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China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

Oct. 19, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media reported. Lu Wei is accused of accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million)...

Ex-Virginia teacher charged in 2014 'celebgate' hacking

Oct. 17, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the 2014 "celebgate" scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Documents filed in federal court show that...

The Latest: Ex-teacher is 5th person charged in 'celebgate'

Oct. 17, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a former Virginia high school teacher charged in a hacking scheme that allowed him and others to obtain nude photographs of celebrities and others (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A former Virginia high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the...

Ex-Virginia teacher charged in hack of celebrities, others

Oct. 17, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia high school teacher has agreed to plead guilty in a hacking scheme that allowed him to obtain nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Documents filed in federal court show that Christopher Brannan, a former...

First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

Oct. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen. When the bus pulled into Billings,...

How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Oct. 13, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or that party photo you were tagged in? According to Facebook, the unfortunate answer is "yes." On Friday, the social network said fewer users were affected in a security breach it disclosed two weeks ago than originally...

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

Oct. 9, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hacking computer networks, poisoning, election meddling — it's hard to keep track of all the Russian spies and agents suspected of committing crimes abroad on the Kremlin's behalf. The latest development: Investigative group Bellingcat has revealed new information about a Russian...

French drug dealer in US beard contest gets 20 years' prison

Oct. 9, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Frenchman who was arrested when he arrived in the U.S. for a world beard-growing championship was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for online drug trafficking using the alias "OxyMonster." The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on 36-year-old Gal Vallerius. He...

Italy police ID suspect in 2013 NASA hack

Oct. 8, 2018 6:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities say they have placed a 25-year-old Italian under investigation for allegedly hacking eight NASA web domains in 2013. Italy's postal police, who handle hacking and other cybercrime investigations, said the suspect was allegedly a member of a group called "Master Italian...

Texas congresswoman fires intern arrested for data leak

Oct. 5, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Houston Democratic congresswoman has fired an unpaid intern after he was arrested by the U.S. Capitol police, accused of posting online the home addresses of Republican senators backing Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. The Dallas Morning News reports that Rep....