Silk Road Investigator Arrested Again!

The message we are often told is that no one is above the law. This became all too apparent last year when a secret service agent was caught stealing money in the Silk Road case. Shaun Bridges, the aforementioned agent, has now been re-arrested after looking to leave the country.

Silk Road was an online drug marketplace, where people could buy and sell drugs without any legal oversight or regulation. The case saw worldwide media attention, only expanding when it became apparent that one of the agents involved in the case had stolen bitcoins worth around $800,000. The former agent was scheduled to turn himself in on Friday to begin 71 months in a minimum-security prison; Imagine their surprise then when he was arrested at his home in possession of a bag containing passports, corporate records for three offshore accounts and even bulletproof vests.

Something tells me that the judge won’t be so lenient on Bridges now, with everything pointing towards him leaving the country and attempting to avoid his sentence. Seems a little weird though packing a bullet proof vest if you just wanted to leave the country?

The Latest Adventure of John McAfee? Arrested Again!

Oh John, you’re entertaining but as sane as a lorry load of peanuts. John has been arrested again and this time the charge is for DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence, this was after legging it from police in Belize; it takes some talent to be drunk, high and armed at the same time.

I am not quite sure police are taking him seriously after an individual by the name of Sheila Austin, who is the warrants clerk for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he was that McAfee before stating “I don’t know why he would move to a little town like ours,” According to authorities, McAfee resides in a place by the name of Lexington Tenn, yep me neither, so I researched this and it turns out Tenn is short for Tennessee and is located within the western part of the state between Nashville and Memphis, which is based ideally for the music scene.

John McAfee was released on a bond of $5,000 (£3228) approx, but not before a mug shot was taken, which is below, in the great words of noted wordsmith Afroman, because I got high, because I got high, la, la, la, la.

On a serious note, it just goes to show how John McAfee has fallen after losing most of his $100 million dollar fortune which is owed to the stockmarket crash of 2008. He had been living in Belize until police paid him a visit to ask why his neighbour was dead, at which point he fled to Montreal Canada where he lived with his wife before eventually moving to Tennessee. John McAfee stated in an interview that his assists were frozen by law enforcement in Belize with the outcome being close being broke.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what this eccentric entrepreneur will do next. He is the type of person to be involved with a tank, or a rocket or possibly blowing something up, good job hes not allowed anywhere near nuclear missiles.

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Uber Leaders Arrested In France

Uber has been in the news a lot recently. From having accounts sold on the dark net to being banned in countries due to its drivers behaviors. All of these have been large problems for a company which relies on the public not only using their app but also providing the cars for people to use. Today it all changed as two officials in Uber’s French branch were taken into custody.

Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitir Gore-Coty were taken into custody in Paris today, this follows on from a raid that took place in its Paris office back in March. The two executives were charged with different allegations, the first of which being the running of an illegal taxi operation. This is a problem they have encountered in a few countries, with some debating if Uber can be considered a taxi service and others debating if their drivers are contractors or indeed employees.

The second allegation was concealing digital documents following on from the March raid, which in turn was slowing down the investigation.

France already has a strict stance on Uber, banning UberPOP (the equivalent of Uber in France) which allowed people to sign up and become Uber drivers without professional licenses. In response to this ban police have been issuing fines, these fines would be paid for by Uber.

So after being fined and possibly having their vehicles taken away they are still willing to drive for an app which considers them “contractors” (this avoids a lot of legal implications, such as providing health insurance in certain countries). After having two of its senior members taken into custody maybe Uber will have to rethink how it does business, or maybe France will have to go one step further and ban UberPop with a Justice Court ban on the service?

Thank you Tech Crunch for the information.

Colorado Police Cites Guy for Shooting His Computer

We have all been there, the old computer that should have been retired years ago is creating nothing but trouble. It bugs, hang, crashes and generally just doesn’t want to do as it should, and you get frustrated.

A man from Colorado Springs had that feeling and felt the frustration especially hard. The end-result after months of trouble, he shot his computer.

The police were called when people heard gunfire and after some initial investigation the police found the perpetrator. But it wasn’t a gang fight, robbery, or angry partner that caught the lover with another person, it was just a frustrated PC owner.

The 37-year-old Luca Hinch had taken his PC into a back alley after months of frustrations and yet another fight with his system. He couldn’t take it anymore and he simply shot it. I can count eight bullet holes, so it looks like he emptied his entire clip into the system.

Computers as such have no legal rights in our justice system, but it is illegal to just discharge your firearm within city limits, at least in Colorado. The man was cited for discharging the firearm within city limits, but won’t have to face any PC-slaughter allegations.

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Man Arrested for Not Giving Border Agents His Phone Passcode

When Quebec resident Alain Philippon arrived at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, he was stopped by border agents as he departed his flight from the Dominican Republic. When agents requested his phone passcode to search the device, he refused and was then “arrested under section 153.1 of the Customs Act for hindering.”

Question is, was he really hindering or was he simply protecting his own privacy. Did the agents have the right to search the device in the first place? For me personally, I have nothing to hide on my phone, but I’d still rather refuse it be searched for no apparent reason, much in the same way I don’t feel I should have to give out my pin number or email password.

A border agency spokeswoman told CNET: “The Customs Act (s99) authorizes officers to examine all goods and conveyances including electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptops.” She explained that the potential punishment for Philippon is a minimum fine of $1000 and a maximum fine of $25,000 and could include possible jail time.

Handing over your device is one thing, but giving someone your passwords is another issue. Where this sits with the law remains to be seen and Philippon will be in court on May 12th over the issue.

In the US, handing over your passcode could be deemed self-incrimination, something that the Fifth Amendment exists to protect you from. How something similar could apply to this case, could have lasting repercussions on how border agents handle their searches of our devices in the future.

Tor Raid: 16 Arrested, 410 Underground Sites Hit

European and US authorities have conducted raids over the weekend, seizing 27 websites and arresting 16 people in an order to target illegal black market servicing websites.

US authorities claim that this global project was the largest law enforcement action completed targeted directly at what is known as the “Tor network” – a scheme which gives users anonymity in the form of masking IP addresses. Originally created by the US Navy, Tor has since been utilized by black market specialists, human rights activists and other criminals for various projects at their will.

The total haul is said by Europol to include $1 million USD worth of Bitcoin, €180,000 in cash, silver, gold and narcotics and span a total of 18 countries. The original reports claimed that a total of 410 websites were seized, but was later confirmed to be a total of 27 URLs including services for child pornography, illegal arms and mercenaries.

All of this news has come to light just one day after New York prosecutors charged 26-year-old Blake Benthall – the alleged owner of Silk Road 2.0. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, computer hacking, money laundering and other smaller criminal claims.

This operation has been said by Torels Oerting, the head of Europol’s cyber crime center, to be a major blow to the online black market. He explained that the raids have proven that these criminals are not totally anonymous or untouchable, hinting that Europol will be carrying out similar procedures in the near future.

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Jackie Chan’s Son Has Been Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, has been arrested for marijuana possession at his home in Beijing.

Jaycee is the latest high-profile celebrity to be caught in Chinas biggest anti-drug crackdown in over 20 years. The 31-year-old was detained together with 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko last Monday but the arrests have only recently been announced. Police say that the actors have tested positive for marijuana and that over 100grams of it was taken from Jaycee’s home. Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, a far more serious offence than mere drug consumption that can carry up to three years imprisonment, Ko is accused of drug consumption.

This comes as an embarrassment to Jackie Chan as he has been a “Narcotics Control Ambassador” for China since 2009. Jackie has had some disagreements with his son with him even saying that he is going to donate all of his money to charity rather than leaving it to him in a will. Jackie has not yet commented, but his publicist has said that he has travelled to Beijing to deal with the arrest.

The Chinese government have been targeting celebrities due to the “huge influence” that they have on “their large number of fans”. Showing celebrities getting arrested should hopefully make their fans think twice about doing the same.

Thanks to BBC for supplying us with this information.

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UK Man Arrested for Hosting Proxy Server

A man has been arrested and released on bail for hosting a proxy server.

The 20 year old from Nottingham is being questioned by the police, with help from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), after they had found evidence that tied him to the creation of the proxy server which allowed access to 36 websites. All of these websites had been blocked by ISP’s including The Pirate Bay and EZTV. The proxy called Immunicity has now been blocked by the police and now only shows a police warning.

A proxy can allow a user to connect to websites that have been blocked by an ISP, much like a VPN can. The proxy server doesn’t actually host any files, it just makes accessing websites possible. Due to this I’m unsure on how the police are going to charge the man ad he has not violated copyright laws, he has just allowed users to route their traffic through his server.

The arrest is part of a larger clampdown on piracy websites called ‘Operation Creative’. During this clampdown police have been removing large company advertising from illegal websites, which basically removes their funding. Since this has happened however, more advertisements from porn websites and malware websites have popped up on torrent sites, making them a little riskier to browse.

Thanks to Wired for supplying us with this information.

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Google Mail Scanning Helps to Catch Child Molester

A cyber-tip, generated by Google and then sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has led to the arrest of a 41-year-old previous convicted child molester from Houston. The Police say that Google detected explicit images of a young girl in one of the emails of John Henry Skillern was trying to send to a friend and alerted the authorities.

“He was trying to get around getting caught, he was trying to keep it inside his email,” said Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. “I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can.”

Skillern is a registered sex offender who was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8 year-old boy back in 1994. According to the Sex Offender Registry he lives in Houston, but the police said he spends a lot of his time at his parent’s home in Pasadena.

After obtaining a search warrant, investigators said they found child porn on both Skillern’s phone and tablet. They also found text messages and e-mails where he talked about his interest in children. Skillern also worked as a cook for a Denny’s restaurant in Pasadena. They say he also had video on his cell phone of young children visiting the restaurant with their families.

“He seemed like a nice, normal man,” said neighbour Yesenia Gonzales. “Thank goodness for Google.”

Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography and is being held on a $200,000 bond. Google wouldn’t respond to our questions about their technology used to fight child porn, but police are grateful for the tip. “I really don’t know how they do their job,” said Nettles. “But I’m just glad they do it.”

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