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FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Cho Ju-bin, center, leader of South Korea's online sexual blackmail ring which is so called

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

Nov. 26, 2020 5:31 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit videos and selling them to others. The Seoul Central District Court convicted Cho Ju-bin, 24,...

Olimpia Coral Melo, who became an activist against online sexual harassment and assault after a video of her having sex was published online in 2013, speaks during a live broadcast with Benito Juarez borough Mayor Santiago Taboada, in Mexico City, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Melo's story and subsequent activism have led to the creation of numerous state laws against cyber violence, and Mexico's government is on the verge of passing a federal version of

Mexico moves to stem unauthorized sharing of sexual images

Nov. 25, 2020 3:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Activist Olimpia Coral went through an inferno in 2013, when an ex-boyfriend posted sexual images that made the rounds in her conservative town in Mexico. Things got so bad — the shaming, the internet bullying — that she hid in the trunk of a taxi when going to her...

A police car in the area where a stabbing occurred in the department store, in Lugano, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Swiss authorities are investigating as a possible terror attack the stabbing of two women in an department store in the southern city of Lugano, and a suspect has been arrested. Officials said one of the victims sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other sustained minor injuries. (Ti-Press/Keystone via AP)

Suspect in Swiss knife attack had tried to travel to Syria

Nov. 25, 2020 12:57 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss federal police said Wednesday a woman suspected of carrying out a knife attack that injured two other women and is being investigated as possible terrorism had formed a relationship online with a jihadi in Syria, and had attempted to travel there. The 28-year-old woman, a Swiss...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Brazilian police investigate online hacking of high court

Nov. 5, 2020 5:40 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police opened an investigation into the hacking of computers at one of the country's high courts on Thursday. The head of Brazil's Superior Court of Justice, Humberto Martins, said all sessions have been suspended until experts assure that they are safe from hacking. The...

2 former eBay employees indicted in harassment campaign

Nov. 3, 2020 5:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two former eBay Inc. employees were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on charges that they participated in a campaign to terrorize a Massachusetts couple that included threats and disturbing deliveries of things like live spiders sent to their home. James Baugh, 45, who was eBay's senior...