Cyber Beat Daily: Jail Time for LulzSec Hackers + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 5/16: Infamous LulzSec Hackers Get Jail Time, viral video star ‘Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker’ arrested in connection with NJ killing, trolls attack Angelina Jolie over mastectomy, social media nabs prostitute seekers, Anonymous planning attack on oil & gas?, hacker Weev in solitary confinement, social media ban for drivers, Congress has questions for Google Glass, UK men prefer games to sex, and giant paper robots that look like they’re made of steel.

Read below for these stories and more.

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A British court handed down jail time Thursday to four hackers – known by their nics as Kayla, Topiary, ViraL and tFlow – that were part of the notorious splinter group of the Anonymous hacker collective known as LulzSec.

Infamous LulzSec Hackers Get Jail Time

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. This news about “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker”…

Man in Much-Viewed Web Video Is Arrested in Connection With New Jersey Killing

Of course they did. It’s a story that involves tragedy, a celebrity, and boobs – the ultimate trifecta in bait for tasteless trolls.

Angelina’s mastectomy: Trolls flood net with cruel jibes

Watch what you say on social media…that post might get you sent to “John school.”

Waco police use social media in prostitution sting

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

I’m skeptical this is a legitimate Anonymous operation.  After reading the group’s op announcement on pastebin, it sounds more like one of the usual rogue groups hijacking the Anonymous banner to conduct an operation for its own interests.

Hacker group Anonymous plans attack on oil-and-gas industry

Weev says it’s for “the high crime of blogging” but prison officials say it’s “for investigative purposes” that they cannot disclose.

Why Was Hacker ‘Weev’ Put in Solitary Confinement?

Law and Order.

I can see the explosion of distracted driving tattletales – trolls scanning Facebook and Twitter for posts by people they don’t like, then calling cops to tattletell, “those posts were made during his/her normal commute time, so he/she MUST have been social media posting and driving!”

Social media ban for drivers wins Louisiana House backing

I hope for Google’s sake, there aren’t questions from the IRS in there…

Congress sends Google a list of questions about privacy and Glass


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Survey: Majority of UK Men in Relationships Choose Games Over Sex

Well, that’s just cool.

These Giant Robots Look Like They’re Made Of Steel, But They’re Not