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John McAfee, McAfee Associates Founder, Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges

John McAfee, a computer programmer best known for his anti-virus software, has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges after allegedly hiding assets from the IRS, including real property, a vehicle, and a yacht, the Department of Justice said Monday. McAfee, the founder of McAfee Associates, has been charged with tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns, according to an unsealed June indictment following his arrest in Spain. Prosecutors allege McAfee earned millions of dollars from promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting, speaking engagements, and selling his life story for a documentary—but failed to file tax returns from 2014 and 2018. To avoid tax liability, McAfee allegedly directed his income to several bank accounts and cryptocurrency accounts and bought several items, including real estate, a yacht, and a car. The indictment, however, does not allege McAfee received any income from the anti-virus company he once founded.

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Apparent Apple Card snafu attributes AT&T charges to small Dallas accounting firm

Some Apple Card users recently noticed a discrepancy on their rolling statements, with AT&T charges mistakenly attributed to Dallas tax accounting firm Waters, Hardy & Co.

Problems associated with the odd mixup began to crop up on Thursday, when a number of users saw aberrant transactions appear in their Wallet app, reports MacRumors.

Some Apple Card owners traced the error back to what seems to be a mislabeled AT&T charge. Instead of properly assigning certain charges to AT&T, Apple Card processing is for some reason ascribing those purchases to the tax firm. The mistake is expectedly causing confusion for card holders who keep close track of their spending.

Waters, Hardy & Co., which has received a deluge of calls from confused Apple Card customers, confirmed the problem in a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

If you see a charge on your Apple credit card from “Waters, Hardy

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Face-swap child porn brings charges; sinister use of technology called troubling

Christofer Haugen admitted to photo-shopping a girl’s face onto the body of a nude child; he’s also accused of sexually assaulting an incapacitated victim.

WYOMING, Mich. — A man flagged by Facebook for sharing sexually abusive material is facing several felony charges linked to child pornography, including a photo-shopped image depicting one girl’s face on the nude body of a different girl.

The photo-shopped image, also referred to as ‘face swapping,’ has Christofer James Haugen facing up to 20 years in prison.

Haugen, 42, came on police radar earlier this year when Facebook reported a user for sharing child sexually abusive material on their site, court records show. 

The account name was Christofer Haugen and an IP address used to upload the material came back to Haugen’s home in Wyoming, a state police trooper wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

“One of the CSAM pictures had the face of a

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Founder of cyber fraud startup ironically facing fraud charges

Illustration for article titled In Ironic Twist, Founder of Cyber Fraud Prevention Startup Gets Arrested on Fraud Charges

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That headline sounds like the set-up to a joke, I know, but 2020 has proven time and time again that you can’t make this shit up anymore.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested Adam Rogas, the founder of the cyber fraud prevention startup NS8, in Las Vegas on multiple charges of securities fraud and wire fraud. Rogas helmed the company until earlier this month, when he abruptly resigned as CEO, according to a Department of Justice press release.

He’s accused of providing investors with doctored bank statements and fake revenue stats to convince them to pour $123 million into NS8 during a round of funding in June (of which he allegedly pocketed $17.5 million).

“Adam Rogas was the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse,” said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in the press statement. “While raising over $100 million

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Six Charged By The DOJ On Charges Of Bribing Amazon’s Employees To Break Amazon’s Rules

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When folks hear the words “Amazon” and “crimes” in the same sentence, it’s usually referencing the giant’s potentially criminal anticompetitive behavior or its shitty-enough-that-it-should-be-criminal warehouse working conditions, rather than Amazon sellers scamming their way onto the DOJ’s watch list.

But 2020’s been full of surprises, and today, that’s exactly what happened: the Justice Department indictment six individuals working as consultants for Amazon’s third party sellers. Per the DOJ, the paid north of $100,000 to bribe Amazon employees and contractors to leak them internal intel or otherwise help them gain “an unfair competitive advantage” as part of a scheme stretching back to at least 2017.

“The ultimate victim from this criminal conduct is the buying public who get inferior or even dangerous goods that should have been removed from the marketplace,” said U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran, in a statement. The DoJ

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Trump administration targets Iran-backed hackers with sanctions, charges

Sept. 17 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Thursday indicted and sanctioned dozens of Iranian hackers as part of a larger multiagency effort to disrupt cyberattacks connected to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Since Monday, the United States has been disseminating warnings and announcing charges against Iran-sponsored hackers, an effort that continued Thursday with the Justice Department unsealing a nine-count indictment in the Eastern District of Virginia charging three hackers with stealing critical aerospace and satellite technology and resources.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions imposed against the Iranian cyber threat group called Advanced Persistent Threat 39, including 45 associates and a front company over a multi-year malware campaign targeting Iranian dissidents, journalists and international travel-sector companies in at least 15 countries.

“This week’s unsealing of indictments and other disruptive actions serves as another reminder of the breadth and depth of Iranian

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US charges two Russians for stealing $16.8m via cryptocurrency phishing sites


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The US Department of Justice has filed charges today against two Russian nationals for orchestrating a multi-year phishing operation against the users of three cryptocurrency exchanges.

The two suspects stand accused of creating website clones for the Poloniex, Binance, and Gemini cryptocurrency exchanges, luring users on these fake sites, and collecting their account credentials. These phishing operations began around June 2017.

US officials said the Russian duo — made up of Danil Potekhin (aka cronuswar) and Dmitrii Karasavidi; residents of Voronezh and Moscow, respectively — used the stolen credentials to access victim accounts and steal their Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) crypto-assets.

In total, US officials estimated the victims in the hundreds. Court documents cite 313 defrauded Poloniex users, 142 Binance victims, and 42 users at Gemini.

Losses were estimated at $16,876,000.

According to a superseding indictment unsealed today, Potenkhin and Karasavidi transferred the stolen funds into

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US Charges 3 With ‘Crypto-Jacking’ Scheme

U.S. prosecutors charged three Chinese nationals with allegedly mounting a global hacking campaign to steal sensitive corporate data from over 100 companies and installing a mass network of crypto-mining malware.

According to an indictment dated May 2019 and unsealed Wednesday, Jiang Lizhi, Qian Chuan and Fu Qiang ran their multi-year front out of the purportedly “white hat” Chinese cybersecurity firm Chengdu 404 Network Technology Co. They’re being charged with money laundering, conspiracy, identity theft and a raft of computer-related allegations, based on allegations they operated a vast crypto-jacking scheme and installed malware on victim computers, among other charges.

Chengdu 404’s “offensive” operations are what raised prosecutors’ ire. Their indictment outlines how Chengdu 404’s chief officers targeted at least 100 “victim companies, organizations and individuals” with a multi-year cyber scheme that employed “big data” analytics to maximize its impact. 

Beginning in May 2014, the trio “conspired to commit a sprawling array

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FTC Could File Facebook Antitrust Charges By End of This Year: Report

The Federal Trade Commission is readying a possible antitrust case against Facebook  (FB) – Get Report, and may file charges in the next few months, says a new report.

The agency has spent more than a year investigating Facebook on antitrust grounds, but no final decision has been reached on whether to sue the company, the WSJ reported. The probe of Facebook is part of a broader investigation of market-leading Internet firms initiated by the FTC and a collection of other state and federal offices. 

Facebook shares dropped 2.7% in after-hours trading following the report. 

Sources told the WSJ that the FTC interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the course of the investigation, and that charges could be filed by the end of this year. The lawsuit needs to pass muster with the FTC’s five-member commission, which will vote on whether or not to file charges. 


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Hydrogen fuel cell power technology charges up off-grid construction site ~ Hydrogen Fuel News

Siemens Energy installed the system which is contained within a shipping container.

An off-grid major infrastructure building site in the United Kingdom is using hydrogen fuel cell power technology. The idea behind the tech is to benefit from a zero-emission alternative to diesel generators.

The use of low- or zero-emission construction site power is becoming increasingly commonplace worldwide.

Attitudes and technology alike have been shifting toward the use of reduced emission or net zero emission sources of electricity on construction sites. This recent use of hydrogen fuel cell power technology aligns with that trend.

At the end of last week, Siemens Energy stated that the new H2 powered system would be used at a Lincolnshire county, England building site that is serving the Viking Link Interconnector project. The site needed an additional electricity and heating source as it would not be connected to the grid “for at least six to

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