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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

"Shortly after 8am," reported Florida's Sanford Police Department (SPD), "we received a call from a Sanford resident who lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision, reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox." The mail-munching macaque caused the neighbourhood to go bananas when someone happened to see her "and …
Team Register, 30 Sep 2015

Jeff Bezos trousers $8m Florida rocket sweetener package

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' space tentacle Blue Origin has been offered another eight million reasons to operate in Florida, in the form of a suitcase full of cash for the mysterious "Project Panther". According to Reuters, commissioners in Brevard County – home of NASA's Kennedy Space Center – are very keen to see Blue Origin …
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2015

Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

A Florida pirate was arrested recently after allegedly firing shots at passing cars using his pair of "operational" black-powder pistols, presumably flintlocks. The Florida Keys Keynoter and Reporter has the story. It seems that Monroe County sheriff's deputies, responding to notifications of shots fired on the old Seven Mile …
Lewis Page, 06 Jul 2015
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Systemax director Carl Fiorentino bribery trial moves to Florida

The trial of former Systemax director Carl Fiorentino has been moved from New York to Florida, where he was based when the alleged bribery offences are claimed to have occurred. Fiorentino, a one-time president of subsidiary Tiger Direct, stands accused of pocketing more than $7m in kickbacks from component suppliers in Taiwan …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014

Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

A Florida dog-lover earned himself a cuffing last week after allegedly making the beast with two backs with a pit bull, this shock local report recounts. According to cops, Tampa officers were flagged down by locals disturbed by 57-year-old Bernard Marsonek's public display of cano-jiggyness Police mugshot of Bernard Marsonek …
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2014
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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

A Florida gas station clerk escaped serious injury during an attempted robbery when his HTC smartphone took a bullet from a fleeing perp's pistol. The unnamed worker, at a Hess station in Winter Garden, west of Orlando, found himself on the wrong end of a round early on Monday morning, local news outfit WESH-TV reports. …
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2013

Three men indicted over JPMorgan Chase megahack

Three men have been indicted over the 2014 cyberheist of the largest US bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co. That attack involved the compromise of sensitive personal details of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. Three men, two Israeli nationals Gery Sharon and Ziv Orensteini, as well as US national Joshua Samuel …
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PRIME SPACE: Bezos in Cape Canaveral SPACE PODULE debut

Online stuff-hurling biz lord Jeff Bezos is to move into ORBITAL deliveries, it has been announced, setting up a mighty space podule-plex in a disused NASA facility on Florida's Cape Canaveral. Florida governor Rick Scott stood side by side with the Amazon bigcheese at the project's unveiling earlier today. In addition to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015
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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

A Florida beachcomber has discovered what appears to be a huge eyeball washed up on the beach, and experts are stumped as to what kind of sea creature it came from. eye Eye, eye, what's all this then? Local resident Gino Covacci found the giant eyeball washed up at the high-tide mark of Pompano Beach on the southeast tip of …
Iain Thomson, 12 Oct 2012

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

A teenager on probation for car theft has been arrested after court documents relating to that car theft were found alongside identifiable personal items in a second stolen car. These items were subsequently collected from the police station by the suspect, who arrived in a third stolen vehicle. Carnell Eugene Butler, 18, "now …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2015
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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Doctors have attempted to determine just what mind-altering substance may have provoked a carnival worker to allegedly jump naked onto a Florida couple's roof, charge into the house, smash a TV, masturbate on the living room floor, defecate on the premises and drink the contents of a wet-dry vacuum cleaner before he finally …
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2013

High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

A 41-year-old Florida man is facing a pantheon of charges after allegedly getting hammered on bath salts, declaring himself to be Norse storm god Thor, attempting to commit "a sexual act on a tree", shrugging off two taserings, and assaulting a police officer. According to this report, Kenneth Crowder was spotted this month …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2015
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Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

One of the cofounders of music-sharing site Grooveshark has died. The Gainesville Sun newspaper reports that the body of Josh Greenberg was found in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though the report says drug use and foul play are not believed to be involved. Greenberg was 28 …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015
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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

Updated Pix A Florida fisherman found an unpleasant-looking surprise in the belly of a bull shark he had just caught; a two-headed fetus ready to be born. Two-headed Bull Shark Double the bite (credit: Journal of Fish Biology) The specimen, described in the latest Journal of Fish Biology, has two heads side-by-side, each with its own …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2013
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University of Florida drops plans to axe CompSci for sports

A plan by the University of Florida (UF) to axe most of its computer science department while increasing sports funding is being reconsidered after the news went viral. In the last six years the Florida state government has cut funding to the university by nearly 25 per cent, and in an effort to save $1.4m UF decided to …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2012

Report links alleged US, Israeli cybercrims with JPMorgan MEGAHACK

Federal authorities in America have charged five men who are being indirectly connected with the attack and data breach at JPMorgan Chase last summer, after the global bank, with total assets of $2.6tn, lost the contact data for millions of customers. The attack now appears to have been sourcing targets for a fraudulent …
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Want branchless banking? Live in the developing world? Oops

Branchless banking apps targeted at customers in the developing world are rife with vulnerabilities, according to security researchers. A study by computer scientists from the University of Florida focused on seven of the more high-profile apps, uncovering flaws that created a heightened risk of fraud as well as “unfair” terms …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2015
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Florida man 'fesses to naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

A Florida man has admitted hacking into the email accounts of celebrities including Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson. Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, agreed on Monday to plead guilty to nine felony charges including computer hacking and wiretapping, AP reports. The plea follows Chaney's arrest in October …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012

Drunk driver live-streams her slow journey home

Video US woman Whitney Beall has been arrested by Florida police after live-streaming herself drunk driving. The City of Lakeland Police department says that on Saturday it “... began receiving 911 calls from viewers of Periscope about a possible drunk driver using the social media APP Periscope to broadcast herself.” Officers …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015

Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

A US IT security company says it found copies of the Conficker malware infecting police body cameras. Florida-based iPower reports that body cameras it received from supplier Martel Electronics were loaded with 2009's baddest botware. Researchers Jarrett Pavao and Charles Auchinleck found that when plugged into a PC, the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2015

Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

A US Air Force contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing classified documents, in addition to conspiracy to commit naturalisation fraud. Christopher R. Glenn, 34, a South Florida resident, was sent down by District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, of the Southern District of …
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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

There'll be champagne corks popping in Hawthorne, California, as NASA has finally given SpaceX clearance to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. "The authority to proceed with Dragon's first operational crew mission is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2015

Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

A high school teacher in Tampa Bay, Florida, has been suspended without pay for using a jamming device to keep students off their cellphones. Science teacher Dean Liptak will spend five days on the naughty step at Fivay High School for employing a device that prevented nearby phones from making or receiving calls, sending and …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2015

Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

A quick-thinking kidnappee managed to summon the cops using the comments section of an online order for pizza while being held hostage with her three children. On Monday Cheryl Treadway, 25, from Avon Park in Florida, spent the day arguing with her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson. He became violent, armed himself with a large knife …
Iain Thomson, 07 May 2015

Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

Two groups of companies accused of raking in $120m from fake antivirus scams have been put on ice by a court. The Florida-based businesses distributed free software that scanned computers for malware or performance issues. That software would then make bogus or misleading claims that the machines were infected or broken, urging …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2014
Elton John as Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy

Don't go breaking my shrimp: Boffin names crustacean after Elton John's appendage

Elton John's appearance as the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy has inspired a scientist to name a newly-discovered crustacean after the British rock star. Leucothoe eltoni, new crustacean species. Pic credit: Dr James Thomas; CC-BY 4.0 Look at the appendage on that! Leucothoe eltoni, new crustacean species. Pic …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2015

Microsoft hires Aussie cloudy Transformer Man to run Brit channels

Microsoft has hired Aussie and self proclaimed “chief transformer” Martin Gregory as the next person to lead the UK channel – and the man has a very cloudy background. Former channel director Linda Rendleman – who was in the role for nearly two years – quit Blighty in August and moved to Florida to run a partner team unit …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2015

Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

Ex-Disney IT staffers in Florida have accused the Mickey Mouse outfit of discrimination, and now hope to sue their former bosses. The nearly two dozen techies claim they were forced to train and then hand their jobs over to foreigners working in America on H1-B visas. Attorney Sara Blackwell told The Register she has filed …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Nov 2015

Sawfish are the VIRGIN MARYS of the SEA thanks to virgin births

Piscine boffins have discovered a number of sawfish which they believe are the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. In a Current Biology article titled Facultative parthenogenesis in a critically endangered wild vertebrate, the marine boffins document the first examples of viable …
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Florida lag packs prison survival kit up jacksie

A Florida lag was last week relieved of the substantial prison surival kit he attempted to smuggle into Sarasota County jail in the time-honoured manner - packed in a condom up his jacksie. Police mugshot of Neil Lansing On Friday, homeless Neil Lansing, 33, was hauled before a judge on an unspecified charge, and promptly …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2011
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Florida cops tase naked jogger

Florida police tased a 18-year-old this week after spotting him going for a jog wearing nothing but a pair of swimming goggles. West Melbourne Police officer Ken Sells spotted Zak Anthony King out for what appeared to be an early Monday morning constitutional. However, Sells quickly realised King was stark naked, save for a pair …
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2010
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Florida cops left stoned stunned by pot-filled SUV

A Florida Road Ranger was left holding his nose last week when an unconscious driver turned out to be packing 100lbs of pot plant. The ranger apparently spotted the Chevy Tahoe pulled over on the median of the Pametto Expressway in Doral last Thursday, MSNBC reported. As he approached the car he noticed that the driver appeared …
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2010
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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

Former Florida governor, and likely US presidential candidate, Jeb Bush is taking heat after he published online a massive dump of email correspondence – which included highly personal records detailing the affairs of his constituents. was set up by Team Bush to provide "transparency" into his eight-year stint at …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2015
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Serial killer PYTHONS stalk Florida's Everglades

Pesky pythons are wiping out mammals and birds – some of which are protected species – in Florida's Everglades National Park, according to a new study. Open-mouthed Burmese python What's for dinner? Credit: Mannes Fotos (GNU license) Non-native Burmese pythons are chowing down on the local populace to such an extent that …

Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

John "Jeb" Bush, younger brother of ex-president George “Dubya” Bush and former Governor of Florida, has found the solution to America’s healthcare problems: his Apple Watch. At a “town hall” meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Tempe, Arizona, Jeb said: “I think we should repeal Obamacare,” before pointing at his wristjob, …
Simon Rockman, 15 May 2015

'Miracle weight-loss' biz sued for trying to silence bad online reviews

A US watchdog is suing a health biz that allegedly used the terms and conditions on its diet powder to silence disgruntled customers. In a complaint [PDF] filed to the Middle Florida US District Court, the FTC accused Roca Labs of peddling an ineffective weight-loss product, then threatening customers who posted negative …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2015
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Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

US broadband watchdog the FCC has issued the largest robocalling fine in its history to a Florida company accused of repeatedly harassing people. The commission has levied a $2.96m penalty against Travel Club Marketing, which was accused of making at least 185 automated calls using a robo-dialer. According to the FCC, Travel …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2015
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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

Apple has revealed that its weird camera-mounted vans, seen roaming the California, are being used to gather images for a street mapping app. The Cupertino giant wrote on its website that it will be taking vehicles mounted with cameras around Europe and the US to gather street-level snaps for Apple Maps for iOS and OS X – pretty …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015
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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

Two former Apple Store staffers suing Apple for searching their bags at work for possible stolen gear have upgraded their legal challenge to a wide-ranging class-action lawsuit. Judge William Alsup approved the class-action status in California's northern district court in San Francisco on Thursday. It means the lawsuit, …
Chris Williams, 17 Jul 2015

Ex-SAP director: I bribed govt officials to seal the deals on software

A former regional director of German enterprise software outfit SAP has pleaded guilty to bribing officials in the Panamanian government to secure a contract for one of the company's resellers. Vicente Eduardo Garcia, 65, of Miami, Florida, admitted giving $145,000 in bribes to one government official and promising bribes to …
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2015
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Cops gain access to phone location data

Police in some states can now access your phone location data without a warrant, following a Supreme Court decision not to hear the appeal of an armed robber. Quartavious Davis, 23, was convicted of taking part in a string of robberies in the Miami area after police used cell tower data to link him to the sites where and when …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2015

POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

Everybody knows that the dinosaurs were cold-blooded, right? Lizards, cold blood, there you go. But maybe not. A new species of dino, lately discovered among fossils found in chilly Alaska, has confirmed that the mighty lizardoids of the remote past could actually survive in much colder regions than had been thought - and this …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2015
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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

Pro-ISIS script kiddies defaced the website of Rugby League team the Keighley Cougars over the weekend in the latest of a series of attacks against somewhat obscure targets. The West Yorkshire club's home page was replaced by a black screen and the message: "I love you Isis" with the tag "Hacked By Team System DZ" at the top of …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2014

ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union have shown that US cops are using the FBI's Stingray mobile phone tracking tech much more often than first thought. And the Feds are going to great lengths to hide the full extent of its use. "The documents paint a detailed picture of police using an invasive technology …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2015
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Florida cops cage 'Dracula'

The powers that be in Florida are holding a man cops have dubbed "Dracula", and who's certainly a contender for the worst ever mugshot trophy. Dale Lee's mugshot. Pic: Pasco Sherrif's Office Dale Alan Lee. 43, was arrested on an aggravated battery rap after allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach in Dade City. One shaken …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2009

Former Systemax execs charged over $9m fraud, tax evasion

The Feds have now charged ex-Systemax senior exec Gilbert Fiorentino and his brother and former colleague Carl, with allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of millions of dollars as well as evading tax. The criminal case was last night confirmed by the US Attorneys’ Office for the southern district of Florida and the eastern …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2014
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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a network operator $750,000 for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots in favor of its own Wi-Fi networks in US convention centers. The FCC said in its decree [PDF] that Smart City used its Wi-Fi network equipment to transmit deauthentication frames that disabled the personal …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2015
Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in 2009, at the end of its STS-129 mission to the ISS. Pic: NASA

NASA space shuttle landing site to turn commercial

The Florida facility used by NASA as a landing site for its retired space shuttle fleet could see new life as a commercial spacecraft facility. Local news station WFTV reports that the US space agency is in talks with the state's Space Florida agency on plans that would turn the portion of the Kennedy Space Center previously …
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2014
Pinky and the Brain

Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

A scientific team in Ohio has managed to raise the most complete human brain yet, and plan to use it for testing drugs and trying to understand autism. The brain is at the same stage of development as a five-week-old fetus and contains 99 per cent of the same cells that you'd find in an in-utero equivalent. It's about the size …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2015
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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud. Take-Two Interactive, parent company of Rockstar Games, has filed suit against the UK broadcasting company over allegations of trademark infringement for its decision to cast a biopic about the games developer's history. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015