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UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

Aug. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Father of officer's killer convicted of witness intimidation

Aug. 6, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW KENSINGTON, PA. (AP) — The father of a man convicted in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania police officer has been found guilty of intimidating a potential witness in his son's trial. A Westmore­land County jury convicted Gregory Baucum, 49, on two misdemeanor counts Wednesday but...

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

Aug. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names. The interruptions — including one by a user who shared a screen and took over...

Federal prosecutors: Three suspects arrested after Twitter accounts of politicians, celebrities hacked as part of scam

Jul. 31, 2020 4:15 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors: Three suspects arrested after Twitter accounts of politicians, celebrities hacked as part of scam.
Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong Police National Security Department, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law, detaining four young people on suspicion of inciting secession. Police say they arrested three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, at three locations. All are believed to be students. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

4 arrested under new Hong Kong security law for online posts

Jul. 29, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have signaled their intent to enforce a new Chinese national security law strictly, arresting four youths Wednesday on suspicion of inciting secession through social media posts. Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, were detained, a police official said at an 11 p.m....

FILE - A file photo of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, taken on April 10, 2020. According to U.S.-based monitoring group Recorded Future, the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican allegedly hacked by China ahead of key talks

Jul. 29, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. The alleged attacks by...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, a warning sign and a police officer's vehicle stand out Walt Gilmore's home in North Salt Lake, Utah. A Hawaii man accused of tormenting a Utah family for more than year by using the internet to send more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers and prostitutes pleaded guilty Monday, July 27, 2020, to one count of cyberstalking. Loren Okamura, 44, entered the pleas during a video conference hearing based out of U.S. District Court in Utah that capped off a case that prosecutors called an

Hawaii man pleads guilty to cyberstalking Utah family

Jul. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of tormenting a Utah family for more than a year by using the internet to send more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers and prostitutes pleaded guilty Monday to one count of...

Ahmad Kazzelbach, 27, of Pasadena, Maryland's seen in a 2017 photo provided by the Anne Arundel County, Md., Police Department. Kazzelbach has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for his year-long cyberstalking campaign against an ex-girlfriend.  (Anne Arundel County Police Department via AP)

Cyberstalker gets 4 years in prison for 'war' on woman

Jul. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Less than two months after their office romance ended, Ahmad Kazzelbach began tampering with the email and social media accounts of the Baltimore woman who broke up with him. He changed her Instagram username to include the word “whore.” That was only the start of a...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for photos in his office in Beijing. Ren, former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the party announced Friday, July 24, 2020. (Color China Photo via AP)

Critic of Chinese leader expelled from party on graft charge

Jul. 24, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the party announced Friday. Ren Zhiqiang, who...