US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children

US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children. “U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, Chief W. Howard Harrison of the Planation Police Department, and Chief Dale Engle of the Davie Police Department, announced that Joseph Isaiah Woodson, Jr., 30, of Ashburn, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday to a total of 600 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, after having been convicted at trial of using the internet to target and extort children through sexual exploitation (‘sextortion’) and pornographic offenses.”

Newswise: Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States

Newswise: Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States. “Internet crimes are becoming more sophisticated and persistent in Florida and several of America’s other most populous states, including California, New York, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, according to research from Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Forensic Accounting.”

The Register: To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details

The Register: To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details . “At 1030 on April 27, 2019, four unidentified individuals attempted to rob a Brinks armored truck parked outside of Michaels, an art supply and home decor store at the Point Loomis Shopping Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To find out who they are, local authorities plan to ask Google.”

New York Times: Headless Body in Cave Is Identified as 1916 Ax Murder Suspect

New York Times: Headless Body in Cave Is Identified as 1916 Ax Murder Suspect. “Since 1979, the authorities in Idaho had been trying to identify a torso that had been stuffed in a burlap sack in a cave. Now, they have learned that the torso belongs to [Joseph Henry] Loveless. Given that the bootlegger appears to have died in 1916, his case is almost certainly the oldest to be cracked with forensic genealogy, a rapidly expanding forensic technique that uses individuals’ relatives in genealogy databases to identify human remains and crime scene DNA.”

‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya (Christian Science Monitor)

Christian Science Monitor: ‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya. “For years, whenever Kathomi Gatwiri complained that violence against women in her home country of Kenya was out of control, she got used to hearing the same response: prove it. So at the beginning of 2019, the academic and one of her best friends from college, Audrey Mugeni, decided they would do exactly that. They set up Facebook and Twitter pages called ‘Counting Dead Woman – Kenya’ and dedicated themselves to a grim project: creating an online archive.”

Lexology: New German draft law to fight online hate speech obliges social media providers to notify police of suspicious online posts

Lexology: New German draft law to fight online hate speech obliges social media providers to notify police of suspicious online posts. “On 19 December 2019, the German Ministry of Justice published on its website a draft law to combat right-wing extremism and hate crime (the Draft). The Draft aims to put German criminal law enforcement authorities in a position to more intensively and effectively prosecute hate crimes that are committed online.”

OneZero: Inside Discord’s Thriving Black Market for Stolen Credit Cards and Gift Cards

OneZero: Inside Discord’s Thriving Black Market for Stolen Credit Cards and Gift Cards. “Discord was founded in 2015 as a platform for gamers to communicate through voice chat and text chat. Similar to Slack, anyone can start a server, and issue an invitation for anyone else to join. Over the years, Discord has grown into a more generalized social media platform — with servers dedicated to everything from basketball to political debate, and a user base of over 250 million around the globe. Discord has no mandatory identification verification, and the promise of anonymity occasionally attracts dangerous activity. Earlier this year, OneZero reported on the platform’s unregulated teen dating channels. Now, there’s evidence that Discord is being used by some users to facilitate a wide variety of possible financial crimes.”