Latest Cybercrime News

Program to help seniors avoid being victim to cyber crime

Feb. 18, 2019 8:28 AM EST

ROMEO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Macomb County are hosting a program designed to show senior citizens how to avoid becoming victim to computer-related crimes. A free presentation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Romeo District Court by the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement Unit. It will cover...

China seizes $1.5 billion in online lending crackdown

Feb. 18, 2019 4:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry, the government announced Monday. Beijing allowed a private finance industry to flourish in order to supply credit to...

Police: Man travels to have sex with underage girl

Feb. 15, 2019 12:41 PM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — An Oregon man potentially faces a 15-year prison sentence after authorities said he traveled 365 miles (587 kilometers) to have a sex with a teenage girl. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 36-year-old Eric Anderson, of Damascus, Oregon, was charged Thursday with one felony count...

Internet company must pay more than $200K in restitution

Feb. 14, 2019 10:59 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An online business that offered fraudulent investment opportunities must pay more than $200,000 in restitution. The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Thursday that Charles Richard Montoya Mayville has been ordered to repay consumers up to $265,000. Prosecutors say Mayville's company,...

Swiss allege woman sweet talked her way to $2M bank scam

Feb. 14, 2019 4:05 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities said Thursday they have indicted a woman who allegedly persuaded dozens of people to provide their online banking details over the phone from the Netherlands. Federal prosecutors said the woman managed to use the banking details to steal more than 2 million Swiss francs...

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Feb. 14, 2019 6:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said. The Justice...

Indictment: Hackers charged with making threats to schools

Feb. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two computer hackers were charged with sending false shooting and bomb threats to hundreds of schools and other institutions in the U.S. and Britain, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The men are members of Apophis Squad, a worldwide collective of hackers intent on using the internet to...

Pakistani authorities detain rights activist, journalist

Feb. 9, 2019 6:30 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities detained a rights activist who led a protest and a journalist who allegedly criticized state agencies on social media, officials said Saturday. Police officer Abdur Rauf said Dr. Ammar Ali Jan, a college professor, was arrested early Saturday after he led a...

Ex-boyfriend sentenced for cyberstalking Air Force woman

Feb. 8, 2019 6:09 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Oklahoma City man who cyberstalked a woman based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha has been sentenced to five months in prison. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Kevin McRae was sentenced Friday in Omaha's federal court. He had pleaded guilty in September to one count of...

Maryland Senate OKs updated measure against cyberbullying

Feb. 7, 2019 5:08 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate has approved a measure to update the state's law against online bullying of children. The Senate voted 45-0 Thursday for the bill, sending it to the House. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Robert Zirkin, says the measure modernizes the definition of electronic communication...