Okay, so that last part was a joke. In stark contrast comes the rapid spread of a new internet worm, which seems to have taken many by surprise and is continuing to infect users with unprecedented rapidity. Read more »
According to The Age, two men "of Middle Eastern appearance" were successful in a cunning theft of several million dollars worth of high-tech mainframe computers from the cargo and intelligence centre of Sydney International Airport. Read more »
A jury in the Southwalk Crown Court, London, has acquitted a teenager of various cyber crimes after his counsel successfully used the 'Trojan Horse' defense. Aaron Caffrey, aged 19, was charged with launching a denial of service (DoS) attack from his personal computer against a mainframe computer owned by the Port of Houston in Texas, United States, but claimed that the attack was not his doing - but that of a rogue hacker who infiltrated his computer and used it as a base for the attack. Read more »
This thread in Adobe's Photoshop Users forum details a rather unusual feature that debuted with the release of the latest incarnation of popular image-editing software Photoshop. The latest version uses an image-analysis algorithm to detect the presence of an image of United States or European Union currency, and disables access to the file. Read more »
Recent amendments to the United States Code are about to be tested by prosecutors in the District of Columbia, who have charged one Robert Murphy with 26 counts of using a telecommunications device 'to annoy, abuse, threaten and harass'. Read more »
A 19-year-old Minnesota resident was sentenced in a US District Court today to 18 months in prison and an additional 10 months of community service for releasing a variant of the Blaster worm in 2003. Jeffrey Lee Parson had originally pleaded innocent to the charges, but last summer had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a protected computer. Read more »
Federal authorities in Los Angeles have dismissed a criminal complaint (PDF) filed last August against four men accused of performing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for hire. Read more »
A man has denied attempting to hack into a website designed to raise funds for victims of the December tsunami, pleading not guilty to a charge of ‘causing a computer to perform a function which intended to secure unauthorised access to a program or data held in a computer’: Read more »
A US teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages, or ‘spim’. Anthony Greco, 18, was lured from New York to Los Angeles under the pretence of a business meeting. He was arrested upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport last Wednesday.
Greco allegedly sent 1.5 million messages advertising pornography and mortgages. According to reports, the recipients of the messages were all members of the MySpace.com online networking service. Read more »
Two American students are intent on making criminal history by spending their summer breaking as many US laws as possible. Starting in the liberal state of California, they hope to evade the attention of local police officers when they ride a bike in a swimming pool and curse on a crazy-golf course. Read more »
‘FAYETTE, Alabama (AP) — A 20-year-old whose lawyers claimed the video game Grand Theft Auto and childhood abuse caused him to kill three small-town police officers was convicted Tuesday of capital murder.
Defense lawyers had partly blamed Moore’s actions on the hours he spent playing video games from the Grand Theft Auto series, in which players shoot police officers and steal cars. Read more »
Originally by Wired News: Top Stories, 9:47 PM
Originally by ABC News: Science and Technology, 4:15 PM
In [such] cases, the police know that an Internet account was used in a particular way potentially related to criminal activity. The police then use that knowledge to get a warrant authorizing them to search a physical place for evidence of the crime.
'The public and media frenzy which accompanied the recent downfall of Steve Vizard overshadowed some important issues of insider trading and directors' duties. Professor Ian Ramsay reports on the case and asks what lessons can be learned.' Read more »
According to CNET News:
Oklahoma prosecutors will soon weigh whether to take up criminal charges against a former mayoral candidate accused of libeling a longtime state politician on his Web forum. Read more »
Christopher Smith's neighbors in an affluent Minnesota suburb didn't know exactly what he did for a living, but the feds did. In May, they shut down Smith's flagship company, Xpress Pharmacy Direct, suspected of being part of a massive unsolicited e-mail marketing campaign. Seen as one of the world's leading spammers, Smith remains free on bail as he awaits a hearing Thursday on contempt-of-court charges for which prosecutors are seeking six months in jail. He also faces a grand jury investigation. Read more »