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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
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. […]
The top court in Massachusetts has ruled that an attorney charged with mortgage fraud must decrypt his computers hard drives for police, who believe they contain evidence of the alleged crime.
Reaching into my pile of topics waiting for attention, I pulled out this story from three weeks ago. A homeowner in Indiana computed the property tax on the home by subtracting a homestead exemption from the value before multiplying by the applicable rate. Show More Summary
Higher education-focused IT company Symplicity sent a letter today informing all of its users that company co-founder and CEO Ariel Friedler and CTO Alok Dhir will both plead guilty to violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The charge stems from the executives “improperly logging into competitors’ systems,” the letter states. Both Friedler and Dhir...
Individuals are continuing to fall victim to ‘Computer Software Tech Support’ phone calls which use the names of companies like Microsoft to scam people [12 May 2014] The scam starts with a phone call from a fraudster using the name of well known company, claiming there is a problem with your computer and remote access […]
With great computer science education and terrible engineering wages, Russia has become a world leader in credit card theft and digital fraud, driving down the cost of illicit credit cards, passports, and scam-bots. Russia is home to some of the world's biggest tech companies, and is one of the world's leaders in computer science education. Show More Summary
[Update: hole has been closed by ACB's IT team] The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is so severely flawed that people are extremely hesitant to report security holes in websites, especially after witnessing what happened to Weev (Andrew...Show More Summary
Hacker Weev, ( real name Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer), made headlines again today when the federal court of appeals overturned his sentence of 41 months in prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he hacked into an AT&T site that allowed him with ease to take 114, 000 email addresses through a flaw
An appeals court finds there was no basis to try Andrew Auernheimer in New Jersey for allegedly violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. read more
Hoards of internet enthusiasts crowed in unison, when Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer was convicted of computer fraud in 2012 and later sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. And on Friday, those cries were justified. A federal appeals panel just overturned the conviction but not for the reasons some activists might've hoped for. Read more...
Today a federal appeals court reversed and vacated the conviction of Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer. Weev received a 41-month prison sentence in March 2013 after being convicted of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and committing...Show More Summary
Brian Murray, Ross Bell, Lonnie Smith and Gary Salter, all from Kent, committed the multi-million pound fraud, claiming fraudulent VAT repayments for mobile phones and computer chips imported from Europe and the United States. Her Majesty’s...Show More Summary
Appeals court skirts Computer Fraud And Abuse Act analysis.
At this point, the world of finance has become so completely and utterly moronic that it is all but impossible to write about it without wanting to smash one’s head through the computer screen. There is no end to the allegedly clever arguments one can make up to support the belief that we are in an economic recovery. Show More Summary
I must be missing something. English prosecutors are heralding the sentencing of Mohammed Khalid Jamil as a “landmark case” in their campaign against computer fraud. Jamil ran an international conspiracy to defraud people of millions in a Microsoft scam. However, he received just a four-month sentence and that sentence was promptly suspended. As for the […]
The Boston Globe unearthed details of the investigation that led to Aaron Swartz's arrest and prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Malicious code loaded onto computers via court notice fraud.
One year ago today How to fix the worst law in technology: Tim Wu's New Yorker piece on Aaron Swartz and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act explains how Obama could, with one speech, fix the worst problem with the worst law in technol...