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Russian organized crime goes phishing

The BlackHat USA 2009 convention provided a wide array of information useful to organized crime aficionados. Here’s an excerpt from a story by ChannelWeb’s Stephanie Hoffman. The subject is the growth of Russian organized crime. She writes: “Russia'...

Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas

You’ve heard of the ladies of the Red Hat Society. Meet the tech savvy people associated with Black Hat Briefings, which touts itself as the “World’s Premier Technical Security Conference,” now meeting at Caesars Palace. From the Web site: “The...

Denis will be tough to beat in Senate District 2

Mild-mannered Mo Denis, the veteran Assembly Democrat, figures to win in a walk in the 2010 race for Senate District 2 seat being vacated by the term-limited Maggie Carlton. In fact, I’m guessing Friday’s announcement that he was seeking the seat came more out of an interest in dissuading primary challengers than any deep concern about beating a tough opponent in the general election.

Business Court Expands to Meet Demands

Some of the more contentious litigations involving the first-trust deed crisis are being played out in Business Court, which has seen a dramatic, 29 percent increase in cases in the past year, a District Court official says. In fact, reports court...

Libertarians Lament Gun Bill Failure

Outside Nevada and a few other Western states, it’s possible citizens know nothing about the Libertarian Party . But, as the LPers like to say, they make up America’s third-largest political party. (I know, I know. That’s not saying a great deal.)...