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Self-proclaimed cyber terrorists tend to have one thing in common: They think police can't catch them. And almost always, these sad men sitting at computers are wrong. That seems to be the case with Brian Kil, a fictional Facebook bad guy who liked to extort underage girls into sending him nudes, according to the FBI. The story behind Brian Kil is a crazy one, but the story of how the FBI caught the suspect they believe to be behind the crimes is even crazier.

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"Let's just do it and be legends, man," a marketing exec for the doomed Fyre Festival reportedly said when it became clear the event was going to be a disaster. And now the lead organiser of that legendarily terrible music festival might be a legend in the clink. Billy McFarland has been charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.

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We know that the FBI has had a hard time finding tech talent and the current US administration has so far shown little interest in hiring technology experts, but we didn't expect this. New US federal court documents show that the FBI has been actively coordinating with members of Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to hunt for child pornography on customers' computers.

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Digital security and its discontents — from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks — is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey's high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of sleuthing to find Comey's account, which is not protected.

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes.