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Paul Ceglia’s at It Again, Claiming His Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

Mr. Ceglia. (facebook.com)

You’ve got to hand it to Paul Ceglia, the man who would own Facebook. Most people, when charged with criminal fraud by the U.S. government, would abandon the civil lawsuit that got them into trouble in the first place. Not Mr. Ceglia. This onetime wood-pellet salesman is continuing his quixotic quest to claim a slice of the social network.

The Wall Street Journal reports that he’s now suing to stop the criminal proceedings against him, accusing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of violating his constitutional rights.

This is starting to sound less Law and Order, more junior varsity mock trial.  Read More


Don’t Half-Ass Your Fraudulent Documents if You’re Gonna Sue Facebook

Mr. Ceglia. (facebook.com)

Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit claiming partial ownership of Facebook is based, in part, on a purported contract between Mr. Ceglia and Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook’s lawyers have said time and again that Mr. Ceglia’s evidence was little more than forgery, and it seems the federal government concurs. In his complaint,  Postal Inspector Douglas Veatch suggests that Mr. Ceglia took an unrelated contract with Mr. Zuckerberg and simply replaced the first page with the supposed smoking gun.

But what surprised us was just how (allegedly!) sloppy his cut-and-paste job was.

Here’s what Inspector Veatch had to say: Read More

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U.S. Attorney Arrests Paul Ceglia for Multibillion-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Facebook

Illustration by David Saracino.

For years, Facebook’s lawyers have been arguing that Paul Ceglia’s claim to at least half of Facebook was baseless. Even federal judges have been moved to strong language by Mr. Ceglia’s lawsuit, which offered up a Microsoft Word document of cut-and-pasted emails between him and Mark Zuckerberg as proof that he helped fund Mr. Zuckerberg’s work in the early days of development and was therefore entitled to a share of Facebook.

Today, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has come out with a surprising complaint that screams “Team Zuck.” In the complaint, the U.S. Attorney’s office has charged Mr. Ceglia with an attempt to con Facebook to the tune of several billion dollars. Mr. Ceglia, 39, was arrested in Wellsville, N.Y., this morning on one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Read More

When Hackers Attack

NASA and FBI Charge Seven Europeans for Clickjacking Users Who Were Trying to Get to iTunes and Netflix

Jackin' ur clickz.

When NASA’s computers get infected, government officials don’t mess around.

In a 62-page indictment unsealed in the Southern District of New York today, a number of parties, including Preet Bharara’s office, the New York office of the FBI, and NASA’s Inspector General brought charges against six Estonian nationals and one Russian national for a “massive and sophisticated” Internet fraud scheme.

The clickjackers infected 4 million computers in more than 100 countries with malware, including at least 500,00 computers in the U.S. that belonged to NASA, educational institutions, businesses and non-profits. Read More