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Police: Suspect arrested in threat against Virginia schools

Oct. 22, 2018 6:54 AM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a person they suspect is connected to an online threat against two public schools. The Washington Post reports Manassas police were alerted Sunday night to the threat posted to Instagram. A department statement says the suspect was arrested early...

China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

Oct. 19, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media reported. Lu Wei is accused of accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million)...

Ex-Virginia teacher charged in 2014 'celebgate' hacking

Oct. 17, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the 2014 "celebgate" scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Documents filed in federal court show that...

The Latest: Ex-teacher is 5th person charged in 'celebgate'

Oct. 17, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a former Virginia high school teacher charged in a hacking scheme that allowed him and others to obtain nude photographs of celebrities and others (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A former Virginia high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the...

Ex-Virginia teacher charged in hack of celebrities, others

Oct. 17, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia high school teacher has agreed to plead guilty in a hacking scheme that allowed him to obtain nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Documents filed in federal court show that Christopher Brannan, a former...

First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

Oct. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen. When the bus pulled into Billings,...

Ex-federal prosecutor seeks to avoid Louisiana disbarment

Oct. 16, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prosecutor whose anonymous online comments about cases stirred turmoil at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans went before Louisiana's Supreme Court on Tuesday, hoping to avoid disbarment. Sal Perricone was an assistant U.S. Attorney when his posts were exposed...

How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Oct. 13, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or that party photo you were tagged in? According to Facebook, the unfortunate answer is "yes." On Friday, the social network said fewer users were affected in a security breach it disclosed two weeks ago than originally...

Ex-NASA contractor pleads guilty in cyberstalking scheme

Oct. 11, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former NASA contractor who allegedly threatened to publish nude photos of seven women unless they sent him other explicit pictures has pleaded guilty to federal charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Richard Bauer of Los Angeles entered pleas Thursday to stalking, computer hacking and...

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

Oct. 9, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hacking computer networks, poisoning, election meddling — it's hard to keep track of all the Russian spies and agents suspected of committing crimes abroad on the Kremlin's behalf. The latest development: Investigative group Bellingcat has revealed new information about a Russian...