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Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Technology
A Massachusetts college student who was named his high school's valedictorian for his savvy tech skills hacked into unsuspecting investors' personal cellphones, email and social media accounts to steal at least $ 2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin, according to documents provided by California prosecutors Wednesday. Joel Ortiz was taken into custody July 12 at Los Angeles International Airport ahead of a flight to Boston, according to prosecutors. The 20-year-old faces more than two dozen charges including grand theft, identity theft and computer hacking, court documents show. He's held on $ 1 million bail. The Santa Clara County, California, public defender's office, which is representing Ortiz, declined comment. A number listed for his home in Boston was disconnected. The elabo...
Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

World
The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software.He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election board website.The Kremlin said there was no evidence linking the 12 to military intelligence or hacking.The claims were "an old duck" and a "heap of conspiracy schemes", said Moscow's foreign ministry in a statement.Friday's indictment was the first by US officials to directly charge Russia's government with meddling in the US vote two years ago. Four intriguing lines in Mueller charges Who's who in Russia-Trump drama? What are the a...
Ant McPartlin charged with drink-driving

Ant McPartlin charged with drink-driving

Entertainment
TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink-driving after his arrest on Sunday, police have confirmed."A man has been charged following a road traffic collision in Lower Richmond Road, SW14 that occurred on Sunday, 18 March," said Metropolitan Police."Anthony McPartlin, 42 (18.11.75) of Chiswick has been charged by postal requisition on Wednesday, 21 March with drink-driving.Image:The green Mini car involved in the crash was carrying a child. Pic: Flynet"He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on 4 April."McPartlin was reportedly seen at Kingston police station in southwest London earlier today - the first time he has left his house since the arrest.He was involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his black Mini in Richmond just before 4pm on Sunday.A chil...
Thirteen charged with US election interference

Thirteen charged with US election interference

Technology
Charges have been filed against 13 employees of a Russian troll factory which is accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.It is the first legal document to name the Internet Research Agency, a private organisation based in St Petersburg, of illegally interfering in US politics - although a declassified intelligence community assessment had previously asserted the organisation's attempts at interference.The 13 individual defendants and three Russian entities are accused of engaging in operations to "spread distrust" in the US and its democratic systems.After media reports that Facebook was working with the US Special Counsel investigating interference during the election, the defendants allegedly began to destroy evidence linking them to the influence campaigns...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Technology
Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome. Trump claimed vindication, noting in a tweet that Russian interference efforts alleged in the indictment began in 2014 — "long before I announced that I woul