Saturday, October 19, 2019

ANOTHER MEANING FOR THE “RED PLANET?”

August 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One week after NASA announced that the area on Mars where the Curiosity rover set down will be “forever known as Bradbury Landing,” in honor of the late science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, it was revealed that the FBI had conducted numerous investigations of Bradbury in an unsuccessful effort to determine whether he was secretly a […]

ANTI-NEWS CORP CRUSADER MAY ASK FBI TO STEP IN

April 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Lewis, a British lawyer who is representing several of the celebrities who fell victim to reporters and private investigators who hacked into their voicemail on behalf of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in the U.K., has indicated that he may ask the FBI to step in to investigate possible criminal acts by those papers in the […]

INVESTMENT ADVISERS WARN: NEWS CORP’S SCANDALS MAY BE COSTLY

February 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a leading shareholders advisory group, has warned that the current investigation into the possible bribery of police and other officials by The Sun poses a far more burdensome challenge to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp than the telephone hacking scandal. As a U.S.-based company, it could be subject to […]

REPORTERS AT U.K. FIGHT BACK — AT MURDOCH AND POLICE

February 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As the Scotland Yard investigation began looking into the possibility that Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper attempted to bribe and otherwise corrupt public officials in order to obtain information for exposés, personnel at the newspaper have begun to fight back. Referring to the arrest of five top journalists at the paper — Britain’s largest — over […]

DOJ, FBI GO TO WAR AGAINST PIRATES

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Acting on a federal grand jury indictment alleging copyright infringement and other related crimes, the U.S. government on Thursday shut down the popular “cyberlocker” MegaUpload, arrested at least four people, confiscated servers, and conducted search warrants in the U.S. and eight other countries. The indictment claimed that MegaUpload’s operators, four of whom were arrested in […]

CYBER VIGILANTES GO TO WAR AGAINST DOJ, FBI

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Within minutes after the Department of Justice shut down the cyberlocker MegaUpload on Thursday, the “hacktivist” collective Anonymous managed to shut down the Department of Justice’s and the FBI’s own websites, as well as those of the MPAA and the recording industry’s publishing group BMI and Universal Music, using what is called a distributed denial […]

FBI’S PAID-FOR TV AD CAPTURES MOST-WANTED SUSPECT

June 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A television ad that had been ridiculed by numerous TV commentators proved just the ticket to capture America’s most wanted criminal suspect, James “Whitey” Bulger. The 81-year-old Bulger was accused of being involved in at least 19 murders, among other charges. (Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed was reportedly modeled after him.) For about $50,000, […]

CBS EXEC DENIES HE WAS AN FBI INFORMANT

April 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Christopher Isham, a vice president at CBS News and its Washington bureau chief, has vehemently denied a report by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) that he acted as an FBI informant during the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. Isham, who was working as a journalist for ABC at the time of the 1995 bombing, acknowledged […]

BIDEN DECLARES WAR AGAINST PIRATES

June 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new anti-piracy strategy covering everything from counterfeit drugs to bootleg DVDs. “To state it very bluntly, piracy hurts,” Biden said. “It hurts our economy, our health and our safety.” The new plan calls for the creation of a coordinated program involving numerous federal agencies including the Commerce […]

REAL-LIFE INSIDER COMEDY PLAYS OUT AT DISNEY

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what one former prosecutor described as a caper worthy of a Disney comedy movie, a secretary to Zenia Mucha, Disney’s chief spokesperson, has been arrested along with her boyfriend for allegedly trying to pull off an insider-trading scheme. According to the FBI, Bonnie Jean Hoxie and her boyfriend, Yonni Sebbag, sent anonymous letters to […]