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Super Bowl cyber attacks
For many people, Super Bowl Sunday was an opportunity to get together with friends, eat some good food and knock back a few cold ones. Computer security experts say it was also a big day for cyber criminals, who were targeting the millions of people using their home computers to keep up with the game, visit gambling websites and chat about the commercials. Internet security company PC Tools suggested in a news release that computer users be careful when visiting file-sharing websites that offer links to game or advertisement videos because these links can contain harmful malware. Users should also be sure that they change passwords frequently and use software to protect their computers from viruses and other threats.
Bakersfield real estate
Ten people have been indicted on charges that they participated in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders out of more than $20 million from 2004 to 2007. The indictment focused on Bakersfield Realtors David Marshall Crisp and Carlyle Lee Cole, who owned and operated Crisp & Cole Real Estate. With the help of eight associates, Crisp and Cole allegedly obtained numerous real estate loans by making false statements about the borrowers' income, assets, employment and intent to occupy homes they were borrowing against, prosecutors said. The case was investigated by the FBI and Department of Housing and Urban Development.