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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

Through machine learning, researchers have repeated the historic criminology experiment of telling criminals apart from law-abiding people using facial recognition. Physiognomy, the ability to judge a person’s character from appearance alone, has been around since ancient Greece and was widely accepted by philosophers. …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Nov 2016

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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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

Apple retail store staffers, routinely frisked for stolen goods at the end of a shift or before breaks, complained to Tim Cook of being treated like “criminals”, as part of a written policy that was “demeaning”. The claim was contained in a 2013 lawsuit filed in California, parts of which the judge unsealed yesterday, that …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015
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EU crackdown will see tougher sentences for stupid cyber-badhats

The European Parliament has agreed to toughen criminal penalties across the EU for cyber attacks, especially any that threaten national infrastructure or are deemed to be aimed at stealing sensitive data. The new directive forces the 28 member states to impose national maximum sentences of at least two years in prison for …

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

Climate denier bloggers sniff out new conspiracy

Climate skeptic bloggers the world over have a shiny new conspiracy to obsess about: whether a University of Western Australia psychology professor "faked" a research study. In a deliciously recursive fury, the research – which looked at correlations between belief in "climate change conspiracies" as associated with other " …
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Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites

An international team of cops has taken down 36 websites that were being used to shift vast quantities of stolen credit card and bank account data. The Serious Organised Crime Agency in the UK, along with the FBI and the US Department of Justice, and agencies from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Ukraine and Romania pulled …
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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

US prosecutors have warned that Megaupload users could start losing the data they uploaded to the company as early as this Thursday. The US attorney's office had been granted search warrants for Megaupload data hosted on servers based in Virginia at Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications. In executing the warrants, …
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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 …
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Feds probe eBay over Craigslist plunder allegations

US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into allegations eBay employees stole confidential information from Craigslist, according to a grand jury subpoena. The two internet companies have been slugging it out in the civil courts for years, with Craigslist insisting eBay used its stake in the classified ad website …
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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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Woman charged with stealing nude pics of baseball star

A Minnesota woman has been charged with stealing racy photos of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore from the email account of his Playboy bunny girlfriend. The 15-photo set, which Sizemore shot himself with his cellphone, were posted to the internet about a year ago, although most have since been removed, following …
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2010
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Shop risks legal action for posting 'shoplifter' CCTV online

A new online initiative designed to crack down on shoplifters could be set to rebound badly on the retail chain pioneering it - and police advice on the law in matters of surveillance may yet again prove to be more optimistic than accurate. Liverpool-based operator TJ Morris Ltd, better known on the High St as Home Bargains, …
Jane Fae , 18 Aug 2009
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DHS deploys undercar Kraken tentacle-bombs

Contractors working for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have developed an innovative remote controlled car-stopping landmine using technology inspired by giant squid, Spiderman and extending party squeakers. The new tentacular vehicle trap is known as SQUID, for Safe Quick Undercarriage Immobilization Device. It …
Lewis Page, 19 Jan 2009
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Craiglist rant man on criminal libel rap

A Colorado man who allegedly made anonymous postings on a Craigslist forum attacking his former girlfriend faces two criminal libel raps with a maximum tariff of 18 months' jail, the Los Angeles Times reports. J.P. Weichel, 40, was locked in a custody dispute with his ex-partner over their daughter when he "vented" on the " …
Lester Haines, 5 Dec 2008
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Prof: 'Taser-proof vests put cops in danger'

An Arizona inventor has been granted a patent on his Taser-proof fabric, which he intends to sell to police officers to protect them from villains toting electric stunguns. However, it has been argued that protective garments of this sort will in fact endanger policemen's lives. News of the patent for Greg Schultz's Thor …
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2008

Neteller founder Lawrence cops a plea

The Neteller prosecutions blew open recently with the announcement by the US Attorney's office that founder Stephen Lawrence has agreed to a plea deal, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, involving "one count of conspiracy to use the wires to transmit in interstate and foreign commerce bets and wagering …
Burke Hansen, 10 Jul 2007

Gambling enabler Neteller craps out

"Internet gambling is a multibillion-dollar industry. A significant portion of that is the illegal handling of Americans' bets with offshore gaming companies, which amounts to a colossal criminal enterprise masquerading as legitimate business. There is ample indication these defendants knew the American market for their services …
Burke Hansen, 17 Jan 2007

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