Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | WIRED

Interesting claims made by both sides:

“A Southern District of Texas judge sentenced Salinas earlier this month to six months in prison and a $10,600 fine after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of computer fraud and abuse. The charge stemmed from his repeatedly scanning the local Hidalgo County website for vulnerabilities in early 2012. But just months before he took that plea, the 28-year-old with ties to the hacktivist group Anonymous instead faced 44 felony hacking and cyberstalking charges, all of which were later dismissed. And now that his case is over, Salinas is willing to say why he believes he faced that overwhelming list of empty charges. As he tells it, two FBI agents asked him to hack targets on the bureau’s behalf, and he refused.”

Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | WIRED.

Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware – NYTimes.com

In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.


The majority of the targets were in Russia, but many were in Japan, the United States and Europe.

No bank has come forward acknowledging the theft, a common problem that President Obama alluded to on Friday when he attended the first White House summit meeting on cybersecurity and consumer protection at Stanford University. He urged passage of a law that would require public disclosure of any breach that compromised personal or financial information.

Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware – NYTimes.com.

Android x86 ISO Download

Have you ever wanted to play around with Android on something other than your phone or tablet? Good news! You can download Android in ISO format from the developers web site: https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list

After you’re done downloading the ISO, you can install Android as a virtual machine in a product like VirtualBox (which is free). At the time of this post, Android 4.3 is the most current version available with a download size of 199MB.

Lawmakers push feds to investigate Verizon’s use of ‘supercookies’ – CNET

Privacy advocates have criticized the wireless operators for using this technology, charging that its use is a violation of personal privacy since supercookies collect and analyze data about online activities and are hard to do away with. Privacy advocates also warn this information could be used by hackers to track users’ activities.

Via Lawmakers push feds to investigate Verizon’s use of ‘supercookies’ – CNET.

Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach | Reuters

Health insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N), which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees.


The information accessed during the “very sophisticated attack” did include names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, the company said.

Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach | Reuters.

Get Google Earth Pro for free – CNET

The words “free trial” still appear in the URL, but as you’ll see when you click through to the sign-up page, “Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro.” All you have to do is download the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE.

Via Get Google Earth Pro for free – CNET.

Download here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/earth/download/gep/agree.html