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Pre-teen, Teen Girls under Arrest for Online Impersonation

Two girls, aged 12 and 13, were arrested and face charges of third-degree felony after creating a fake Facebook account impersonating a classmate with clear intent of harming her.

Twitter Spoofer Hits Back with Legal Action

The man accused of spoofing Northcliffe Chief Executive Steve Auckland on Twitter hit back with legal action against the micro-blogging platform that plans to reveal his identity, according to Guido Fawkes blog. A pro bono attorney has already agreed to represent the spoofer, who is also accused of fraud, defamation, libel and hacking computers of the media company owned by the Daily Mail.

Biometric Security Scanners Defeated at BlackHat

For many years, biometric authentication has been regarded as the most effective means of securing assets. The king of biometrics, the iris scanner, has just been defeated by a group of scientists at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, who presented a replica of the human eye that can bypass iris-scanning security systems.

Phishing Websites Skyrocket despite Major Botnet Takedowns

The first quarter of 2012 saw a significant increase of phishing websites, even though some major players in the spam-sending industry, such as Kelihos, have been taken down.

One Million Users Exposed after Android Forum Hack

More than one million records of forum users have been stolen after the successful breach of Phandroid's Android Forums web site. According to the note posted online, the breach revealed user data including e-mail addresses, hashed passwords, as well as registration IP addresses and last log-in date.

Loan-Fraud Scheme Claims $2.7 million; More Than 2,000 Loan Applicants Lured with Fake Ads

Some $2.7 million filled the pockets of a cybercrime ring in a massive online loan-fraud operation that started in 2005, according to a networkworld.com report.

Shady Mobile Banking App Plays Man-in-the-Mobile

Mobile banking users from Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany have been hit by a wave of Man-in-the-Mobile attacks that seek to move funds from one account to another.