The FBI announced a major crackdown on malicious software known as Blackshares. It is nicknamed 'creepware,' for a good reason. This program can remotely hijack victims' computers, secretly turning on web cams, compromising hard drives and even capturing every keystroke.
Cassidy Wolf is Miss Teen U.S.A. and she is also a victim of 'creepware.' A former classmate installed Blackshares on her laptop, triggering an unimaginable nightmare. Ms. Wolf had no idea that her attacker was spying on her for about a year. She only learned about the violation when he e-mailed her compromising photos of herself, along with a blackmail threat to make the images public.
He was sentenced to 18-months in prison. Cassidy Wolf spoke to Anderson about her ordeal.
Cassidy Wolf also offered ac360.com her tips to help you stay safe on-line:
– Delete your browsing history and cookies often.
– Make difficult and unique passwords for each account with both symbols and numbers.
– Never click on an unknown link or open an email from an unfamiliar sender.
– Put a sticker over your web cam.
– Always be cautious of what you are doing on and around your computer.
Pamela Brown takes a closer look at Cassidy Wolf's ordeal and the FBI's crackdown on 'creepware.'
The growing crisis at the VA has President Obama "madder than hell." That's according to his Chief of Staff who says he has "the scars to prove it." Drew Griffin spent months investigating the VA and uncovering a doctor's shocking allegations that a Phoenix VA hospital was keeping a fake waiting list to hide long waits. While AC360 is Keeping Them Honest, Drew is also keeping the White House informed. Jay Carney acknowledged today that the President learned of the allegations at the Phoenix VA from watching CNN.
The initial symptoms may seem like it's just a common cold, but statistics suggest one in three people who catch the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome die from it. There are at least three U.S. cases of MERS, and now doctors confirm the first person-to-person transmission in America. Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about the dangers of this disease.
Ryan Lewis is 26-years-old and known for making hit songs with Macklemore like "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Stop Us." But at the age of six, he learned that his mother was sick. Julie Lewis was infected with HIV through a blood transfusion during the birth of her first child. That was 30-years ago. As a tribute to her survival, Ryan and Julie Lewis are raising money to help bring quality health care to those in desperate need. Anderson spoke with Jthem about the 30/30 Project.
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Jimmy Roseman was spear fishing off the Florida coast, when he nearly ended up the prey. Roseman found himself staring down a great white shark as it circled closer and closer to him. At one point the shark came so close it slapped his air tank. Roseman caught the scene on video and told Anderson he only got away after poking the shark with his spear.
The NBA made it official today, and started the process to remove Donald Sterling as an owner of the L.A. Clippers. It could be the start of a long and ugly legal battle. The league needs the support of 75% of the other team owners. Already, Sterling is fighting the NBA's lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine. Today's move is no surprise, and Sterling discussed his future with the team when he spoke exclusively with AC360. Anderson got the latest on the developing situation from Rachel Nichols, host of CNN's "Unguarded," along with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Not everyone was comfortable watching Michael Sam celebrate being drafted into the NFL by kissing his boyfriend on TV. But one Dallas morning talk show host who couldn't contain her criticism of Sam proved that she didn't have a problem with her own on-air smooches.
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