Insurance For Cybercriminals, or Giant Sting?
tsu doh nimh writes "Brian Krebs follows up on a recent Slashdot discussion about a cybercrime gang that is recruiting botmasters to help with concerted heists against U.S. financial institutions. The story looks at the underground's skeptical response to this campaign, which is being led by a criminal hacker named vorVzakone ('thief in law'), who has released a series of videos about himself. vorVzakone also is offering a service called 'insurance from criminal prosecution,' in which miscreants can purchase protection from goons who specialize in bribing or intimidating Russian/Eastern European police into scuttling cybercrime investigations. For $100,000, the service also claims to have people willing to go to jail in place of the insured. Many in the criminal underground view the entire scheme as an elaborate police sting operation."
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Baxter The Worker Robot Puts In The Hours So You Don’t Have To
While I doubt this guy will replace the Homer Simpsons of the world, Baxter by Boston-based Rethink Robotics is a robot that could definitely give the average button pushers a run for their money. The $22,000 robot essentially does chores. You tell it to stand in a room and watch something or to pack boxes and, with some programming, it can get the job done. Then you move Baxter to the next task - and the next - until he forms a union. Baxter does simple tasks like machine tending, loading and unloading, and finishing operations. The people who once did the repetitive work Baxter does can simply teach Baxter to help (or replace) them in a few minutes. As one wag notes on Youtube, "$22,000. One year of mediocre pay for a human but no taxes, health insurance, HR overhead, parking? spots..."