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Scamster Ran Identity Theft Scheme From Prison

Dale Morris, 42, was convicted of maintaining a sophisticated criminal enterprise that he orchestrated from his Michigan prison cell. Morris' scheme enlisted the help of two fellow Michigan inmates, Darius Moye and Richard Custer, their mothers, Mary Moye of Georgia and Linda Custer of Detroit, David Bullard of Inkster, and Sherry Drake of Detroit.

The scheme involved the attempted use of thousands of stolen names and social security numbers, including several hundred stolen from the St. John's Medical System in Detroit, to defraud Michigan taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of State tax dollars. The hospital records were later seized in Georgia in Ms. Moye's home.

FTC spyware settlement affects 18 million

A day after the Federal Trade Commission announced its second-biggest settlement against two California companies accused of spreading malicious spyware to more than 18 million computer users worldwide, industry analysts and the government acknowledge they face an uphill battle trying to contain the problem.

In the last two years, the agency has been involved in more than $8 million in settlements with more than a dozen companies accused of running spyware operations. The latest, announced Wednesday, involved a $2 million settlement against Enternet Media Inc., Conspy & Co. Inc., Lida Rohbani, Nima Hakimi and Baback Hakimi.

With a Little Stealth, Just About Anyone Can Get Phone Records

It may seem surprising that it was so easy for investigators hired by Hewlett-Packard to obtain the calling records of company directors. In fact, the investigators were just exploiting a commonly used privacy hole.

The protection of phone records falls into a legal gray area, privacy experts say. Legislators, regulators and the phone industry are all considering ways to clamp down on unauthorized releases of records like those in the H.P. case.

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