Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After Cyberattack

A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments. “I have no idea what to do,” one said.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hospitals, #vermont

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Cho Joo-bin Gets 40 Years in South Korean Prison for Sexual Exploitation

Cho Joo-bin was convicted of blackmailing young women into making sexually explicit video clips that he sold online.

#child-pornography, #cho-joo-bin, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extortion-and-blackmail, #pornography, #south-korea

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Florida Lawyer Charged With Extorting N.F.L. Player in Robbery Case

William Dean was charged with trying to extort nearly $800,000 from former New York Giant DeAndre Baker in exchange for his clients’ recanting allegations. On Monday, charges against Mr. Baker were dropped.

#assaults, #extortion-and-blackmail, #football, #national-football-league, #new-york-giants, #robberies-and-thefts, #seattle-seahawks

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Nxivm’s Leader Is Guilty of Ugly Crimes. These Die-Hards Stand by Him.

Keith Raniere has been convicted on sex trafficking, fraud and other crimes, yet some ardent followers maintain his innocence.

#albany-ny, #bronfman-clare, #extortion-and-blackmail, #human-trafficking, #mack-allison, #nxivm, #raniere-keith, #sex-crimes

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On Afghan Highways, Even the Police Fear the Taliban’s Toll Collectors

As the U.S. retreats and peace talks stall, the Taliban have increasingly taken over Afghanistan’s highways, raising millions in unofficial taxes and strengthening their hand at the negotiating table.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #extortion-and-blackmail, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #roads-and-traffic, #taliban

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

#danchenko-igor, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #graham-lindsey, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2016, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

No patients were affected, but the incident was another reminder of the risks in the increasingly common assaults on computer networks.

#clinical-trials, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hospitals

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Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #emsisoft-ltd, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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‘Or I Will Stab You Right Now’: A Family’s Prison Extortion Nightmare

While serving time, Ryan Rust was beaten, stabbed and threatened with hot oil if his relatives didn’t pay up. After disturbing calls and texts, they bought guns for protection.

#alabama, #cellular-telephones, #extortion-and-blackmail, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rust-ryan

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Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams

Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion.

#australia, #china, #extortion-and-blackmail, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Black Forest ‘Rambo’ Eludes German Police 3 Days Into Hunt

A squatter armed with bow and arrow, spear and gun overpowered four officers and fled into the Black Forest on Sunday. Despite a huge search effort, he is still at large.

#black-forest-germany, #extortion-and-blackmail, #search-and-seizure, #squatters

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

Six former employees were recently named in federal charges that were an indication of the lengths some companies will go to hit back at detractors.

#detectives-private, #ebay-inc, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hewlett-packard-company, #tesla-motors-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home

A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-commerce, #extortion-and-blackmail, #homeland-security-department, #internet-research-agency-russia, #justice-department, #kgb, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #symantec-corporation

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