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There's an interesting piece in today's Los Angeles Times revealing that the FBI is investigating an L.A. paparazzi agency at the behest of Us Weekly. Seems the agency was founded last year by a former Us staffer, Jill Ishkanian, and the mag had become suspicious that Ishkanian was gaining access to its reporting scoops for her own gain. The FBI executed search warrants at Ishkanian's home and office, and the working theory was that she was somehow tapping into the Us Weekly computer system to conduct this industrial espionage. What does Ishkanian's lawyer have to say to all this? Oh yeah, he says, she was in the email system. Yikes! And how did she crack the intense security measures? By using a password she'd been given, which no one ever bothered to change.

Paparazzi Firm Target of FBI Search [LAT]