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Wired

Why Wasn’t Uber Charged in a Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash?


The safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber that struck and killed a woman in 2018 has been charged with a crime. Prosecutors in Maricopa County, Arizona, Tuesday said the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, has been indicted for criminal negligence. But Uber, her employer and the company that built the automated system involved in the fatal collision, won’t face charges.

The attorney for neighboring Yavapai County declined to prosecute Uber last year, writing in a letter that the office found “no basis for criminal liability.” (Yavapai took over the Uber part of the case because Maricopa County had worked with Uber on an anti-drunk-driving campaign.) Yavapai County attorney Sheila Polk declined to elaborate on her decision. A spokesperson for Uber declined to comment. Read More

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Engadget

Uber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident


The car’s software detected Herzberg more than five seconds before the crash but did not identify her as a pedestrian with a bike crossing the street away from a crosswalk. However the NTSB report went into depth saying that while the backup driver could have avoided the crash if they had been paying attention, it was “the last link in a long chain of actions and decisions made by an organization that unfortunately did not make safety the top priority.” That included Uber deactivating the Volvo SUV’s built-in automatic emergency braking system, which put all pressure on the backup driver to intervene in a situation where the self-driving rig failed. Read More

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Engadget

Three men have been charged with leaking movies for nearly a decade


“The group allegedly circumvented copyright protections on nearly every movie released by major production studios, as well as television shows, and distributed them by way of a worldwide network of servers,” Audrey Strauss, the acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.

Shortly before the indictments were unsealed, others involved in the piracy scene seemed to hear of the arrests. Several piracy sites and their members disappeared or went into hiding, TorrentFreak reported Read More

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The Verge

YouTube prank stars Stokes Twins charged with felony after fake bank robbery video


Alan and Alex Stokes, 23-year-old twin brothers known best for posting prank videos to YouTube under their channel Stokes Twins, have each been charged with a felony related to a fake bank robbery, the aftermath of which the brothers recorded and posted to YouTube last October, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office (via The Hollywood Reporter.)

As part of the prank, the two brothers falsely presented themselves as criminals to an Uber driver and other random bystanders, who they then implored to give them clothes, rides, and other forms of assistance in a way that South California authorities say broke the law. Read More

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The Verge

Three people have been charged for Twitter’s huge hack, and a Florida teen is in jail


Early on July 31st, the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement placed 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa, Florida, under arrest. He’s accused of being the “mastermind” behind the biggest security and privacy breach in Twitter’s history, one that took over the accounts of President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Apple, and more to perpetrate a huge bitcoin scam on July 15th.

Apparently, he wasn’t alone: shortly after the Tampa arrest was revealed and after we published this story, two more individuals were formally charged by the US Department of Justice: 22-year-old Nima Fazeli in Orlando and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard in the UK. They go by the hacker aliases “Rolex” and “Chaewon,” respectively, according to the DOJ. The FBI says that two individuals in total are in custody. An unidentified minor in California also admitted to federal agents that they’d helped Chaewon sell access to Twitter accounts. Read More

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Wired

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree


Li Xiaoyu had a problem. At some point in his decade-long hacking spree with former college classmate Dong Jiazhi, as alleged in a recent Justice Department indictment, the Chinese national found himself unable to break into the mail server of a Burmese human rights group. The usual methods apparently hadn’t worked. For Li, the solution came from having a friend in high places: An officer with China’s Ministry of State Security handed him zero-day malware—unknown to security vendors, and so harder to defend against—to help finish off the job. Read More

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ZDNet

WikiLeaks founder charged with conspiring with Anonymous and LulzSec hackers


The US Department of Justice has filed today a superseding indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“The new indictment [PDF] does not add additional counts to the prior 18-count superseding indictment returned against Assange in May 2019,” the DOJ said in a press release.

Instead, the newly updated indictment clarifies the depth of Assange’s alleged crimes by broadening the original charges to include more serious accusations that the WikiLeaks founder conspired and tried to recruit Anonymous and LulzSec hacker to carry out hacking on his behalf. Read More

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Engadget

Six former eBay employees charged in a bizarre cyberstalking scheme


According to the Department of Justice, in 2019, after the newsletter published an article about litigation involving eBay, executive leadership sent messages that it was time to “take down” the newsletter’s editor. That kicked off a three-part harassment campaign. First, the former employees began sending ominous items to the newsletter editor and her husband, who served as publisher. They also sent porn addressed to the editor to neighboring homes, allegedly harassed the couple on Twitter and planned to dox them.  Read More

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The Next Web

Ex-eBay employees charged with harassing journalists

Six former eBay employees, including members of its security team, have been accused of an extended campaign of harassment against a married couple who criticized the company in a newsletter. Two of the alleged conspirators have been arrested and face federal charges of cyberstalking.

The charges have been leveled against six eBay executives, led by James Baugh, eBay‘s then-senior director of safety & security, and David Harville, then-director of global resiliency. The targets of this campaign are a married couple, the editor and publisher of an online newsletter covering e-commerce. The two had apparently written critically of eBay in the past, as had several of the readers in their comment section. Read More

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Mashable

Six eBay employees charged with threatening a couple over a newsletter

Live cockroaches, spiders, and fly larvae. A bloody “pig face mask.” A funeral wreath. These are just some of the items sent by a group of eBay employees to harass a couple who ran an ecommerce newsletter that was critical of the company.

On Monday, six former eBay employees, some who were in executive-level positions at the company, were hit with after inflicting a campaign of cyberstalking and harassment on a Natick, Massachusetts couple who ran an ecommerce newsletter. The threats were apparently sparked over what the company’s executives perceived as negative coverage of eBay. Read More