Ukrainian Carding King ‘Maksik’ Was Lured to Arrest

The Bitemaster was surfing around the Web when he came across this article from 2010:

Ukrainian Carding King ‘Maksik’ Was Lured to Arrest | Threat Level | WIRED.

In short, Maksym Yastremskiy, a Ukrainian who is alleged to have sold millions of dollars worth of stolen credit and debit card information, was caught following a “sneak-and-peek” search of his laptop while he was traveling through Dubai.

Fans of BITEME well know that we don’t like government — or Google, for that matter — snooping through people’s stuff. But how the hell do we catch the big time thieves without some serious privacy invasion?

On another note, the article notes that 143 million credit and debit card records were stolen in 2009. With numbers that high, how will the credit card companies survive? Perhaps by getting us to switch to debit cards, which have less protection against loss or fraud.

Famous Nude Statues Have Naughty Bits Pixelated — Now Safe for For Facebook!

Apparently, German photographer Peter Kaaden had a picture of a naked statue from the Louvre yanked from Facebook, so he’s now created a whole series of pictures of nude statues, each with their erogenous zones carefully redacted. Click the link to see. Don’t worry — they’re Safe for Work!

Artist Hilariously Censors The Louvre’s Nude Statues For Facebook (SFW!).

EdenSoy comes out against birth control — really!

Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods, said through his attorney:

“In accordance with his Catholic faith, Potter believes that any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation, whether as an end or means — including abortifacients and contraception — is wrong.”

Eden Foods’ Hobby Lobby-esque Birth Control Fight Sparks Boycott.

Microsoft lays off 18,000, wants to hire more foreign nationals

Microsoft has been a big booster of the H-1B program to import highly skilled foreigners with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) degrees, while laying off thousands of American workers.

Could it be that they can get foreign workers cheaper than American employees?

U.S. Senator blasts Microsoft’s H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers – Computerworld.

Iraqi jihadists cleanse Christians from city of Mosul

A statement dated from last week and purportedly issued by the Islamic State jihadist group that took over the city and large swathes of Iraq during a sweeping offensive last month warned Mosul’s Christians they should convert, pay a special tax, leave or face death.

Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, told Agence France-Presse. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.”

‘Mosul is now empty of Christians’ after Islamic State jihadist give ultimatum.

Corporate Deserters

“As more and more giant American corporations try to dodge U.S. taxes by moving overseas, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday announced legislation to ban those businesses from receiving lucrative U.S. government contracts.”

via Corporate Deserters – Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Since corporations are people, shouldn’t they be taxed like people? And if they move abroad, shouldn’t they pay income taxes just like American expats?

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.

[From the IRS website]

Texas actress sends ricin-laced letter to Obama; says “I never intended to hurt anyone.”

Actress Shannon Guess Richardson has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for mailing ricin to President Obama, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun control advocate Mark Glaze.

Now she says “I never intended to hurt anyone.”

Oh, just bite me.

Texas actress sentenced to 18 years for sending ricin-laced letter to Obama.

UK police begin testing the world’s fastest face recognition tech

What’s the opposite of privacy? Publicity? Unprivacy?

Leicestershire Police are now using NEC’s NeoFace face recognition software, in the hope that it will be able to compare images from CCTV and police body cameras against the 90,000 photos in the Leicestershire Police database.

Manual searches could take hours but NeoFace can do the search in seconds.

The same tech is already in use in the US, where the Chicago Police Department recently  used it to sort through 4.5 million booking photos to help convict an armed robber.

UK police begin trialling the world’s fastest face recognition tech.

Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino is closing but don’t blame Trump

Don’t blame Donald Trump for the demise of his Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City. “I let them use my name, but I got out seven years ago. I have nothing to with it.”

If the casino were making big bucks, Trump would claim all the credit. But when it tanks, it’s someone else’s fault.

Oh, just Bite Me already.

Donald Trump says he has ‘nothing to do with’ closing of Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza casino – NY Daily News.