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Teen who hacked top US officials gets two years in prison

posted onApril 22, 2018
by l33tdawg

The teenager who founded the hacking group that broke into ex-CIA chief John Brennan's email has been sentenced to serve two years at a youth detention center. Kane Gamble went by the alias "Cracka" when he and his group "Crackas With Attitude" targeted top US officials, including FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and their families and colleagues, a few years ago. Authorities arrested the UK native in early 2016, and he pleaded guilty to 10 hacking charges in October 2017.

New bill in Congress would hand your data to cops.

posted onMarch 15, 2018
by l33tdawg

Lawmakers behind a new anti-privacy bill are trying to sneak it through Congress by attaching it to the must-pass government spending bill.

The CLOUD Act would hand police in the U.S., and other countries, extreme new powers to obtain and monitor data directly from tech companies instead of requiring a warrant and judicial review.

Congressional leadership will decide whether the CLOUD Act gets attached to the omnibus government spending bill sometime this week, potentially as early as tomorrow, so we need to flood our lawmakers with messages and calls right now.

Kim Dotcom Sues New Zealand For $6.8 Billion In Damages Over Erroneous Arrest

posted onJanuary 25, 2018
by l33tdawg

Kim Dotcom is seeking billions of dollars in damages from the New Zealand Government over an invalid arrest warrant. The entrepreneur accuses the authorities of negligence and misfeasance, which resulted in the destruction of the highly profitable Megaupload service.

Six years ago, New Zealand police carried out a spectacular military-style raid against individuals accused only of copyright infringement.

Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

posted onJanuary 11, 2018
by l33tdawg

A computer programmer has been accused of hacking, committing identity theft, and creating child pornography after allegedly developing custom malware to take control of thousands of computers.

Phillip Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio, USA, was indicted on Wednesday on 16 separate charges relating to the alleged creation of malware dubbed Fruitfly, which could commandeer infected macOS and Windows PC systems. Prosectors claim Durachinsky used the code to spy on thousands of people in a campaign that started in 2003, when he was just a teenager.

Three men plead guilty to creating Mirai botnet

posted onDecember 13, 2017
by l33tdawg

A New Jersey man was just one of a trio who pled guilty to hacking charges and creating the devastating Mirai botnet, which spread via vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices to unleash numerous massive distributed-denial-of-service attacks. As recently as last week, new Mirai strains continued to proliferate online.

Prison hacker who tried to free friend now likely to join him inside

posted onDecember 4, 2017
by l33tdawg

A Michigan man who hacked into his local prison's computing system to gain early release for a friend is facing his own time inside after getting caught.

Konrads Voits, 27, pled guilty to hacking charges after installing malware on the Washtenaw County government computer system in an attempt to get a friend released early from prison. The attempt was unsuccessful and the police caught him, ensuring that he may well be joining his mate in the Big House.

"Cyber intrusions affect individuals, businesses and governments," said United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love faces wait after extradition appeal

posted onNovember 30, 2017
by l33tdawg

At a High Court hearing which began on Wednesday, senior judges were told that Lauri Love, who has Asperger syndrome, was at severe risk of committing suicide if extradited.

Concluding Thursday's much shorter hearing, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said he and Mr Justice Ouseley reserved their judgments and would "take our time" to consider whether Mr Love, a 32-year-old with autism and depression, should face trial in the US.

U.K. approves extradition of British hacker to the U.S.

posted onNovember 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

A U.K. official has ordered the extradition of a British man to the United States on charges of hacking government computers belonging to NASA and the Department of Defense.

Lauri Love, a 31-year-old hacktivist, has been fighting his extradition, but on Monday U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd signed the order.

Hacker that allegedly stole millions in FIFA coins from EA goes on trial

posted onNovember 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

Most people that hack or otherwise cheat in video games are simply doing so to gain an unfair advantage against their opponents. For Anthony Clark and three others, their motivation allegedly had little to do with playing games.

Clark is on trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after he and three others allegedly created a tool that allowed them to mine FIFA coins from Electronic Arts’ servers.