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Woman pleads guilty to producing, distributing animal crush videos

Defendant Ashley Nicole Richards. A 24-year-old Houston, Texas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to producing and distributing online so-called crush videos where puppies, chickens and kittens were mutilated and stomped on for the purpose of sexually arousing the audience. The indictment of Ashley Nicole Richards was the nation’s first following a Supreme Court decision in 2010 […]

Man gets four-year prison sentence for UK movie-streaming site Read more

Man gets four-year prison sentence for UK movie-streaming site

A Northern Ireland man has been sentenced to four years for running a piracy streaming website called FastPassTV, as well as related sites that linked to pirated content. Derry resident Paul Mahoney, 29, pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud, acquiring criminal property, and concealing criminal property, according to the Derry Journal. “Offending such as this affects […]

US claim on the world’s servers at a crossroads Read more

US claim on the world’s servers at a crossroads

The Obama administration on Wednesday will argue to a US appeals court that companies operating in the US must comply with valid warrants for data—even if that data is stored on overseas servers. Much of the tech sector, from Amazon and Microsoft to Verizon, oppose the US government’s position in the closely watched case. These […]

Mozilla: data stolen from hacked bug database was used to attack Firefox Read more

Mozilla: data stolen from hacked bug database was used to attack Firefox

An attacker stole security-sensitive vulnerability information from the Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug tracking system and probably used it to attack Firefox users, the maker of the open-source Firefox browser warned Friday. In an FAQ published (PDF) alongside Mozilla’s blog post about the attack, the company added that the loss of information appeared to stem from a privileged […]

Man who helped code highly destructive financial malware pleads guilty Read more

Man who helped code highly destructive financial malware pleads guilty

The Latvian man accused of helping create the Gozi virus, which United States prosecutors dubbed “one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history,” has pleaded guilty. As the original indictment stated: “The Gozi Virus has caused, at a minimum, millions of dollars in losses.” According to Reuters, Deniss Calovskis made the admission in […]

Federal bust of long-running escort site Rentboy.com leads to protests Read more

Federal bust of long-running escort site Rentboy.com leads to protests

Rentboy.com isn’t the first website to be shut down for allegedly promoting an illegal business. But federal prosecutors may not have expected the backlash stemming from last week’s bust of the 19-year-old gay escorting site. Six Rentboy employees, including the company’s CEO Jeffrey Hurant, have been charged with violating the Travel Act by promoting prostitution. They each […]