Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Hotmail Help | Hacker Mastermind Sentenced

Item 1: Not everyone is loving the new Hotmail (called “Wave 4”) and yes, there are a few glitches as well as some improvements. (I love the “sweep” feature myself.) The following link contains some important information and tips (and some “How To”) that, if you are a Hotmail user, I think you’ll find very useful (especially if you email photos!).
Coping with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 by Woody Leonhard

Item 2: One of the leaders of a cybercriminal gang that hacked into payment services provider RBS WorldPay and stole $9 million has received a six-year suspended sentence in Russia, according to reports.

That’s right.. suspended sentence.

The crime was – “the scheme was perhaps the most sophisticated and organized computer fraud attack ever conducted” acting U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said.

Viktor Pleshchuk, 28, of St. Petersburg, also received four years of probation and was ordered to pay the equivalent of $8.9 million in restitution for his role in the November 2008 heist.

Blood pressure go up? Read the details here, Prison sentence for RBS hacker suspended in Russia

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* Folks, I use the word “hacker” because it has become a part of our language. But you should know that the term is used incorrectly, and the ‘brilliant kids messing around’ concept is, well, 1980’s and as relevant as disco. A “hacker” – in today’s world – is a criminal using a computer as his ‘burglary tools’.

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September 16, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to | , , , , , , | Leave a comment