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In Syria, a detained Internet activist remains in limbo

Two years ago this week, authorities arrested a computer programmer, Bassel Khartabil, involved in protests against the Syrian government. There's still no word on when he'll be released.

By March 11, 2014


'Star Wars' actor's lightsaber cane gets him detained by TSA

Peter Mayhew, the extremely tall man who plays Chewbacca, confounds TSA operatives in Denver with his lightsaber cane. Apparently, it was too long for their liking.

By June 10, 2013


Brazil detains local Google chief for not removing YouTube videos

The Latin American country demands that the Web giant take down videos denigrating political candidates, as well as the anti-Islam film that sparked protests across the Middle East.

By September 26, 2012


Free-software activists hope for detained engineer's freedom

Bassel Khartabil, a volunteer with copyright licensing nonprofit Creative Commons, was reportedly detained by the Syrian government on March 15.

By July 11, 2012


Saudis detain spy suspect: GPS-equipped vulture

A vulture carrying a GPS transmitter is captured by Saudi Arabian authorities on suspicion of being an Israeli spy.

By January 4, 2011


Security researcher: I keep getting detained by feds

Moxie Marlinspike, who doesn't know why he is being targeted, was listed in the contacts on a seized phone of a WikiLeaks volunteer.

By November 18, 2010


Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

Jacob Appelbaum, who volunteers with Wikileaks, is questioned for three hours and has mobile phones confiscated on his way back to the United States for a hacker show.

By July 31, 2010


Sony execs detained by workers over severance pay

The CEO and head of human resources of Sony France have been freed after being held by union workers who demanded better severance packages.

By March 13, 2009


Kevin Mitnick detained, released after Colombia trip

Famed social engineer-cum-hacker tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of traveling into the U.S. with a laptop, and sending packages back home from Bogota.

By October 1, 2008


ATA Airlines detains passenger for using iPhone in 'airplane mode'

There may be an airplane mode switch on your mobile phone, but don't assume your airline cares whether that switch is on or off.

By October 12, 2007