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Avenatti Sentenced to 14 Years in California Fraud Case

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, was sentenced in California on Monday to 14 years in prison for cheating clients out of millions of dollars. Avenatti …

US Charges Suspect Linked to Notorious Ransomware Gang

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who authorities say participated in a ransomware campaign that extracted tens of millions of dollars from victims has been charged in the United States, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Mikhail Vasiliev, a dual national of …

Alleged Leader of Extortion Crew Wants out of Jail to Prepare for Speedy Trial

The alleged leader of a gangland extortion ring that took control of the New York City fire restoration industry can be heard on recordings threatening to kill competitors and ordering an attack on a rival firm’s employee, federal prosecutors say …

Swedish Seismic Network Registers Blasts Near Pipeline Leaks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) –The Swedish national seismic network says it detected two explosions close to unusual leaks on two Russian natural gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea to Germany. The network said Tuesday that it registered one blast early …

Ricky Martin Sues Nephew, Alleges Million-Dollar Losses

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit Wednesday against his nephew that accused him of extortion, malicious persecution, abuse of law and damages — stemming from false allegations of sexual abuse. Martin’s lawyers …

Iran-Backed Hackers Accused of Targeting Critical US Sectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers linked to the Iranian government have been targeting a “broad range of victims” inside the United States, including by deploying ransomware, according to an advisory issued Wednesday by American, British and Australian officials. The advisory says …

Robinhood Data Breach Nightmare Hinged on Customer Service Slip

Robinhood Markets Inc. caught criticism last year for its shortcomings in customer support. After racing to staff up, the company has a new problem: a customer service representative mishap allowed a hacker to steal the personal information of about 7 …

Viewpoint: Some Insurers are Delaying Payment on Ransomware Claims

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Cyber criminals continue to exploit lax security measures, which have become more acute in the work-from-home environment, and hack into companies’ systems, encrypt their data, and then demand multimillion-dollar ransoms. Though cyber insurance policies …

DarkSide Hackers Mint Money With Ransomware Franchise

When a new ransomware group popped up on the scene last year, the hackers did what’s in vogue for digital extortion organizations these days: They issued a press release. The hackers had already made “millions of dollars” in profit working …

Ransomware Gang Threatens Release of DC Police Records

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate that stole data from the Washington, D.C., police department says negotiations over payment have broken down and it will release sensitive information that could put lives at risk if more money is …