crime
Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down

Last December, Edgar Maddison Welch—a 28-year-old who claims he had only recently installed an internet connection in his North Carolina home—crossed state lines with several firearms. After arriving at a Washington DC pizzeria to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was involved in a child sex trafficking ring, he fired a rifle inside and was soon apprehended by police. Read More >>

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Manchester Police Seek Escaped Prisoner in “Hipster” Disguise

Greater Manchester Police is hunting for escaped criminal Neil Brennan, and is warning that he may have taken on the likeness of a gentle hipster to disguise his scoundrel roots. Read More >>

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A Texas Grand Jury Just Called Tweeting an Animated GIF ‘Assault With a Deadly Weapon’

A Texas grand jury has charged a Maryland man with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” after authorities say he tweeted an animated flashing GIF designed to trigger Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald’s epilepsy last year, “immediately” causing him to have a seizure. Read More >>

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Here’s How Russian Hackers Totally Owned Yahoo’s Servers to Spy on Enemies and Make Bank

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo’s servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was rather bad—the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history—but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo’s servers for sweet, sweet cash. Read More >>

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Beehive Thefts Explode in New Zealand Because the Bees Can’t Catch a Break

We’re all well aware of what a bad deal the bees have been getting in recent years. Simply put, the bees are dying globally at an alarming rate! Hell, the minute they get put on the endangered species list, bureaucracy steps in to say, “not so fast.” Now, on top of everything, hundreds of their hives are mysteriously being stolen in New Zealand. Read More >>

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The World’s Most Wanted Hacker Sounds Like a Goddamn James Bond Villain

Meet Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. He enjoys automobiles, boat adventures, money, and aggravated identity theft. He’s also wanted by the FBI with a bounty on his head of $3 million, the highest ever for a cybercriminal. Seriously, this dude is straight out of an Ian Fleming novel. Read More >>

criminology
Geniuses Commit More Crimes And Get Away With Them, Says Criminologist

University of Auckland criminologist James Oleson has found that people with super-high IQs were more likely to commit most types of crime, and also more likely to not get caught. Read More >>

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FBI Drops All Charges in Child Porn Case to Keep Sketchy Spying Methods Secret

US government prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Washington man who allegedly downloaded explicit photos of minors from Playpen, a popular child pornography site on the dark web that was briefly run by the FBI. Read More >>

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Lawyer Found Guilty of Extorting $6 Million From Porn Pirates in Elaborate Scam

Notorious copyright trolls Paul R. Hansmeier and John L. Steele were indicted by US authorities back in December on multiple charges of fraud. The two were accused of running a complicated scheme in which they preyed on people who illegally downloaded porn. Today, one of them admitted his guilt in a plea bargain. Read More >>

crime
Criminals Get Their Wounds Fixed by Vets

Some local vet practises have discovered a secret way of making a bit of extra money on the side, with workers who tend to victims of gang violence saying that the UK's gangbangers are paying animal doctors cash to stitch them up to avoid entering The System and being asked why they've got a big old knife wound on them. Read More >>

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UK Police Blew £20m on Paying Supergrasses

Over the last five years the various police forces of the UK have spent nearly £20m on payouts to members of their networks of informants, with the average criminal pocketing under £100 a pop for grassing up a mate and greasing the wheels of justice. Read More >>

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YouTubers Done for FIFA Betting Operation

A couple of the weird new generation of people who make a living out of putting videos of themselves playing games onto YouTube are in trouble, after pleading guilty to running an unlicensed betting site based around the FIFA franchise. Read More >>

crime
Laser Pen Menaces Face New Government Crackdown

People who like pointing laser pens at things other than bullet points about cost savings in meeting rooms are the target of a new government crackdown, which will make it much easier for the law to punish people caught waving their magic red dot pens at aeroplanes, buses and trains. Read More >>

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Millions of Fraud and Cybercrime Cases Were Reported in 2016

The first official recording of cybercrime in crime reports for England and Wales has caused headline numbers to rocket, with over two million cases of computer misuse and 3.6m recorded fraud attempts making the countries look like they've turned into crime-ridden hell holes. Read More >>

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“Crown Prince of Samsung” Avoids Arrest – For The Time Being

The warrant to arrest top Samsung exec Jay Y. Lee has been dismissed today by a court in South Korea and the de-facto company head has been allowed to leave the Seoul Detention Centre where he was being held, reports Reuters. Known in local media as the "Crown Prince of Samsung," Vice Chairman Lee leads the company in the absence of his chairman father Lee Kun-hee, who had a heart attack in 2014. Read More >>