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.
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.
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 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.
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
April 13, 2014 |
The basketball court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was teeming with young hackers this weekend as students descended on the school for the second annual LA Hacks event. More than 4,000 registered for the 36-hour hackathon, which drew developers from colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, UC Davis and Harvard. [Updated at 9:15 p.m. Pacific time: Organizers said about 1,500 students showed up for the event.] VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV The event kicked off Friday night with a "mystery keynote" -- Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel.