Monthly Archives: April 2016

The FBI’s Most-Wanted Cybercriminals

An FBI spokesperson said the criteria for inclusion on one of the niche fugitive pages are far less demanding than what it takes to end up on one of the FBI’s two official lists: “Most Wanted Fugitives” and “Most Wanted Terrorists.” When there’s an opening on either of those, the FBI’s 56 field offices submit nominations, which are subjected to several rounds of vetting at headquarters and must finally get a stamp of approval from the FBI’s top executives.

By contrast, any FBI agent can request that a fugitive be added to one of the crime-specific pages. The agency spokesperson said that the visibility that comes with getting added to the public website has been a boon to agents: Telephone and web hotlines allow anyone to submit tips in several languages, and public tips have led to the capture of more than 70 fugitives that were listed online.

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Sextortion: The latest online threat

LIKE A LOT of 13-year-old girls, Samantha Chonski enjoyed singing along to her favorite tunes and playing around with her web camera.

One day, as she was logged onto the now-defunct live-streaming site Stickam, the young musician lifted up her shirt on a dare, flashing her breasts for the briefest of moments.

“I was messing around with my friend, and we were just laughing with other kids,” says Chonski. Then she corrects herself. “Or rather, people we thought were other kids.”

Six months later, she received a message on her MySpace page with a screen shot of her exposed body. The sender threatened that he would post the photo to all of her friends and send it to her parents if she didn’t do exactly what he said.

That started a six-hour torture session in front of the webcam that yielded far worse footage.

“He made me do nasty, gross things that little girls don’t

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Facebook murder on ‘Web of Lies’

A headline-making Orange County crime has become an episode of “Web of Lies” on Investigation Discovery.

The episode “Flirting With the Enemy” airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The program focuses on the 2011 murder of Jason Rodriguez, 19, a Valencia College student.

A “Web of Lies” preview noted that Rodriguez was “an instant hit with the ladies and an all-around popular guy with a busy social life and an even more active Facebook profile.”