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Man Indicted For Hacking And Email Threat To VP Biden

A Minnesota man had indicted in federal court for hacking into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi connection and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill Vice President Biden and email child pornography.

The indictment, filed today, charges Barry Vincent Ardolf, 45, of Blaine with two counts of identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

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Agency Marks 10 Years Fighting Cybercrime

The Internet Crime Complaint Center is marking its 10-year anniversary of fighting cybercrime.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established in May 2000 as a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since its launch IC3 has received more than 1.5 million complaints of cybercrime.

"This year marks the first decade of our partnership with NW3C addressing nearly 1.5 million Internet crime complaints to IC3," said Bill Hinerman, FBI Unit Chief for IC3.

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California Man Indicted For Cyber Extortion

A California man has been indicted for cyber extortion after demanding New York Life Insurance pay him $200,000 if they didn’t refund his insurance premiums.

According to the Department of Justice, Anthony Digati, 52, allegedly threatened in emails and on a website he created to make false public statements and send millions of spam emails in an effort to damage the reputation of New York Life and cost the company millions of dollars.

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FBI Arrests Man Who Made YouTube Threat Against Cantor

A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged for threatening to kill Republican Party Whip Eric Cantor in a video on YouTube, according to the FBI.

Norman Leboon, 33, threatened to kill congressman Cantor and his family in a YouTube video uploaded sometime in late March. In the video Leboon allegedly said: "Remember, Ericour judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given." The video then refers to Cantor as "Lucifer, you’re a pig you’re an abomination."

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FBI Takes Down Cable Modem Hacker

The FBI has announced it arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly selling hacked cable modems that provided free Internet access.

Matthew Delorey, 26, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence on each count of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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FBI Nets 100 People In Phishing Ring

The FBI has charged nearly 100 people in the U.S. and Egypt as part of "Operation Phish Phry," one of the largest cyber fraud phishing investigations ever.

The people charged in Operation Phish Phry targeted U.S. banks and victimized hundreds of account holders by stealing their financial information and using it to transfer around $1.5 million to bogus accounts they controlled.

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Your Facebook Friend Does Not Really Need Money

There has been an increase in the number of hijacked social networking accounts, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

One of the most common scams involves hackers planting malicious software onto a users computer. It starts by someone opening a spam email, sometimes sent from another friend’s hijacked account.

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FBI Locates Miley Cyrus Hacker

Authorities caught up with another infamous hacker this week, this time the guy who hacked Miley Cyrus’ email account. Interestingly, he wasn’t arrested or charged with anything. Josh Holly,19, did lose three computers to the FBI though, who located him in Murfreesboro, TN.

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Chilling Flaws In U.S. Terrorist Database

The U.S. federal government’s terrorist database is severely hampered by technology issues and the estimated half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding to upgrade the system is on the brink of collapse, according to a congressional committee.

The "Railhead" program was created to improve the terrorist watch list and enhance the integration of U.S. terrorist intelligence from the nations 16 separate intelligence agencies. The majority of more than 800 private contractors from dozens of companies working on Railhead have been laid off.

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Google Working Closely With Intelligence Agencies

The major intelligence agencies in the U.S. have turned to Google to help them better share and process information they have on security threats.

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Death Threat Emails Resurface

Spam emails threatening death by a hit man unless $20,000 is paid are a hoax the FBI said, restating earlier warnings given in January 2007 and December 2006.

"A new scam cropping up in e-mail boxes across the country is preying not on recipients’ greed or good intentions, but on their fears," the FBI said last year.

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Woman Charged For Craigslist Killer Ad

A Michigan woman has been charged with using classified advertising Web site Craigslist to hire a contract killer to murder a romantic rival.

The job title was listed as "freelance" and offered $5,000. Investigators say Ann Marie Linscott posted two ads on the site in November and had three responses from people who thought it was an ad for a freelance writer.

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FBI ‘Bot Roast II’ Nails Eight

Action against eight people for various botnet-related criminal offenses capped off another round of investigations by federal law enforcement into over $20 million in losses and over a million compromised PCs.

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Feds Can’t Have ISP Records

A federal judge said no to part to the Democrat green-lighted new version of the Patriot Act yesterday. The Feds will have to get permission from the court before they can order ISPs to turn over customer records without telling the customer.

I invoked him yesterday, and I’m invoking him again today, Nelson Muntz joins all of us as we point at the DOJ and the FBI and give a collective "Ha ha!"

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FBI Warns Of E-Card Scam

The FBI and the greeting card industry are warning people of fraudulent emails that claim to contain an electronic greeting card from an anonymous individual, such as a "friend" or "classmate."

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EFF Effs With The FBI, Wants Your Help

Hugh D’Andrade of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that in order to keep funding as a nonprofit, they have to be able to show that their work is "important and relevant." I don’t think he has to worry about that. I’ve said it before, after watching more than one EFF-spanking, you don’t eff with the EFF.

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Utah’s Scared of the Internet

Utah lawmakers are at it again, mulling a legislative crackdown on open wi-fi connections because they make it easier for children to access online pornography.

The state of Utah has been in the news a lot lately for its heavy-handed approach to Internet regulation. The most recent curfuffle was over a law banning the use of competitor keywords in search advertising.

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EFF Sues For Release of NSL Abuse Records

On the heels of Congressional hearings and extensive media coverage of a Justice Department report documenting abuse of privacy measures, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking an emergency order that would require the FBI to surrender and make public all records regarding the misuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect private information from American citizens.

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E-Vice Squads Target Second Life and Craigslist

The e-vice squads are a-crackin’ down – you’re not even allowed to have virtual fun anymore. The FBI considers breaking up Second Life gambling rings; Craigslist is packed with perverts; and YouTube just wusses out, a sin in itself.

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Microsoft Sued for Failing to Hide Porn

Microsoft has seen its share of legal proceedings throughout recent years, answering charges alleging antitrust violation, copyright infringement and just about everything in between.

This lawsuit, however, may take the proverbial cake.

A Massachusetts man has filed suit against the Redmond-based software company seeking compensatory and punitive damages stemming from, what the plaintiff asserts, breeches and data security and the failure of Internet Explorer to keep delete his browsing history and keep his Internet habits private.

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Cyberspies Invade Silicon Valley

Fictional super spies like James Bond may have to retire from all the action, sizzle and international intrigue of days past if the recent trend in stealing company secrets through computer hacking in Silicon Valley continues.

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FBI Agents Doing Without Email

In New York, the 2,000 employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation won’t all have dot-gov email addresses until the end of 2006.

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Insecurity At The FBI Jobs Website

Information technology workers who manage to find employment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation may want to make their first task improving the security certificate used on

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Worm Sobers Up FBI, CIA

The ever-popular Sober worm is making the rounds again in a new and exciting format. The ugly little worm is circulating through email and it looks all nice and official because someone is receiving email from either the FBI or the CIA. Many may ask what they’ve done wrong to warrant attention from the FBI or CIA. Nothing much really you just happen to have an email account.

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FBI Arrest California Zombie Profiteer

A 20 year-old was taken into federal custody and accused of compromising 400,000 computers with adware, and letting others use the zombie machines to send spam or launch denial of service attacks.

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FBI Missed Several Pre-9/11 Opportunities

A US Justice Department report has concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed several opportunities to detect and address terrorist threats prior to the Sept. 11th hijackings.

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Stanford Alerts FBI On Computer Breach

There is no evidence of data stolen from the University’s Career Development Center at this time.

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Delphi Accounting Practices Under FBI Investigation

An investigation from the FBI is underway into auto supplier Delphi’s accounting practices.

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Fake FBI Email Contains Virus

A fake email claiming to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigations containing an attached virus is making the rounds through various email inboxes.

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Watch Out For Tsunami Relief Email Scams

The millions of dollars donated by individuals to relief efforts in Southeast Asia have brought criminals and scammers out of the woodwork, US government agencies and private anti-fraud groups warned last week, reported.

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DMA Praises Department of Justice and FBI for Spam-related Law Enforcement

The Direct Marketing Association (The DMA) today praised the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their substantial spam-related law-enforcement activities and actions.

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