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Jawbone bods allegedly jogged off to Fitbit with secret gadget blueprints

Six former and current Fitbit staffers have been accused of stealing trade secrets from rival gizmo-slinger Jawbone. According to an indictment [PDF] filed Thursday in a Northern California US District Court, each of the six had at one time worked at Jawbone and were hired away by Fitbit. In the process, it is alleged, they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2018
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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

Crime rates in the Australian State of New South Wales have dropped markedly in recent years and researchers think technology might be a big reason why. So says an Australian Institute of Criminology study (PDF) titled “Where have all the young offenders gone? Examining changes in offending between two New South Wales (NSW) …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2018

Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

A pair of married scammers and their fence were sentenced to 71 months, 68 months, and 24 months in prison respectively for defrauding Amazon.com, the US Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District of Indiana said on Monday. Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 38, residents of the Muncie-Anderson area of Indiana, previously …
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It's all true – I bribed big city's IT boss with fat bathroom bungs, admits tech biz chief exec

The owner of an IT supplier has admitted bunging a US city's tech boss cash bribes to bag lucrative service contracts worth millions of dollars. Parimal Mehta yesterday pleaded guilty in an eastern Michigan district court to one count of federal program bribery. He confessed he paid Detroit's director of departmental …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2018
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Yahoo! merc! hacker! Karim! Baratov! gets! five! years! in! the! clink!

The Canadian mercenary hacker who helped Russian agents break into thousands of Yahoo! webmail accounts will be spending up to the next five years behind bars in America. A US district court judge, sitting in northern California, handed the 60-month sentence to Karim Baratov, who last year eventually pleaded guilty to nine …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2018
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Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

A bloke armed with a fistful of cellphone numbers has been sent down for 30 months for his role in a scam that fleeced folks out of $50m in bogus monthly charges. Christopher Goff was sentenced by a US federal district court in Manhattan after being found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will also …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2018
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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

An American government employee has publicly claimed that a criminal gang used a swarm of drones to fend off an FBI raid. Joe Mazel, the chief of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation’s operational technology law unit, told the AUVSI Xponential conference in Colorado, USA, that a hostage rescue team were driven out of …

Ex-Netflix veep allegedly banked payola for tech deals with web TV giant

A former vice-president at Netflix has been indicted for allegedly taking illegal kickbacks while making multimillion-dollar deals with the streaming giant's tech providers. The US Attorney's Office for Northern California, in the US, said Michael Kail, formerly the VP of Internet Technology at the online telly goliath, took …
Shaun Nichols, 2 May 2018
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Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

A Michigan fella will spend up to seven years and three months behind bars – for trying to hack government IT systems in the US state to get a friend out of jail. Konrads Voits, 27, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, received the 87-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to one federal charge of damaging a protected computer. He will …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2018
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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

The Danish submarine innovator who murdered journalist Kim Wall has been handed a life sentence by a Copenhagen court. Peter Madsen was pronounced guilty and sentenced today by judge Anette Burkoe at the end of his 12-day trial for murder. Madsen had given the Copenhagen City Court three separate explanations of how Wall died …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Apr 2018
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AWS DNS network hijack turns MyEtherWallet into ThievesEtherWallet

Updated Crooks today hijacked internet connections to Amazon Web Services systems to ultimately steal a chunk of alt-coins from online cryptocurrency website MyEtherWallet.com. The Ethereum wallet developer confirmed on Tuesday morning that thieves redirected DNS lookups for its dot-com to a malicious website masquerading as the real …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2018
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Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way. The case against Karim Baratov entered its sentencing phase this week as both sides submitted to a California federal district judge their …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
Somewhere nice in India

Tried checking under the sofa? Indian BTC exchange Coinsecure finds itself $3.5m lighter

Indian Bitcoin exchange Coinsecure has mislaid 438.318 BTC belonging to its customers. In a statement by parent firm Secure Bitcoin Traders Pvt, posted late on Thursday, the biz said its chief security officer had extracted a bunch of Bitcoin to distribute to punters – and discovered the funds were "lost in the process." The …
Richard Speed, 13 Apr 2018

Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

One of England's top police officers, Shaun Sawyer, wants citizens to go after internet giants that have wronged them. Sawyer, who is chief constable in Devon and Cornwall and is national lead for human trafficking and modern slavery, made the suggestion in an interview with The Sunday Times, published over the weekend. In a …
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Uni IT man stole £22k of Macs to pay for smack

A university IT technician stole Apple Macs valued at £22,200 and flogged them for £200 a piece at rail pawnbroker Cash Converters to fund his drug habit, a court has heard. Ironically named Kevin Lawless, who had been working at Southampton Solent University in the south of England, nabbed 24 computers from the campus - …
Kat Hall, 13 Mar 2018
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Bitcoin heist with a twist: This time it's servers that were stolen

Icelandic police have cuffed 11 people in connection with four raids on data centres that targeted cryptocurrency mining equipment. The raids started in December 2017 when three data centres were cracked in December. Another raid took place in January. 600 servers went missing in the heists. Icelandic police kept the raids …
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RAT king thrown in the slammer for peddling NanoCore PC nasty

A bloke has been jailed for nearly three years for developing and selling malware that allowed miscreants to snoop on and remote-control victims' Windows PCs. Taylor Huddleston, of Arkansas, USA, pleaded guilty in July 2017 to one charge of aiding and abetting computer intrusions by building and peddling his $25 software nasty …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2018
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Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

A 24-year-old Essex man behind the reFUD.me antivirus evasion site, who made an estimated half a million pounds from Bitcoin, has been jailed for two years. Goncalo Esteves, of Cape Close, Colchester, England, admitted two computer misuse offences and one charge of money laundering in January. He was sentenced today at …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Feb 2018

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