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July 5, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The cyber-security industry is on Defcon 1 high alert. The recent rash of attacks on dozens of websites including those of the CIA, the FBI and even PBS is roiling the security industry and increasing demand for cyber-defense experts. "Every time one of these breaches makes the news, I will tell you, my phone rings off the hook," said Chris Novak, a manager of Verizon Communications Inc.'s Investigative Response Team, which now has nearly 100 members, more than double from a year ago. With the surge in attacks in recent months, Novak sees the team tripling in size this year.
September 30, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen, Los Angeles Times
Militant websites are becoming more accessible and appealing to Americans, experts told members of Congress on Wednesday, adding that the sites must be monitored and some should be shut down. At the moment, though, there are no government regulations or procedures for how to keep track of, or remove, websites promoting terrorist groups and extremist ideology, the experts said. Officials testifying at the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade discussed strategies to combat websites that attempt to recruit members by using such familiar venues as Facebook and YouTube.
August 1, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times
Two online poker websites accused of fraud and money laundering have reached a settlement under which customers will be reimbursed for the money they deposited with the sites. In a complicated deal, PokerStars, based on Britain's Isle of Man, agreed to acquire Full Tilt Poker and pay back Full Tilt Poker's customers. U.S. customers will be reimbursed from a $547-million government pool to be paid by PokerStars, while non-U.S. customers will be paid $184 million directly by PokerStars.
January 18, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
  Until this week, entertainment industry executives thought they had the votes for new federal legislation cracking down on foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies and music and cost them billions. They lined up support from the powerful pharmaceutical industry and labor unions, and organized an impressive bipartisan coalition in Congress. Then Silicon Valley struck back and appears to have outflanked Hollywood. The result was on full display Tuesday night as Wikipedia, Craigslist and other popular sites shut down for a threatened 12- to 24-hour strike, said to be the Internet's first such stoppage.
July 1, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2" within hours of their release in theaters. Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." The websites include,, and Ninjavideo.
August 7, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
A group of online hackers says it has gained access to more than 70 law enforcement agency websites in the United States, obtaining emails, credit card information and other sensitive data in retaliation for the arrests of alleged members in the U.S. and England. The group, called AntiSec, said Saturday that it had breached 10 gigabytes of sensitive data from the agencies. AntiSec is composed of members from two separate hacking groups, Anonymous and LulzSec. AntiSec said its cyber-attack affected agencies in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.
September 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Sometimes sex doesn't sell. The California company that owns Penthouse magazine and a host of online dating and adult websites filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The move by Penthouse owner FriendFinder Networks Inc. comes as many in the adult entertainment industry struggle because of an increase in free online options. In a news release, the Sunnyvale company said bankruptcy was “the most efficient and cost effective way for the company … to continue to operate our business.
January 4, 2012 | By Sarah Peters, Los Angeles Times
Police said they are seeking additional victims of a woman who allegedly used Internet dating sites to target Korean men in Los Angeles and Orange counties and then stole their property. Investigators said they believe Sunmee Kim, 36, targeted men who trolled websites such as and then met with them. Police arrested her Dec. 21 on outstanding warrants issued from both counties. The arrest came a week after Kim reported that she had been a victim of domestic violence, police said.
February 26, 2012 | By Lew Sichelman
Among new Internet-based real estate ventures to pop up in recent months is one that enables house hunters to simultaneously search for just about every lifestyle criteria imaginable. Another protects would-be tenants from unwittingly renting from a struggling owner in the midst of a foreclosure., an overlay technology that can be embedded on an agent's website or perhaps on an entire multiple listing service, enables buyers to pursue properties using any number of lifestyle criteria.
June 25, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
PasswordBox launched itself into the competitive password management space on Tuesday, joining the ranks of LastPass , 1Password , MSeven and KeePass . Across computers, Android devices and Apple iOS gadgets, the PasswordBox application encrypts and stores website user names and passwords. A master password unlocks “the box” and automatically logs a user into websites. Users can share their logins, say for a Netflix account, with friends and family without revealing the actual password.
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