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Eric Corley, a.k.a. Emmanuel Goldstein--patron saint of computer hackers and phone phreaks--is having a party. And perhaps it is just in time. 2600, the hacker magazine Corley started when he was 23, is a decade old. It has spawned monthly hacker meetings in dozens of cities. It has been the target of a Secret Service investigation. It has even gone aboveground, with newsstand sales of 20,000 last year.
January 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
A Nevada gaming regulator was arrested with another man on charges of hitting a $100,000 keno jackpot using a highly confidential computer code. Ronald D. Harris was fired as an electronics expert for the Nevada Gaming Control Board after his arrest Sunday in the alleged scam at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel.
April 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
San Diego police say they have cracked a nationwide electronic network of young computer hackers who were able to make fraudulent credit card purchases and break into confidential credit rating files. "These kids can get any information they want on you--period," San Diego police Detective Dennis Sadler said. "We didn't believe it until it was demonstrated to us."
September 26, 1995 | From Associated Press
A man charged with giving Intel Corp.'s computer secrets to a competitor claimed Monday that he was being set up by the government after a falling-out over his work as a free-lance spy. William Gaede, being held on a federal fraud charge, spun a tale of international intrigue in a jailhouse news conference allowed by the FBI. He is accused of sending a videotape on how to make the Pentium computer chip that runs state-of-the-art personal computers to Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
May 26, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, in response to a federal court directive to control jail crowding, said Wednesday he will begin immediately releasing about 1,200 pretrial inmates being held on bail of $2,500 or less. Block, whose department runs the county's jails, pledged to release more inmates if necessary by shortening sentences of those convicted of minor crimes. "I am not about to place myself or county government in a position where they can be cited for contempt," he said.
January 7, 1985 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Two youths have been arrested in connection with a computer and credit card scheme that Irvine police said stretched from the trash bins of a Newport Beach shopping center to various East Coast distributing companies and back to Orange County. A 17-year-old Irvine youth and a 15-year-old boy from Tustin were arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft and fraud, Sgt. Tom Hume said.
A Huntington Beach computer hacker--known on-line as "Alpha Bits"--was among six suspects arrested in four states by the U.S. Secret Service for allegedly using technology to steal credit card and cellular phone information worth millions of dollars, authorities said Monday. Jeremy Golle Cushing, 22, on Monday waived extradition proceedings before a U.S. magistrate in Orange County and will be taken by U.S. marshals to Newark, N.J.
April 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients. Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was arrested shortly after the security breach was announced. He is charged with computer fraud, identity document fraud, transmission of stolen property and sale of stolen property. Prosecutors said McPherson exploited his access to the hospital's computer registration system.
March 14, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
A smog-check mechanic has pleaded no contest to a charge that he produced fake smog certificates for dirty or untested cars by hooking up "clean" cars to the exhaust measuring device. Max Banuelos, 23, an employee of Mad's Auto Repair at 809 W. Florence Ave., pleaded no contest to one count of computer fraud in Los Angeles Municipal Court on March 5 and faces a maximum of three years in prison. He will be sentenced May 21.
March 4, 1995
A Department of Motor Vehicles employee suspected of selling more than 200 fraudulent driver's licenses to driving instructors told authorities that other employees in her Arleta office engaged in similar scams, a prosecutor said Friday. Authorities said that over a two-year period, Selma Harb, 25, funneled more than 200 licenses to a father-son team of driving instructors, who sold them on the street for as much as $500. All three were arrested Wednesday.
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