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Feds unseal 2018 indictment charging Kazakh man in hacks

Jul. 7, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two weeks after a cyber-security firm released the identity of an alleged hacker from Kazakhstan, federal authorities in Seattle on Tuesday unsealed a 2018 indictment charging the man with an array of computer crimes. Andrey Turchin, known in hacking circles as “fxmsp,” and his...

Pennsylvania man admits to defrauding West Virginia bank

Jul. 7, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has admitted to defrauding a West Virginia bank of more than $550,000. Randall Joseph Smail, 23, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud in federal court in Wheeling. While applying for a loan from Pendleton Community Bank,...

In this grab taken from video made available by the Netherlands Police on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, a view of a sea container equipped as a torture chamber, in Wouwse Plantage, Netherlands. Dutch police say they have arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs. (Netherlands Police via AP)

Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber

Jul. 7, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced...

FILE - This Friday Jan. 11, 2013 file photo of a member of the Cybercrime Center as he turns on the light in a lab during a media tour at the occasion of the official opening of the Cybercrime Center at Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Dutch and French police have broken into an encrypted communications network used by organized crime gangs, allowing them to

European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds

Jul. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch "over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers...

Security breach impacts state police database

Jun. 27, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A data breach has impacted Maine State Police's information sharing database for federal, state and local law enforcement officials, the agency confirmed late Friday. State police say they were notified on June 20 by Netsential that a data breach may have included information from the...

FILE In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)

Soccer teams turning to virtual 'fan tokens' to raise money

Jun. 24, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Soccer clubs around Europe are increasingly turning to virtual “fan tokens” to raise money and enhance fan engagement. And the money can pile up fast. The latest club to enter the world of blockchain, Spanish champion Barcelona, generated 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in less...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, June 19, 2020. Australia is under increasing cyberattack from a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor,” Morrison said Friday. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image)

Australian leader says unnamed state increasing cyberattacks

Jun. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — "A sophisticated state-based cyber actor” was targeting Australia in an escalating cyber campaign that is threatening all levels of government, businesses, essential services and critical infrastructure, the prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison would...

Russia lifts ineffective ban on Telegram messaging app

Jun. 18, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's communications watchdog said Thursday it would lift a ban on the popular messaging app Telegram after two years of unsuccessful attempts to block it. “As agreed with the Prosecutor General's office, Roskomnadzor withdraws the demand to restrict access to the Telegram...

In this Monday, June 8, 2020, file photo, Dorothy Griffin, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait in Atlanta. Blind voters like Griffin fear a loss of control over their ability to cast a ballot as election officials across the U.S. plan a major expansion of voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. Griffin requested an absentee ballot for Georgia’s primary Tuesday, but she gave up waiting for it and decided to cast a ballot in person on the last day of early voting to avoid crowds on Election Day. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Blind voters fear loss of privacy with shift to mail voting

Jun. 14, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified. Blind since birth, Byington welcomed the rise in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020 file photo, a sign announces a store closing in Niles, Ill. Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide. The uptick in crime complicates an already tough situation for millions of financially strapped Americans and overwhelmed state unemployment offices. In June 2020, the U.S. Labor Department testified that at least $26 billion will have been wasted, going largely to fraudsters instead of those in need. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Criminals stealing unemployment benefits as claims surge

Jun. 7, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide. This complicates an already tough situation for millions of financially strapped Americans and overwhelmed state unemployment offices. While there’s no exact measure of how many fraudulent claims have...