Jun 182016

The sentencing hearing began with a surprise. Timothy Runnels, a 32-year-old former Independence, Missouri, police officer, sat at a large, rectangular defense table inside Courtroom 8B at the Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, late last month. He was waiting to learn his fate after pleading guilty to a federal crime he committed almost two years ago, on September 14, 2014… theintercept.comTaser

Nov 032009

Almost too weird to believe: writer Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK in the late 1940s, and learned the powerful organization’s secrets — but nobody would publish them. Meanwhile, the Superman radio program needed a villain to replace the Nazis.According to Mental Floss Magazine, Kennedy managed to work all of the Ku Klux Klan’s most secret recruiting and organizational practices into his 1940s radio serial, “Clan Of The Fiery Cross.” …io9.com

Apr 102009

The portrayal of hackers in the media has ranged from the high-tech super-spy, as in Mission Impossible where Ethan Hunt repels from the ceiling to hack the CIA computer system and steal the “NOC list,” to the lonely anti-social teen who is simply looking for entertainment. The reality, however, is that hackers are a very diverse bunch… itsecurity.com


Oct 242008

A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband’s digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.

The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game “Maple Story” to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy…Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

“I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.

As art is said to imitate life, virtual life may often emulate real life.

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