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Dad hires hit men to kill son's video game characters

A father is so fed up with his son's video game obsession that he decides to take radical action.

By January 5, 2013


FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit

CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications.

By May 22, 2012


Feds: We obtained MegaUpload conversations with search warrant

How did the feds acquire all those MegaUpload conversations? There are hints that the FBI managed to place government-issued spyware on the defendants' computers.

By January 31, 2012


Woman accused of tapping Hireahitman.net

She is also charged with allegedly paying a hitman--via PayPal--using stolen credit cards. The alleged victim was unharmed--at least physically.

By March 24, 2011


FBI to announce new Net-wiretapping push

CNET learns that the agency will reveal it is "increasingly unable" to conduct some types of electronic surveillance because of Web-based e-mail, social networking sites, and P2P technology.

By February 16, 2011


Report: Feds to push for Net encryption backdoors

The Obama administration wants to force Internet e-mail and other communications companies to build in encryption backdoors for government surveillance, The New York Times reports.

By September 27, 2010


4chan takes down RIAA, MPAA sites

Upset over antipiracy crackdowns against file-sharing sites, users of the Web image board launched DDoS attacks against movie and recording industry sites.

By September 20, 2010


FBI spyware used to nab hackers, extortionists

Documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by CNET News show the FBI has used a secret form of spyware to get the goods on suspects.

By April 17, 2009