Earlier today, five men in New York were busted in connection to a huge cyber heist after “packing bags to [the] brim with stolen cash.” Federal prosecutors said that the group of wannabe movie thugs were members of a international hacking organization that stole more than $45 million from several global banks earlier this year. Read More
Law and Order
In a decision that should serve as a warning to cybersquatters everywhere, Pinterest was awarded a $7.2 million settlement today, the culmination of a legal battle over more than 100 similarly named domains. The social networking site won a judgement in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Qian Jian who bought domains like pinterost.com and pinterests.com. Read More
Some owners of the new iPhone might have to add another step in their post-purchase ritual of opening the box, popping it into a new case and walking away. The New York Police Department is going to register serial numbers from new iPhones as part of the state’s recent crackdown on preventing phone thefts. Read More
Someone from Best Buy’s Geek Squad is perhaps too much of a freak for their own good.
An Alabama woman named Nicole March is suing the electronics store after a member of the tech support team allegedly posted and distributed naked photos taken from her computer. Calling the ordeal devastating and humiliating, the University Read More
Three men in New Jersey were arrested yesterday for allegedly swindling nearly $7 million from an investor by claiming that they had “special access” to shares of Facebook prior to it going public last May.
Federal prosecutors arrested Aaron Muschel, 63, of Brooklyn, and Alex Schleider, 47 and Eliyahu Weinstein, 37, of Lakewood, N.J. and charged them with wire fraud conspiracy. Bloomberg reports that they offered a New Zealand investor “blocks of Facebook shares” even though the men had no access to them. They preyed off the near deafening buzz, that seemed to promise Great Gatsby-like riches, to those who cash in on the site’s IPO. Read More
Poor Ronald Clark. All he wanted to do was, relax, crack open a Mountain Dew and watch some downloaded videos of elves, pixies, and “other fantasy creatures” doing it. Instead, the New Zealand man landed in jail.
A court in Auckland ruled that Mr. Clark’s pixie porn qualifies as “objectionable material,” sparking a debate in the country regarding whether or not content can be considered indecent if the animated characters appear underage. Mr. Clark said his interest in pixie and elf porn was all in good fun, and that he was simply enjoying the films based on their “artistic merit.” Read More
Google’s autocomplete function is both humorous and harmless, but as it turns out, it’s getting the company in trouble in Japan. A Tokyo District Court ruled yesterday that the search giant must modify its results so it no longer incorrectly incriminates people for things they didn’t do. Read More
There are many ways to obtain Internet access, particularly as a college student in the United States. If you don’t have a laptop, you can always go to the university library, or borrow a friend’s computer. Or, if you’re an unidentified 18-year-old University of Georgia student, you can break into a woman’s house in order to chill on her couch and browse Facebook on her laptop. Read More