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Vietnamese computer hacker gets 13 years for selling data of 200 million Americans

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A computer hacker who peddled the stolen personal data of 200 million U.S. citizens to other cybercriminals from his Vietnamese home was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison. Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty to a string of federal charges including wire, identity and computer fraud, reports NBC News. The 25-year-old ran a sophisticated international identity theft scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He sold the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and bank account details of millions of Americans to other cybercriminals via shady online marketplaces. The scam, which he operated for six years from 2007 to 2013, generated about $2 million, authorities said. He was arrested when he entered the U.S. in February 2013. “Specifically, Ngo admitted he offered access to PII (personally identifiable information) for 200 million U.S. citizens, and that more than 1,300 customers from around the world conducted more than three million ‘queries’ through the third-party databases maintained on his websites,” the Justice Department said in a press release. Ngo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro in New Hampshire. “Criminals buy and sell stolen identity information because they see it as a low-risk, high-reward proposition,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie […]

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Revenge porn hacker pleads guilty, faces 7 years

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Charlie Evens, 26, has pleaded guilty to hacking into the email accounts of hundreds of women to steal and resell their naked pictures. He faces up to seven years in prison. This act — posting non-consensual nude photos of a person on the web — is a growing form of online harassment known as “revenge porn.” Evens — who was the focus of a recent CNNMoney report — fessed up on Wednesday before United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee in California. When Evens was 23, he was hired by Hunter Moore, who is known as the “king of revenge porn” to steal naked photos of women. Moore would pay Evens for the pictures and post them on his now defunct site, IsAnybodyUp.com. In February, Moore pleaded guilty to the same two felony charges — federal computer crime and identity theft. “I did it for money, it makes me sound like a monster,” Evens told CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall earlier this year. Evens said he met Moore after hacking him — he didn’t even know who Moore was at that time. “He contacted me saying that he’d pay me to [hack] for him,” he said. So Evens began stealing photos to […]

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Merkel Computer Hack Could Wreak Havoc For Years

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The German government has come under attack from hackers. The country’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, confirmed that the government has come under wide range of attacks, which include malware that was found on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s computer, says V3. Speaking to Die Welt, von der Leyen said the German government is facing a major security challenge and the attacks could wreak enormous damage in the coming years. It intends to analyse the security work of other countries and consider an appropriate response, she added. Tech Week Europe said the attack was so serious that remedial work could cost millions of euros and may result in computers having to be replaced or wiped. The tech news site reported that the assault struck the internal server of the German parliament in May. Malware infected a significant number of the 20,000 computers used by politicians, support staff and civil servants on the Parlakom network, it said. Bernhard Kaster, secretary of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union political bloc, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “This is the biggest cyber-attack on the Bund, on the German parliament.” Most worrying are reports that the cyber attack is still ongoing and continuing to steal data. […]

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Here is how cyber warfare began — 50 years ago

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Computer hacking was once the realm of curious teenagers. It’s now the arena of government spies, professional thieves and soldiers of fortune. Today, it’s all about the money. That’s why Chinese hackers broke into Lockheed Martin and stole the blueprints to the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet. It’s also why Russian hackers have sneaked into Western oil and gas companies for years. The stakes are higher, too. In 2010, hackers slipped a “digital bomb” into the Nasdaq that nearly sabotaged the stock market. In 2012, Iran ruined 30,000 computers at Saudi oil producer Aramco. And think of the immense (and yet undisclosed) damage from North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures last year. Computers were destroyed, executives’ embarrassing emails were exposed, and the entire movie studio was thrown into chaos. It wasn’t always this way. Hacking actually has some pretty innocent and harmless beginnings. Curiosity created the hacker The whole concept of “hacking” sprouted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nearly 50 years ago. Computer science students there borrowed the term from a group of model train enthusiasts who “hacked” electric train tracks and switches in 1969 to improve performance. These new hackers were already figuring out how to alter computer software […]

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Apple Watch: This Year’s Must-Have Accessory For Credit Card Thieves

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Apple fans around the world are excited about the debut of the Watch on Monday, and one of the company’s big pushes is to expand its Apple Pay program. If the Apple Watch takes off, it could be a boon for those who traffic in credit card fraud and exploit banks’ lax enforcement. Apple rolled out its Pay program when the iPhone 6 debuted last fall, and there have already been early reports of credit card fraud. One source familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that about 80 percent of Apply Pay’s fraud purchases were big-ticket items in Apple stores themselves. This is in part because fraudsters can more easily sell items from there than they can at Whole Foods or Panera Bread, the other big early adopters of the Pay program. The Apple Watch will also have the pay feature, and is expected to exacerbate fraud problems in part because the the Watch will be cheaper than an iPhone. While the starting price of $349 is expensive compared to other watches, it’s actually much cheaper than the starting price for an out-of-the-box iPhone that isn’t subsidized by a cell phone contract. The way Apple Pay fraud […]

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Man Gets 99 Years For Animal Abuse: Here’s Why It’s Only A Slap On The Wrist

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Animal abuse. Law enforcement officials say that it’s a serious crime, but more often than not, some of the most reprehensible actions committed against an animal receive lenient punishment, to say the least. Take Michael Vick, the NFL star whose dog-fighting ring got him about a year of prison time before he was released and allowed to resume his career as a highly-paid football star. This type of proverbial slap on the wrist is what had many animal rights proponents jumping for joy when they recently heard the story of Nick Patterson, a 30-year-old Alabama man living in Tallapoosa County who was sentenced to 99 years for his abuse and neglect of close to two dozen collies on his grandparents’ property. Through oversights and misreporting, sites like Opposing Views and WSFA mistakenly implied that Patterson would have to serve 18 years before he would be eligible for parole. But when you look at the math, it simply doesn’t add up, and that has some crying foul and claiming that this sentence is yet another minor punishment for a major crime. Before getting down into the details, though, here’s a recap of why Patterson was convicted in the first place. He […]

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Freelance journalist gets 5 years in link-posting, threats case Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/freelance-journalist-barrett-brown-link-posting-threats-case-114511.html#ixzz3Q2IGKnHm

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Freelance journalist and activist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison Thursday on charges of threatening an FBI agent and obstructing a federal investigation into his reporting on the anarchist hacking collective Anonymous. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of more than eight years, while his defense had asked for time served. Brown has been in jail for 28 months on charges originally stemming from his posting of a link to credit card information dumped on the Web by Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond. The card data belonged to thousands of customers of the private security firm Stratfor, and Hammond dumped it on an Internet bulletin board along with emails and other confidential data after hacking the company’s website. Brown posted a link to the dump in a chat room — something he said he did to facilitate “crowdsourcing” of research into the documents. Brown pleaded guilty to three charges in the case, down from the dozen initially filed against him. He admitted to transmitting a threat, obstruction and being an accessory after the fact to unauthorized computer access due to his relationship with Hammond, who was convicted of the Stratfor hack in November 2013. The case has […]

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Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor



Thanks in part to America’s ill-defined hacking laws, prosecutors have enormous discretion to determine a hacker defendant’s fate. But in one young Texan’s case in particular, the Department of Justice stretched prosecutorial overreach to a new extreme: about 440 years […]

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Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges, Sentenced to 3.5 Years

Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges, Sentenced to 3.5 Years



The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC […]

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