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IBM's SPSS buyout: FBI cuffs two on insider trading charges

Two stockbrokers have been arrested and charged with insider trading related to IBM’s £1.2bn acquisition of software firm SPSS in 2009, after three others pleaded guilty. Daryl Payton Jr and Benjamin Durant III have both claimed innocence in the face of charges of conspiracy and securities fraud after being arrested by the FBI …
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@UnSteveDorkland Twitter satirist faces 4 charges in US court

The anonymous satirist behind spoof Twitter account @UnSteveDorkland faces four criminal charges in a Californian court for making fun of a Daily Mail group executive. @UnSteveDorkland has been charged for computer fraud and abuse, data access and fraud and for defamation and online impersonation - all for a series of tweets …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2012
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Judge dismisses charges against accused Twitter stalker

A federal judge has dismissed a criminal case against a man charged with stalking a religious leader on Twitter on the grounds that the more than 8,000 messages he posted, some predicting her violent death, were protected by the US constitution. Thursday's ruling by US District Judge Roger W. Titus of Maryland was among the …
Dan Goodin, 16 Dec 2011
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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

Michael Schumacher's stolen "medical records" are being offered for sale.‬ The management team of the retired motor racing legend has confirmed the theft of files and warned that either the purchase or publication of the documents would provoke both a criminal complaint and a lawsuit. ‪Schumacher‬ left Grenoble Hospital last …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2014
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India second only to US in Google user data requests

The Indian government submitted more user data retrieval requests than any other Asian nation in 2013 and came second only to the US globally, according to the latest stats from Google released this week. The Chocolate Factory’s updated Transparency Report, summarised neatly by Statista (via Mashable), shows the US some way out …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2014

US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

The US Department of Justice has named five members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army that, it claims, carried out an eight-year hacking campaign against some American companies to steal commercially sensitive information. "These represent the first ever charges against known state actors for infiltrating U.S. commercial …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2014
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PA school district avoids charges over webcam spy scandal

Philadelphia school administrators involved in a webcam spying episode will escape criminal prosecution, federal authorities have decided. A high school in the Lower Merion School District of suburban Philadelphia used laptop cameras outfitted with LanRev theft tracking software to monitor students. The unorthodox use of the …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2010
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Gameover ZeuS botnet pulls dripping stake from heart, staggers back from the UNDEAD

The Gameover ZeuS malware is back from the dead just six weeks after a takedown operations that aimed to put a stake through the heart of the botnet, which is linked to the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. International law enforcement acted against the crooks behind the Gameover ZeuS in early June. For the past month …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 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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UK fraud squad bends over Serco, G4S for 'phantom crims' probe

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into contractors Serco and G4S after an audit allegedly suggested the companies were massively overcharging for the electronic tagging of offenders. Sources in government told The Guardian that the two firms billed Blighty for monitoring at least 18,000 …
Iain Thomson, 05 Nov 2013
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LulzSec's Sabu hacked foreign gov sites while under FBI control – NYT

Ex-LulzSec chief Sabu orchestrated attacks on government computers in Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Brazil while under the control of the FBI, according to a New York Times investigation. After he was apprehended and turned to became an FBI informant, Hector Xavier "Sabu" Monsegur encouraged fellow Anonymous hackers to hit foreign …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2014

Foundry Networks CIO charged in $29m insider trading scam

The chief information officer of Foundry Networks, along with two other alleged perps, has been charged with both civil and criminal charges stemming from insider trading during the $3bn buyout of the company by Brocade in 2008. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil charges state that David Riley – who has since …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2013
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Google's Wi-Fi sniff probe reveals 'criminal intent' - PI

An analysis of Google's Wi-Fi sniffing code, paid for by Google, suggests the company could find itself facing criminal charges, according to a privacy watchdog and pressure group. Google's lawyers Perkins Coie paid computer forensics firm Stroz Friedberg to analyse the code used, presumably in order to defend itself against …
John Oates, 09 Jun 2010

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

Controversial decisions by officials in Florida to arrest, charge and expel from school a teenage girl (and model student) for causing a totally harmless "explosion" by mixing household products in a plastic bottle are attracting widespread condemnation. Kiera Wilmot, 16, a student at Bartow High School in Florida, is no …
Lewis Page, 02 May 2013
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Megaupload case near collapse: report

An American district court judge has cast doubt over the whole Megaupload trial, telling the FBI the criminal charges against Kim Dotcom may never make it to trial. The New Zealand Herald is reporting that during a hearing in Virginia the judge, Liam O’Grady, doubted if “we are ever going to have a trial in this matter” when …
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Block, censor, ban: India the biggest loser in online freedom stakes

India has recorded the biggest year-on-year decline in online freedom of any country, with the US firmly planted in the chasing pack, according to not-for-profit Freedom House’s latest annual Freedom on the Net report. As the name suggests, the report examines trends in internet freedom in 60 countries across the globe, with …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Oct 2013

Ex-Systemax veep cuffed, charged with $230m fraud

Carl Fiorentino, a former president at reseller Systemax, has been charged with accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in return for directing $230m worth of business to certain components suppliers. He was arrested yesterday and released on a $1m personal surety bond. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it is: his …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
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False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges

The discovery that some CCTV cameras around Moscow streamed prerecorded images, instead of live pictures, has resulted in criminal charges against StroyMontageService, the firm that maintained the network. Dmitry Kudryavtsev, a director of StroyMontageService, has been arrested and charged with fraud over the alleged scam, which …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

The Register recently gathered together some of the great and good in an attempt to work out what is going on in corporate IT. Here's what happened next... In the aptly named Sandra Blow Room of London's Soho Hotel, my role was to provoke conversation on the subject of IT governance and the structures by which large scale IT is …
Dominic Connor, 07 Aug 2014

Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia 'just a decoy'

The four laptops NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took with him when he fled America for Hong Kong were nothing but a diversion, according to an ex-CIA official who met Snowden in Russia last week. Classified documents downloaded from NSA systems were stored in thumb drives and HDDs that were kept out of reach of Chinese …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2013
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Bernie Ebbers faces criminal charges

Bernie Ebbers, the disgraced Worldcom boss, will face federal criminal charges after his former boardroom colleague turned supergrass. Ebbers is charged with fraud and conspiracy related to the collapse of WorldCom in July 2002. Scott Sullivan, ex-CFO, pleaded guilty to similar charges and is co-operating with investigators. …
John Oates, 03 Mar 2004
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Two in court on Motorola insider dealing charges

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has taken two men to court over allegations of insider dealing during Motorola's takeover of TTP Communications. Christopher McQuoid, 39, of Royston, Hertfordshire, formerly general counsel of TTP Communications, and James William Melbourne, 74, of Ripley, Derbyshire, are accused of buying …
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008

U.S forces maintain fire against Megaupload

The United States government is holding firm against the pursuit of file sharing platform Megaupload and its founders stating that even if the indictment of the Megaupload corporation is dismissed, it will continue the indefinite freeze on its assets. During a federal hearing in the U.S last Friday, prosecutors urged U.S. …
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SurfTheChannel site operator found guilty of conspiracy to defraud

A landmark legal case has ended with the operator of streaming links website SurfTheChannel.com being found guilty. The case against the Gateshead couple who operated the venture was brought by the Federation against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the Motion Picture Ass. of America, the MPAA. Anton Vickerman, 41, was found guilty …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2012
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Hitachi, LG admit fixing disc drive prices

A Hitachi and LG optical disk-making joint venture has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of violating antitrust law and one count of wire fraud in the US. The company is the first to be charged in the probe of price-fixing in the sale of CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives. The Department of Justice investigation also issued a subpoena to Sony …
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Cisco fires Brazil chief over tax fraud charges

Network kit maker Cisco Systems Inc has suspended a director of the Brazilian arm of its business following formal tax fraud charges involving the alleged evasion of up to R$1.5bn ($845m) in import duties and other taxes. Carlos Roberto Carnevali, who headed up operations at Cisco's Latin American unit, was charged along with 15 …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2007
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Wi-Fi whistle blower faces criminal charges

A North Carolina man faces criminal charges after his attempt to expose the insecurity of his local medical facility's wireless network landed him in hot water with the authorities. Clayton Taylor Dillard, 29, an information security consultant, is accused of breaking into Wake Internal Medicine Consultants' computer system and …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2003
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UK to hold public consultation on social-media troll prosecutions

Mainstream and local press have covered trolling cases on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites into an inch of their life this year as public outrage about the phenomenon has led to some UK folk being arrested under suspicion of malicious communications offences. As a result, the director of public prosecutions Keir …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2012
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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

The Daily Mail group has dropped its legal action against a Twitter user who sent up one of its executives - just three days after news barons attempted to slap four criminal charges on the twit. The retraction of the writ was revealed by the spoof tweeter, UnSteveDorkland, who parodied Steve Auckland, the CEO of the Daily Mail …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2012
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TomorrowNow pleads guilty to illegal Oracle slurping

TomorrowNow has pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it illegally downloaded copyrighted Oracle software in an effort to pry customers from the database giant between December 2006 and April 2007. According to a statement from United States Attorney Melinda Haag, the former SAP subsidiary – which was shut down in 2008 – has …
Cade Metz, 14 Sep 2011
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Prosecutor seeks sports-bodies guidance on troll-hunting rulebook

The views of sports men and women about social media trolling cases are being sought by the director of public prosecutions. Keir Starmer said late last week that he wanted to extend the consultation process he announced in September to include comments from the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2012

SAP to bung Oracle at least $306m in software piracy row

German software giant SAP has agreed to hand over $306m in damages to Oracle in the TomorrowNow copyright infringement case in order to avoid a new trial. Oracle sued SAP in 2007, claiming that the German biz's TomorrowNow subsidiary illegally downloaded Oracle software and support documents in an effort to pilfer Oracle …
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Greyhats had up for AT&T iPad celebrity backdoor slurp breach

The "theft" of email address and personal information of early adopters of Apple's iPad tablet last June is about to become the subject of a criminal prosecution. The personal details, including phone numbers, of around 114,000 iPad 3G users were obtained from insecure servers maintained by AT&T. Those exposed included …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2011
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Brocade and Mercury rain cash on SEC to settle charges

Brocade and Mercury Interactive have coughed up $35m between them to settle charges they deliberately flouted SEC rules by falsifying dates of stock option grants. Mercury is stumping up $28m to settle civil fraud charges brought today by the US Securities and Exchange Commission against it and four former executives for the " …
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2007
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Feds probe triggers Chinese tech stock tumble

Chinese tech companies' stock has been sliding on the NASDAQ today, after a report that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating accounting irregularities at US-listed Chinese firms. Youku, the Chinese YouTube, was particularly hard hit, down 18.3 per cent to $16.24, while search behemoth Baidu lost 9.17 per cent and …
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'Brit Bill Gates' defends his honour in open letter to HP board

Hewlett-Packard has slapped down former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch after he called for details of accounting charges made against him and for an explanation of what HP executives really knew. In an open letter to PC giant’s board, Lynch effectively accused HP of smearing him by releasing selected information to the media and he …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2012
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EU plans tougher punishment for hackers – and their bosses

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve proposals to criminalise certain activity relating to cyber attacks last week. The proposals contain plans to make specified "legal persons" within companies liable for certain offences. "Legal persons would be liable for offences committed for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Apr 2012
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One-time wannabe governor charged for Facebook share Ponzi scheme

A US financier has been charged with running a $13.2m Ponzi scheme, supposedly trading in Facebook and other social networks' pre-IPO shares despite the fact that he didn't have access to them. Craig Berkman, a former Oregon gubernatorial candidate now living in Florida, had allegedly promised his investors that he had insider …
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Ukraine file-sharing site disappears

Microsoft Ukraine has disclaimed responsibility for the shut-down of Ukranian file-sharing site Ex.ua, which that country’s government has shuttered for copyright infringement. The shut-down has triggered the usual round of attacks on government Websites in that country. According to the Kyiv Post, Ukrania’s interior ministry …
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ORBZ shuts up shop, cites criminal charges

ORBZ, the anti-spam blacklisting service, is shutting down. Ian Gulliver, the administrator of ORBZ (Open Relay Blocking Zone), sent a message to its mailing list explaining that the service was been shut down because of "criminal charges for denial of service relating to the Lotus Domino issue". Last August, Gulliver sent a …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2002

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements. The firm posted a statement on its popular 2345.com portal site expressing “profound apologies” to …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
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States consider saner 'sexting' penalties for teens

Lawmakers in 21 states have considered bills this year that would lessen penalties for teen sexting, in which teenagers send or receive pictures of themselves in various states of undress, according to the Associated Press. The folly of so-called sexting prosecutions, which invoke child-pornography laws to exact harsh penalties …
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2011
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Charges dropped against former HP chairman

A California state judge has dropped all criminal charges against former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn and paved the way to clearing three others caught up in the spying scandal, which was initiated to discover the source of leaks to the media. In October, the four were charged with four felony counts each for …
Dan Goodin, 14 Mar 2007
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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

Debates in Parliament, home visits from the police and distressed celebrities have all left tweeters a little unsure as to what is and what is not acceptable by law on Twitter. The list of those offending and those offended keeps growing with recent high profile reports referring to Louise Mensch, Tom Daley, Guy Adams, Steve …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Aug 2012
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Ofcom probes Sky News over Canoe man email hacks

Broadcaster Sky News is being investigated by Ofcom over its admission that it hacked into emails for a story in 2008. "Ofcom is investigating the fairness and privacy issues raised by Sky News' statement that it had accessed without prior authorisation private email accounts during the course of its news investigations," the …
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Criminal case against ORBZ spam blacklist dropped

The City of Battle Creek, Michigan, has agreed not to pursue criminal charges against the administrator of spamlisting blacklisting service ORBZ, which led to the withdrawal of the service earlier this week. The move lets Ian Gulliver, the administrator of ORBZ.org, off the hook for allegedly causing a major slowdown of its …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2002
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CSC's iSoft takeover cleared

The European Commission has cleared CSC's takeover of iSoft - the key NHS supplier. Aussie health provider iSoft has had a chequered past - it was bailed out with £82m of taxpayer cash, removed a co-founder, and is still going through a Financial Services Authority probe which led to four former directors facing criminal charges …
John Oates, 21 Jun 2011
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Men busted 'for touting Facebook and Twitter shares'

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has closed down an investment scam that was touting pre-IPO shares in Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and Groupon. The SEC alleges that Florida resident John Mattera and others set up a new hedge fund named The Praetorian Global Fund. The Commission alleged that the suspects had claimed to …
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Fakegifts.com owners face criminal charges

The American duo allegedly behind fakegifts.com could face a lengthy spell in jail for selling imitation designer chic, such as Cartier watches, over the Net. Cartier, which started the investigation into Mark Dipadova and Theresa Gayle Ford in Columbia, claims it is the first action by federal prosecutors against sellers of …
Linda Harrison, 26 Jan 2001
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India threatens to block Google, Facebook and chums

Google, Facebook and other internet companies have been warned by India's High Court that their websites could be blocked if they fail to remove "offensive, objectionable" content from their sites. The Delhi High Court told representatives from Facebook and Google yesterday that the firms "must have a stringent check" in place …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2012