Ex-Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys found guilty of 3 federal counts of hacking

Matthew Keys escorted by his legal team. Photo: Sarah Jeong

A jury in Sacramento, California, today found former Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys guilty of computer hacking under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA).

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Gentleman, possibly a burglar, gets trapped inside a cell phone store

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A cell phone store owner, whose business had been repeatedly burgled, decided to set up a trap room to capture the next person who tried to steal things from his store. Here's a surveillance video showing that it worked perfectly. Read the rest

Algorithmic guilt: defendants must be able to inspect source code in forensic devices


Some day, you may be the defendant in a criminal trial that turns on whether the software in a forensic device reached a reliable conclusion about a DNA test or other piece of evidence. Wouldn't you like to have your own experts check the source code on that device? Read the rest

Catholic priest pointed rifle at 8-year-old boy and threatened to shoot him for liking the wrong sports team


A 54-year-old priest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm. Father Kevin Carter threatened to shoot the youngster for liking the wrong football team, say witnesses.

From NBC 4 New York:

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors.

Once they were in the room, the priest allegedly had the boy stand against the wall, then retrieved a musket and pointed it at him, prosecutors said, citing several witnesses.

"As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC 4 New York Friday.

Father Carter's lawyer said his client will plead not guilty. Read the rest

How a romance-scam victim laundered $1.1M worth of other victims' money


Audrey Elaine Elrod was divorced, depressed and broke when a romance-scammer targeted her on Facebook, posing as a widowed Scottish oil-rig worker who admired her photo and sympathized with her plight. Read the rest

Photo of Jesse James and the man who killed him


Sandra Mills of Spokane, Washington claims this photo depicts infamous outlaw Jesse James and Robert Ford, a member of James's gang who shot him in 1892 to score a $10,000 bounty.

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Line-art: squirming criminals in an authoritative hand


In 1948, the Institute of Applied Science commissioned an unknown illustrator to depict a fistful of squirming, terrified criminals caught in an authoritative fist, under the headline "CAUGHT BY THEIR FINGERTIPS" -- they were advertising a home Criminal Investigation and Identification course. Read the rest

Animated phone interviews with Charles Manson


"Old Man" is a curious and compelling animation of phone chats between Charles Manson and Marlin Marynick, author of "Charles Manson Now." Directed and animated by Leah Shore. (via Devour)

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Bonnie and Clyde bank robbers busted after posting pics of stolen cash on Facebook


John Mogan, 28, and Ashley Duboe, 24, were arrested in connection with an Ohio bank robbery after Mogan posted a series of photos of himself playing with a thick wad of cash. In one photo, he pretends the money is a phone. In another photo, he is biting the money.

The Smoking Gun has more:

Mogan is a convicted felon who was just released from prison after serving about five years for robbing a bank in Lancaster, a city 20 miles east of Ashville. A female accomplice was also arrested in connection with Mogan's July 2010 robbery of a Fairfield National Bank branch.

Mogan began serving a three-year parole term immediately following his July 19 release from an Ohio state lockup. The heavily tattooed Mogan has the phrases “Loyalty’s Thin” and “Betrayal’s Thick” on opposite cheeks.

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Man busted for high speed chase "learnt to drive on a Playstation game."


Adam Jones of Skegness, England was given a year jail sentence for "aggravated vehicle taking and driving without a license or insurance" after leading police on a 100mph chase that damaged countless cars. After he was caught, Jones reportedly told authorities that his driver's education consisted of playing Playstation driving games.

"You said you 'Only learnt to drive on a Playstation game," the judge told Jones. "You were driving like a Playstation game. You drove as fast as you could as if in a video or playstation game without any care for those around you."

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Bitcoin Ponzi operator pleads guilty over $150M fraud


Bitcoin Savings & Trust founder Trendon Shavers pleaded guilty to fraud over his company's Ponzi scheme, whose victims believed they would earn one percent interest every three days -- an annual rate of 3,641 percent. Read the rest

Two diamond thieves caught in a busted elevator


Two alleged jewelry thieves were busted after attempting to swipe $86,000 worth of diamond rings in Sycamore Township, Ohio. Police found the store's door smashed and heard noise coming from elevator. They called the fire department who opened the faulty elevator, revealing Leroy Bridgman, 57, and Marcie Young, 61, stuck inside. According to police, they had stashed the goods, along with "criminal tools" in the ceiling of the lift.

“Sometimes karma makes sure things work out how they should," Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told WCPO.

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3D print your own TSA Travel Sentry keys and open anyone's luggage


Watch this video on The Scene.

The TSA mandates that all checked luggage must be locked with a deliberately flawed lock that can be opened with one of a handful of skeleton keys that are supposed to be kept secret. It's been more than a year since the TSA allowed a newspaper photographer to print a high-rez photo of its universal luggage-lock keys, allowing any moderately skilled locksmith to create her own set. Ars Technica downloaded a set of key STL files from Github, printed them on a consumer 3D printer, and showed that they could gain entry to any luggage.

It's a model for what happens with any kind of law-enforcement/public safety back door: the universal keys leak and there's no way to re-key all those locks out there in the field. The FBI and UK security services are calling for backdoors in all crypto -- the code we use to protect everything from pacemakers to bank accounts. This is as neat an illustration of why that's a bad idea as you could ask for. Read the rest

Woman convicted for pretending to be male during courting and sex with blindfolded girlfriend

Gayle Newland, 25, of Cheshire, England was convicted of sexual assault for pretending to be a male and wearing a strap-on during multiple sexual encounters with a female friend who she reportedly convinced to wear a blindfold the entire time they were together. Their relationship, and the deception, began online. From The Independent:

Her 25-year-old victim told Chester Crown Court that she had kept the blindfold on during about 10 sexual encounters. She remained blindfolded when the pair were sunbathing together and even when they “watched” a film at her flat. The deception, she said, only ended when she pulled off the blindfold while they were having sex to see her friend Gayle wearing a strap-on prosthetic penis....

In her defence, Newland insisted that no blindfold was used during their relationship. She also denied strapping bandages to her chest to mask her breasts, claiming they were only there to protect a heart monitor.

Denying five counts of sexual assault, Newland, from Willaston, Cheshire, insisted her accuser always knew she was pretending to be a man, and that they had been engaging in roleplay while her friend struggled to come to terms with her lesbianism.

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Dennis the Menace statue stolen ten years ago shows up across country


This steel statue of Dennis the Menace, swiped from a Monterey, California playground in 2006, has turned up at a scrapyard in Orlando, Florida. Police don't know who forcibly removed Dennis from his home and sent him across the country, but I wager the culprit's last name is Wilson. Read the rest

Private eye caught woman he was hired to spy on having sex with his own teen son


The estranged husband of Amber Telford, 33, hired a private detective to surveil his wife, a dance instructor in Taylorsville, Utah. The detective caught Telford having sex in the dance studio with a fellow who turned out to be the private investigator's own 17-year-old son. Read the rest

DoJ says it will consider jailing executives who order corporate crimes

The doctrine under former AG Eric Holder (documented in Matt Taibbi's brilliant The Divide) was to allow executives to pay fines that were less than the profits from their crimes. Read the rest

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