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"The cutting edge of cybercrime"--Lulzsec hackers get up to 32 months in jail
FBI makes first arrest tied to iPad mini heist

Teen Hacker Banned From The Internet For Six Years

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A teenaged hacker known as Cosmo the God, who was involved in a number of big site takedowns earlier this year, and who is considered a "social engineering mastermind" has been sentenced to probation. The terms include a ban on internet access until his 21st birthday, six years from now,...
Teen Hacker Banned From The Internet For Six Years
Amnesty International's 'Trial by Timeline' scans Facebook, maps out your crimes across the globe

Tip for Budding Burglars: Don’t Accept Friend Requests from Cops

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(flickr.com/smemon) Every savvy Facebooker knows that bragging about your misdeeds on the mostly public social networking site is a huge no-no, but perhaps a lesser-known adage is this one: don’t accept friend requests from strangers, especially if they look like they might spend their days fighting crime for a living....
Tip for Budding Burglars: Don’t Accept Friend Requests from Cops

New U.K. site maps muggings, street violence

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StreetViolence.org is a U.K. site on which people who have been mugged can help others avoid certain high-risk areas by mapping the location of the crimes. Does this remind some of Microsoft's "Avoid Ghetto" patent? [Read more]...
New U.K. site maps muggings, street violence

Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

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The Megaupload troubles make for interesting discussion because there is much to be said on both sides. Whether the illegal aspects of the network “outweigh” the legal aspects is a question that will be discussed for months and perhaps years. But one thing can’t be disputed: after the two-year investigation...
Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

Former News Corp. Executives to be Charged in Bribery Probe

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LONDON — British prosecutors said they will charge two former top executives of News Corp’s U.K. newspaper unit and others with crimes as part of a bribery probe, expanding their criminal prosecution to include journalists at the company’s tabloid The Sun. Prosecutors said they will charge Rebekah Brooks, former editor...
Former News Corp. Executives to be Charged in Bribery Probe

Lebanese Internal Security Force Requests Facebook Passwords, Text Messages Of All Citizens In The Country

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Here at Techdirt, we're used to seeing national security agencies make overly broad requests for personal data, often under the premise that the crime (or crimes) committed justifies these fishing expeditions that are as "targeted" as dropping a nuke into the ocean and keeping everything that floats to the surface....
Lebanese Internal Security Force Requests Facebook Passwords, Text Messages Of All Citizens In The Country

Lawsuit challenges Prop 35's Internet registration rules

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Californians, including adult prostitutes, convicted of indecent exposure and other sex-related crimes must now register "Internet identities" with police. ACLU and EFF say that's unconstitutional. [Read more]...
Lawsuit challenges Prop 35's Internet registration rules
Was a huge drop in violence in the 1990s caused by more people owning cellphones?

Protip: After Successfully Stealing A Car And Robbing A Bank... Don't Brag About It On YouTube

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No one ever said that criminals were particularly smart. Over the years, we've pointed to a number of incredibly stupid criminals who post evidence or confessions of their crimes in YouTube videos. What's amazed us, though, are politicians who argue that there should be additional criminal penalties for those who...
Protip: After Successfully Stealing A Car And Robbing A Bank... Don't Brag About It On YouTube

Press Tries To Pin High Profile Killings On The Web & World Of Warcraft

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And, here we go again. The press and "cultural commentators" absolutely love to blame new technologies for someone who does something bad. The latest is that in response to the crazy Luka Magnotta case (involving the guy in Canada who killed and dismembered someone, filming the whole thing, eating some...
Press Tries To Pin High Profile Killings On The Web & World Of Warcraft

Witness Confident: can a street violence map encourage more victims to report crime?

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A new idea to report crime in London has been launched today by the charity Witness Confident. It uses witness accounts to map violent crime and sends reports to the Met. The Datablog looks at how this map can be used • Get the dataToday a new map of crime...
Witness Confident: can a street violence map encourage more victims to report crime?

The NYPD goes mobile

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The New York City Police Department has released its own official iOS app, simply called NYPD. It’s available now as a free download for the App Store, even in non-U.S. territories, allowing curious users from outside the Big Apple access to a wealth of crime and law enforcement information. The...
The NYPD goes mobile
Hacker arrested in France for stealing about 500,000 euros using malware apps

Apple announces 'Activation Lock' theft deterrent feature for iOS 7 ahead of gov't meeting on rising smartphone crime

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Ahead of a meeting with government officials later this month to discuss how Apple could prevent increasing smartphone crimes, Apple today introduced a new feature for called ‘Activation Lock’ that it says will be a “a really powerful theft deterrent” when released later this fall in iOS 7. We...
Apple announces 'Activation Lock' theft deterrent feature for iOS 7 ahead of gov't meeting on rising smartphone crime

Danish Police Admit That Data Retention Hasn't Helped At All

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There's been a big push around the globe to ramp up data retention rules, which require various online services to keep all sorts of data on their users for a long time, just in case it's possible that law enforcement officials might need that data at some later date. That...
Danish Police Admit That Data Retention Hasn't Helped At All
Alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning goes to trial

Pirate Bay Founder Remains Locked Up Without Charges

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Following his arrest late last month, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm was deported from Cambodia to Sweden. Initially it was assumed that Gottfrid was sent to Sweden because of the outstanding one year prison sentence in the Pirate Bay case. However, once he touched down at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, the...
Pirate Bay Founder Remains Locked Up Without Charges

Perhaps We Should Hold Apple And Other U.S. Companies Responsible For Foxconn’s Crimes

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Buried in a Reuters report on Foxconn, a division of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, is a description of an attack on a journalist visiting a Foxconn factory in China while chasing down a lead on an Apple product. The journalist was taking pictures of the factory from a public...
Perhaps We Should Hold Apple And Other U.S. Companies Responsible For Foxconn’s Crimes

Apple joins Facebook and Microsoft in revealing US surveillance requests

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Tech firm promises users that iMessage, FaceTime, location details and Siri requests remain privateThe technology firm Apple says it has received 4,000-5,000 surveillance requests from the US government about its customers since December 2012.The company's disclosure comes after the Guardian revealed the existence of a US National Security Agency programme...
Apple joins Facebook and Microsoft in revealing US surveillance requests

Nintendo Wants to Hunt Down Game Pirates and Block Websites

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Every year copyright holders get the chance to hand over their list of anti-piracy recommendations for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 report. The review is published annually and highlights countries that in the eyes of the U.S. are not doing enough to deter copyright infringement. Games company Nintendo is...
Nintendo Wants to Hunt Down Game Pirates and Block Websites

U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire for the prosecution of Internet entrepreneur and activist Aaron Swartz, on Wednesday issued her first statement responding to the controversy that has followed Swartz's suicide. Ortiz offered "heartfelt sympathy," but said her office's "conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case." She noted...
U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz

LulzSec hacker neuron pleads guilty to Sony Pictures security breach

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An Arizona man has admitted hacking a Sony Pictures website and making off with personal information for thousands of individuals as part of a campaign by the LulzSec collective. Raynaldo Rivera, who was 20 years old when he was arrested in August, made the admission in a plea agreement recently...
LulzSec hacker neuron pleads guilty to Sony Pictures security breach

The secret to tweeting

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Twitter isn't solely for media types – an online presence can help in all types of jobOK, I give in, even my friend Will has heard of Twitter, how do I start?Go to Twitter.com and click on Sign up. Register and choose yourself a username – the snappier and less...
The secret to tweeting

Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

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On June 11th last year Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history. An international operation shut down the movie streaming portal Kino.to and police made more than a dozen arrests. As collateral damage, several file-hosting services connected to Kino.to also went down. A few days ago Skyload.net,...
Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

Pirate Bay Founder Charged With Hacking Companies and a Bank

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In late August 2012, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm was deported from Cambodia to Sweden. Initially it was thought that Gottfrid had been taken to serve the prison time he was handed for his involvement in The Pirate Bay, but quickly it become clear the authorities also had other things...
Pirate Bay Founder Charged With Hacking Companies and a Bank

Accused pretexters enter mystery plea in old HP spy case

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Father-and-son team charged with crimes related to HP's spy scandal enters plea, but that plea is immediately placed under seal by the court. [Read more]...
Accused pretexters enter mystery plea in old HP spy case

Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana

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This is the kind of law that annoys me: A Senate bill to toughen penalties for crimes committed with the aid of Internet-generated "virtual maps," including acts of terrorism, won quick approval Monday in the House. [...] Adley's bill defines a "virtual street-level map" as one that is available on...
Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana
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