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Mugshots.com founders charged with extortion, money laundering and identity theft
May 22nd, 2018

They made millions of dollars circulating mugshots on the internet, requiring excessive removal fees from their subjects. Currently, the mugshots of Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, two of the four owners of Mugshots.com, are making their rounds on the internet after they were taken into custody on extortion, money laundering, and identity theft charges. The…

Top U.S. lawmakers and intelligence chiefs warn Americans of using Chinese smartphone Huawei
May 13th, 2018

Leading U.S. intelligence officials are warning Americans not to use products including smartphones made by Chinese technology companies Huawei and ZTE. Top lawmakers and intelligence chiefs have warned of the Chinese government’s attempts to garner access to sensitive U.S. technologies, intellectual properties, and academic research through telecommunications companies, and joint business ventures. The heads of all…

Facebook investigating allegations employee used position to stalk women online
May 7th, 2018

A security engineer who works at Facebook is accused of using her “privileged access” to personal data to stalk women on the internet. The allegation surfaced on Sunday night by Jackie Stokes, the founder of a cybersecurity consulting firm, Spyglass Security. The matter is now reportedly being investigated by Facebook. “Although we can’t comment on…

Email hacker stole nude photos, $130,000K from Paris Hilton

Nude pictures of Paris Hilton were hacked off of her iCloud account, and over $130,000 was robbed from her accounts. Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan targeted Hilton and two other unknown individuals over the span of two years, TMZ reported. Bkhchadzhyan broke into the heiress’ email accounts and used her credit card to reserve the Penthouse Suite at…

Google partners with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to combat America’s opioid epidemic
April 28th, 2018

Google and the feds are joining forces to help battle the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis. In a collaborative effort with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the tech giant has launched a Google Maps locator tool developed to help individuals remove unused prescription drugs as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. Susan…

Appeals court rules Texas ‘revenge porn’ law violates First Amendment
April 24th, 2018

An appeals court in Texas last week struck down a law that criminalized the distribution of sexually explicit pictures and videos of an individual online without their consent, indicating that the “revenge porn” measure is a violation of the First Amendment. The 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler — located roughly 98 miles east of…

Mastermind behind Bitcoin heist escapes prison, may have fled to Sweden
April 19th, 2018

Authorities say Sindri Thor Stefansson, the suspect behind the theft of 600 bitcoiin mining computers has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland. Swedish police officials said Wednesday that Icelandic police have briefed them on the situation and an international arrest warrant has been issued for Stefansson. Police spokesman Stefan…

Fingerprint in WhatsApp photo leads to drug dealers arrest
April 18th, 2018

WhatsApp photo leads to drug dealer’s arrest in groundbreaking’ case A new fingerprinting method is being used to convict a drug group after one of the members’ fingerprints was discovered in a message on WhatsApp. The photo in question is of one of the gang members with ecstasy tablets in his palm. The image was…

Backpage co-founders charged with promoting prostitution, money laundering
April 11th, 2018

The founders of Backpage, the infamous web platform most known for running sex and prostitution-related ads, have been indicted along with five others on federal charges. The 93-count indictment alleged that the site’s founders, 69-year-old Michael Lacey and 68-year-old James Larkin, facilitated prostitution and committed money laundering. Executive vice president Scott Spear, 67, has also…

Missouri’s AG launches investigation into Facebook amid data harvesting scandal
April 3rd, 2018

Missouri’s AG opens investigation into Facebook data scandal On Monday, Missouri’s attorney general initiatedan investigation into the Facebook data scandal involving the utilization of personal information. Josh Hawley’s office is asking that the social media giant reveals every time it shared data with a political group and how much such organizations paid for the data,…