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SEC freezes UK hacker’s assets

The SEC obtained an emergency court order from a New York court to freeze assets belonging to a UK citizen who allegedly engaged in a sophisticated hacking and market manipulation scheme.
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Scientology hacker admits guilt

A 19-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty for his role in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took down the website of the Church of Scientology. Dmitriy Guzner, who was charged in October, was part of an underground group named Anonymous. Guzner faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 24. Anonymous has said it wanted to bring down the church site after the church tried to claim copyright infringement over the spread of edited clips from a 2004 promotional video featuring actor and well-known Scientologist Tom Cruise. — DK
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Celebrity email hacker arrested

A Florida man has been charged with hacking into the email accounts of Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson and dozens of other celebrities to steal photos, emails and other documents. Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville was nabbed following an 11-month police investigation dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi," according to an FBI statement this week. Once he had access to a victim's email account, which he obtained by using publicly available information, he allegedly changed the settings so that all of their emails would be automatically forwarded to him. He also stole private photos, which he offered to celebrity blogs. Chaney was charged with accessing and damaging protected computers without authorization, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 121 years in prison.
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A hacker site signs off

HackersBlog, a Romanian website that gained notoriety for recently exposing SQL injection vulnerabilities in websites of security vendors such as Symantec, Kaspersky Lab, F-Secure and BitDefender, is shutting down. A post on the website said the operation had "gotten to that point where most of the team members had enough ... we do have a private life." The team's most notable attack targeted Kaspersky and enabled the hackers to view a list of database tables. However, no customer information was exposed in any of the incidents. — CAM
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New charges for Palin hacker

Prosecutors have slapped three additional felony charges on David Kernell, the University of Tennessee student accused of illegally accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account. Five months after being indicted, Kernell was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Tennessee, where he was hit with two additional computer fraud charges and one count of obstructing justice. He pleaded innocent to the new charges. — DK
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Huge hacker payoff

The RBS WorldPay hack netted cybercriminals $9 million in a single day. According to New York's Fox 5 TV, crooks used account numbers stolen in the heist to make 100 fake ATM cards, which an army of collaborators used in November to repeatedly drain money from 130 cash machines in 49 cities worldwide. RBS has said cardholders will not be responsible for any unauthorized transactions. -- CAM
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