Online Con Artists: Six of the Scariest Scams of 2015

As technology evolves, so do the criminals and scammers who use it. In the past year, several online scams made headlines, from the use of online dating services, to gift cash, to conning Facebook users into spreading spam. Looking at these different instances we see how the use of technology is affecting the way crime is being done.[Read more]

Six of the Most Prosecuted Cyber Crimes

We all spend a surprising amount of time on the internet these days. Our virtual world has quickly replaced the natural world in some ways. So it’s not surprising to realize crimes happen right alongside social media use, movie watching, and email checking. If you’re wondering just what type of online activity could land you in jail, read on and learn more about the most prosecuted cybercrimes today.… [Read more]

5 Ways to Market Yourself on the Internet

In today’s world, it’s not enough to have a strong resume and cover letters on paper ready to hand to potential employers. Thanks to the advantages of the Internet, you can market yourself vastly improving your career opportunities while making it easier for employers to find and hire you based on evident talent. Examples such as Charles Phillips’ profile are essentially online resumes that can be accessed by virtually anyone at any time.… [Read more]

The Story of Aaron Swartz and What Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Him

Aaron Swartz was, in addition to being a young man of conscience, a poster child for the terms “computer whiz” and “child prodigy”. He was still just a child of 12 when he created the Info Network, a forerunner of Wikipedia, and by the age of 13, he’d already become a co-founder of Reddit and one of the authors of Creative Commons(1).… [Read more]

Government Agencies that Keep Us Safe from Cybercrime

Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats in our country today, notes the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to having a negative impact on consumer safety, cybercrime can hurt our economic prosperity.

Fortunately, a variety of government agencies are working hard to make sure to protect us from cybercrime. From local law enforcement to national organizations, steps are in place to protect us from online scammers.… [Read more]

A Big Step Forward in Cloud Security and Internet Privacy

A landmark decision in New York is setting a precedent for intellectual property on the internet. Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan, overseeing the ongoing case of Debra Schatzki v. Weiser Capital Management, found that stealing data stored in the cloud from a business competitor constitutes a crime.

Weiser Capital was found liable for downloading confidential information about over 12,000 of Schatzki’s clients during proceedings in early December.… [Read more]

How Your Online Life Can Affect Your Offline Life

It seems like our online and offline lives are getting increasingly difficult to keep separate. Particularly with so many of us owning smartphones, it’s as if we’re never truly disconnected from the lives that we’ve built on the internet. Yet, most would still be willing to make a distinction between the virtual online world and real life, thus the debate continues to be (at least for the time being) how the virtual world affects our reality.… [Read more]

CISPA Update: Senate v. House

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed in the US House of Representatives by a vote of 288 – 127. As a refresher in government 101, the bill would have had to pass the Senate and get President Obama’s signature before it could become a law. To update, in a nutshell the case is closed.… [Read more]

Thoughtcrime – Future Pandemic?

Some have seen Minority Report, the film based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction short story centered around a protagonist of the future crime division in charge of apprehending criminals. The twist is that said criminals have yet to commit the crimes. Some have no clue of what they are about to do yet, under the authority in the future setting of this story, it is entirely legal to be arrested prior to committing a crime.… [Read more]

Act Now by Saying ‘No’ to ACTA

Tomorrow in Europe, the protest posters and banners will state it clearly: “Say YES to an Open Internet by Voting ‘NO’ on ACTA.”  For those who aren’t aware, ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that is entering its final vote in the European Union’s parliament.

What’s the big deal? Unless it is voted down, online privacy as we know it will cease to exist.… [Read more]

Prudence Halliwell Trashes Belfast Court’s Letter as ‘Funny’

Receiving an unexpected email, particularly from someone you earlier had a row with, can bring unpleasant consequences. The battle of a woman in the United Kingdom seems to be a case of this nature.

The one-sided trial of Prudence Halliwell is getting ‘funny’ — as the London-based woman calls it in the wake of another attempt by the Belfast City Council (BCC) to influence the woman into yielding to their demands, which Halliwell regards as nothing else but harassment to hush her on matters of grave implications.… [Read more]