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Official: Billions missing in Iraq may be ‘largest theft of funds in national history’

Approximately $6.6 billion in cash was likely stolen after being flown to Iraq during the months that followed the U.S.-led invasion, Pentagon officials said recently. Stuart Bowen, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, told The Los Angeles Times that the sum just might be “the largest theft of…

7.5 million Facebook users are under 13: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some 7.5 million of the 20 million minors who used Facebook in the past year were younger than 13, and a million of them were bullied, harassed or threatened on the site, a study released Tuesday said. More than five million Facebook users were 10 years old…

Sony tells Congress Anonymous might be responsible for massive PlayStation hack

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) does not know who stole data from nearly 75 million customer accounts on their PlayStation and Sony Online services, but they claim to have a hunch. In an open letter to members of the U.S. House Subcomittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade, the chairman of…

Sony boosts security after apologizing for breach

TOKYO — Sony on Sunday apologised for a security breach that compromised millions of users, and said it could not rule out the possibility that credit card information was stolen. Sony executives bowed in apology and said the company would begin restoring its shut-down PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services…

US hacker pleads guilty to credit card theft

WASHINGTON — A 26-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers, causing losses of more than $36 million. Rogelio Hackett, of Lithonia, Georgia, entered the plea in an Alexandria, Virginia court, the Justice Department said in a statement. US Secret Service special…

German politician caught stealing toilet paper

BERLIN (AFP) – A German politician has been caught short after janitors collared him red-handed pilfering toilet roll from the gents in the town hall during a sting operation, authorities said on Wednesday. Janitors’ suspicions were raised when more than 200 rolls vanished and they laid a trap for Frank-Michael…

Enough equipment stolen from UK military for ‘small coup’: official

Items such as night vision goggles, pistols, field kits, boots, body armor, machinery and rations have gone missing around British military bases in the past year, and officials there say the disappearances are starting to add up. “There’s enough military equipment to launch a small coup,” Luciana Berger, an MP,…

US lawmakers target ‘rogue websites’ with online infringement act

Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress pledged Monday to pass legislation that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who chairs the…

Million-dollar diamonds stolen from Basel watch fair

GENEVA – Four diamonds worth millions were stolen on Wednesday from the world’s biggest watch and jewelery fair in the northern Swiss city of Basel, the local prosecutor’s office said. “On Wednesday, 30 March 2011, at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT), one of the as yet still unidentified perpetrators distracted…

David Koch: Prank call ‘a case of identity theft’

Billionaire donates $100 million for MIT cancer center Conservative billionaire David Koch says the Gonzo journalist who impersonated him in a recent prank call heard across the nation may be guilty of identity theft. “It’s a case of identity theft,” Koch told the New York Times in a rare interview…

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