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Submission + - Big ad network that secretly sniffed users' online habits settles with FTC (

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it settled charges with a large online ad company the agency said secretly and illegally gathered data from millions of consumers who had looked up sensitive medical and financial issues ranging from fertility and incontinence to debt relief and personal bankruptcy. The FTC settlement is hardly harsh though as it only bars the company, Epic Marketplace Inc., from continuing to use history sniffing software..."

Submission + - Cyber Monday bust: US law joins in world-wide seizure of 132 domain names (

coondoggie writes: "A team of world-wide law enforcement agencies took out 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online. The group, made up of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, United Kingdom and the European Police Office (Europol) targeted alleged counterfeiters selling everything from professional sports jerseys, DVD sets, and a variety of clothing to jewelry and luxury goods."

Submission + - In face of breaches, malware US needs to update online privacy protection (

coondoggie writes: "The fast moving world of Internet time has left the federal government behind when it comes to protecting your private information. That was the central conclusion of a report issued this week by watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office which said that ensuring the privacy and security of personal information collected by the federal government remains a challenge, particularly in light of the increasing dependence on networked information systems that can store, process and transfer vast amounts of data."

Submission + - FBI busts 24 in massive international online financial crime takedown (

coondoggie writes: "The FBI today said it directed what it called the largest coordinated international law enforcement action in its history directed at online "carding" crimes typically involving stolen credit card, bank account or personal identification information of hundreds of thousands of victims around the world. The FBI said the allegations unsealed in New York today "chronicle a breathtaking spectrum of cyber schemes and scams.""

Submission + - A quick look: The Angry Birds phenomenon (

coondoggie writes: "For many, they cannot remember a time without Angry Birds, the phenomenally successful online game. But really, the Finnish company Rovia only released the game for Apple's iOS in December 2009 and since then it has been downloaded some 700 million times and is available on multiple mobile operating systems and social media sites such as Facebook and Google+. There are multiple versions of the game, the latest being Angry Birds Space, which joins Seasons and Rio. Here we take a brief look at all things Angry Birds."

Submission + - Guilty plea from one man $770K ID theft operation (

coondoggie writes: "The US Department of Justice said a man who rang up 4,400 fraudulent charges totaling $770,674 from 2,341 stolen credit pleaded guilty today in the District Court in Alexandria, Va. According to the DOJ, Jonathan Oliveras, 26, pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Oliveras admitted to managing a scheme to purchase stolen credit card account information through the Internet from individuals believed to be in Russia."
The Internet

Submission + - Rocker Courtney Love to pay for Twitter rant (

coondoggie writes: "Rocker Courtney Love has never been known for her shy, refined ways and today it seems one of her bad days when she went on a Twitter rant will cost her $430,000.

The case stemmed from a rant Love posted in 2009 against Dawn Simorangkir the designer of a fancy clothing line. Love allegedly owed her money and much online nastiness ensued."

The Courts

Submission + - FTC:Springsteen fans screwed by TicketMaster get $ (

coondoggie writes: The Federal Trade Commission today said it mailed claim forms to 1,018 consumers who are eligible for refunds because they allegedly were steered from the Ticketmaster website to its ticket resale website TicketsNow while buying tickets to attend 2009 Bruce Springsteen concerts. Ticketmaster and its affiliates agreed to pay refunds to some of the concertgoers to settle FTC charges that they used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets, the agency stated.

Submission + - SPAM: Court to scammer: Give up your house or go to jail 1

coondoggie writes: "Too many online scammers get away with what amounts to a wrist slap but a case if Las Vegas this week seems to be heading the right direction at least.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, a business opportunity scammer has been held in contempt for the second time by a federal court and ordered to turn over the title of his home in Las Vegas or face jail time.

The court found that the operator of the scam, Richard Neiswonger, failed to deliver marketable title to his home, in violation of a previous court order entering a $3.2 million judgment against him, the FTC stated. The FTC charged that the defendant deceived consumers with false promises that they could make a six-figure income by selling his "asset protection services" to those seeking to hide their assets from potential lawsuits or creditors.

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