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Dutch man accused in online harassment case found guilty

Aug. 06, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian jury found a Dutch man guilty on Saturday of extortion, harassment and other charges related to a case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her...

GoFundMe scammer who used story of homeless vet gets 5 years

Aug. 05, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

A New Jersey man who made up a story about a homeless veteran helping out his then-girlfriend and used the tale to solicit more than $400,000 in online donations was sentenced to five years in state prison on Friday. Mark D’Amico had pleaded guilty in December 2019 and admitted...

Restaurant faces online harassment following author incident

Aug. 01, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It’s hard to miss Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails when walking through Salem’s downtown district. Taped to its windows are tons of signs, some of them handmade. They read: “Black Lives Matter,” and, “No Place For Hate.” There are large portraits of...

3 face charges after cyber crime operation in Mississippi

Jul. 30, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three people face charges related to the sexual exploitation of children following a week-long cyber crime operation in North Mississippi, state officials said. The joint effort, known as Operation Catfish, involved finding people online who were trying to...

New Orleans prosecutor on trial gets death threat

Jul. 21, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities are investigating an online death threat made against the New Orleans district attorney as his federal tax trial continues. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said in court Thursday that there was “a potential security threat” involving District...

Arrest of Saudi for lying to FBI shows kingdom’s reach in US

Jul. 19, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It began with a message that appeared on Danah al-Mayouf’s phone from an anonymous Instagram account — a promise to help her “crush” a $5 million lawsuit she faced from a pro-government Saudi fashion model. But, the mystery texter said,...

Russia acquits feminist artist on trial for pornography

Jul. 15, 2022 07:15 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia's far east on Friday handed a rare acquittal to a feminist artist who was charged with disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. The charges against activist Yulia Tsvetkova, 29, in the far eastern city of...

Man agrees to plead guilty to threatening ex-girlfriend

Jul. 13, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and members of her family in messages sent through anonymous social media and email accounts has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors in Boston said Wednesday. Marshall Nicholas Fain, 31, of New Haven, Connecticut,...

Cyberattack disrupts unemployment benefits in some states

Jun. 30, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A cyberattack on a software company has disrupted unemployment benefits and job seeking assistance for thousands of people in several states. In Tennessee, the website for unemployment benefits remained down Thursday morning after the vendor, Geographic...

Army private's plea shelved internet fantasy chat defense

Jun. 25, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Army private charged with plotting to murder members of his unit overseas with help from a secretive violent anarchist group was planning a defense calling it all an internet fantasy before pleading guilty just before trial, court records show. Plans for the...