US federal authorities recently searched the property of Kyle Lamar Myers, the guy who's famous for pretending to be Russian then shooting huge guns and causing violent explosions on the popular YouTube channel FPSRussia. Before the search, the sheriff of Franklin County, Georgia arrested Myers for receiving drugs in the mail. And the story only gets crazier from there.
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Self-proclaimed cyber terrorists tend to have one thing in common: They think police can't catch them. And almost always, these sad men sitting at computers are wrong. That seems to be the case with Brian Kil, a fictional Facebook bad guy who liked to extort underage girls into sending him nudes, according to the FBI. The story behind Brian Kil is a crazy one, but the story of how the FBI caught the suspect they believe to be behind the crimes is even crazier.
A year-long manhunt ended last weekend, when police arrested a gang of five Romanian stunt thieves near a large collection of Van Gogh paintings in the Netherlands. In their hideout, the cops found €500,000 ($739,817) worth of iPhones that the suspects allegedly lifted off the back of a truck — while it was barrelling down a highway.
Video: Here's the thing about ATMs: The machines are designed to take a pretty severe beating and still leave the box of cash out of a would-be thief's reach. A Maryland man recently learned this lesson the hard way when he stole a backhoe, drove it 8km, and then attempted to excavate some cash out of an ATM. It didn't work out so well.
Two extremely similar cases involving locked iPhones in two neighbouring Florida counties ended up with two conflicting judgements this week. Both suspects claimed that they couldn't remember their passcodes, which prevented police from obtaining evidence. In one case, the judge slapped the suspect with contempt and sentenced him to 180 days in gaol. In the other case, the judge basically said, "OK, sorry you can't remember, no big deal, let's move on."
On Tuesday, 27-year-old Melissa Smith was filling up at a petrol station in Milwaukee when a man jumped into the driver's seat of her car, trying to steal it. Smith immediately jumped on the hood, and held tight long enough that the thief eventually ran off. The media are hailing her as a hero. But, in fact, she's an idiot. No car is worth your life.
Fortitude's second season premieres tomorrow on Amazon Prime. If this news doesn't excite you, that just means you haven't yet watched the UK-made show's first season (also on Amazon Prime). Let us give you this public service announcement: Go watch it. At least if you think you'd enjoy a totally gripping, incredibly acted, scifi/horror/crime-thriller-in-a-frozen wasteland TV series.
Today, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo's servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was pretty bad — the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history — but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo's servers for sweet, sweet cash.
This week, the FBI teamed up with Europol to launch a public prevention campaign designed to "raise awareness of the risk of young adults getting involved in cybercrime". In service of that mission, the law enforcement agencies representing some of the world's most powerful nations somehow came up with this.
An aspiring internet weatherman in eastern Kentucky was recently arrested on second-degree arson charges after authorities say he intentionally started a wildfire, the Associated Press reports. According to police, 21-year-old Johnny Mullins admitted to setting the fire to bring wider attention to his videos on Facebook.