March 13, 2013 |
New word: doxxing , the practice of piecing together detailed personal information from initial stuff you glean from Internet-available sources - such as when you find an e-mail address, then burrow through that to find phone numbers, addresses, info on chat rooms. It's a form of stalking. Hacker(s?) on the website exposed.su have either doxxed or hacked directly into celebrity private info, publishing photos, credit reports, mortgage details, Social Security numbers, etc. And now, says the FBI, the louts are "using" the info.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) says that 95 percent of private-sector networks are vulnerable and that most have already been hit. What's being stolen? Personal identities, Social Security numbers, money from banks, blueprints for next-generation jobs. At risk are private companies and public agencies.
January 26, 2013
Officials at Cheyney University urged students Friday to check their credit reports after an inadvertent release of their personal data, including Social Security numbers. The historically black college in Chester County apologized to students in a letter sent Friday. Cheyney said it was using a credit-monitoring firm to prevent misuse of the information. An administrative e-mail sent to all students on Thursday accidentally included a file with personal data, the university said.
September 30, 2012 |
AFORMER Main Line housekeeper accused of stealing a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin valued at more than $3 million was denied bail on Friday. Andrea Lawton, 46, who was arrested in Maryland on Sept. 21 by the FBI while in possession of the bust, must remain in custody pending trial. U.S. Magistrate M. Faith Angell deemed Lawton, 46, who showed up in court in a black head scarf and an olive prison jumpsuit, to be a flight risk. According to court papers, Lawton had told FBI and IRS agents that she had come to Maryland to sell the bust on the black market.
August 2, 2012
Md. man charged in 'joker' threat UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A man accused of referring to himself as "a joker" and threatening to shoot up his workplace has been charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse, prosecutors said Wednesday. Neil E. Prescott, 28, of Crofton, was taken into custody Friday after police said they found ammunition and a cache of about two dozen weapons in his apartment. He has been undergoing an emergency psychiatric evaluation at a hospital since then. The "joker" comment prompted concern because of a mass shooting a week earlier at a Colorado movie theater screening the latest Batman movie.
June 20, 2012 |
As if the drama in Greece weren't tragic enough, here at home we're facing "taxmageddon," a fiscal cliff, and potentially, hackers breaking into our bank and brokerage accounts. Take a deep breath. The FBI is here to help — at least with the hackers. The FBI's Philadelphia field office offers tips for investors about how to avoid getting scammed — and who to call if you do. We don't think of G-men tackling securities and investment fraud, but in fact, they do most of the nitty-gritty investigating for the regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.
June 13, 2012 |
A Wissinoming tax preparer was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for filing more than 1,600 bogus federal income-tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2009. Miguel Vazquez, 45, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge James Knoll Gardner to pay $1.6 million in restitution to the IRS and to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on July 26. Federal prosecutors said the bogus returns prepared by Vazquez resulted in the payment of almost $7.5 million in refunds. The government said Vazquez, a native of Puerto Rico who has 13 children with 12 women, also lied on his own tax returns and failed to pay more than $250,000 in taxes on his illegally gained income.
May 18, 2012 |
One by one, the five women waiting for buttock-enhancement injections went into the room with Padge Victoria Windslowe, the so-called "Black Madam" charged with performing the illegal procedures as an underground business. After five to 10 minutes, each woman returned with cotton balls Krazy-Glued to the injection site on her instantly larger rear end. Windslowe left as soon as she was finished, according to one former client, but not before leaving instructions for the women.
April 23, 2012
H ERE'S WHAT will be making news in Philly this week: CITY HALL The British are coming! Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, will pay a royal visit to Philadelphia on Thursday to mark the 60th year of his mother's rule. The prince - who is seventh in line for the throne - will plant a tree at Girard College and tour Independence National Historic Park before attending a private dinner at the Restaurant School. If you want to catch sight of the blue blood, he is scheduled to arrive at Girard College at 12:30 p.m. and tour Independence Park at 5 p.m. COMMON PLEAS COURT Ex-cop to be tried for murder For the second time this year, a disgraced ex-Philadelphia police officer will go on trial for first-degree murder.