The Fool in the Machine

🔖 Bizzare  News  Online Crime  Technology 
From iRobot, the makers if Roomba the robotic vacuum comes ConnectR - the robot that enables you to "Stay close to those you love – no matter where you are!" According to iRobot's website the robot is a new kind of connection device designed for busy parents and far removed grandparents "seeking greater connection and involvement with kids, grandkids and pets." Technically, the ConnectR is almost identical to it's sibling Roomba, but with some communication gadgets stuck on top. Read more...

Nigerian Letter Scams and Pets. Online Fraud Increases in 2007, and How They Did It.

🔖 Online Crime 
According to a report released on Thursday by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), monetary damages caused by online fraud were up 20 percent in 2007. The total amount of damages reported added up to over $239 million, with a median* loss of an astonishing $680 per complaint. This is an increase of the $199 million caused in 2006. The IC3, a law enforcement agency which works closely with the FBI, receives and processes complaints dealing with auction fraud, non-delivery, credit card fraud, spam, intrusion, identity theft and child pornography. Read more...