Latest Computer crime News

Microsoft's anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop

Aug. 21, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

Intentionally or not, Microsoft has emerged as a kind of internet cop by devoting considerable resources to thwarting Russian hackers. The company's announcement Tuesday that it had identified and forced the removal of fake internet domains mimicking conservative U.S. political institutions triggered alarm on...

Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment

Aug. 21, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Marie Tran is breaking her silence about online harassment months after deleting her Instagram account. In an essay published Tuesday in The New York Times, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress wrote it "wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them." Tran deleted her...

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

Aug. 18, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country's official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a...

Hacker of celebrity photos asking for leniency

Aug. 17, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man is asking for leniency while facing sentencing for hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people. George Garofano, of North Branford, was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer...

Sheriff: Schools closed after transgender student threatened

Aug. 14, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) — Officials closed a rural Oklahoma school system this week after the sheriff began investigating what he determined were online threats against a transgender student. Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said Tuesday his office started investigating over the weekend after adults made...

Police: Online love scam leads investigators to killing plot

Aug. 14, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An online romance scam led investigators to the discovery that a North Carolina woman with financial problems was plotting to kill her 88-year-old mother to get more money to pay the fraudster, police said. Roxanne Reed, 65, appeared to be planning the death of her mother, who shared a...

Male model convicted of murdering rival after online feud

Aug. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka's London home. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London's Premier Model...

Michael Brown's mom seeks reinvestigation, City Council seat

Aug. 10, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri governor's office said Friday it doesn't have the authority to appoint a special prosecutor reinvestigate the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, despite pressure from Brown's mother to do so. Lezley McSpadden said earlier in the day that she'd launched an...

Suspended police chief accused of buying cocaine online

Aug. 10, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a suspended police chief in New Jersey has been buying cocaine online. Prosecutors say Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola went to a post office box to retrieve the order on Thursday. However, detectives had placed a package containing imitation...

German couple convicted of rape, online sale of young son

Aug. 7, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country. The Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany convicted...