Latest Cybercrime News

Ex-Senate aide sentenced to 4 years in prison for data leak

Jun. 19, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressional staffer was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Jackson A. Cosko, a former computer...

Police defend arrest of 12-year-old boy in western Michigan

Jun. 18, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in a western Michigan city already under scrutiny for alleged discrimination are defending their actions in the arrest of a 12-year-old black boy, saying they had to handcuff the child while they sorted out a confusing situation. Grand Rapids police said they were called...

Man arrested for pimping after rapping about it online

Jun. 17, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles man authorities say glorified pimping in online rap videos has pleaded not guilty to pimping an 18-year-old woman. Angel Ortiz Diamond entered the plea last week to felony pimping and pandering. The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force began an investigation after...

Sources: US to question Assange pal jailed in Ecuador

Jun. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. investigators have received permission from Ecuador to question a Swedish programmer close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been held in jail for more than two months on suspicion of hacking, The Associated Press has learned. The interview with Ola Bini is set for...

Taiwan complains about Spain's extraditions to China

Jun. 13, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Taiwan is accusing Spain of double standards when it comes to extraditing criminal suspects to China after the government in Madrid sent to Beijing a group of 94 Taiwanese citizens accused of telephone and online fraud. Spain has extradited 225 suspects in all, including 218 Taiwanese, who...

Feds: Nearly 1,700 arrested in child porn, abuse crackdown

Jun. 11, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says nearly 1,700 people have been arrested following a two-month crackdown aimed at targeting suspected child predators. Tuesday's announcement caps the nationwide investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies around the U.S....

The Latest: Freed US resident blasts Iran over detention

Jun. 11, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the case of a U.S. permanent resident released after being imprisoned for years in Iran (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was released from Iran following several years imprisonment says he was subjected to...

Spain extradites 94 Taiwanese to China on phone scam charges

Jun. 7, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Spain has extradited 94 Taiwanese to China to face telephone and online fraud charges, drawing protest from Taiwan's government. The suspects arrived Friday morning at Beijing airport on a chartered flight. Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed uniformed officers escorting them off the...

Neymar testifies in Brazil about posting accuser's photos

Jun. 6, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Soccer star Neymar testified for almost two hours in Rio de Janeiro's police headquarters Thursday in a cybercrimes investigation linked to a woman's rape allegation against him. Brazilian soccer confederation reported earlier that Neymar had received a subpoena to speak with...

German police raid dozens of home over online hate speech

Jun. 6, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police have raided dozens of homes across Germany as part of a nationwide law enforcement campaign against online hate speech. The Federal Criminal Police Office said the raids took place Thursday in 13 of Germany's 16 states. Police targeted people suspected of posting anti-Semitic insults,...