The Bizarre Schemes of the Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former federal agents have been charged with fraud and money laundering while they were working on a task force devoted to bringing down infamous online drug bazaar Silk Road, and the charges paint a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran going rogue in such an over-the-top fashion that it's hard to believe this isn't … » 3/30/15 5:40pm Yesterday 5:40pm

Feds Want Reddit to Give Up Personal Info of Darknet Market Redditors 

Federal agents want Reddit to turn over the personal data of five prominent Redditors active in the Darknet Markets subreddit. IP addresses, names, and other data about five Reddit users active in Darknet Market discussions have been requested. » 3/30/15 4:51pm Yesterday 4:51pm

It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where it can later be transferred to Nigeria. Sound impossible? It's not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper.
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New Jersey Game Store Swatting Takes An Uglier Turn

Gamers attending a monthly social gathering at Digital Press Video Games in Clifton, New Jersey Saturday evening had no idea the sudden massive police presence outside the store was pointed their way, until a caller posing as a fire department representative started giving them questionable instructions. » 3/29/15 5:37pm Sunday 5:37pm

Inmate Walks Free After Emailing Release Instructions to Prison Staff

An inmate who was in prison for multiple charges of fraud is apparently up to his old tricks. Posing as a senior court clerk, Neil Moore, 28, used an illicit mobile phone to email fake bail instructions to prison staff, who released him. Well, that's embarrassing. » 3/29/15 10:00am Sunday 10:00am

Stolen Uber Accounts Are Selling for a Dollar on the Dark Net  

The Nextdoor App Is Making My Neighborhood Safer

My neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave. Just on my block in the last week, several packages were stolen from doorsteps and tires have been slashed on at least two cars. I found all of this out from an app that's quickly becoming our neighborhood's best security system. "I heard it from Fred two doors down" is… » 3/27/15 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

When Does Online Fantasy Become Criminal Conspiracy?

When does an online fantasy cross the line into criminal conspiracy? That's the issue the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is currently weighing in United States v. Gilberto Valle, the so-called "cannibal cop" case. EFF filed an amicus brief in support of Valle today, arguing that finding him guilty of conspiracy based… » 3/23/15 4:30am 3/23/15 4:30am

5 Theories About the Greatest Unsolved Art Heist Ever

On March 18, 1990, two police officers—or so they seemed—walked into a Boston museum and left with $500 million worth of paintings. They have never been found. » 3/18/15 1:53pm 3/18/15 1:53pm

The Silk Road Mastermind Just Applied For A Retrial

Last month, it took a jury of peers just four hours to convict Ross Ulbricht on seven counts related to his running of The Silk Road. But Ulbricht isn't giving up that easy — his lawyer has applied for a do-over. » 3/07/15 5:16pm 3/07/15 5:16pm

300,000 Chickens Killed By Attacks on Farm Alarm Systems

In the past two weeks, attacks at 16 South Carolina chicken houses have left over 300,000 chickens dead. Farmed chickens rarely live good lives, but these deaths were especially horrible: Someone with inside knowledge of the houses temperature alarm systems, slowly killed the chickens with heat and cold. » 3/06/15 2:55pm 3/06/15 2:55pm

Feds Just Charged 3 Spammers With the Biggest Data Breach in History

The only thing that sucks more than spam are the greedy people who send it to you. That's why the Department of Justice charging three spam kingpins responsible for one of the largest data breaches in history is so exciting. Finally, Feds are taking down the spam kingpins—or at least trying. » 3/06/15 2:18pm 3/06/15 2:18pm

This Is the Revenge Porn Law We Need in America

The United States has been waiting too long for federal law banning revenge porn. The wait will be over soon. In the coming weeks, Congresswoman Jackie Speier will introduce a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime—finally. » 2/25/15 1:15pm 2/25/15 1:15pm

Here Is the Spy Equipment That Powers the FBI's Secret Dragnet

The FBI is going to remarkable lengths to hide information about its surveillance program that intercepts calls and texts with equipment called Stingrays. » 2/18/15 6:00pm 2/18/15 6:00pm

Bank Security Is So Bad That a Simple Phishing Scam Can Cost $1 Billion

In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting computers with malware and siphoning money. But how the hackers infiltrated these banks speaks to a much bigger problem: The current security standards (or lack thereof) at… » 2/16/15 5:35pm 2/16/15 5:35pm

Prisoner Got 37 Years in Solitary for Facebook Posts

In South Carolina's prisons, an inmate who secretly writes Facebook posts about missing his family can be punished the same way as one who rapes a cellmate. Hundreds of inmates are being handed down indefensibly harsh punishments for using social media, including one man, Tyheem Henry, who was sentenced to over 37… » 2/16/15 11:48am 2/16/15 11:48am

Smartphone Theft Is Plummeting in San Francisco and NYC

The number of reported thefts involving smartphones has dropped substantially in some of the biggest cities in America and the UK, according to an announcement by San Francisco, New York and London authorities. » 2/11/15 7:00am 2/11/15 7:00am

Law Enforcement Is Treating Online Trolling Like a Serious Crime

Though it's still difficult for people dealing with online harassment to get help from police, there is one kind of online troll that the police aren't ignoring anymore. These are swatters, people who call in SWAT teams on their targets for the lulz. A newly-arrested swatter, Brandon Wilson, is facing five years in… » 2/09/15 8:10pm 2/09/15 8:10pm

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically scifi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in… » 2/09/15 12:40pm 2/09/15 12:40pm

Using Satellites, We Can Spot Pirate Fishing Boats from Space

The ocean is vast. We cannot patrol all of it. But now environmental groups are getting into the satellite game, watching for illegal fishing boats from the skies. It's just one more example of how high-quality, real-time satellite imagery can change our relationship to the world around us. » 2/06/15 8:12pm 2/06/15 8:12pm