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Botnet master gets 30-month prison term for renting out infected PCs

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A hacker who controlled a botnet of 72,000 computers and rented out command-and-control access to various malcontents was sentenced to 30 months in prison today, the Department of Justice said. Joshua Schichtel, 30, of Phoenix, Ariz., pleased guilty in August of last year to one count of "attempting to cause...
Botnet master gets 30-month prison term for renting out infected PCs

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

Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement

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Following his arrest late August, 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 authorities...
Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?
PlayStation Network hacker sentenced to year in prison

Irreverent Hacker's Jail Cell Amplifies His Activism

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Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, the hacker who released hundreds of thousands of iPad owners' email addresses, is live-tweeting his 41-month jail term. Auernheimer has remained unapologetic about the offense, telling Business Insider that all he did was access a public and unsecure Web server -- an action which, if the prosecution's...
Irreverent Hacker's Jail Cell Amplifies His Activism

"Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court

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Anonymous file-sharing is booming. Whether it’s BitTorrent through a VPN, proxy, or other anonymizing services, people are increasingly looking to hide their identities online. One application that gained interest earlier this year is RetroShare. Despite being actively developed for more than half a decade, its user-base suddenly increased tenfold in...
"Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court

Woolwich attack: racist Facebook posts lead to suspended jail term

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Michaela Turner given suspended eight-week prison term after asking if others want to join her 'burning down some mosques'A 24-year-old woman who posted racist comments on Facebook after the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has avoided a jail sentence.Michaela Turner, of Southsea, Hampshire, was sentenced at Portsmouth magistrates court to...
Woolwich attack: racist Facebook posts lead to suspended jail term

Should Making A Threat On Facebook Be A Crime?

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There have been a few instances lately of various mass killings around the world (though certainly not all of them) where those responsible have either left strong hints via their online presence, or have even been pretty direct about their intentions. Of course, at the same time, you have stories...
Should Making A Threat On Facebook Be A Crime?

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Pirate Bay founders final appeal

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It’s certainly not a good day to be a founder of The Pirate Bay. The legal saga centering on the founders of the file sharing site Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström has been ongoing for several years. So far, the founders of been appealing the court decisions further...
Swedish Supreme Court rejects Pirate Bay founders final appeal

German Court Holds Internet User Responsible For Passing On Unknown, Encrypted File

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A natural response to the increasingly harsh enforcement of laws against unauthorized sharing of copyright files is to move to encrypted connections. It seems like a perfect solution: nobody can eavesdrop, and so nobody can find out what you are sharing. But as TorrentFreak reports, a German court has just...
German Court Holds Internet User Responsible For Passing On Unknown, Encrypted File
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Engineer gets 4 years behind bars for stealing Motorola's secrets

Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

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The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities argue that...
Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

Secret Service Paid TJX Hacker $75,000 a Year

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Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez earned $75,000 a year working undercover for the U.S. Secret Service, informing on bank card thieves before he was arrested in 2008 for running his own multimillion-dollar card-hacking operation. The information comes from one of Gonzalez’s best friends and convicted accomplices, Stephen Watt. Watt...
Secret Service Paid TJX Hacker $75,000 a Year

Driver faked CCTV to avoid fine

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A Plymouth motorist is given a suspended prison term for faking CCTV footage to avoid a speeding conviction....
Driver faked CCTV to avoid fine

Illegal file-sharer gets hit with 5-year prison sentence

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A U.S. judge gives the leader of the IMAGiNE file-sharing group a record prison term for camcording movies in the theater and distributing them on the Web. [Read more]...
Illegal file-sharer gets hit with 5-year prison sentence

Jaw-jaw and law-law: freedom of speech online | Editorial

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Ill-advised 'jokes' once dealt with through social censure are today being criminalised now they are given online airingsAt some time or another, we have all sat with a friend and heard them come out with a quip we would rather they'd kept to themselves. Whether the remark was too cold,...
Jaw-jaw and law-law: freedom of speech online | Editorial

Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann: accountability for prosecutorial abuse

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Imposing real consequences on these federal prosecutors in the Aaron Swartz case is vital for both justice and reformWhenever an avoidable tragedy occurs, it's common for there to be an intense spate of anger in its immediate aftermath which quickly dissipates as people move on to the next outrage. That's...
Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann: accountability for prosecutorial abuse

Prosecutor's Husband Fights Back Against Everyone Criticizing The Case Against Aaron Swartz

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U.S. District Attorney Carmen Ortiz's husband has had enough of people attacking his wife. Thousands of people have called on President Barack Obama to fire Ortiz after Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz killed himself last week. Ortiz was heading up a criminal hacking case against Swartz after he was accused of...
Prosecutor's Husband Fights Back Against Everyone Criticizing The Case Against Aaron Swartz

NYT public editor: Sometimes transparency triumphs over objectivity

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Is the status of objectivity as a sacrosanct principle of the journalism industry beginning to weaken? There have been some encouraging signs lately, not the least of which are some recent blog posts from New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan: in the most recent, she argues for the benefits...
NYT public editor: Sometimes transparency triumphs over objectivity

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group Members Jailed

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September last year IMAGiNE stopped distributing new films via their private BitTorrent tracker UnleashTheNet. As IMAGiNE was one of the Internet’s leading BitTorrent release groups the hiatus sparked speculation that the authorities were onto them. Indeed, TorrentFreak was tipped off by the leader of a rival group that this indeed...
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group Members Jailed

Facing 4-yr prison term, Surfthechannel owner lashes out

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After being sentenced to prison, Anton Vickerman took to his Web site to condemn the British justice system, the film industry, journalists and the jury. [Read more]...
Facing 4-yr prison term, Surfthechannel owner lashes out
Bitcoin price holds up as details emerge about Mt. Gox seizure

Hacker who infected 72K computers gets prison sentence

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Joshua Schichtel pled guilty for selling botnets to customers "who wanted to infect computers with various different types of malicious software." Now, he's serving a 30-month prison term. [Read more]...
Hacker who infected 72K computers gets prison sentence

Aaron Swartz memorial law proposed by Silicon Valley congresswoman

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'Aaron's law' would update Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, criticised for vague wording under which activist was chargedA congresswoman from Silicon Valley is planning to introduce legislation to amend the law used to prosecute Aaron Swartz, the free information activist who killed himself on Friday.Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat who...
Aaron Swartz memorial law proposed by Silicon Valley congresswoman

Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Return to Sweden

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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, has left Cambodia and is being transported to Sweden to serve his prison term....
Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Return to Sweden
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