CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991
Pinkerton Security & Investigation Services, the 141-year-old detective agency whose slogan is "the eye that never sleeps," was caught napping by an employee who embezzled more than $1 million from the firm. Marita Juse, 48, of Burbank, pleaded guilty to computer fraud this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Between January, 1988, and December, 1990, Juse wired $1.1 million of Pinkerton funds to her own account and accounts of two fictitious companies.
March 28, 2013
Congress passed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the early days of the Internet to crack down on malicious hackers, but federal prosecutors have stretched the law since then to apply to computer users who merely violated a website's terms of service. Now, the House Judiciary Committee is circulating a proposed update of the act that, instead of fixing its flaws, would enable prosecutors to threaten alleged violators with dramatically bigger penalties. That's a dangerous step that lawmakers shouldn't even consider in light of the well-documented misuses of the law. The 1986 act makes it a crime to gain access to information on a computer in an unauthorized way -- for example, by hacking through the passwords protecting a shopping website's server and copying the credit card numbers stored there.
March 6, 2013 |
By now, Web users should know about Aaron Swartz, because it's getting hard not to hear about him. The 26-year-old computer prodigy helped develop RSS and Reddit; he was also a folk hero to the open Web movement, which argues for greater information accessibility. Yet the question "do you really know Aaron Swartz?" vexed even close friends after his Jan. 11 suicide in New York, and Swartz has since become one of the nation's most closely scrutinized figures. This week, the New Yorker joined a raft of other publications -- including the Los Angeles Times , Slate , New York magazine , Rolling Stone , and the Atlantic -- in examining his life and death.
February 5, 2013 |
Aaron Swartz may change the Internet yet again, even in death, with the help of lawmakers who have expressed a fondness for breaking the law. At a Washington, D.C., memorial Monday night, members of Congress and loved ones gathered to remember Swartz, who committed suicide on Jan. 11 while facing years in prison for mass-downloading scholarly articles. Swartz had already reshaped the Web experiences of millions by co-creating Reddit and the information-distribution service RSS. By turns, speakers at the Cannon House Office Building compared Swartz to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple founder Steve Jobs, and 20th century British programmer Alan Turing -- with Swartz as yet another cybergenius whose ambitions carried him to the law's edge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 |
Aaron Swartz, who co-founded Reddit and became an Internet folk hero for fighting to make online content free to the public, committed suicide Friday. He was 26. Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, said a statement released by his family and his girlfriend. "Aaron's commitment to social justice was profound, and defined his life," the statement said. "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place.
August 21, 2001 |
Two former Cisco Systems Inc. accountants pleaded guilty to computer-fraud charges, admitting that they illegally transferred $7.8 million in company stock to their personal brokerage accounts, prosecutors said. Geoffrey Osowski, 30, and Wilson Tang, 35, face up to five years in prison for misusing Cisco's computer system to obtain more than 230,000 shares of stock in the largest maker of computer-networking equipment.