crimes

A Counterfeit Ring Behind $US77 Million In Fake Bills Finally Got Busted

For years, the Secret Service has been tracking down the legendary “Russian-Israeli Note”, one of the most sophisticated and common fake Benjamins ever made. This high-tech international ring was finally busted and indicted this week, thanks to years of good old-fashioned surveillance and legwork.


Watch This Surreal Zombie Crime Video Made By LAPD

The big problem in northeast LA right now is that people keep leaving their car doors unlocked at night and stuff is getting stolen. LAPD’s solution? 7-minute DIY zombie movie. Perfect.


These Guys Tried To Pass Off Melting Blocks Of Ice As $4000 Worth Of iPads

Committing insurance fraud, mail or otherwise, is universally a fairly dumb thing to do — especially when your plan is literally designed to fail. Like, say, that of 29-year-old idiot Nathan Meunch and friend. Because if you’re trying to pass off a soggy, dripping cardboard box stuffed with ice as a $4000 stack of iPads, chances are — you’re getting caught.


US Authorities Want To Force Apple To Let You Buy Ebooks Directly From Amazon

After a US District Court judged found Apple guilty of colluding with book publishers to fix the prices of ebooks last month, it was unclear what the actual consequences would be for the iPad-maker. Well with little pomp or circumstance, the US Department of Justice has just cleared that up, and it’s not good for Apple.


Malware Tricks Man Into Turning Himself In For Child Porn

We’re already well aware of the damage malware can do to your machine, but apparently, guilty consciences don’t fare all that well either. At least not for one 21-year-old man who, after getting a fake pop-up demanding a fine for the child pornography on his computer, decided to take his laptop straight to the police — and was then promptly arrested on three counts of possession of child pornography.


Google Algorithm Busts Chinese Car Theft Ring Entirely By Accident

Every sci-fi movie about inventions rising up to take over the world is built upon one unchangeable seed crystal: the moment when the technology does something its inventors never predicted. As The Verge reports, that’s exactly what happened to Google engineers in 2010, with a truth-and-justice twist — Google’s AdWords software exposed a Chinese car theft scam.


Aussie Caught Driving Car With Pliers As Steering Wheel

Imagine you’re the police. Imagine you’re in your police car. Imagine eating a doughnut. Imagine complaining about life to your partner. Imagine seeing a car with two obviously blown tyres drive by. Imagine pulling that car over. Imagine seeing that the driver driving the car was using a makeshift steering wheel made from… locking pliers.


Kid Sentenced To One Year In Jail For Hacking School Election

Unfortunately for one ambitious, young new resident of the California State Prison System, it seems there actually might be some justice in politics — at least for a 22-year-old caught stuffing a college election ballot box.


US Drug Enforcement Agency Seizes First Bitcoins From Silk Road Dealer

The Drug Enforcement Agency has seized 11.02 Bitcoins — about $800 — from a drug dealer in South Carolina who had been using Silk Road. It’s the first (known) time the US government has taken control of the virtual currency like it was property or real-world cash.


The US Facial Recognition Database Hiding In Plain Sight

It’s only natural to be a little skeeved out by the idea that the government is slurping up your private data behind the scenes, but there’s a very public piece of your data being collected as well: the look on your face. There’s already a national database of over 120 million faces in the US, and the Washington Post reports that it’s slowly turning into the ultimate police tool.


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