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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana man previously classified as a high-risk sex offender has been charged with possessing more than 1,200 pieces of child pornography that he downloaded from the Internet. Craig Allen Williams, 37, was named Tuesday in a one-count complaint alleging he had at least 1,233 still photos and 65 video images of child pornography on the hard drive of his computer. "He's obviously a danger," said Assistant U.S. Atty. Patricia Donahue.
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BUSINESS
April 6, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top cop said Monday that the agency may file charges soon against at least one company that offers free stock to people for visiting its Internet site. "These giveaways are illegal more often than not," SEC enforcement director Richard H. Walker said in a speech. "You can expect to hear more from us on this topic soon."
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the IRS was assuring taxpayers last year that electronic filing of tax returns was secure, serious shortcomings existed that could have allowed hackers to view and even change information on returns, a government watchdog agency said. The General Accounting Office found no evidence that hacking had occurred, but it said its investigators were able to gain unauthorized access to the tax agency's electronic filing system, which will handle a third of all federal returns this year.
NEWS
August 12, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
September 12, 1995 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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