Maryland man, two others charged in federal court for alleged bomb threat swatting scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted three people, accusing them of placing a series of bomb threats against schools, hospitals, airports, and other institutions. Owen Jarboe, 18, of Hagerstown, Maryland; Evan Strauss, 26, of Moneta, Virginia; and Brayden Grace, 18, of Columbus, Ohio; were charged in a six-count indictment with conspiracy, cyberstalking, interstate threatening communications and threats to damage […]

AGs demand Meta improve account takeover protections

BALTIMORE, MD—A bipartisan coalition of 41 attorneys general, including Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown, has sent a letter to Meta Platforms demanding that the company take stronger measures to protect users from account takeovers. The letter (PDF) calls on Meta to “thoroughly review its data security practices for protecting its users’ accounts from being unfairly locked out or taken […]

Suspect arrested after Facebook Marketplace exchange ends with armed robbery in Edgewood

EDGEWOOD, MD—Detectives with the Harford County Sheriff’s charged a juvenile on Saturday morning in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Edgewood earlier this week. At around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, deputies responded to an armed robbery in the 2200-block of Hanson Road. There, they made contact with the caller, who was the victim of an armed […]

BCPS: Anonymous bomb threat made against public schools in Maryland

UPDATE 2: Authorities have determined that the threats are not credible. UPDATE: From the Maryland Center for School Safety: Several bomb threats supposedly sent by a Russian terrorist group are circulating among multiple states. These threats began in Texas school districts on Friday, December 8, 2023 via emailed messages. The trend has spread to several states via emails, and SnapChat […]

The U.S. Is the Most Scammed Country in the World – How Can You Protect Yourself?

The following is a sponsored post from Freedom Federal Credit Union A recent report by Social Catfish, an online investigation service, found that the U.S. is the most scammed country in the world. The good news is, with the right information, you can protect yourself from being part of next year’s stats. Who gets scammed the most? With an astounding […]

Freedom Federal Credit Union, Harford Community College announce #MyFightingOwlsFreedom contest winners

BEL AIR, MD—Freedom Federal Credit Union, in collaboration with Harford Community College, on Monday announced the winners of the #MyFightingOwlsFreedom social media contest. The contest encouraged participants to share their stories of freedom and personal growth at Harford Community College. The #MyFightingOwlsFreedom contest ended with a five-day public voting period, in which the community voted through Facebook and Instagram for […]

Online threat against Perry Hall High School investigated, increased police presence expected on Friday

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Authorities are investigating a threat that was posted to social media this week that circulated among students at Perry Hall High School. The threat, which someone captured via a screenshot and posted online, reads, “[Expletive] this [expletive] school bro, sick and tired of [redacted]’s new rules. It [sic] all [expletive] and she’s gonna [sic] pay tomorrow for it…by the […]

Attorney General Brown, bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General sue Meta for harming youth mental health

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown, along with 41 other state Attorneys General, filed a series of federal and state lawsuits against Meta, alleging that the company knowingly designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and its other social media platforms with the intent of addicting children and teens, while falsely assuring the public that these features are safe […]