The Big Ring

Good piece today by my WSJ colleague Cassell Bryan-Low on the Douglas Havard case which I mentioned a week or so back: As Identity Theft Moves Online, Crime Rings Mimic Big Business (subscription only, I suspect): Most identity theft still occurs offline, through stolen cards or rings of rogue waiters and shop clerks in cahoots with …

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A Glimpse Of A Tentacle From The Phishing Monster

Gradually the tentacles of the Russian gangs behind phishing are appearing. But we still have no idea how it really works, and how big the beast is. The Boston Herald reports today on the arraignment of a “suspected Russian mobster” on multiple counts of identity fraud, having allegedly obtained personal information from more than 100 victims …

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News: No More Face Scans, Please

 From the We’re Not Quite There Dept comes news of a failure: facial-recognition software. The St. Petersburg Times reports that two years after Tampa became the nation’s first city to use facial-recognition software to search for wanted criminals, officials are dropping the program. It led to zero arrests. Police spokesman Joe Durkin put a brave …

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Mail: More on Pirates

 More mail about online piracy and the music industry. I wrote earlier:     I agree with you about people being upset, but I’m not so sure about the recording off the radio bit. Digital versions don’t have DJs interrupting before the end of the song, and they’re perfect copies, and can be copied perfectly …

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