crime

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… 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

    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