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NYPD official retiring amid investigation into hateful posts

Jan. 11, 2021 7:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-ranking New York Police Department official accused of posting hateful messages online has opted to retire days after the department said it was suspending him without pay. An NYPD spokesperson confirmed Monday that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the former head of the...

Russian hacker gets 12 years in massive data theft scheme

Jan. 7, 2021 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A prolific Russian hacker who stole data from over a dozen U.S. companies and information about over 100 million U.S. consumers was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after admitting involvement in one of the biggest thefts of consumer data from a U.S. financial institution. Andrei...

FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, the FBI seal is seen before a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. The U.S. government on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, said a devastating hack of federal agencies is “likely Russian in origin” and said the operation appeared to be an “intelligence gathering” effort. The assessment was disclosed in a rare public statement from the FBI and other investigative agencies. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US: Hack of federal agencies 'likely Russian in origin'

Jan. 5, 2021 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented the U.S. government's first...

Citing complexities, judge delays Islamic State support case

Jan. 5, 2021 7:36 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted the lawyer for a man charged with helping the Islamic State group maintain an online presence almost a year to prepare for a complicated trial involving classified information. Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, whose trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday in...

Man charged with cyberstalking woman, soliciting a killer

Dec. 22, 2020 5:10 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A New York man was arrested Tuesday on charges he has been cyberstalking a Maryland woman for months, making threats that included soliciting people online to rape, kill and decapitate her in exchange for Bitcoin, federal authorities said. Desmond Babloo Singh, 19, also...

Miss France runner-up becomes target of anti-Semitic tweets

Dec. 21, 2020 1:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation Monday to identify the authors of online anti-Semitic comments directed at the runner-up for Miss France 2021, who has Israeli origins. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin led high-profile condemnation of the comments, saying he was...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, a person in Miami searches the internet for sales. Online shopping scams are on the rise as thieves look to take advantage of the increase in people shopping online during the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

How to spot fake shopping sites and avoid being scammed

Dec. 15, 2020 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Black bought what he thought was a well-priced drone online. But the drone never showed up, the site stopped responding to his emails and he never got his $100 back. He was scammed. “I’m pissed I got caught in it,” says Black, who lives in Westminster, Colorado. ...

FILE - The U.S. Treasury Department building viewed from the Washington Monument, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. Hackers got into computers at the U.S. Treasury Department and possibly other federal agencies, touching off a government response involving the National Security Council. Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot said Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 that the government is aware of reports about the hacks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

US agencies, companies secure networks after huge hack

Dec. 14, 2020 11:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government agencies and private companies rushed Monday to secure their computer networks following the disclosure of a sophisticated and long-running cyber-espionage intrusion suspected of being carried out by Russian hackers. The full extent of the damage is not yet clear. But the...

EU member states, MEPs agree to take terror content down

Dec. 10, 2020 1:25 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member states and lawmakers reached a provisional deal Thursday to take down terror content online within an hour of its being posted. The provisional agreement was announced as EU leaders gathered in Brussels for a two-day summit where they are set to discuss cross-border...

13 charged in drug sales over apps near University of Texas

Dec. 4, 2020 6:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A drug ring largely operated by current and former University of Texas students used apps and social media to sell counterfeit Adderall and Xanax often laced with fentanyl, the Department of Justice announced Friday. Justice officials said 13 people, including eight current and former...