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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

Microsoft is facing another PR battle after a rights group accused Bing of more heavy-handed censorship in China than even homegrown search engine Baidu shackles its users with. Despite claiming to remove results as “narrowly as possible” in order to comply with Chinese censorship laws, Microsoft is actually blocking a “vast …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014
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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, Suffolk, is charged with one count of computer hacking and a further charge of aggravated identify theft over an alleged attack on Federal Reserve computer systems between October …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014

Accused fraudster Charles Shrem quits Bitcoin Foundation board

Charlie Shrem, the 24-year-old Bitcoin entrepreneur who was arrested on Monday on money-laundering charges, has resigned from his position as vice chairman of the board of the Bitcoin Foundation. Authorities scooped up Shrem at New York City's JFK Airport on claims that he and accomplice Robert Faiella were involved in …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
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Apple accused over 'secure' iMessage encryption

A security researcher has suggested that Apple's claim that its iMessage app is spook-proof and secure does not stand up to scrutiny. Cyril Cattiaux, who works at the research firm QuarksLab, made his claims during a speech to the Hack in the Box conference, which were quoted by PC World – the tech news site, rather than the …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
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My name is NOT Dread Pirate Roberts: Silk Road accused's fam'n'friends stump up $1m bail

Supporters of the man accused of being the mastermind behind online drugs bazaar the Silk Road have offered to stump up $1m in bail money. Ross Ulbricht is currently being held in solitary confinement within the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, awaiting trial for his alleged role in running the Silk Road. Federal …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013
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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled. The lawsuit claims that between 2005 and 2007 Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm entered into non-compete agreements to end the practice of poaching of staff …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

An attorney for Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of masterminding the online drugs marketplace Silk Road, has asked that the money-laundering charges against his client be dropped on the basis that Bitcoin, Silk Road's preferred medium of exchange, doesn't count as money. Ulbricht was arrested in San Francisco in October after a …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014

Napster cofounder's Jerk.com accused of acting like ... err ... jerks

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cracking down on a site they say lifted user information to create smear profiles on a for-profit reputation site. The FTC said that the operators of Jerk.com (which appears to have since been taken down) harvested data from millions of Facebook users to create profiles without permission …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Apr 2014
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Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat

A Connecticut man has been taken to court, accused of stealing a cop's innocent Facebook photos for raunchy online chats with underage girls. According to a civil lawsuit filed by Joseph and Sarah Dzamko, the defendant Joseph Dossantos allegedly used Joseph Dzamko's pictures to represent himself when flirting with whom he …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2013
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Steelie Neelie accused of killing €0.01-per-megabyte roaming fee cap in Europe

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes has reportedly dropped her plan to dramatically slash wholesale mobile roaming fees, a move that could have helped drive down Europeans' phone bills. In a fresh draft proposal for the future of telecoms on the Continent, seen by Reuters this week, Steelie Neelie did not mention the caps on charges as …

They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

The man who Newsweek named as the inventor of Bitcoin has hired a lawyer in a bid to clear his name. Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, California, has released a statement in which he claimed to be so skint that he couldn't even afford an internet connection. He "unconditionally" denied the Newsweek report. Seeing as the …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Mar 2014
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NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

Professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater, a Belgian cryptographer whose work is said to have informed card payment systems worldwide, has reportedly become the victim of a spear-phishing attack by the NSA and/or GCHQ. Belgium's De Standaaard reports that Professor Quisquater clicked on a fake LinkedIn invitation that infected his …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014

Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

Google's directors were accused of hypocrisy over a regulation banning attendees at its annual shareholder's meeting in California from wearing Google Glass hardware at the event. "Cameras, recording devices, and other electronic devices, such as smart phones, will not be permitted at the meeting. Photography is prohibited at …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

The NSA's much-discussed PRISM initiative has attracted criticism galore from political activists, but now it has come up against serious opposition: a ticked-off designer offended by the poor quality of the NSA's slideware. The designer in question is Emiland De Cubber, a slideware professional who has declared the NSA “can do …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013

Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

A California woman who was stopped by police for driving while wearing Google Glass has pleaded not guilty to charges of speeding and distracted driving. Early Glass adopter Cecilia Abadie of Temecula, California was issued a traffic citation in October under a clause in the state's vehicle code that forbids operating a motor …
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013
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Copyright troll Prenda Law accused of seeding own torrents

Prenda Law – whose odious scam was to find porn downloaders, and humiliate them into a payoff with the threat of exposure – may have been dismembered by the US legal system, but there's still some fun to be had dancing on its grave. Prenda's attorney principals John Steele, Paul Hansmeier, Paul Duffy, and Brett Gibbs have …
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ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran

Documents offering to supply embargoed technology to Iran have been unearthed by Reuters, showing Huawei partner Skycom Tech Co Ltd bidding to provide HP servers to an Iranian mobile network - in breach of sanctions. The bid, seen by Reuters, was submitted in 2010 by Skycom to Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran (MCI) and …
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2012
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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

High-street socks'n'frocks chain Marks and Spencer is accused of quietly taking money from shoppers' contactless bank cards at the tills. The accusations come from Radio 4's Money Box listeners, who called in to report that M&S had billed cards in purses and handbags over the air, unbeknownst to customers who had intended to pay …
Bill Ray, 20 May 2013
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Pirate Bay Warg accused of hacking international police database

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been named as a suspect in the hacking of a European database containing data about wanted criminal suspects and missing people. According to Denmark's justice minister, two hackers are alleged to have accessed "some information" from the Schengen Information System, a …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

Two men have been jailed for two months for breaking strict rules against using Facebook and Google while serving on a jury. The pair were found to be in contempt of court by senior judges in London yesterday. One of the jailed men posted a damning message on the social network about a child sex abuse defendant mid-trial; the …
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Lord to sue Twitter users who falsely accused him of abuse

A former Tory Party treasurer has indicated that his solicitors will pursue anyone on Twitter who wrongly linked his name to false allegations of child abuse. Lord McAlpine, speaking emotionally on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning, said he was utterly devastated by inaccurate claims that were reported on BBC2's …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2012
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Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

Oracle is red-faced in the Asia-Pacific, as one of its staffers has been accused of trading sex for favourable treatment by Singapore’s narcotics agency. The case, reported by Reuters, centres around Ng Boon Gay, former director of the country’s Central Narcotics Bureau, who is facing two charges brought by Singapore’s anti- …
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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

Microsoft is the latest tech firm to be tarred with the "immoral" tax-dodger brush after a report accused Redmond of funneling £1.7bn in UK revenues through Luxembourg and Ireland in order to legally avoid paying tax here. The Sunday Times reported that the IT giant was sending its British earnings from new operating system …
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Samsung accused of using child labor in its own factories

Samsung is facing fresh allegations of employing illegal child workers – this time in its own Chinese factories – a day after the company said that an independent review had cleared one of its main suppliers of similar charges. China Labor Watch has issued a new report on eight factories completely or partially owned by Samsung …
Iain Thomson, 05 Sep 2012
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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

It’s bad enough that when you ‘buy’ an e-book, you’re really only renting it, but now we hear that at least one e-book seller will, it has been alleged, wipe your device if it sees fit. Norwegian writer Martin Bekkelund tells the story of a chum, called Linn, who claims to have had her Kindle remotely wiped by Amazon UK. Linn …
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2012
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Fraud cops collar two blokes accused of dodging bank's 2-factor auth

Indian police have arrested two men who allegedly circumvented a bank's two-factor authentication protection and looted online accounts. The pair are suspected of buying victims' personal details from other crooks and then tricking mobile phone companies into giving the duo replacement SIM cards. Anyone in possession of these …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2013
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Osborne accused of derailing UK.gov's green dream

The UK Treasury is accused of dropping an oil slick in the way of the government's Energy Bill, a draft law to lower carbon use and make Blighty more energy efficient. MPs on the influential Energy and Climate Change Committee said the proposed legislation was "unworkable" because the country's penny counters have refused to …
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Techie accused of snooping wife's email cleared of wrongdoing

A computer technician accused of hacking into his wife's webmail account to search for evidence of an affair has been cleared of all wrongdoing. A computer hacking charge against Leon Walker was dropped after it emerged in court that his then-partner Clara Walker had been reading her husband's mobile text messages at the same …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012

Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

The FBI and the US Department of Justice have unsealed charges against nine people accused of racketeering, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft, and multiple counts of bank fraud related to their use of the Zeus malware against victims in the state of Nebraska. "The 'Zeus' malware is one of the most damaging pieces of …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
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Google accused of meddling with S Korean probe

Google has been accused of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. Google deleted files and made its employees work from home in an attempt to frustrate the investigation, alleges the commission in an interview with a South Korean newspaper. The non-co- …
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2012
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Chinese diplomat accused of spying on Japanese military

A Chinese diplomat with links to the People’s Liberation Army has been accused of snooping on Japanese military technology data while working in Tokyo. Police in the Japanese capital are preparing to send documents to district prosecutors which allege that 45-year-old Li Chunguang submitted false papers when renewing his alien …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Jun 2012
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German education minister accused of copying in class

Yet another German politician has fallen victim to the increasingly common accusation of academic plagiarism. The German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan has been accused of plagiarising parts of her research in the PhD thesis she wrote in 1980. The claims were made by an anonymous website – Schavanplag – set up …
Anna Leach, 04 May 2012

John Key accused of Dotcom ‘brain fade’

New Zealand opposition politicians believe they have a sniff of prime ministerial blood in the Kim Dotcom case, after PM John Key released the results of a review by that country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). Releasing the results of the review here, the prime minister says “I received no briefing on the …
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Skype accused of ratting out user to private security without warrant

Skype is investigating claims it handed over personal information on a teenager implicated in an attack on PayPal without asking to see a warrant. PayPal contracted Dutch security firm iSIGHT Partners to get to the bottom of assaults launched last year against the web payment firm. The distributed denial-of-service attacks were …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2012
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US accused of hypocrisy over cyber warfare

Recent warnings of a "cyber–Pearl Harbor" by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others are hypocritical, according to a leading security expert, given that the US is responsible for most of the online attacks so far uncovered. "If we look for offensive cyber attacks that have been linked back to a known government, we mostly …
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2012
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Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast

Reuters is airing accusations which, if true, would cast the Facebook IPO process in a very poor light indeed. The news service claims that underwriters Morgan Stanley cut its revenue forecasts for The Social NetworkTM but withheld the information from all but a privileged few. The allegations are detailed in this Reuters …
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'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

An ex-IT bod accused of masquerading as hacker "Demon Killer" to infiltrate PCs and send out a string of murderous threats in 2012 has protested his innocence at the opening of his trial in Tokyo District Court. Yusuke Katayama, who was an employee at an unnamed technology company, was finally nabbed in February 2013 after …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014
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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has suffered another setback in his fight against extradition to America to face piracy charges, as the New Zealand Supreme Court denied his appeal to access the evidence the US feds have on him. The top court decided [PDF] that Uncle Sam's prosecutors are not required to disclose the evidence they' …

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets. Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who spent seven years as a Microsoft employee in Russia and Lebanon, was arrested in Seattle, US, in March on charges that he shared proprietary Microsoft code …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014
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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

This was supposed to be a great week for extreme camera manufacturer GoPro but instead it has stumbled into a PR nightmare. On Wednesday the Winter X Games kicked off in the French skiing haven of Tignes and with GoPro involved the company was expecting lots of favorable views of its products. Now thanks to the actions of some …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2013
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Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

Cisco has thrown on the armour and couched the lance to defend itself and its customers from the zombie Nortel patent lawsuits. The Nortel patent portfolio, bought by the Rockstar Consortium and since partly spun out to subsidiaries Bockstar and Constellation (yes, these are the real names), has been the basis for an ongoing …
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Man, 54, accused of sex with girl he wed in RuneScape

A 54 year-old man is accused of underage sex with a young teenager, who he had "married" in the online fantasy game RuneScape. Philips John W. Philips (right), from Massachusetts faces 11 charges including sexual assault, using a computer with intention of committing a crime and accosting a child for immoral purposes. If …
Caleb Cox, 09 Feb 2011

Russia charges 'criminal organization' behind Blackhole malware kit

The Russian government has charged a group of people with organized crime offenses related to the creation and use of the Blackhole malware kit. Word first leaked out via Europol in October that a man going by the alias "Paunch", who was suspected of being the creator of the infamous crimeware tool, had been arrested in Russia …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013
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Aaron Swartz prosecutor accused of 'professional misconduct'

The legal team acting for now-deceased internet activist Aaron Swartz has filed an official complaint with the Department of Justice alleging two counts of professional misconduct by Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann in his handling of the case. Heymann knowingly suppressed evidence that could have been used to dismiss the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2013
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Accused autistic hacker Ryan Cleary freed on bail

Ryan Cleary, the alleged hacker behind the attack on Soca's website, has been freed on bail. Cleary denies the charge. He is also accused of using denial of service attacks against websites run by copyright lobbyists the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The 19-year old …
John Oates, 28 Jun 2011
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Smut-spreading copyright trolls told to return cash extracted from victims

The team behind Prenda Law's copyright-trolling business took another hit when a judge ordered it to pay back money to the people it accused of downloading hardcore pornography – AND pay their legal costs. The ruling, from the district court of Minnesota, was made against AF Holdings, a shell company set up to manage the …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
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Accused SOCA attacker reportedly 'keen' to help cops

A 19-year-old UK man accused of taking part in an attack on the website of the Serious Oranised Crime Agency was denied bail during a brief court hearing on Thursday. Ryan Cleary didn't enter a plea to the five offenses Metropolitan Police leveled against him on Wednesday, according to media reports. The judge at the …
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

Apple was this week hit with a number of patent infringement lawsuits regarding its sensors designs, Wi-Fi connectivity and even chirpy Siri. The first legal challenge comes from a firm called DSS Technology Management, which claims Apple's iMac, Mac mini and the upcoming Mac Pro computers infringe two of its patents. Both …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013

Fake X-RATED Facebook scam vids of pop minx Selena Gomez: Man sued

Facebook is suing a man accused of flooding the social network with spam posts and fake applications. The website's bosses filed suit this week in a California District Court against a one Christopher Peter Tarquini, of Malton, New Jersey. He is accused of being the brains behind a string of spam campaigns that plagued the free- …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2013