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California man sentenced to nearly two years for firing laser pointer at planes

posted onAugust 5, 2014
by l33tdawg

On Monday, a federal court in Central California sentenced a 26-year-old to one year and nine months in prison for firing two different laser pointers at a Kern County Sheriff’s Office helicopter over a six month period in 2013.

The man, Brett Lee Scott of Buttonwillow, took a plea deal with federal prosecutors according to a May 5, 2014 court filing. Scott explained his actions by saying that he was “bored.”

Woman files $123M suit against Facebook over photoshopped nude photos

posted onJuly 31, 2014
by l33tdawg

Houston woman Meryem Ali has filed a $123-million lawsuit against both Facebook and a former friend who posted a picture of her on an "imposter" Facebook profile under her name, according to Texas Lawyer.

Photographs "that depict the true face of plaintiff" were altered with Photoshop and "attached to false, phony, naked body shots, and at least one pose where there is plaintiff in a graphic pornographic-like photo," states the complaint, which was filed on July 25 in Harris County.

US senator seeks strong curbs on NSA metadata collection

posted onJuly 30, 2014
by l33tdawg

A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transparency about the program has White House backing, and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other bills as too weak.

Democrat senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the legislation in the United States upper house yesterday.

23-year-old Student, Daniel Stratman, Sentenced for Hacking

posted onJuly 29, 2014
by l33tdawg

A 23-year-old student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that hacked into the systems of the educational institution and accessed student records, account information and passwords, has been sentenced last week to six months in prison.

Daniel Stratman breached the university’s computers from his apartment in Lincoln at least seven times in one month. The report does not mention what happened to the sensitive details he accessed or whether he made modifications to the records.

YouTube star hit with copyright lawsuit, label seeks $150,000 per song

posted onJuly 23, 2014
by l33tdawg

Popular YouTube user Michelle Phan is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on songs she has used in her videos, according to reports from the BBC. Ultra Records claims that Phan has used 50 of its songs in her YouTube posts and on her website illegally despite one of the label's own artists objecting to the legal action.

Phan's YouTube channel centers around using and buying makeup, and her videos are often backed by upbeat music with the artist credited in the video's description. Artists whom Phan has used in her videos include Kaskade, deadmau5, and Calvin Harris.

Swedish judge upholds detention order for Assange

posted onJuly 17, 2014
by l33tdawg

A Stockholm District Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the Swedish detention order against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, issued on allegations of sexual assault, will remain in force.

Assange had asked the District Court of Stockholm in late June to revoke the detention order, hoping that a revocation would get him closer to leaving the Ecuadorean embassy in the U.K., where has been holed up for over two years.

Australian teen accepts police caution to avoid hacking charge

posted onJuly 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

An Australian teenager has accepted a caution from police rather than face hacking charges for discovering a vulnerability in the website of one of the country’s public transport authorities late last year.

Joshua Rogers of Melbourne accepted the caution, he told IDG News Service via email yesterday. He will not face charges, and the caution – an acknowledgement that he broke the law – will be expunged from his record in five years if he does not commit the same offense in that period.