crime

Barrett Brown Will Spend 5 Years In Jail For Linking To Hacked Material

A US judge just sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $US890,000 in restitution for charges related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. Brown’s supporters maintain that the young writer and activist was “merely linking to hacked material”. For that, he’ll spend about five years behind bars. That sucks.


Ulbricht Admits To Founding Online Drug Site, Says He's No Drug Dealer

The first day of the trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged kingpin behind The Silk Road, is over with just one bombshell revelation: Ulbricht is admitting that he founded the website. But he’s denying being the drug-dealing mastermind the feds make him out to be.


Idiot Thieves Stole PINs With An iPod Nano Covered In Duct Tape

Despite the repeated cries of tech bloggers everywhere, it would seem that the iPod isn’t actually dead; it’s just gone rogue. The newest ATM skimming scheme relies almost entirely on a MacGyver-ed version of your former, clickwheeled friend. How could you, iPod?


FBI Director Says North Korea's Sony Hackers 'Got Sloppy'

FBI director James Comey just explained new details of the Sony hack at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City. “Several times they got sloppy,” he told the audience, referring to the hackers. In more technical terms, the hackers revealed IP addresses in North Korea that they “exclusively used.” That’s how the FBI knows it was North Korea — or so says the director.


North Korea Wants To Work With The U.S. To Investigate The Sony Hack

In a predictably bizarre move, officials in Pyongyang are now proposing that North Korea and the United States work together on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. The country says it can prove that they didn’t do it. North Korea also warned of the gravest consequences if the U.S. does not agree to the inquiry.


How Much Your Inbox Is Worth To Cybercriminals

Many of us have had the experience of receiving a spammy email from a friend or loved one, only to have a frantic follow-up note arrive a few minutes later from that person stating that his or her email account was hacked and warning us not to open or respond to any of the messages sent by the intruder. To be sure, this is an alarming situation for many users. But the scarier truth is that if your inbox (or your phone, tablet, Twitter or Instagram account, anything really) gets hijacked by modern cyberthieves, spewing spam is about the most innocuous thing that can happen to it.


The US Government Sure Likes To Blame Tor

In a non-public report, the Department of Treasury revealed that an increasing number of hackers are using the Tor network to maintain their anonymity. Surprise surprise! After all, Tor is one of the biggest online anonymity services. So the government is suggesting (again) that blocking Tor would keep hackers away though. And, while that might be true, it’s also shady.


US Authorities Are Finally Going To Help Companies Avoid Getting Hacked

On the heels of a painful-to-watch volley of insane revelations about the recent Sony Pictures hack, the Department of Justice has announced that it’s creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit. The new unit will be part of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section. And — here’s the kicker — it will help the private sector avoid cyberattacks.


How A New DNA Test Can Distinguish Between Identical Twins 

Ever since police started using DNA tests, one particular loophole has captivated our imagination: How do you distinguish between identical twins who share DNA? But it turns out even identical twins have tiny differences in their DNA, and prosecutors in Massachusetts want to use a new test for identical twins in court for the very first time.


Finally, Someone Is Going To Jail For Revenge Porn

On Monday, a Los Angeles man named Noe Iniguez became the first person ever to receive a sentence for violating California’s new revenge porn law. Iniguez got one year in jail and 36 months probation for three criminal counts, one of which was revenge porn-related.