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Judge: Notorious eyecare fraudster's threats are continuing

Nov. 23, 2020 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious fraudster who ripped off online eyeglass customers nationwide as he made gruesome threats against some of them seems to be continuing his pattern of nasty menacing, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe said at the sentencing of Vitaly Borker's codefendant...

Husband guilty of manslaughter in online model wife's death

Nov. 20, 2020 11:42 PM EST

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury found the husband of an online adult model guilty of manslaughter in her death. The unanimous verdict came down late Friday in Columbiana for William Jeffrey West, 47, in the death of Kathleen Dawn West, 42, news outlets reported. Jeff West faces two to 20 years in...

Manchester United and Arsenal players take part in a minute of silence as a soldier at left lays a wreath during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Shaun Botterill/Pool via AP)

Manchester United announces cyber attack, systems shut down

Nov. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Cyber criminals have attacked Manchester United's systems, the English Premier League club said on Friday. The northwest English club said it was confident “critical systems” required for matches to be staged at Old Trafford are secure, ensuring the team can host...

Man pleads guilty to role in several pandemic scams

Nov. 20, 2020 9:51 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who participated in a number of online financial scams to take advantage of people during the coronavirus pandemic has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors say. Nosayamen Iyalekhue, 33, a citizen of Nigeria, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Thursday to wire fraud. Iyalekhue...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, masked students cross an intersection on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. President Donald Trump’s startling COVID-19 diagnosis serves as a cruel reminder of the pervasive spread of the coronavirus in the United States and shows how tenuous of a grip the nation has on the crisis, health experts said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Indiana officials emphasize caution for students headed home

Nov. 19, 2020 2:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With thousands of students across Indiana transitioning back to their homes to finish the academic semester online, health officials are pleading for them to to do so cautiously as the state continues to see record increases in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Many of...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo a Chinese flag hangs near an automated parcel handling line at a warehouse for an online retailer in Beijing. President Donald Trump has identified China as the country’s biggest foe and the Justice Department mirrored that emphasis over the last four years with a drumbeat of cases against defendants ranging from hackers accused of targeting intellectual property to professors charged with grant fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Justice Dept.'s China focus likely to continue under Biden

Nov. 19, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has identified China as the country's biggest foe and the Justice Department mirrored that emphasis over the last four years with a drumbeat of cases against defendants ranging from hackers accused of targeting intellectual property to professors charged with grant...

Man pleads guilty to hacking into police, town accounts

Nov. 19, 2020 12:17 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking into computer accounts for a New Hampshire town's police department and offices, and a drug treatment center. The U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday that Wayne Kenney Jr., 31, of Hooksett, was arrested by an Auburn police officer...

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2012, file photo, protesters stand in front of the federal courthouse during the arraignment of hacker Jeremy Hammond, in New York. Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Hacker closing out prison sentence in Chicago halfway house

Nov. 18, 2020 10:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Computer hacker Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday. Hammond, who has...

This undated photo provided by the Lowndes County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office shows Neely Petrie-Blanchard. Authorities say a Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by Petrie-Blanchard, who has espoused similar views. (Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Police: Florida man who questioned government powers slain

Nov. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar “sovereign citizen” views, police said Tuesday. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said in...

This Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 booking photo provided by the Palm Beach (Florida) County Jail shows Karen Jones, who was arrested at her Lantana, Fla., home Saturday. Jones is facing three charges of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, according to an arrest report. (Palm Beach County Jail via AP)

Woman arrested for online threats to Florida politicians

Nov. 17, 2020 9:20 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is facing criminal charges for making a threat on social media to shoot Florida's governor and two U.S. senators, adding that the politicians were “looting" the state. Karen Jones, 55, was arrested at her South Florida home last Saturday. She is facing three...