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South Carolina tech firm, CEO indicted on fraud charges

May. 17, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina technology company and its leader are accused of fraudulently obtaining numerical internet addresses worth a total of up to $14.4 million. The Post and Courier reports Micfo LLC and its CEO, 36-year-old Amir Golestan, were indicted this week in federal court on...

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case

May. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and sought to steal $100 million from victims, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday. The malware enabled...

Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks' Assange

May. 13, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors said Monday they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and will seek his extradition from Britain. The move sets up a legal battle with the United States, where the Australian computer hacker is separately wanted for allegedly hacking into a...

2 Chinese men indicted for hacking Anthem

May. 9, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two members of "extremely sophisticated" hacking group operating from China in the 2014-2015 theft of the personal information of nearly 79 million customers of insurer Anthem Inc., the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history. The Justice...

Man indicted in gas money scam involving homeless veteran

May. 8, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man was indicted on charges stemming from his role in fabricating a feel-good story about a homeless man rescuing a woman from the side of a highway in order to scam online donors out of $400,000 in contributions, prosecutors said Wednesday. Burlington County...

European, US investigators make major darknet bust

May. 3, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — European and American investigators have broken up one of the world's largest online criminal marketplaces for drugs, hacking tools and financial-theft wares in raids in the United States, Germany and Brazil. Three German men, ages 31, 22 and 29, were arrested after the raids in three...

YouTube star gets 10-year sentence in child porn case

May. 3, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former YouTube star with a large teenage following was sentenced in Chicago federal court to 10 years in prison for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos. Prosecutors sought an 11-year prison sentence for Austin Jones on Friday. The defense wanted the minimum available...

Seattle-area man arrested in threats against Trump family

May. 3, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-area man has been arrested after authorities said he posted online threats against members of the president's family, including Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. Chase Bliss Colasurdo was arrested Wednesday on two counts of interstate threats. A complaint says FBI agents spoke...

British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware

May. 2, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus in 2017 has pleaded guilty in Wisconsin federal court to developing malware to steal banking information. Marcus Hutchins appeared in court Thursday after he agreed last month to plead guilty to developing...

Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected

May. 2, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A defiant Julian Assange told a London court Thursday he will fight extradition to the United States to face charges of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer, arguing that his work as WikiLeaks founder has benefited the public. Speaking by video link from Belmarsh Prison in southeast...