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Feds level first bitcoin securities fraud criminal prosecution

posted onNovember 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

A Texas man was arrested Thursday and charged with fostering a bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme, in what is the first securities fraud case involving the crypto currency ever lodged by US prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the defendant, Trendon Shavers, is accused [PDF] of promising investors "absurdly high interest" in exchange for turning over their bitcoin to him. Investors were falsely promised that their bitcoin was recoverable at any time, the authorities said.

FBI Pays Visit to Researcher Who Revealed Yahoo Hack

posted onOctober 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far.

Twitter sues U.S. government over national security data

posted onOctober 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Twitter is suing the U.S. government in an effort to loosen restrictions on what the social media giant can say publicly about the national security-related requests it receives for user data.

The company filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Monday in a federal court in northern California, arguing that its First Amendment rights are being violated by restrictions that forbid the disclosure of how many national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders it receives -- even if that number is zero.

MPAA Swears It’s Not Pushing For More Anti-Piracy Legislation

posted onSeptember 16, 2014
by l33tdawg

A few years back, the entertainment industry used its unique charms (read: money) to glamour several members of Congress into supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act, one of the few pieces of legislation to draw almost universal disdain from everyone other than the industry that backed it, as it would have exacerbated the shoot-first-maybe-investigate-later model already in place thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

FBI Lied About How it Obtained Silk Road Server Location Says Security Expert

posted onSeptember 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

A security expert claims the FBI is lying about how it located the Icelandic server hosting the Silk Road underground drugs bazaar.

When Ross Ulbricht was arrested by the FBI and charged with being the operator of the billion dollar drugs empire known as Silk Road, one of the most intriguing questions for many was just how the law enforcement agency was able to locate the server hosting the website considering it was running on the anonymous Tor network.

Has Forensic Science Finally Unmasked Jack the Ripper?

posted onSeptember 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

Jack the Ripper, the scourge of Whitechapel and possibly the world's most famous cold case, has reportedly been solved by a businessman and a forensic analyst, according to The Daily Mail.

The partner teamed up after businessman Russell Edwards obtained a shawl that supposedly belonged to Catherine Eddowes, an unfortunate victim to the Ripper's grisly murders. Enlisting forensic expert Jari Louhelainen's expertise, particularly with historic murders, the evidence shows "beyond a reasonable doubt," which one of the six potential suspects Jack the Ripper actually was.