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Submission + - federal judge sentences woman to three years for s (allthingsd.com)

derGoldstein writes: From AllThingsD: "Today a federal judge in Florida sentenced a woman to three years in prison and fined her $166,000 for selling counterfeit chips around the world to more than 1,000 buyers, among them companies selling equipment to the U.S. Navy. It’s being described as the first federal sentence for selling counterfeit chips. ... She was charged alongside Shannon L. Wren, now deceased, and together, they were accused of running a company called VisionTech... The DOJ says that on more than 35 separate occasions, they sold some 59,540 chips worth about $425,000. When customers who bought them complained that the chips were fakes — they didn’t work — McCloskey and Wren took no action."

Submission + - Student faces 15 years for 'Anonymous' hacktivism (rawstory.com)

derGoldstein writes: TheRawStory reports: "A journalism student at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who used the online alias "No" and "MMMM" faces 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if she is convicted of hacking charges related to the group "Anonymous."... the FBI arrested 20-year-old Mercedes Renee Haefer last week for allegedly participating in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal’s website." Anonymous responds through @AnonymousIRC: "[they] should know this will not make us stop. Quite the opposite. Expect a shitstorm in case of conviction."
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Submission + - PayPal joins London police effort (arstechnica.com)

derGoldstein writes: Ars reports: "PayPal has joined a music copyright association and the City of London police department's bid to financially starve websites deemed "illegal." When presented with sufficient evidence of unlicensed downloading from a site, the United Kingdom's PayPal branch "will require the retailer to submit proof of licensing for the music offered by the retailer," said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's latest press release." The press release can be found here.

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