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New York Police Officer Charged With Hacking Into FBI, Police Databases

The FBI said that a NYPD officer was charged on Tuesday over a scheme to hack into a restricted NYPD computer and other sensitive law enforcement databases to enrich himself through fraud.

Find out what your apps are really doing

Apps, these tiny programs on Internet-connected mobile phones are increasingly becoming entryways for surveillance and fraud. Computer scientists have now developed a program that can show users whether the apps on their smartphone are accessing private information, and what they do with that data.

Nominee For Attorney General Tap Dances Around Senator Franken's Question About Aaron Swartz

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've discussed for years how broken the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) is. The law, which was written many years ago, is problematically vague in certain areas, allowing prosecutors to claim that merely breaking a terms of service...Show More Summary

Your new smart card’s dirty little secret: It won’t stop hackers

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

If you haven’t yet received a new credit card, the kind with a computer chip visibly embedded in it, you soon will. Card issuers are quickly distributing them to curb credit card fraud. The little integrated circuit on the front, whose encryption capability makes it nearly impossible to copy or...

“We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism” after Barrett Brown. “I’ll Go First.“

2 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA. The federal government's case against Barrett Brown creates a very real chilling effect for other journalists who, like Brown, produce work that deals with hacking and hacktivists. Read the rest

Those “Worst Password” Lists Could Be Felonies Under Department of Justice Proposal - As opposed to just criminally stupid.

2 months agoHumor : Geekosystem

A proposed alteration to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) from the Department of Justice would turn the dissemination of any information or passwords that could be used to compromise a protected computer into a crime—including those horrendous "worst password" lists. Show More Summary

This Week In Credit Card News: Time To Get A Fixed Rate Card? Are New Credit Cards Safe?

Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control This year, firms are expected to roll out more than a half-billion new credit cards embedded with computer chips that create a unique code for each transaction, making counterfeiting much more difficult. In a retreat for the industry, however, the new cards don’t use some […]

Maddow, CO Anchor Call Out Megyn Kelly for Misleading Voter Fraud Coverage

5 months agoNews : Mediaite

On her Fox News show this week, Megyn Kelly drew viewer attention to possible voter fraud in Colorado over a law that she said "literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to collectors." This earned her a stern rebuke from one Colorado news anchor and Rachel Maddow.

Here’s A Video Showing What Happens When Malware Infects Your Computer And Creates Thousands Of Fake Clicks On Ads

Online ad fraud costs advertisers more than $7 million every month, as they pay for digital ads that were never actually seen by humans. Much of this online ad fraud is created by botnets: armies of PCs infected with malware that generates thousands of fake clicks on ads. Show More Summary

Banks Use Callers' Voiceprints to Fight Fraud

Computers with voice recognition are being used--sometimes discreetly--to add extra security during calls with customers.

Petition: make it safe to report security flaws in computers

6 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

Laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act put security researchers at risk of felony prosecution for telling you about bugs in the computers you put your trust in, turning the computers thatShow More Summary

Tutor blamed in Newport Beach cheating scandal due in court

A tutor who allegedly led a cheating ring at a top-performing Orange County high school is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on burglary and computer fraud charges, prosecutors said.

Xbox One Counterfeiters Accused of Stealing ‘$100 to $200 Million’ in Data

6 months agoHumor : Time: Tech

Two of the four indicted U.S. men have pleaded guilty to computer fraud and copyright infringement, and will be sentenced next January.

Financial regulators warn banks to protect themselves against ‘Shellshock’ bug

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A group of top U.S. financial regulators urged banks to quickly fix their software to protect it against the “Shellshock” computer bug, saying it could expose them to fraud. Shellshock is a newly emerged major Internet threat that affects a common software tool found in many operating...

Top U.S. Regulators Warn Banks Over 'Shellshock' Bug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of top U.S. financial regulators urged banks to quickly fix their software to protect it against the "Shellshock" computer bug, saying it could expose them to fraud. Shellshock is a newly emerged majorShow More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Greg Abbott, the tea party, and racism

7 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

In 2010, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott shut down the offices of Texas voter registration group Houston Votes with an armed raid that seized computers and other group equipment looking for "voter fraud". None was ever found, butShow More Summary

The Nefarious Partnership Against The Development Of Black People - Attorney General Eric Holder & The Civil Rights Pharisees Are The Biggest Cowards On 'Race' & The Governance Within The Black Diaspora

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Scientific journal retracts 60 papers linked to sock-puppet peer review

8 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

This is just a crazy level of fraud. A Taiwanese computer scientist has been caught creating more than 100 fake email accounts that allowed him to "peer" review his own research. Read the rest

ALERT: National Fraud Intelligence Bureau warns of new computer virus

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has received the first reports from victims of a new type of malware, known as “Cryptowall”. This is similar to older malware which can encrypt all files on infected machines. Awareness is being raised of this malware type in order to help people to stop themselves from becoming victims. […]

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