crime
Google Clone Makes it Easy to Search for Drugs and Guns on the Dark Web

It can be hard to find good smack without leaving the comfort of your own home. At least it used to be. A new search engine for black markets is making it easier than ever to find anything from high quality heroin to assault rifles. The site even looks just like Google. It's called Grams, and it works remarkably well. Read More >>

crime
Canadian Teen is the First Arrested for Stealing Data With Heartbleed

In what's sure to be the first of many to come, a 19-year-old Canadian man was arrested for exploiting the Heartbleed bug to lift taxpayer data from a government website, making this the first official Heartbleed-related arrest. Read More >>

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Confirmed: Tweeting Al Qaeda Jokes at Airlines Will Get You Arrested

Yesterday, a 14-year-old Dutch Twitter user learned the hard way that airlines don't take bomb threats lightly. And after blowing up Twitter feeds everywhere, @queendemetriax has officially been arrested by the Rotterdam police. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Reportedly Received Nearly 2,000 Data Requests From UK Police Last Year

It turns out our law enforcement agencies aren't that out of touch with the modern world, as Facebook reveals that UK police made 1,906 requests for access to Facebook user data in the last six months of 2013. The requests affected 2,227 separate accounts, and more then 70 per cent of requests saw data handed over to the authorities. Read More >>

security
Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

Credit card thieves seem to come up with a new way to steal your personal information every day. The latest ploy: a card-reading spy camera, hiding above the MetroCard machine. Read More >>

crime
Super-Creepy Phone Shop Worker Convicted of Stealing Customers' Nude Photos

What's the worst experience you've had in a phone shop? A disinterested worker, unable to get you the tariff you want perhaps? Sure, that's frustrating. But that's nothing compared to having a gross shop worker take your phone in for "repairs", only later to find he'd been getting off on your private photos. Read More >>

money
Why the Future of Bitcoin Depends on the Silk Road Trial

Over the weekend, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, filed a motion asking the court to dismiss all charges against the Silk Road kingpin. It's largely what you'd expect from a bullish defence attorney. But here's the twist: Dratel throws Bitcoin under the bus. Read More >>

crime
Jackass Who Lasered Children's Hospital Chopper Gets 14-Year Sentence

Astounding moron Sergio Rodriguez got slapped with a 14-year prison sentence earlier this month, convicted of aiming a handheld laser pointer at an emergency medical helicopter delivering a young patient to the Children's Hospital of Central California. Remember folks, trying to blind pilots in the air is a very, very bad idea. Read More >>

crime
Ring of Thieves Pulls Off Huge Luggage Heist at LAX

You probably don't realise it, but hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods pass through airports every day inside of passengers' baggage. Well, a ring of baggage handlers at LAX certainly realised it. Police say they've been stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods right out of people's suitcases for months. Read More >>

crime
The Government Has Seen the Light; Ripping CDs and DVDs is Being Legalised

As it turns out, it is still illegal to rip CDs and DVDs, even if you have no intention of distributing them. Fortunately our government is doing something sensible (you could argue, for a change) and from July backing up physical media will no longer be a crime -- as long as it's for your own personal use. Read More >>

BBC
BBC Licence Fee Model in Trouble as Labour Backs Decriminalising Non-Payment

Sources inside the governmental world suggest that Labour MPs are in agreement with a proposal by the coalition to decriminalise non-payment of the Licence Fee, a move that some think may signal the end of the BBC due to making it less of a crime to not bother paying the UK's annual telly tax. Read More >>

crime
Why Do US Pharmacies Put Soap Under Lock and Key?

The last time I bought body wash at a downtown shop, I had to call over an employee just to unlock the glass case. What? Why would anyone want to steal plastic bottles of soap worth very little money? The answer might surprise you. Read More >>

crime
Who Ordered the Cocaine Condom Delivery in the Vatican?

Customs staff in Germany intercepted a package at Leipzig airport that was heading for the Vatican, with the parcel from somewhere in South America containing 14 condoms that had been pumped full of liquid cocaine. With a value of around £33,000, someone was planning quite the party. Read More >>

photography
Nine Incredible Aerial Pics of London, Seen From a Police Helicopter

London looks cool from street-level. London looks really, really cool from a helicopter—specifically from the Metropolitan Police Department's Air Support Unit, a fleet of three that flies around providing support to the ground-bound team below. In between crime-fighting duties, the officers manage to take some truly incredible urban shots. Read More >>

crime
How Biotech Could Make Life in Prison a Living Hell

At the University of Oxford, a team of scholars led by the philosopher Rebecca Roache has begun thinking about the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment. In January, I spoke with Roache and her colleagues Anders Sandberg and Hannah Maslen about emotional enhancement, 'supercrimes', and the ethics of eternal damnation. What follows is a condensed and edited transcript of our conversation. Read More >>

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