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2014-09-24 16:23:36

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitch Williams, former Major League Baseball pitcher and television broadcaster, today filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, against MLB Network, and the publisher of the sports website Deadspin.com, Gawker Media LLC and Gawker Media Group, Inc. The suit alleges that in May 2014, Mr. Williams was the victim of false and anonymous statements published by Gawker concerning his child's baseball game. The suit...

iPad Hacker Sentenced To 3.5 Years, Attorney Says He Was Wrongly Convicted
2013-03-19 11:41:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last November, 26-year old Andrew Auernheimer was found guilty of identity fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. Yesterday, he was sentenced to three years and five months in prison to pay for his crimes. Auernheimer, who is known around the web as “Weev,” is one half of what´s been called “Goatse Security,” the pair of hackers who found a hole in AT&T´s Web site...

Colin Powell’s Facebook Page Hacked
2013-03-12 12:29:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online So far, 2013 has been the year of cyberattacks, leaving many companies and services hacked and much personal information breached. A recently popular attack is the Facebook/Twitter hack, which involves breaking into a person´s account (often a celebrity or high profile company) and posting all sorts of offensive statements, often in all caps. It´s the modern-day equivalent of spray painting expletives onto company...

AT&T iPad Hacker Found Guilty
2012-11-21 09:10:19

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One of the hackers responsible for breaking into AT&T´s stores of data and stealing the personal information of more than 100,000 iPad owners has been found guilty. According to Wired, the jury was able to reach their verdict quickly, finding Andrew Auernheimer, a 26-year old from Arkansas, guilty on one count of identity fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. Better known at the...

Reddit Beatdown: Unmasking The Troll
2012-10-16 15:22:13

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online “Free Speech” is a tricky issue made even more so by people who continually test its boundaries, seemingly for no other reason than the thrill of an argument. What was once probably a measure taken to ensure citizens could question authority and worship how they saw fit has now turned into a matter of defending controversial subject matter on the Internet. Take, for instance, the latest issue with Reddit and...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'