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A Business With No End - The New York Times
Recently, one of my students at Stanford told me a strange story. His parents, who live in Palo Alto, Calif., had been receiving mysterious packages at their house. The packages were all different shapes and sizes but each was addressed to “Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC.”

I looked into it and found that a company called Valley Fountain LLC was indeed listed at his parents’ address. But it also appeared to be listed at 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, in downtown San Francisco.

So were 140 other LLCs, most of which were registered in 2015.
business  crime 
16 days ago by lehmannro
The Hill: Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation | TheHill
For White House legal counsel, it may be the most chilling five words uttered thus far in the long Russia investigation. President Trump said he has finished working on the questions submitted to him by special counsel Robert Mueller, declaring, "I answered them very easily."

If there is one universally accepted fact in this political morass, it is that nothing is easy about this investigation, let alone "very" easy. Reports indicate that Trump was given a couple dozen questions that focused on Russian collusion allegations and other matters before his inauguration.
uselection2016  crime 
26 days ago by lehmannro
NME Live: ‘Fake band’ Threatin just played a UK tour to… pretty much no-one
Bands buying Facebook likes is nothing new. The (very silly) practise has been going on for as long as Facebook pages have existed, businesses and bands alike using bots to up their stats in the hopes of improving their social media standing. One LA band, who go by the name of Threatin, appear to have taken this mantra to its most baffling extreme.

Twitter users pointed out that Threatin’s seemingly well-sold UK tour wasn’t all it seemed. Sharing a Facebook post that referenced a Threatin show at Bristol’s The Exchange, the story unfolds thus: “We were expecting it to be a busy night because the promoter had supposedly sold 180 tickets.” But all was not as it seemed.
crime  music 
4 weeks ago by lehmannro
DOJ Finds 19 Illegal Voters, Not ‘Millions’
Nineteen foreign nationals have been charged with illegal voting in the 2016 election, the Justice Department said Friday.

The defendants are from numerous countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Germany.

Some of them were charged in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Wilmington, N.C. They were accused of filing a false claim of citizenship in order to register, and then voting.

The announcement comes amid an intense debate at the state level over voter fraud and efforts by Republican lawmakers to impose voter ID restrictions.

There’s a rather obvious problem with this “AHA LIBERALS” reaction to the case, beyond the fact that the 19 people involved have not been convicted, and the details aren’t clear (in the one case where DOJ does provide details, it seems the alleged illegal voter had a fake passport, which is probably not going to get caught by voter ID requirements). We’re talking about 19 people, which is a bit short of “millions,” much less “millions of millions.”
uselection2016  crime 
august 2018 by lehmannro
How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions
Dent’s investigation had started in 2000, when a mysterious informant called the FBI and claimed that McDonald’s games had been rigged by an insider known as “Uncle Jerry.” The person revealed that “winners” paid Uncle Jerry for stolen game pieces in various ways. The $1 million winners, for example, passed the first $50,000 installment to Uncle Jerry in cash. Sometimes Uncle Jerry would demand cash up front, requiring winners to mortgage their homes to come up with the money. According to the informant, members of one close-knit family in Jacksonville had claimed three $1 million prizes and a Dodge Viper.
august 2018 by lehmannro
‘Parents should ask before changing baby’s nappy’: ABC commentator | Starts at 60
Appearing in a recent segment on the national broadcaster, Author and educator Deanne Carson went viral for all the wrong reasons when she said parents should ask newborn babies for consent before changing their dirty nappies. Carson, who regularly works with families and children, appeared on the show to offer her expertise on families exisiting in a culture of consent.

She explained she works with newborns to help them feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies. Apparently, this includes checking with a baby before you change smelly nappies
education  crime 
may 2018 by lehmannro
Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment : The Two-Way : NPR
As federal crimes go, this one seems to have been ridiculously easy to pull off.

Dushaun Henderson-Spruce submitted a U.S. Postal Service change of address form on Oct. 26, 2017, according to court documents. He requested changing a corporation's mailing address from an address in Atlanta to the address of his apartment on Chicago's North Side.
may 2018 by lehmannro
Strafvollstreckung mit Hindernissen | law blog
Es kommt nicht alle Tage vor, dass Justizbehörden Fehler einräumen. In Mönchengladbach ist das jetzt – womöglich notgedrungen – der Fall. Es geht um den Fall des Mannes, der in einem Fanzug eine Frau vergewaltigt haben soll. Obwohl er rechtskräftig zu einer Freiheitsstrafe von drei Jahren und drei Monaten verurteilt war, verzögerte sich sein Haftantritt – wegen der Bearbeitung diverser Kosten- und Akteneinsichtsanträge.
germany  law  crime  mime:german 
april 2018 by lehmannro
What happened to the Internet: attack on Cisco switches – Kaspersky Lab official blog
Let’s say that your internet connection suddenly went down or, perhaps, you cannot reach your favorite website. There’s a reason for that; according to our sources, there’s a massive attack against Cisco switches going on right now – these switches are used in data-centers all across the globe.

The attack seems to be happening in the following manner. An unknown threat actor is exploiting a vulnerability in a piece of software called Cisco Smart Install Client, which allows them to run arbitrary code on the vulnerable switches. The malefactors then rewrite the Cisco IOS image on the switches and change the configuration file, leaving a message that reads “Do not mess with our elections” there. The switch then becomes unavailable.
crime  networking 
april 2018 by lehmannro
Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain | Technology | The Guardian
Researchers discover illegal content within the distributed ledger, making possession of it potentially unlawful in many countries
bitcoin  crime 
march 2018 by lehmannro
Cryptojacking Has Gotten Out of Control | WIRED
Cryptojacking, which exploded in popularity this fall, has an ostensibly worthy goal: Use an untapped resource to create an alternative revenue stream for games or media sites, and reduce reliance on ads. It works by embedding a JavaScript component in a website that can leverage a visiting device's processing power to mine a cryptocurrency (usually Monero). Each visitor might only do a tiny bit of mining while they're there, but every user lending some hash power over time can generate real money. And users might not even notice what's happening. In theory, it can be a win-win. In practice, not so much.

As cryptojacking has spread around the web—largely thanks to the original "in-browser miner," Coinhive, and its copycats—implementations have generally not lived up to those lofty aims. Instead, the technique is used to exploit unknowing people's resources, both their hardware and electric bills, and it is increasingly blocked as malware by scanners and ad-blockers. So far, efforts to keep cryptojacking on the straight and narrow have largely fizzled.
bitcoin  crime 
march 2018 by lehmannro
FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites - IEEE Spectrum
On 12 January, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket blasted off from India’s eastern coast. While its primary cargo was a large Indian mapping satellite, dozens of secondary CubeSats from other countries travelled along with it.

Also on board were four small satellites that probably should not have been there. SpaceBee-1, 2, 3, and 4 were briefly described by the Indian space agency ISRO as “two-way satellite communications and data relay” devices from the United States. No operator was specified, and only ISRO publicly noted that they successfully reached orbit the same day.

IEEE Spectrum can reveal that the SpaceBees are almost certainly the first spacecraft from a Silicon Valley startup called Swarm Technologies, currently still in stealth mode. Swarm was founded in 2016 by one engineer who developed a spacecraft concept for Google and another who sold his previous company to Apple. The SpaceBees were built as technology demonstrators for a new space-based Internet of Things communications network.
universe  transportation  crime 
march 2018 by lehmannro
Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000 | US news | The Guardian
A former police officer who alleged he was fired for not shooting a black suspect during a standoff has settled a wrongful termination suit with his former department for $175,000.

He was the first responding officer to a 2016 call involving a 23-year-old black man believed to be suicidal. The officer, who is white, made the determination that the suspect did not pose an immediate threat to him or fellow officers, even though he was holding a gun. He began trying to talk the suspect down.
usa  crime  law 
february 2018 by lehmannro
Australia put an algorithm in charge of its benefits fraud detection and plunged the nation into chaos / Boing Boing
In a textbook example of the use of big data to create a digital poorhouse, the Australian government created an algorithmic, semi-privatised system to mine the financial records of people receiving means-tested benefits and accuse them of fraud on the basis of its findings, bringing in private contractors to build and maintain the system and collect the penalties it ascribed, paying them a commission on the basis of how much money they extracted from poor Australians.

The result was a predictable kafkaesque nightmare in which an unaccountable black box accused poor people, students, pensioners, disabled people and others receiving benefits of owing huge sums, sending abusive, threatening debt collectors after them, and placing all information about the accusations of fraud at the other end of a bureaucratic nightmare system of overseas phone-bank operators with insane wait-times.
ai  australia  crime 
february 2018 by lehmannro
Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000 | TechCrunch
To many it’s been obvious that the Bitcoin markets are, at the very least, being manipulated by one or two big players. “This paper identifies and analyzes the impact of suspicious trading activity on the Mt. Gox Bitcoin currency exchange, in which approximately 600,000 bitcoins (BTC) valued at $188 million were fraudulently acquired,” the researchers wrote. “During both periods, the USD-BTC exchange rate rose by an average of four percent on days when suspicious trades took place, compared to a slight decline on days without suspicious activity. Based on rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks, the paper demonstrates that the suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.”
bitcoin  crime 
january 2018 by lehmannro
Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options - The Washington Post
The events surrounding the FBI’s NorthernNight investigation follow a pattern that repeated for years as the Russian threat was building: U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies saw some warning signs of Russian meddling in Europe and later in the United States but never fully grasped the breadth of the Kremlin’s ambitions. Top U.S. policymakers didn’t appreciate the dangers, then scrambled to draw up options to fight back. In the end, big plans died of internal disagreement, a fear of making matters worse or a misguided belief in the resilience of American society and its democratic institutions.
russia  usa  crime 
december 2017 by lehmannro
EFF to Court: Accessing Publicly Available Information on the Internet Is Not a Crime | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage—without any regard for the impact on the rest of us. This time the culprit is LinkedIn. The social networking giant wants violations of its corporate policy against using automated scripts to access public information on its website to count as felony “hacking” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 federal law meant to criminalize breaking into private computer systems to access non-public information.
usa  crime  networking 
december 2017 by lehmannro
‘Rot in Hell’: One YouTube Star’s Fan Club Is Menacing Cleveland
YouTube star Alissa Violet left a Cleveland bar with a busted lip and a black eye. Then her fans made Clevelanders who were miles away from the skirmish pay for it.
youtube  people  crime 
december 2017 by lehmannro
After Weinstein: A List of Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and the Fallout for Each
After multiple women came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct, at least 30 high-profile men in a variety of industries have also been accused. Since then, a number have resigned, been fired or experienced other fallout after claims ranging from inappropriate text messages to rape.

Here is a list of such cases that have been brought to public attention since the Weinstein scandal broke on Oct. 5. We’ll update this list periodically as we get new information.
crime  gender 
november 2017 by lehmannro
A nationwide reporting adventure tracks improbably frequent lottery winners - Columbia Journalism Review
The Palm Beach Post in 2014 filed a public records request for 20 years of data on Florida Lottery winners.

After analyzing the data, he found something unusual: A small number of lottery players were winning hundreds of times at almost inconceivably long odds. A statistician compared one frequent winner’s feat to picking one star out of 50 galaxies and “then having your friend guess the same star on the first try.”
gaming  crime 
october 2017 by lehmannro
The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent | openDemocracy
Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”
crime  ai 
october 2017 by lehmannro
The KKK once attacked her family. Now she was writing to a former neo-Nazi. - The Washington Post
On the first day of class, on one of the country’s most diverse college campuses, the assignment came as something of a shock.

Write to a former neo-Nazi who had firebombed a synagogue, the instructor told his students at George Mason University.

Near the front of the class, Stacy Nelson stirred in her seat.

The African American senior had been hesitant to take a course on hate crimes when the subject seemed all too real. At the time, the country was nearing the end of a divisive and racially charged presidential election campaign. The alt-right, with its call for a form of American apartheid, was on the rise. So were reports of hate crimes.

The teacher, Kevin Fornshill, a former U.S. Park Police detective, saw the assignment as an experiment.

Could students studying hate crimes learn from someone who had actually committed one?
crime  people 
august 2017 by lehmannro
WannaCry update: The hackers behind ransomware attack finally cashed out about $140,000 in bitcoin — Quartz
It’s been 12 weeks since the WannaCry ransomware attack infected computers across the globe, encrypting their files and charging their owners $300 to $600 for the keys to get them back. In total, the hackers made about $140,000 in bitcoin from the operation, which on May 12 forced emergency rooms in the U.K. to turn away patients, and shut down a Spanish telecommunications company and a Russian cellphone operator.
Since the attack, that $140,000 sat untouched, spread across the three bitcoin wallets where victims were instructed to send their ransom payments. Few expected the money would ever move out of the accounts, as they were surely watched by law-enforcement agencies around the world. But on Wednesday night, the money began to move.
august 2017 by lehmannro
Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference - Washington Post
In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.

Those closest to Obama defend the administration’s response to Russia’s meddling. They note that by August it was too late to prevent the transfer to WikiLeaks and other groups of the troves of emails that would spill out in the ensuing months. They believe that a series of warnings — including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September — prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems.
politics  russia  usa  uselection2016  crime 
june 2017 by lehmannro
A Pickpocket’s Tale - The New Yorker
A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with.
people  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Inside the Mansion—and Mind— of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Net | Thr...
Across an ocean, hours before Operation Takedown began, the US Department of Justice had already tipped off a select group of journalists about the raid’s planned highlights. If you know nothing else about Kim Dotcom, about the federal case against him and his former online business, Megaupload, you’ve probably heard about the raid. The story played out like a Hollywood blockbuster. And it was a great story.
people  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Full(er) House: Exposing high-end poker cheating devices
This post exposes how real-world highly advanced poker cheating devices work.
poker  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Common scams - Wikitravel
Scams are an unfortunate part of life. Everywhere in the world are people looking for unscrupulous ways to make money, all at someone else's expense, loss, and sometimes quite terrible suffering. Many scammers are quite smart; they know how to cheat money out of others in a manner in which identification and prosecution of themselves is difficult if not impossible, and where the victim has little if any recourse. They take advantage of weak laws and law enforcement, thereby allowing themselves to effectively operate indefinitely while nothing is stopping them.
travel  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Finding the statistical fingerprints of election thieves
The art of swaying an election is as old as democracy itself. Strategies like ballot stuffing, redistricting, voter venue switching, and temporary traffic detours have skewed regional results, and sometimes determined the winner. While some tactics get exposed the old fashioned way -- by angry voters or investigations -- others don’t. But new research suggests some kinds of election fraud leave a trace in the voting data.
politics  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
FBI hackers fail to crack TrueCrypt
The FBI has admitted defeat in attempts to break the open source encryption used to secure hard drives seized by Brazilian police during a 2008 investigation. The Bureau had been called in by the Brazilian authorities after the country's own National Institute of Criminology (INC) had been unable to crack the passphrases used to secure the drives by suspect banker, Daniel Dantas.
truecrypt  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Mortem Storm's new book blows the cover on his terrifying double life | Mail Onl...
Double agent jihadi: To his extremist 'brothers' he was a Muslim convert hungering to commit atrocities in Britain. In truth, he was a spy for MI5. In a new book he blows the cover on his terrifying double life...
people  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
7 Surprising Things That Could Make You A Sex Offender
It's hard to imagine that a sex offender registry — a public database run by states — would include anybody who wasn't an adult pedophile or a rapist or seriously dangerous in some way. But sex offender registries can ensnare and publicly humiliate people who haven't victimized anybody at all. Here are some of the more surprising ways you can end up on a sex offender registry:
usa  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
The Great Rip-Off - Global Witness
We all know what it feels like to get ripped off. Fraudsters cheat vulnerable people. Corrupt public officials steal government money. Terrorists and mobsters run criminal enterprises that hurt us all. But we know less about the tricks many of these criminals use. Such crimes often have one thing in common – the criminals have relied on the secrecy provided by anonymous companies to hide their activities. Often, these companies are hidden one inside another, like Russian dolls, making it even harder to work out who’s actually behind them. This is a project to map the abuse of anonymous company ownership around the world. It reveals a shocking picture. Anonymous companies have been involved in the laundering of billions of dollars, in crimes ranging from ‘modern day slavery’ to fraudsters stealing from ordinary investors.
crime  geography 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Mark Ruffalo on Those Terror Watch List Stories
Actor Mark Ruffalo says stories claiming that he was placed on a terror watch list are “fantastical.” According to widespread news reports this week, Ruffalo was allegedly placed on a terror watch list by the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security for organizing screenings of “Gasland,” a documentary about fracking, the practice of drilling for natural gas using a hydraulic fracturing process, which some allege contaminates ground water.
people  usa  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
State Sen. Leland Yee indicted on arms trafficking, corruption charges - San Jos...
In a stunning criminal complaint, State Sen. Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee's aspirations for statewide office.
people  crime  usa 
february 2017 by lehmannro
When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution, rape decreased sharply
For decades, few people noticed that legislators in Providence had deleted crucial language from Rhode Island state law in 1980. It wasn't until a 2003 court case that police, to their chagrin, discovered they couldn't prevent prostitutes and their customers from engaging in commercial exchange. For the next six years until legislators corrected their error, the oldest profession was not a crime in Rhode Island -- and public health and public safety substantially improved as a result, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The statewide incidence of gonorrhea among women declined by 39 percent, and the number of rapes reported to police in the state declined by 31 percent, according to the paper.
crime  law 
february 2017 by lehmannro
FSU Investigates Jameis Winston, Charges 2 Teammates In Rape Case
Weeks after leading the Florida State Seminoles to a national championship, quarterback Jameis Winston was quietly interrogated by university administrators, and two of his teammates were brought up on school conduct charges related to allegations that Winston raped a fellow student, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. It had not previously been known whether FSU had initiated what's called a Title IX investigation. Now we know.
february 2017 by lehmannro
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Our goal is to help the people of the region better understand how organized crime and corruption affect their lives. OCCRP seeks to provide in-depth investigative stories as well as the latest news pertaining to organized crime and corruption activities in the region. In addition to the stories, OCCRP is building an online resource center of documents related to organized crime including court records, laws, reports, studies, company records and other public documents that will be an invaluable resource center for journalists and the public alike.
crime  journalism 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Why Young Sexual Assault Victims Tell Incoherent Stories - Natalie Shure - The A...
As soon as children make allegations, they're forced to take a crash course on a very daunting topic. This puts them at a huge disadvantage—and their attackers count on it.
crime  psychology 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Schmerzensgeld für Gutachten - "Wer unschuldig ist, braucht die besten Anwälte" ...
683 Tage saß Norbert Kuß wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger im Gefängnis. Seine Pflegetochter hatte ihn angezeigt, eine Gutachterin hielt sie für glaubhaft. Mehr als zehn Jahre hat der Mann für seinen Freispruch gekämpft, jetzt bekommt er Schmerzensgeld.
people  crime  germany  mime:german 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Uber.gov: How The “Sin City Shuffle” Works
Flying to Vegas? Look to your left. Now look to your right. Statistically speaking, one of you is about to get ripped off by a cabbie. And it’ll probably be you, the imbecile who chose the middle seat and paid $15 for plane wifi. Taxi scams are nothing new, but here’s something novel: The Nevada state government is out-innovating Uber in attacking these scofflaws.
transportation  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Italian Scientists Get 6 Years for Earthquake Statements | LiveScience
Six Italian scientists and a government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over statements they made prior to a 2009 earthquake that killed 309 in the town of L'Aquila. A year-long trial came to a close today (Oct. 22) with the verdict, which alarmed earth scientists worldwide.
science  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
George W. Bush, Tony Blair found guilty of war crimes ... in Malaysia
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and British ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair have been found guilty at a mock tribunal in Malaysia for committing “crimes against peace” during the Iraq war. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad — a fierce critic of the Iraq war — found the former leaders guilty Tuesday after a four-day hearing.
usa  crime  politics 
february 2017 by lehmannro
China Appears to Attack GitHub by Diverting Web Traffic
The Chinese government has long used a sophisticated set of Internet filters known as the Great Firewall as a barrier to prevent its citizens from obtaining access to foreign websites with information it deems threatening. But in a recent series of cyber-attacks on websites that try to help Internet users in China circumvent this censorship, the Great Firewall appears to have been used instead as a weapon, diverting a portion of the torrents of Internet traffic that flow through it to overload targeted websites.
china  crime  github 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Miami police kill 2 unarmed suspects by shooting disabled car 377 times
In an attempt to apprehend a possible suspect in Miami FL. cops opened continuous fire on an unarmed suspect’s vehicle. While occupied by the suspect and an innocent passenger, the car was impaled with several hundred bullets.
crime  usa 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Bundespolizei setzt im Kölner Hauptbahnhof Landtagsabgeordneten der Piratenparte...
Das Fotografieren eines Ladens der “Rewe to go”-Kette im Kölner Hauptbahnhof wurde gestern beinahe einem Besucher des Kölner Hauptbahnhofes zum Verhängnis.
privacy  crime  germany  mime:german  people 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says. Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.
crime  usa 
february 2017 by lehmannro
My Website Was Stolen By A Hacker. And I Got It Back. | Ramshackle Glam
For several days last week, RamshackleGlam.com – the domain name that I have owned and operated since March of 2010 – did not belong to me, but rather to a man who goes by the name “bahbouh” on an auction website called Flippa.com, and who was attempting to sell off the site to the highest bidder (with a “Buy It Now” price of $30,000.00). He promised the winner my traffic, my files, and my data, and suggested that I was available “for hire” to continue writing posts (alternatively, he was willing to provide the winner with “high-quality articles” and “SEO advice” to maintain the site’s traffic post-sale).
crime  web 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Firefighters deliver trapped student from giant German ladyparts
A US foreign exchange student has become a deserved internet celeb after firefighters extracted him from a giant vagina in the southwestern German city of Tübingen. According to Erick Guzman, who kindly posted snaps of the incident on Imgur, his chum decided it was a bright idea to get down and dirty with Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara's stone representation of female naughty bits, which adorns the grounds of Tübingen University.
people  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to snatch Snowden
As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet - previously employed in CIA "rendition" flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible "black" imprisonment - flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to America, the Register can reveal.
usa  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro
Der große Bankraub: Cybergang „Carbanak“ stiehlt eine Milliarde US-Dollar von 10...
Kaspersky Lab, INTERPOL, Europol und Institutionen verschiedener Länder haben gemeinsam die Geschichte eines beispiellosen Cyber-Bankraubs aufgedeckt. Dabei wurde bis zu eine Milliarde US-Dollar innerhalb von zwei Jahren von Finanzinstituten weltweit gestohlen. Laut den Experten ist eine internationale Gang von Cyberkriminellen aus Russland, der Ukraine, Teilen Europas sowie China für den Raubzug verantwortlich.
crime  mime:german 
february 2017 by lehmannro
The odds of being murdered — Dicing with death
CONGRATULATIONS: if you are reading this then you are not one of the 437,000 people whose lives ended as statistics in a grisly report on murder published on April 10th by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The unfortunate half-million were all those around the world who were slain in 2012.
february 2017 by lehmannro
Python Software Foundation News: Python Software Foundation Reaches Settlement, ...
The Python Software Foundation has reached a settlement in its recent trademark dispute with PO Box Hosting Limited trading as Veber in Europe. The issue centered around Veber's use of the Python name for their cloud hosting services and their application for a figurative trademark incorporating the word "Python". While the Foundation retains the trademark for Python within the United States, it did not have a filing within the European Union. According to the terms of the settlement, Veber has withdrawn its trademark filing and has agreed to support the Python Software Foundation's use of the term.
python  crime 
february 2017 by lehmannro

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