50 Interesting Facts about FBI

1Robert Hanssen

In 1987, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was tasked by his superiors to find a mole within the agency after the FBI's moles in the KGB were caught. In reality, he was the mole, working with the KGB since 1979.

2. In 1971, burglars were able to steal records from the FBI simply by leaving a note on the front door of the Delaware office that said: "Please don't lock this door tonight".

3. Eldon Hoke claimed that he knew who killed Kurt Cobain, but said he would "let the FBI catch him". Two days after that interview was filmed, he was hit by a train and killed.

4. A hacker named Higinio Ochoa who went by the code name "w0rmer" online hacked an FBI criminal database and replaced it with his trademark image. The image he left behind had GPS coordinates.

5. The FBI tracks animal abuse just like homicide, arson, and assault.

6Raphael Gray

A 19-year-old hacker named Raphael Gray hacked over 6500 credit cards, other hacker tracked his location and gave it to the FBI because he found him arrogant.

7. The FBI seized a server that was being used to host child pornography and ran it for two more weeks. Defendants caught in the sting argued the FBI did a better job hosting a child porn site than whoever originally ran it: The site’s average weekly visitors jumped from 11,000 to 50,000.

8. At the age of 14, Tom Anderson (also known as MySpace Tom) cracked the security of Chase Manhattan Bank and caused one of the biggest FBI raids in California history, but wasn't arrested due to his young age.

9. 60's counterculture singer Phil Ochs would go on paranoid drunken rants about the FBI watching him. After hanging himself in his sister's home it was revealed that the FBI had a 500-page file on him.

10. Samuel L. Jackson was a Black Panther who took administrators of his college hostage, and was threatened with assassination by the FBI.

11Coca Cola

3 people tried to sell Coca Cola's secret ingredient to Pepsi, but Pepsi reported them to Coca Cola and the FBI.

12. Ronald Reagan gave information on fellow actors to the FBI, and later received political favors from J Edgar Hoover.

13. According to the FBI Director, the FBI is having a hard time filling positions to help tackle cyber crimes because a lot of the nation’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana.

14. The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches, a float switch, tilt sensor, other sensors, spring switches, casing screws and joints, and a few surprises.

15. The U.S. Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before the year 2000.

16Mark Landis

A prolific art forger named Mark Landis has donated works to dozens of museums. When the FBI found out, they couldn't convict him of any crimes because he never received any money or other benefits for his forgeries.

17. Between 2005 and 2006, the FBI mined grocery store records for falafel purchases to find Iranian terrorists.

18. In 1980, 4 FBI agents went to the Census Bureau's Colorado Springs office with warrants but were forced to leave. Courts upheld that "no agency, including the FBI, has access to Census data."

19. The FBI suspected "It's A Wonderful Life" movie was Communist propaganda when first released.

20. The FBI sent a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. suggesting that he commit suicide within 34 days or have his sexual exploits exposed to the nation.

21Louie Louie

The FBI spent two years analyzing the lyrics to Louie Louie for obscenities. The results were inconclusive.

22. According to FBI statistics, violent bank robberies are incredibly rare. In fact, most bank robberies (61%) involve a single person handing the teller a note and then walking out without incident.

23. Ernest Hemingway grew paranoid and talked about FBI spying on him later in life. He was treated with electroshock. It was later revealed that he was in fact watched, and Edgard Hoover personally placed him under surveillance.

24. The FBI accidentally registered an internal interrogation manual with the Library of Congress. Anyone with a library card is able to read this secret government document.

25. The FBI maintains their own Bitcoin wallet that consists of seized Bitcoins.

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