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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

A 21 year old man from Mexico is facing more than two-dozen money laundering charges in the US for running an unlicensed Bitcoin exchange. Jacob Burrell Campos was said to have shifted nearly $1m in funds by both buying and selling Bitcoins to people around the world. Campos, who lives in Mexico's Baja California state, was …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2018

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

One of the attorneys behind notorious copyright operation Prenda Law has just agreed to plead guilty to a pair of felony counts. Paul Hansmeier agreed on Friday to a deal [PDF] that will see him take convictions on one count conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2018
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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

It is a great day for those who dream of Internet-of-Flings sex toys. A key patent describing web-connected remote-controllable techno-dildos has expired. Friday marks the 20-year anniversary, and, ahem, climax of, US Patent 6,368,268, a controversial piece of intellectual property that has long been blamed for holding back …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2018

Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

Facebook has prevailed in a suit over its iconic news feed and claims it ripped off the idea from a patent troll. Judge John Koetl granted Summary Judgement [PDF] to House Zuck, approving its motion to dismiss an allegation that the Facebook timeline violated Mirror Worlds' purchased patents on the organization of messages and …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2018
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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

An overzealous Apple fanboy from Australia plead guilty to criminal charges after he allegedly cracked the Cupertino giant's systems in hopes of landing a job. The 16 year-old hackeroo, who was not named in accordance with local law, is said to have broken into the idiot tax racket's servers on more than one occasion, …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2018
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Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

Lyft is the target of a lawsuit filed by a former Georgia Tech professor who alleges the dial-a-ride upstart ripped off his patented idea. Prof Stephen Dickerson and his company RideApp claim Lyft is infringing on US Patent 6,697,730: "Communications and computing based urban transit system." He filed the patent in 1999 and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2018
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IT biz embezzlement brouhaha leaves bloke with $456k migraine

An investor in an IT biz has coughed up $456,000 after America's financial watchdog accused him of looking the other way while executives at the consultancy he backed allegedly embezzled millions of dollars. Late last week, Bhusan Dandawate was charged [PDF] by the SEC with allegedly aiding and abetting fraud – after he was …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2018
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Scumbag confesses in court: LuminosityLink creepware was my baby

A US software developer has admitted to selling and supporting spyware after originally claiming his remote access tool was legitimate admin software. Colton Grubbs agreed to plead guilty to three felony charges – two counts of conspiracy, and one count of removal of property to prevent seizure – in a US federal district court …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018
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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

Business email accounts remain a lucrative way for scammers to get into companies and turn a quick buck. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says that attacks using Business Email Compromise (stealing a legit business account and then using it to transfer funds out to criminals) incidents have exploded, with …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018
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Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away

The NFL, the home of America's favorite form of recreational brain trauma, will find itself a bit less wealthy, after it settled a lawsuit brought by a streaming video software developer. The football league on Thursday finalized a settlement with OpenTV, which had accused the NFL of ripping off parts of eight of its US …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2018
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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

An ex-Apple engineer has been hit with trade secret theft charges after allegedly pinching copies and samples of Cupertino's autonomous car technology. A US federal district court in northern California will hear the case (PDF) of Xiaolang Zhang, a techie who in 2015 was hired to work on the Cupertino music seller's ultra- …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2018
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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

In news that will surprise no one who has had internet access in the last 25 years, crooks have been using online souks to tout drugs, weapons, and, shockingly, other illicit goods. The Feds announced Tuesday they had busted a $23.6m contraband-peddling operation spread over a handful of dark-web marketplaces. US prosecutors …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2018

Class-action status snub for lawsuit alleging Microsoft mistreatment of women workers

Updated Microsoft may not have to face a class-action complaint over its alleged mishandling of harassment and discrimination complaints by women employees. Judge James Robart, in a US federal district court of western Washington, on Monday denied the class petition by a group of plaintiffs lead by engineers Katie Moussouris, Holly …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018

Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

Reality Winner – who leaked to the media a classified NSA file describing Russians fiddling with American election technology – has pled guilty to one count of espionage. The former NSA contractor had earlier pleaded not guilty in a US federal district court in Georgia, and had hoped a jury would clear her of wrongdoing. Now, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018
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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

Tesla has sued a bloke it claims was behind an effort to sabotage the electric car maker by leaking its confidential blueprints. A complaint [PDF] lodged with the Nevada US District Court today names Martin Tripp, a former technician at the Tesla Nevada Gigafactory plant, as the alleged culprit behind a string of hacking and …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2018
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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

A woman has fessed up to using people's personal information, leaked online from the US government's Office of Personnel Management mega-hack, to take out loans and open bank accounts. Karvia Cross, 39, of Bowie, Maryland, USA, pleaded guilty on Monday in the eastern district of Virginia to one count of identity theft and …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2018
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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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Facebook and Snap jam Blackberry patent suit

Facebook and Snap are pushing to have the patents behind Blackberry's massive infringement suit invalidated and thrown out. The two companies last week both filed (PDF) motions to dismiss their respective cases on the grounds the four patents cited by Blackberry in its complaints were invalid for use in court. Blackberry …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2018

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