crime

  • ‘40 Year Old Virgin’ supporting actor suspected of stabbing girlfriend

    ‘40 Year Old Virgin’ supporting actor suspected of stabbing girlfriend

    Photo Credit: Indophile.net Remember this guy from The 40 Year Old Virgin? Haziz? From the very Circuit City-like Smart Tech store? Apparently he’s been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of his girlfriend. His name is Shelley Malil in real life and he’s being held on $2 million bail after hopping on a train from Los Angeles to San Diego in order to meet with his lawyer. Read More

  • Using mobile phones for upskirts? Not as common in Japan as you might think

    Using mobile phones for upskirts? Not as common in Japan as you might think

    Japanese sex offender busted by Japanese police and passengers in Tokyo (from Flickr) A number of blogs (this one, for example) picked up a posting of a Japanese journalist who reported that Apple added a specific function to the Japanese version of the iPhone: a shutter sound for the camera that is also active in silent mode. Shutter sounds in Japanese mobile phones (mostly a loud click or short… Read More

  • Japanese company offers flashlight with integrated video camera for use at crime scenes

    Japanese company offers flashlight with integrated video camera for use at crime scenes

    Japanese accessory maker Carrot Systems began to sell a flashlight [JP] last month, which is able to record video and sound via an integrated mini CMOS camera and microphone. The AD-1500 stores recordings in MP4 format on miniSD cards. 2GB can hold up to 180 minutes of video material. The flashlight is ready for infra-red video recording (within a distance of 4 meters). Carrot Systems wants to… Read More

  • Rockstar Games sending out promotional weapons

    Rockstar Games sending out promotional weapons

    Word on the street has it that those wacky folks over at Rockstar Games are sending out promotional Grand Theft Auto IV metal bats, to encourage the gift giving aspects of the game. Popular Mechanics reported getting one the in the mail along with a press release saying “‘Tis the Season To Swing Big and Go GRAND.” We don’t think they actually mean going on a grand crime… Read More

  • Is using someone else's Wi-Fi an actual crime?

    Is using someone else's Wi-Fi an actual crime?

    There was an adorable article in Time magazine last week about Wi-Fi theft. The author, Lev Grossman, admits to being a “Wi-Fi thief” for several years, using his neighbors’ unsecured Wi-Fi without them knowing. He calls it a crime, a direct violation of Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47 of the United States Code. But is that really theft? TechDirt argues that when someone leaves an… Read More

  • New Yorkers robbed when trying to buy iPhones off Craigslist

    New Yorkers robbed when trying to buy iPhones off Craigslist

    Would you go to a notoriously bad neighborhood to buy an iPhone you found advertised on Craigslist? As many as 12 people here in New York did, and got robbed for their troubles. A ring of four thugs lured New Yorkers to Flatbush, Brooklyn with the promise of heavily discounted iPhones, all advertised on Craigslist from March to June 4. One deal advertised 10 iPhones available for just $2,000. When… Read More

  • Thieves disguised as Comcast installers rob, shoot man; Man still likely more angry about mystery charges on cable bill

    Thieves disguised as Comcast installers rob, shoot man; Man still likely more angry about mystery charges on cable bill

    I’m not the first technology pundit to think that Comcast is constantly ripping us off, but this is a little ridiculous. Thieves, somehow outfitted with a Comcast truck, broke into a man’s apartment in Baltimore, MD, demanding money. The fake Comcast techs then shot him. He was then handcuffed. Seeing an opportunity, he jumped through a closed bedroom window and called for help. A… Read More

  • OiNK: Six were arrested last week, shared 'advance' music

    OiNK: Six were arrested last week, shared 'advance' music

    More information has emerged on the OiNK-related arrests of last week. (Please don’t call it “oinkgate;” The “gate” suffix is banned here.) A total of six people were arrested in Cleveland (in the UK), all of them for sharing “pre-release” albums. All those ADVANCEs you downloaded? They range in age from 19 to 33. Oh, boy, this is getting interesting. Read More

  • For seeding a single album, arrests made in OiNK BitTorrent tracker case: report

    For seeding a single album, arrests made in OiNK BitTorrent tracker case: report

    A former OiNK user was arrested last week, TorrentFreak has learnt. The user, who was not identified, was later released on bail. More arrests are expected. This news should concern a lot of us here, I’m going to assume. For one, if the police are involved, and not some anti-piracy watchdog like MediaDefender, it suggests that the post-OiNK investigations are criminal in nature (as opposed… Read More

  • Dude rips off online brokerages 'Office Space' style

    Get this. You know how when you have to confirm your bank account with, say, Paypal or Google Checkout or any number of online services that want to make sure the bank account that they’re going to be depositing money into belongs to you? So you’ll generally receive two small deposits — pennies each — that you’ll have to confirm, right? Well some guy used an automated… Read More

 
  • Comcast vans cause crash while street racing, 3-year-old in hospital

    Comcast vans cause crash while street racing, 3-year-old in hospital

    There have been lots of stories of Comcast technicians screwing off, falling asleep, helping themselves to food, and other odd behavior, but this is just horrible. Two Comcast vans were street racing in Huntsvill, AL, when one lost control and wrecked, hitting a car. Inside the car was three-year-old girl who’s now in a coma, and may never come out. Comcast as thus far been mum on the issue… Read More

  • Video: Darth Vader's attack on unsuspecting Jedi!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/emp/2_2_2046/player.swf I’ve been waiting for this one. The BBC just released the video of the drunken Darth Vader attacking the wannabe Jedi kids with a crutch. God bless you, BBC. Read More

  • Update: Darth Vader given two-month suspended sentence, fine

    Update: Darth Vader given two-month suspended sentence, fine

    Arwel Hughes, who some of you might remember as the fake Darth Vader from one of my favorite news stories earlier this year, has been sentenced to a two-month suspended sentence and a £100 fine. We’re hoping Hughes, who’s a chronic alcoholic, something rare in Britain, can stay out of trouble and on the right side of the Force. Read More

  • Thieves pictured post-heist from MacBook iSight, caught

    Thieves pictured post-heist from MacBook iSight, caught

    A note to future would-be thieves planning on stealing Apple laptops: You can use a small piece of tape to obstruct the built-in iSight camera to keep from being identified by police as the person who stole a MacBook. See, people have found ways to remote control their MacBooks to take photos automatically with the integrated cameras. They can make copies of the photos and show them to people… Read More

  • Gun-mounted cameras coming soon to DC police?

    Gun-mounted cameras coming soon to DC police?

    Since last fall, police in New York’s Orange County have been using experimental gun-mounted camera technology that begins recording the moment a police officer’s gun is pulled from its holster. The technology was adopted after a public outcry surrounding the 2006 shooting of a Newbugrh, New York man in which, “the street version of the story differs massively from the one told… Read More

  • UK CCTV cameras used to solve only 3% of London crime

    UK CCTV cameras used to solve only 3% of London crime

    Despite having more CCTV cameras than anywhere else in Europe, UK police have solved a whopping 3 percent of London robberies with them. Considering that all those cameras cost somewhere in the billions of pounds, or infinity dollars, that’s not exactly the return on investment many had wanted to see. As to why the cameras aren’t being used to solve crime, New Scotland Yard says police… Read More

  • Spammer sentenced to 21 months

    Spammer sentenced to 21 months

    Where there is crime, there is a victim, or so the adage goes, and in this case, you’re likely one of the victims yourself. Eddie Davidson was the spam king of Louisville until he was caught in 2007, and he was sentenced today to 21 months in a federal PMITA prison. Davidson sent out millions of spams, from fake rolexes to junk stocks. He was convicted on tax charges and for falsifying… Read More

  • Microsoft develops USB gadget that extracts criminals' computer data

    Microsoft develops USB gadget that extracts criminals' computer data

    It’s not all fancy, yet pointless, touch-sensitive tables and shoddily constructed video game systems for Microsoft . Nope. Now Redmond is getting involved in the gritty world of law enforcement, having developed a thumb drive that helps Johnny Law quickly extract information, encrypted or otherwise, from computers. The drive, adorably named COFEE, which doesn’t stand for Computer… Read More

  • Not smart: Kid turns camera into 600V 'taser'

    Not smart: Kid turns camera into 600V 'taser'

    When is a disposable camera—who still uses those?—considered a weapon? When you’re a student in New Jersey with a knack for modifying them to shoot electrical charges at people, that’s when! A 14-year-old in Clinton, NJ has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds. Seems the future engineer was able to turn a disposable camera, just like that… Read More

  • Pair charged with stealing 332 iPhone from Apple Store

    [photopress:iphoneburglar.jpg,full,left]A pair of fools from Salem, MA, have found themselves in jail after stealing 332 iPhones from the Apple Store they worked for and selling them on the black market. Thinking they’d never get caught, the thieves stole and sold for months before being caught. For those keeping score at home, the grand total of their heists: $132,468. Read More