Social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter, or online dating sites are sometimes littered with fake profiles of attractive young women, tempting lonely users. Representing themselves with photographs of someone else, such confidence artists sometimes trick unwary Internet users into divulging their personal information, or even their financial information.
This kind of scam — nicknamed “catfishing” after the user-handle employed by a notorious scammer employing this method in 2010 — has even become the focus of a popular reality-television show on MTV.
However, according to claims contained within a New York woman’s civil lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice, federal law enforcement agents used her images and life story to effectively steal her identity, crossing the line from “cops” to “catfishers.”
New York resident Sondra Arquiette was arrested and convicted on charges of possessing illegal drugs in 2010. Initially sentenced to serve life in...
Acting on plans reported here a month ago, entertainment channel HBO has decided to end its thirty-plus-year dependence on cable and satellite distributors, announcing it will offer an online streaming video service beginning next year. Following a trail blazed by Netflix, Amazon.com, Acorn Media, and others, HBO will offer the service without a cable subscription in an effort to reach the ten-million-plus broadband-only homes, a category that is increasing steadily.
In his announcement,...
While proposing to follow the D.C. Circuit Court’s roadmap in Verizon v. FCC to create a legal FCC regulatory framework for the Internet Age under the FCC’s 706 authorities, the FCC also invited proposals to potentially subject broadband to Title II common carrier utility regulation.
The FCC’s invitation has prompted a “rainbow of policy and legal proposals” that would explore “new ideas for protecting and promoting the open Internet” by imposing Title II...
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