CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2009 |
A man who allegedly hacked a 6-year-old Thousand Oaks boy to death with a meat cleaver as his mother and terrified neighbors fought to save him has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Calvin Sharp's attorney Friday told a Ventura County courtroom that the cabdriver was insane when he killed Sev'n Molina in 2007 outside an apartment complex where the boy lived with his mother, a gruesome slaying that shook Thousand Oaks. Todd Howeth, Sharp's deputy public defender, said his client withdrew not-guilty pleas and admitted killing Sev'n and attempting to kill the boy's mother, Sandra Ruiz, and Diane Cox, a neighbor who intervened in the attack.
July 22, 2008 |
A fired Philadelphia TV newscaster was charged with hacking into the e-mail of his glamorous younger co-anchor hundreds of times for more than two years. Leaked information about her personal life helped lead to her downfall. Federal prosecutors say former KYW-TV anchor Larry Mendte, 51, gained access to Alycia Lane's accounts from home and at work about 537 times between January and May alone, and shared some information with a reporter. Lane, 36, was fired in January after the revelation of a series of embarrassing off-camera incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.
April 1, 2008 |
A New Zealand teenager accused of leading an international cyber crime network pleaded guilty today. Owen Thor Walker, 18, known online as "AKILL," was involved in a network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. The charges against him involved hacking and did not directly address his role in the network or the alleged skimming. Eight people have been indicted, pleaded guilty or been convicted since the investigation began last year.
April 23, 2013 |
Hackers who support Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed responsibility Tuesday for hijacking an Associated Press Twitter account and falsely tweeting that explosions were rattling the White House. "Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama" tweeted an account tied to the hacking group, linking to a screenshot of the hacked AP account. The false tweet also claimed President Obama had been injured. It made little traction with other news organizations.
April 7, 2010 |
The world is in a cyber arms race and needs to take steps to reverse it, said the authors of a report released Tuesday that detailed the extensive theft by Chinese hackers of Indian national security information, 1,500 e-mails from the Dalai Lama's office and other sensitive information. Canadian and U.S. researchers at the University of Toronto monitored the hacking of a "shadow" spy network over eight months, tracking it to computer servers based in China and to individuals in the city of Chengdu in central China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2008 |
Students at Rancho Bernardo High School used stolen passwords and software purchased on the Internet to hack into the school computers to change grades and peek at tests, district officials said Monday. Seven students have been suspended and will appear before hearing panels, Poway Unified School Supt. Don Phillips said. "These students have made very bad choices," he said. The hacking was disclosed two weeks ago but the method used was not revealed. -- -- Tony Perry