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FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

The FBI is investigating one of the best baseball teams in the US after it allegedly broke into a database belonging to one of the worst.

Police break up romance scam gang that fleeced women of $1.5 million

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York Regional Police in Canada this week announced the arrest of nine men who allegedly targeted women on dating websites, and conned seven victims out of a total of $1.5 million.

The romance scammer's outward demonstrations of love must conceal a dark heart ...

News sites can be held responsible for user comments

News site is responsible for hate-filled comments, says EU court

Online news site Delfi can be fined for comments left by anonymous readers, ruled the European Court of Human Rights.

Privacy groups walk out of US talks on facial recognition guidelines

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Not a single industry representative would agree on the most basic premise: that targets of facial recognition should opt in before companies identify them.

Swearing on WhatsApp in UAE could result in a fine, jail time or deportation

Man faces $68,000 fine or jail for swearing on WhatsApp under UAE cybercrimes law

Rageaholics, beware: the country's passed laws against swearing, be it online or in person, and that includes F-you emojis.

Armed robber caught after confessing on Facebook, "ashamed" emoticon and all

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Here's a candidate for the Facebook Hall of Stupid Posts fame: a robber who, though he took the time to wear a mask to cover his face, then posted a thinly veiled confession online.

Online seller of fake Viagra and abortion pills escapes jail time

Online seller of fake Viagara and abortion pills escapes jail time

An online seller of counterfeit drugs in the UK has been given a 1-year prison term that was suspended for 2 years.

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

We do not care if a URL's got a .fr, a .uk or a .com glued to the end, France told Google - if a European makes a legitimate request to be forgotten in search results, make it so on all your search engines in all countries.

Thief who mugged Facebook PlayStation-seller busted thanks to location data

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The victim had been trying to sell an old PlayStation 2 through Facebook, and was contacted by a potential purchaser who turned out to be the mugger.

We offer some advice on making offline transactions with people you meet online.

Authentication is all around us! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our latest "60 Second Security" video - catch the week's security news in just 1 minute.

SSCC 202 - They hacked the US Army? Are you SURE? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for this week's security podcast.

Apple, Microsoft, patching, hacking the army (sort of), and 49 arrests in a Europol action against bank fraudsters!

Canadian hacker, 22, gets 18 months in prison over US trade secrets theft

Canadian hacker, 22, gets 18 months in prison over US trade secrets theft

A Canadian member of the gang who hacked into the US Army and Microsoft is believed to be the first foreign hacker to be convicted of stealing trade secrets in the US.

FTC settles first crowdfunding case over deceptive Kickstarter project - but don't expect a refund

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The FTC just settled its first case involving crowdfunding against a man who pocketed $122,000 in Kickstarter contributions without delivering the project - but he's not going to have to pay it back.

49 busted in Europe for Man-in-the-Middle bank attacks

49 busted in Europe for Man-in-the-Middle bank attacks

A multination bust nabbed 49 people on suspicion of using Man-in-the-Middle attacks to sniff out and intercept payment requests from email.

Feds seize man's computers in raids connected to celebrity nude photo hack

Feds seize Chicago man's computers in raids connected to Celebgate

The FBI's investigation points to a ring of thieves who used phishing and password-reset scams to crack celebrities' iCloud and email accounts and steal nude images.

French parking machines shock drivers with abusive messages

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Otherwise normal-looking tickets issued to drivers fumed that Meaux mayor Jean-François Copé was "a thieving, bastard mayor."

California passes law requiring warrant to search computers, cellphones and tablets

California passes law requiring warrant to search cellphones, tablets

The hodgepodge of US state and federal laws about phone search, some of which say the law needs a warrant and some of which say they don't, just got a bit messier.

Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

The twins had purchased an armored door for their apartment, and they set up text message alerts to warn their associates to destroy evidence once the police showed up.

It wasn't enough to keep the cops out, or themselves out of jail.

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Patriot Act provisions snap back to life, but spying will be a tad more inconvenient for the NSA, and there'll be a bit more transparency.

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

It's not enough that ordinary people would find murderous rants threatening, the court said. Rather, courts have to consider frame of mind.