Mar 162019
Alex Hernandez reports:

A 21-year old Australian man has been arrested for allegedly selling Hulu, Spotify, and Netflix passwords online. The Australian man operated a website that generated passwords for popular streaming services including the aforementioned trio. It is being reported that the man made AU$300,000 (US$211,000) from his operation.

The man was arrested after an investigation that involved the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Australian Federal Police force. The name of the website this Australian man operated was named, which reportedly boasted over 120,000 users and nearly one million passwords and account details.

Read more on TechAeris.

Mar 042019

ANI reports:

Police have registered a case after a complaint was received against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for allegedly using the people’s data illegally through ‘Sevamitra App‘ to advance the party’s electoral prospects in the coming Lok Sabha polls in the state. Police have named four persons in the case.

The first information report (FIR) has been registered by the Madhapur police. The complainant Thummula Lokeshwara Reddy has stated in his complaint that “while studying about the practices of electioneering in view of the coming General Elections in Andhra Pradesh, he learnt about the use of certain mobile phone and tab-based software applications by the cadre of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), especially ‘Sevamitra app’ for advancing party’s electoral prospects as reported in the national newspapers.”

Read more on Business Standard.

Mar 012019

WTVR reports:

Former Lee-Davis High School special education teacher Christopher Brannan was sentenced to 34 months in prison for his role in the ‘Celebgate’ Apple iCloud hacking which resulted in the release of people’s private photos and videos.

Christopher Brannan, 31, was previously convicted of unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

Read more on WTVR.

Feb 112019

Stephen Chen reports:

Qin Qisheng, 43, a former manager in Huaxia Bank’s technology development centre in Beijing, spotted a loophole in the bank’s core operating system that meant cash withdrawals made around midnight were not recorded.

The bank accepted his explanation that he had simply been trying to test its internal security and the cash was just resting in his own account before he returned it to his employers.

But the authorities did not accept this explanation and jailed Qin for theft in December, a ruling the appeal court upheld last month.

Read more on South China Morning Post.

via Joe Cadillic

Feb 052019

From the press release:

United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that KENDRA GRAVES, age 31, was charged on January 31, 2019 in a two-count bill of information with theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641 and identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(a)(7).

According to court documents, GRAVES falsified federal student loan applications and used the stolen student aid monies valued at approximately $200,000 for her own personal use.  As part of her scheme to defraud, GRAVES applied for federal financial aid at Delgado Community College in the name of 15 individuals without their knowledge or consent.

If convicted, GRAVES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of $250,000 as to Count 1 and 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 as to Count 2. GRAVES also faces three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment and a $200 special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.