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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:47 PM

 

FBI probes cyber threats against Steubenville sheriff

Source: CBS News



STEUBENVILLE, OHIO - The FBI is investigating cyber threats in an eastern Ohio city that include death threats against the local sheriff's family and an email that apparently shut down the police chief's computer.

The threats are part of a series of online messages that have targeted individuals and authorities in Steubenville amid increased attention over two high school football players who are facing rape charges.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Wednesday he'd provided the FBI a copy of an anonymous Facebook post in which someone threatened to kill his family.

Steubenville Police Chief William McCafferty said he gave the FBI an email that he had opened Wednesday morning, which then disabled his computer.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57563173/fbi-probes-cyber-threats-against-steubenville-sheriff/

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Reply FBI probes cyber threats against Steubenville sheriff (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 OP
DURHAM D Jan 2013 #1
Nine Jan 2013 #2
DURHAM D Jan 2013 #7
Civilization2 Jan 2013 #10
frylock Jan 2013 #32
Enrique Jan 2013 #3
Squinch Jan 2013 #4
niyad Jan 2013 #5
Tempest Jan 2013 #13
Squinch Jan 2013 #14
Tempest Jan 2013 #15
niyad Jan 2013 #6
DURHAM D Jan 2013 #9
L0oniX Jan 2013 #31
niyad Jan 2013 #8
Tempest Jan 2013 #11
Why Syzygy Jan 2013 #16
Tempest Jan 2013 #19
Why Syzygy Jan 2013 #22
Tempest Jan 2013 #24
benld74 Jan 2013 #12
Historic NY Jan 2013 #17
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #18
Why Syzygy Jan 2013 #23
WCLinolVir Jan 2013 #20
caseymoz Jan 2013 #21
Tempest Jan 2013 #25
caseymoz Jan 2013 #26
Tempest Jan 2013 #28
caseymoz Jan 2013 #29
Ash_F Jan 2013 #27
Tempest Jan 2013 #30

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:49 PM

1. oh what a shame...

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:52 PM

2. I don't think death threats against anyone should be applauded (nt)

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Response to Nine (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:59 PM

7. Fuck that asshole.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:03 PM

10. damn straight!

 

pig-dog scum-ball, slim-sucking pile of sht,. . burn it hell chief!

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Response to Nine (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:28 PM

32. i think sheriffs should do their fucking job by upholding the law

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:52 PM

3. while they're there

they might look into the accusations about the justice system covering up a rape of a minor.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:53 PM

4. Why isn't the FBI probing the transport of an unconscious, kidnapped 16 year old across state lines?

Isn't that their thing?

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:57 PM

5. excellent question

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:10 PM

13. They are. FBI's been on the case for more than a week. n/t

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Response to Tempest (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:11 PM

14. I'm glad. I hadn't heard that. Thanks.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:12 PM

15. Check out LocalLeaks. They are following all developments. n/t

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:58 PM

6. except for the fact that the sheriff and police claim to be technologically incompetent, would

almost believe they did this themselves.

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Response to niyad (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:01 PM

9. He probably unplugged his computer

and called it "disabled".

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:40 AM

31. The computer user is morally "disabled" n/t

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:00 PM

8. not that I approve of death threats, but, abdalla, MAYBE IF YOU HAD DONE YOUR JOB, people

would not be inclined to hate you and the police chief. ever think about that? instead of protecting scum and a football team, do your damned jobs.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:09 PM

11. I don't believe it

Every law enforcement agency has their computer systems locked down, especially sheriff departments because they connect to FBI and Homeland Security networks. Any suspicious emails are flagged and dropped into a secure servers and analyzed by IT.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:13 PM

16. Still law enforcement...

but it is the Chief of POLICE that claims an email disabled his computer.

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Response to Why Syzygy (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:26 PM

19. It would depend if they're connected to federal systems

I will check with my friends who work on the DHS IT contract and who are responsible for the connections to local law enforcement in his area.

I'm not buying his excuse. But he shouldn't be targeted as he's not involved in the cover-up.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:38 PM

22. Right...

doesn't seem to be involved in the corruption. He was hired after the Justice Department came in and cleaned house, as for the police chief and city manager. I don't condone death threats. I'm even opposed to the death penalty for convicted felons. You'll never find me condoning death for anyone who hasn't even been convicted!

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Response to Why Syzygy (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:53 PM

24. I hate to see it too

But enough of the town is involved in the cover up (the county sheriff, the prosecutor, school administrators, coaches, local radio personality who is also a school booster, etc.) that people tend to go scattershot.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:09 PM

12. Oh SURE CBS report on this! Where the eff is your story on the RAPE and NON investigation

by this sheriffs office?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:15 PM

17. One way to get the FBI involved.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:16 PM

18. Wouldn't it be great if in "investigating" the email, the FBI uncovered damaging

information the Sheriff had kept on his computer? That would be great.

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:41 PM

23. I am always..

hoping for DU to have a "LIKE" button for posts! I like this idea. If ever I was as dirty as I think this guy is, I would leave town without a trace. From the looks of it, he owns this dirty little town.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:40 PM

20. What a picture. Does anyone know more about his prior charges for gambling and corruption?

I don't know if it was 3 years ago or 8. Charges were eventually dropped.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:07 PM

21. Good and while they're in the neighborhood

Maybe they could check out that minor abduction/gang rape incident that happened to cross state lines, and figure out how the sheriff's men managed to "accidentally" erase still and video evidence off several phones and devices, especially when phone designers deliberately make that difficult to do by accident.

And also, maybe they could check into why the sheriff claims blatant confessions on video are just "stupidity" and not "confessions" and why he can't make an arrest on the strength of that.

I'm becoming more skeptical by the day that the FBI serves any purpose, and I'm convinced that sheriff is nothing but a wart on his county.

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Response to caseymoz (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:54 PM

25. "I'm becoming more skeptical by the day that the FBI serves any purpose"

That's unfair considering the FBI has only recently become involved.

Give them time to finish their investigation.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:02 AM

26. Perhaps, but I'm saying where were they before?


This crime took place in August. There have been signs of chicanery and corruption in this investigation for months.

Yes, I'll give them a chance, but either the sheriff is the dumbest person in the world for bringing them in, or he knows he has nothing to fear from them.

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Response to caseymoz (Reply #26)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:04 AM

28. What part of the concept of "cover up" don't you understand?

If not for #KnightSec, you, everyone else and the FBI still wouldn't know about this case.

And it wasn't the county sheriff who brought them in, it was the chief of police and he's not involved in the cover up. You're not the only one getting them confused.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:05 AM

29. That's only because . . .


I skimmed the headline and didn't know the chief of police was even involved. So, you see I didn't have them confused. I would have paid more attention, but the process is interesting only when in light of the outcome. So far, there's no outcome.

I'm still amazed the cover up came so close to working. So, what the hell did authorities get away with before we had Internet vigilantes?

Like Gotham without Batman? Where the Joker holds office and wins every day?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:02 AM

27. While they are at it maybe they can find out which ADULT supplied those young men ruffies.

And maybe probe into why the Sheriff doesn't seem interested.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #27)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:50 AM

30. We know they got the alcohol from assistant coaches

The drugs most likely came from the local radio personality who is close to the teams and the student athletes.

One of the boys involved sent him a picture of the rape victim the night of the rape. #KnightSec hacked his email and found it and emails between the boys and him over a long period of time.

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