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Pat Fitzgerald Boots One

In a remarkable screw-up, a Department of Justice official today accidentally distributed to the media a document containing the names of nearly 20 confidential witnesses interviewed during a federal probe targeting the operators of a fraudulent investment scheme. In announcing felony charges against two men for their roles in an alleged $15 million Ponziesque...

AR: Discarded documents lead to worries

Mary Kincy Benefield reports: Aaron Janus of Russellville completed a Western Union transaction in 2007. The Boston Mountain Copper Company — which receives its mail at a post office box — contracted with Entergy for its electricity in August 2004. And the fee to send an international money order from the Four Seasons Market...

Soapblox hacked, quits, tries to re-start

Slightly OT, but a reader alerted me to this: On January 6, SoapBlox, a blogging community for mostly political bloggers, posted the following: SoapBlox is Dead It was a good ride, but it’s over. Thanks for all the fish. All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue...

Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ to Twitter Hacker

Kim Zetter reports: An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News. The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel...

Holy ID theft! Victim is bishop of Brooklyn

Alison Gendar and William Sherman report: Thieves stooped to a new low over the Christmas holiday, swiping the identity of Brooklyn’s Catholic bishop in an attempted credit card scam. The crooks learned Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s Social Security number and birth date and used the information to apply for credit cards, Diocese of Brooklyn spokesman...