crime

This Is The Revenge Porn Law We Need

The United States has been waiting too long for federal law banning revenge porn. T hat wait will be over soon. In the coming weeks, congresswoman Jackie Speiers will introduce a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime — finally.


Police Nab Thieves That Stole $500K Of Computers From Aussie Schools

After a three month operation, police have nabbed two men allegedly responsible for stealing hundreds of MacBooks and iPads from private schools across New South Wales. The haul was worth over $500,000, and over 20 different schools were targeted.


Here Is The Spy Equipment That Powers The FBI's Secret Dragnet

The FBI is going to remarkable lengths to hide information about its surveillance program that intercepts calls and texts with equipment called Stingrays.


Bank Security Is So Bad That A Simple Phishing Scam Can Cost $US1 Billion

In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $US1 billion from banks by infecting computers with malware and siphoning money. But how the hackers infiltrated these banks speaks to a much bigger problem: The current security standards (or lack thereof) at major financial institutions are so bad, it only takes opening a malware-riddled attachment to jumpstart an international, billion-dollar theft.


Law Enforcement Is Treating Online Trolling Like A Serious Crime

Although it’s still difficult for people dealing with online harassment to get help from police, there is one kind of online troll that the police aren’t ignoring anymore. These are swatters, people who call in SWAT teams on their targets for the lulz. A newly-arrested swatter, Brandon Wilson, is facing five years in prison.


Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime A Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically sci-fi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google’s crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we’re getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in action.


Using Satellites, We Can Spot Pirate Fishing Boats From Space

The ocean is vast. We cannot patrol all of it. But now environmental groups are getting into the satellite game, watching for illegal fishing boats from the skies. It’s just one more example of how high-quality, real-time satellite imagery can change our relationship to the world around us.


How The Silk Road Trial Set A Dangerous Legal Precedent

The Silk Road trial is over. A jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven charges, including money laundering, drug trafficking, and the “kingpin” charge. That’s not just bad news for Ulbricht, who faces life in prison. His trial has set a dangerous precedent, which could allow law enforcement to gather evidence illegally.


Meet The Street Dealers Who Peddle Bitcoin 

My dealer was 15 minutes late. Maybe he wasn’t even coming. I tried to comfort myself: Getting stood up by a Bitcoin dealer is, on the getting-stood-up spectrum, significantly less soul-torquing than getting ditched by a date, but worse than getting freezed-out by a drug dealer, which is, I feel, somewhat inevitable due to the vagaries of the narcotic supply chain. Still.


Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty In Silk Road Trial 

The Silk Road trial verdict is in: Ross Ulbricht is the drug-trafficking criminal mastermind Dread Pirate Roberts, at least in the eyes of the Federal Court of Manhattan. Ulbricht has been found guilty of running the infamous darknet drug bazaar.