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Keep your friends close, but your neighbors closer!

June 26, 2010

Have you ever been in a row  with your neighbor?! Well, be careful then! Here is the latest news from the U.S. Department of Justice. 45-year-old Barry Vincent Ardolf   has been indicted in federal court in the District of Minnesota for hacking into his neighbor’s wireless Internet system and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill the Vice President of the United States and email child pornography.

Ardolf hacked into his neighbor’s wireless Internet connection and created multiple email accounts in that person’s name. Then, he used one of those accounts to email the office of the Vice President of the United States. He signed the email with the name of the neighbor from whom he stole Internet access as well as the name of that person’s wife.  Actually he sent the email using the wireless router belonging to the neighbor, intending for the email to be traced back to that person. What a hatred to have for someone!

This isn’t the end of the story. There is much, much more! He posed as the identity-theft victim and used the email accounts he created in the victim’s name to send sexually-themed emails to three of the victim’s co-workers. Again, the he sent the emails through the victim’s wireless Internet connection, intending for them to be traced to the victim’s Internet account. In one of the emails, Ardolf attached an image containing child pornography. Ardolf also  created a MySpace page in the victim’s name, on which he posted the same image of child pornography. What on earth was he thinking?!  

At present he is being prosecuted and if found guilty and I’m sure that he will be, he could face up to 20 years just for child pornography distribution, 10 years for the pornography possession, five years for both the unauthorized access to a computer and the threats to the Vice President, and a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence on each count of aggravated identity theft. However, all sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

The first thing that comes to mind when you read this is that you should always protect your computer from unwanted intrusion. Keep your anti-virus software and firewall up to date. In addition, make sure your wireless router is properly encrypted using the strongest encryption standards possible.

What’s your take on it?


What has the world come to?!!

June 20, 2010

There was a time that I used to think that criminals were totally different in appearance from other people but now I realized they don’t have to look like monsters, they maybe the neighbor you say hello to in the morning. The friendly bus driver you smile at or the green grocer you chat with when you go shopping. But never did I think that the person we think is sworn to protect us and is willing to give their life for our freedom would turn out to be the most dangerous of all criminals.

A 42-year-old lieutenant colonel of the Indian Army was arrested by the cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the Mumbai police on Thursday for allegedly posting obscene pictures of children on an international web site. The investigation started in Germany when German police tracked an IP address to India which horrific pictures of child pornography were being uploaded from. Then they alerted Interpol, which through CBI, forwarded the issue to the Mumbai police.

He was caught red-handed, while downloading porn clippings. “Even as we questioned him at his home for four and a half hours, the downloading continued. We have also taken printouts of the pictures so that we can use it as evidence in court,” said an officer. The Mumbai police confiscated hard disks, mobile phones, print outs, etc from the government flat of the Army officer and booked him under the Information Technology Act 2000.

Well, what can I say?! 

What’s your take on it?

Source: Read more from The Times Of India