Category: Crime

The Silk Road, AKA The ‘Amazon Of Drugs,’ Shut Down By Law Enforcement

October 3, 2013

silk-roadThere’s an intriguing faux “Chinese curse” stemming from Colonial British times. It goes like this: “May you live in interesting times.” The seemingly innocuous curse is often associated with the desire for disorder or law enforcement to be visited on its victim. And if you’re a vendor, or customer, of The Silk Road, boy, your times just got a lot more interesting.

The Emergency Alert System Is Hackable — For Now

July 9, 2013

Emergency-Alert-SystemGreat news: The Emergency Alert System, a U.S. government medium which can interrupt T.V. and radio broadcasts in the event of an emergency situation, is hackable.

Syrian Hackers Claim NPR As Latest Victims

April 16, 2013

NPR’s web publishing system, along with its social media accounts, were compromised late Monday night by a group supporting embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The group, calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army,” claimed credit for incident which resulted in several headlines being rewritten as “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.” The headlines popped up across the public news provider’s main and affiliate websites.

A new bracelet may be a life saver for civil rights activists

April 8, 2013

A new bracelet may be a life saver for civil rights activistsThe new bracelet is considered to be a “personal alarm” for human rights activists in dangerous parts of the world. It can be activated by either pulling on it or pulling it off violently.  Once activated it sends a signal that can get help to the person in trouble.

Spammers slam Spamhaus with nuclear DDOS attack

March 27, 2013

Spammers slam Spamhaus with nuclear DDOS attackUsually when two people or companies get into a spat, very few bystanders get affected.  This time a spat between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker is slowing down the global web.  Everyone seems to have been affected in some way shape or form. It seems that Cyberbunker has unleashed a nuclear denial of service (DDOS) attack in the ongoing grudge match.

Matthew Keys, man accused of assisting Anonymous, lawyers up

March 16, 2013

Matthew Keys, the now-suspended Reuters deputy social media editor accused of assisting the hacking conglomerate known as “Anonymous,” has gotten himself two lawyers and a defense.

Obama, Biden, Britney and Beyonce’s personal data stolen

March 13, 2013

Obama, Biden, Britney and Beyonce's personal data stolenWhat appears to be personal details of up to 20 public figures have been posted online. In what appears to be a connected incident, credit record firm Equifax has confirmed records for four people have been accessed unlawfully.

Comcast’s “Six-Strikes” notification seen in the wild, and it has problems

February 27, 2013

Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Verizon and Comcast, have activated their versions of the anti-piracy monitoring system known as Copyright Alert System (CAS), which has been in development for years, on Wednesday.

Six-Strikes policy expected to launch on American ISPs this coming Monday

February 23, 2013

American torrenters beware: a six-strike anti-piracy plan will go into effect on Monday, February 25. The plan, called the Copyright Alert System (CAS), was created in coordination with the entertainment industry and will operate on AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon services.

Hack attack compromises number of Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr user account

February 22, 2013

The phone numbers, emails, and email subject lines of users who contacted three major Internet companies for support have been compromised after hackers infiltrated Zendesk’s system. The three customers: Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, according to a Wired report.

Bush family emails get hacked and George W’s self portraits revealed

February 8, 2013

Bush family emails get hacked and George W's self portraits revealedEmails of several of the Presidents’ Bush’s family and friends were hacked by Guccifier.  The emails revealed personal family correspondence concerning the elder President Bush’s health and the younger President Bush’s self portraits. Apparently the hacker “only” obtained personal family information and not national security secrets. Still revealing personal family emails about President George H. W. Bush’s failing health that  feels incredibly intrusive.

Chinese hackers allegedly infiltrate New York Times in response to critical story

January 31, 2013

The New York Times claims that it suffered a major hacking operation, and was infiltrated by what appears to be Chinese hackers over the last four months, according to a report published by the Times on Wednesday, January 30th. The hackers were apparently retaliating against the international news organization for its critical story of new Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao’s wealth, and gained access to the passwords of every Times employee. Especially targeted were the journalists who wrote the story on Wen and his family.

Twitter has to reveal racist tweeters per French court

January 24, 2013

Twitter has to reveal racist tweeters per French courtWhere does the right to free speech end?  According to a recent French ruling, it ends with racist Tweets.  Twitter had refused to release the identities of users who had posted anti-Semitic Tweets.  That’s when the court stepped in and said hand over the information.

Iran’s government-censored version of YouTube aims to promote Iranian culture

December 9, 2012

As big and open as the Internet feels, it’s not difficult for governments to control what goes on it. That’s the case with “Mehr,” Iran’s version of YouTube.

Piracy site owner jailed despite hosting no content

August 15, 2012

Piracy site owner jailed despite hosting no contentFor many years operators of questionable video content sites assumed they are untouchable if they don’t actually host any copyright-infringing material. That assumption has proved incorrect in several countries, with theUnited Kingdomthe latest example.

Cell phone carriers and law enforcement are teaming up to fight phone theft

April 10, 2012

Cell phone carriers and law enforcement are teaming up to fight phone theftUnfortunately cell phone theft is happening more and more these days.  Most people know to call their wireless carrier to prevent outrageous calls,  Sometimes they can get their private information wiped from their phone.  Still cell phone insurance is costly and purchasing a replacement phone is even more expensive.  For many of us, it also means losing a lot of personal information that may not automatically back up to Google or the iOS cloud.

Flashback Trojan hits over 500,000 Macs

April 6, 2012

Flashback Trojan hits over 500,000 MacsFor years one of the many selling points of buying an Apple computer was the fact that they rarely got a virus or a trojan.  Unfortunately for at least 550,000 Mac owners worldwide, they have computers that are infected with the Flashback Trojan.  Apple already knows about it and has already sent out a fix but that doesn’t mean that the infected computers are fixed.  It’s a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has gotten out.

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