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March 2016

New York Man Convicted for Hacking, Crashing Former Employer’s Network

The “trusted insider” remains the most significant threat to company networks The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced last week that Dariusz J. Prugar, age 32, of Syracuse, New York, was convicted after a week-long trial before a federal jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of computer fraud and wire fraud. Prugar was the network administrator for Pa Online, an internet service provider in Enola, Pennsylvania.  Kruger …Read More

Mobile Phone Porting Fraud: The Risk Goes Far Beyond Consumers

Businesses are increasingly targeted by phone porting scams Much has been written and reported about the risk of mobile phone “Porting” and related financial scams against consumers.  A 90 year old grandfather, for example, recently had his identity stolen by a fraudulent caller that advised the old man that she was conducting a “phone interview.”  When the grandfather gladly offered his personal information over the phone to the scammer, the …Read More

Heroin Possession Conviction is Tossed When Police Fail to Show “Texting” was Probable Cause for the Traffic Stop

Forensics on Phone Proves Defendant was not Texting The United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Gregorio Paniagua-Garcia in a possession of heroin with intent to distribute case when the police were unable to prove Paniagua was texting, which had been cited by police as the probable cause for the traffic stop. Deputy Dwight Simmons of the Putnam County Sheriff’s office pulled over Paniagua when …Read More

Deepwater Horizon Revisited: Computer Fraud & Abuse is One of the Few Criminal Convictions in This Case

Engineer’s Guilty Plea for Deleting Text Messages Stands Out in a Series of Not Guilty Findings In the months following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, 52 criminal counts were filed against 5 men that prosecutors believed were criminally responsible for the explosion and resulting deaths of 11 people.  Of those 52 charges, 23 were withdrawn, 23 were dismissed, and jurors acquitted on three counts.  Last week the …Read More