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Pirate Bay founder sentenced for hacking and fraud

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay who was arrested in Cambodia under an international warrant was convicted in Sweden on Thursday of hacking and fraud and given a two-year prison sentence.

The Nacka District Court in Stockholm said 28-year-old Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who is currently serving a one-year sentence for copyright violation, was found guilty of hacking into a company that handles sensitive information for Sweden’s police force, the country’s tax authority, and Nordic banking group Nordea AB. The court also convicted him of fraud and attempted fraud for stealing money from an account in […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Cybercrime|0 Comments
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Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras for your home

If you want to make sure nobody’s making off with your valuables try one of these cloud-based cameras.

Whether you feel the need to keep an eye out for intruders at home, keep tabs on the baby in the other room or just want to see what your pets are doing when you’re not around, cloud security cameras can help.

These cameras offer more flexibility than do regular webcams because they typically use a Web portal, rather than a laptop or personal computer, as the monitoring and control hub, allowing you to check in from anywhere — including your smartphone.

But keep your […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Computer Security|0 Comments

Someone is always watching: Police use social media as a tool for investigations

When T.J. Neely came home to Minneapolis from prison recently, he shut down his Facebook page. All of his friends and connections deactivated. To many, this may have seemed like social suicide, but Neely described it as simply a way to build a new life.

Neely, 25, was a former gang leader who got caught up in a lot of online drama. Fights would often start on social media, which led to more tension building up in real life.

“I used to post random things, like, ‘I’m here, looking for some friends.’ But really, all I did was open my door for […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Cybercrime|0 Comments
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From fake dead girlfriends to Nigerian princes, the Internet loves a hoax

In a world where, on any given day, someone is forwarding that email that says Bill Gates will share his Microsoft fortune with you, is it really that hard to believe Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had no clue that dead “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua — whom he allegedly knew only from the Internet — didn’t really exist?

That Microsoft free-money hoax has been circulating cyberspace since at least 1997, yet humanity’s Fox Mulder-like willingness to believe the most ridiculously obvious bucket of horse hockey isn’t to be discounted.

And as P.T. Barnum reminded us long before the Internet existed, there are plenty […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Internet Scams and Hoaxes|0 Comments
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Dont Fall for Internet Hoaxes

Sharks on the freeway, the Statue of Liberty being swallowed up by gigantic waves, a statue of Ronald McDonald floating inside a flooded Virginia Beach restaurant — all made headlines on social media during last year’s Hurricane Sandy, none of these jaw-dropping images were true.

Neither was the photo of three soldiers standing next to the Tomb of the Unknowns as torrential rains fell from the sky.

The image was shared more than 53,000 times and liked more than 43,000 times on Facebook during last year’s natural disaster. Thousands of people looking for a bright spot in the news, left uplifting comments […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Internet Scams and Hoaxes|0 Comments
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49 Hoaxes People Actually Believed

John Green looks at some of history’s greatest hoaxes including “Balloon Boy” (the boy, by the way is now in a metal band), “Lonelygirl15″ and “War of the Worlds”

By |July 22nd, 2013|Internet Scams and Hoaxes|0 Comments
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Belarus becomes world’s top country for SPAM

Belarus has eclipsed the US to become the biggest single source of global spam, according to cloud-based email and web security firm AppRiver.

Junk volumes from the landlocked former Soviet republic, which borders Poland and Russia, hit an all-time high on 13 April and have sustained this level since then.

In January, AppRiver security researchers were seeing an average of 3.1 million spam messages per day from Belarus. After the spike happened on 13 April, AppRiver said it began recording an average of 12.3 million spam messages per day – which is now climbing.

Only one in a thousand messages from Belarus is […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Computer Security|0 Comments
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A Computer Virus: How Much of a Threat?

This is the first of a five-part series exploring computer virus, malware, spyware, computer worms and hacking. The series will offer 101 basics about these threats and the unavoidable realities of online computer life that can be avoided or lessened with a little of the most accurate and current information. Computer Virus These days in addition to all the scares about computer hacking, there’s lots of scare about everything that could go wrong on your desktop. For example, hacking is when a foreign entity operating from a hidden network breaks into your computer system retrieving valuable information. It’s kind of […]

By |July 21st, 2013|Computer Security|0 Comments
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Two Interesting German Desicions On The Internet Law

Over the course of the month of May, the German Federal Supreme Court rendered two important decisions in the area of internet law, shedding some light on issues that had remained unclear and widely discussed for some time. The first decision sets boundaries to the practical assistance performed by the search engine Google in making suggestions to complete the entered search term. The second decision gives a first indication on the admissibility of framing in the opinion of the German Federal Supreme Court, while the ultimate interpretation of the law is left to the Court of Justice of the European […]

By |July 21st, 2013|Cyber Law|0 Comments
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60,000 U.K. Identity Crime Victims in 2013

The organisations sharing confirmed fraud data through the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System (CIFAS) – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service – reveal nearly 60,000 cases where an individual became the victim of an identity crime during the first five months of 2013. This includes:

Over 46,000 victims of impersonation (where an individual’s identity details were used by a fraudster to open a new account in his or her name), and
More than 13,500 victims of takeover (where the individual’s existing account was broken into and hijacked).

Read the Full Article over at LP Magazine

By |July 21st, 2013|Internet Safety|0 Comments