The Miami-Dade Police Department honor guard presents a flagFBI Director Christopher Wray pauses after presenting a flag
“On Tuesday, we lost not one of our own, but two,” Wray said at the services. “Two warriors who took on one of the hardest jobs in the FBI—crimes against children.” The Miami-Dade Police Department honor guard prepares the flA member of the Miami-Dade Police Department Honor Guard ten
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