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+ - Crooks install keyloggers while working temp jobs, then steal from the IRS->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper has the story (http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/police-id-thief-filed-hundreds-of-bogus-tax-return/nWsbm/) of accused identify thief Erkes Antwon Green, whom the Atlanta Police Department believes is part of an identity theft ring. Police arrested Green on Feb. 28 on bank fraud charges, saying Green allegedly opened a SunTrust bank account online using a stolen ID, deposited a stolen check for $46,000 and was able to get about $14,000 from the ATM before the bank realized that the check was no good.

Green profited by filing false tax returns, a type of scam that slashdot reported on back in August (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/08/03/214231/identity-theft-may-cost-irs-21-billion-over-next-5-years). According to Detective Ken Stapler with the Atlanta Police Department’s major fraud unit, Green either filed or attempted to file bogus income tax returns in the name of some 150 or more victims, mostly from Georgia and Florida. When he was arrested, Green was driving a $60,000 Mercedes E-550 that he had purchased with a stolen identity. Police believe Green used keystroke grabbers to obtain personal identity information. According to Detective Stapler, “You plug this thing into the back of a computer where the USB cable would go. He can leave it there for as long as he wants, and nobody’s going know unless they look on the back of their computer.”

Detective Stapler also says “A lot of times, what these people do is get hired on with a temp agency. A temp agency may work in an office building cleaning up after hours. Once (one of the would-be ID thieves) gets in the door, he’s got access to those computers. Anytime nobody is looking, he could put the keystroke grabber on.”"

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+ - Another arrested in Japan for using anonymous P2P->

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renrutal
renrutal writes "A 43-year-old man is the second known person arrested in Japan for using Perfect Dark to share copyrighted material in its encrypted P2P network.

According to the [Kyoto-based] High-Tech Crime Task Force, the Okayama police, and the Saga police, the Osaka-based suspect uploaded about a thousand files, including anime. The suspect admitted that he thought he would not get caught because he was using Perfect Dark.

Perfect Dark is the third generation of japanese anonymous P2P network clients, developed with the intent to fix the security flaws found in its predecessors Winny and Share, in spite of also adopting a "Secure through Obscurity" closed-source model. In 2004, Winny's developer, Isamu Kaneo, was charged 1.5 million yen for assisting in copyright infringement, but he was acquited last October. Since 2008, at least 15 people were arrested in Japan suspect of uploading copyrighted material to those "secure" networks."
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Privacy

Federal Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches 359

Posted by timothy
from the oh-you-wanted-the-fourth-amendment-here-too? dept.
Declan McCullogh is reporting at CNET that a federal district court judge has rebuked the Department of Homeland Security, "which had claimed it can seize a traveler's laptop and search it six months later without warrant." As described in the article, DHS policies have been stacked against travelers entering the US, including citizens returning from abroad: "There's no requirement that they be returned to their owners after even six months or a year has passed, though supervisory approval is required if they're held for more than 15 days. The complete contents of a hard drive or memory card can be perused at length for evidence of lawbreaking of any kind, even if it's underpaying taxes or not paying parking tickets." This ruling does not address immediate searches at the border, but says that DHS cannot hold computers for indefinite searching, as in the case to hand, concerning a US citizen returning from a trip to Korea, whose laptop was seized and held for months before a search was even conducted on it.
Software

+ - AI Astronomer Aids Effort To Analyze Galaxies ->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "Scientists are teaching an artificial intelligence how to classify galaxies imaged by telescopes like the Hubble. Manda Banerji at the University of Cambridge along with researchers at University College London, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, has succeeded in getting the program to agree with human analysis at an impressive rate of more than 90%. Banerji used data from Galaxy Zoo, a massive online project which has used more than 250,000 volunteers to analyze more than 60 million galaxies. The new automated astronomer will help with even larger analytical projects on the horizon, taking care of trivial classifications and leaving the tough cases to humans."
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Image

Steak-Scented Billboard Entices Drivers 282

Posted by samzenpus
from the steak-and-diesel dept.
In addition to car exhaust and road grime, travelers along Highway 150 in North Carolina can now enjoy the smell of a barbecue thanks to a new billboard. The work of ScentAir, which provides custom scents for businesses, the advertisement for a local grocer emits the smell of charcoal and black pepper over the highway. "Marketing director Murray Dameron said the beef scent was emitted by a high-powered fan at the bottom of the billboard that blows air over cartridges loaded with BBQ fragrance oil. 'It smells like grilled meat with a nice pepper rub on it,' he explained."
Apple

+ - Jobs Accuses Gizmodo of Extortion Over iPhone G4 -> 1

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "Apple boss Steve Jobs has openly accused tech blog Gizmodo of extortion in an interview with Walt Mossberg.

The accusation arose when Jobs was inevitably asked about the iPhone G4 saga, in which a prototype of Apple's next iteration was stolen from a California bar and flogged to Gizmodo for anything between $4,000 and $10,000 depending on which news source you favour.

Apparently, Steve phoned Gizmodo and asked for his phone back, but Jason Chen refused until he effectively had a written confession from Apple admitting that the handsert was indeed a genuine Apple prototype."

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Idle

+ - OH Senate passes bill banning human-animal hybrids->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The sci-fi movie Splice seems to have scared the Ohio's Senator State Senator Steve Buehrer. The Ohio Senate has passed Sen. Buehrer's bill bannin 'the creation, transportation, or receipt of a human-animal hybrid, the transfer of a nonhuman embryo into a human womb, and the transfer of a human embryo into a nonhuman womb.' So much for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
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