Baltimore to Pay Largest Settlement in City History — $9 Million — to Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder

James Owens, who was featured in a ProPublica investigation last year, sued police detectives for the alleged misconduct that landed him in prison for 21 years. Prosecutors had tried to make him take a controversial plea deal. Baltimore officials today approved a $9 million settlement — the largest in city history — to James “J.J.”…

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FBI’s Violent Crime Database to Get Financial Boost From Justice Department

The infusion of money for the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program comes after ProPublica reported on shortcomings in the use of a database meant to assist in capturing serial killers and rapists. The Justice Department is seeking to bolster the FBI’s efforts at apprehending violent criminals — issuing grants for local police departments to test…

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How U.S. & U.K. Government Websites Were Used by Hackers to Mine Monero

Unknown hackers have gone an extra mile to use website visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency worldwide. The latest incident was discovered by U.K. cybersecurity researcher Scott Helme, who found that hackers were using malicious software to compromise websites to mine Monero. Monero is a digital currency that has high anonymity capabilities, enabling users to transact…

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Can Facebook be regulated?

Mark Zuckerberg apologises to US senators for data breach but avoids questions about regulation. After five-hours of testimony before the US Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg managed to walk a fine line as he came under fire from lawmakers. He apologised for a range of problems that have beset Facebook, including the lack of data…

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