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Archive for April 29th, 2016

Senator Kirk Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Announce New Sentencing Reform Legislation

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Kirk-driven provisions use bill savings to fight gangs of national significance in Chicagoland

 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after joining a bipartisan group of Senators to announce the new provisions and cosponsors of the criminal justice reform bill.

“Every year in Illinois, we are spending approximately $60,000 per prisoner to incarcerate individuals who leave prison more dangerous than when they arrived.  Everyone agrees that the nation’s current prison system is broken and in need of significant reforms. As a centrist, I have joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure the savings from this bill go to fight gangs of national significance in Chicagoland. Our communities cannot afford to lose another generation of children to gang violence and drug use.”

Senator Kirk worked with the bipartisan leaders of this bill to include language that requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress a report that details how the savings from this bill are being used, and requires a portion of the savings to:

  • Increase investment in law enforcement and crime prevention to combat gangs of national significance and high-level drug traffickers through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Programs (HIDTA) and other related task forces;
  • Hire, train and equip law enforcement officers and prosecutors;
  • Promote crime regulation programs using evidence-based practices and strategic planning to help reduce crime and criminal recidivism.

 

The revised bill is now cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 37 senators and supported by a broad and diverse array of organizations and interests.  In a recent letter of support from the National District Attorneys Association, the largest association of prosecutors in the country, the organization’s president wrote, “As a result of months of changes and good faith negotiations, our organization feels the latest version of the bill strikes the appropriate balance between targeting the highest level drug traffickers plaguing our communities, while simultaneously decreasing crime rates and addressing the burgeoning prison population.”  The bill enjoys support from coalitions representing more than 400 groups and organizations across the political spectrum.

 

Yale to Name Residential College After Civil and Women’s Rights Activist Anna Pauline Murray

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Yale University to Name Residential College After Civil and Women’s Rights Activist Anna Pauline Murray

 
BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP commends the decision of Yale University to name a new residential college after African-American Yale alumna and civil rights activist Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray.  Pauli Murray is best known as a staunch civil rights and women’s rights advocate, lawyer and ordained Episcopal priest.  Ms. Murray’s lifelong commitment to ensuring a fair and just society for everyone serves as an inspiration and role model to NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and to many civil rights lawyers.

In 1938, Ms. Murray was denied admission to the University of North Carolina’s law school because she was African American – all schools and public facilities in the state were segregated.  Influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and his practice of nonviolent civil disobedience, she joined with Bayard Rustin, George Houser and James Farmer to form the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  While a student at Howard law school, she participated in sit-ins to challenge the discriminatory seating policies of area restaurants.  These sit-ins preceded the more widespread and well-known sit-ins of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Murray sought to continue her study of the law at Harvard University but was rejected because of her gender.  Her experiences with racism and gender inequality fueled her activism in the civil rights and women’s rights movements.  She authored a book, States Laws on Race and Color in 1951. Thurgood Marshall, then chief counsel at the  NAACP, described her book as the Bible for civil rights lawyers.  Upon completion of her doctorate in 1965, she became the first African American woman to be awarded a J.D.S from Yale University.

Murray went on to become one of the founding members of the National Organization for Women (NOW), addressing women’s rights and gender equality.  President John F. Kennedy appointed her to his Committee on Civil and Political Rights.  Challenging gender discrimination in the Episcopal Church, Ms. Murray entered the priesthood, earned a master’s degree in divinity from Yale, and made history in 1976 when she became the first African American woman ordained an Episcopal priest.  She served in churches in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh until her retirement in 1984. She died of cancer in 1985.

Metropolitan Tenants Organization to Present Kenwood Oakland Community Organization with Housing Champion Award

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The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, better known as KOCO, will receive a Housing Champion Award at MTO’s Spring Event on Tuesday, May 10th.KOCO was founded in the 1960’s as an instrument for grassroots democracy in the Kenwood and Oakland communities of Chicago, organizing campaigns to increase the resources and services available to residents.  Through its engagement of low-income and working families, KOCO continues to develop multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making processes and public policies that effect them, improving the quality of life in their communitiesKOCO’s current campaigns include: Journey for Justice, an Elected Representative School Board, Leaders Investing For Equality (LIFE); and through its Lease-Up Campaign, is an active participant in the Chicago Housing Initiative.

Fifty Years After Freedom Summer
And the Fight Goes On

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Revolution Brewing

2323 North Milwaukee, Chicago

Tickets: $65 each; $50 for Employees of Nonprofits

For information: tdrake@tenants-rights.org

President Obama Nominates Eight to Serve on United States District Courts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama nominated Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, Judge Todd E. Edelman, William F. Jung, Judge Philip R. Lammens, Judge Florence Y. Pan, Regina M. Rodriguez, Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, and Anne Rachel Traum to serve on the United States District Courts.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” said President Obama. “Their records are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench.  I am honored to nominate them today.”

Judge Patricia D. Barksdale:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Judge Patricia D. Barksdale has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2013.  Prior to her appointment as a Magistrate Judge, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida from 2005 to 2013, during which she served as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2011 to 2013.  From 2004 to 2005, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  Judge Barksdale worked as counsel for CSX Transportation, Inc. from 2000 to 2004 and as an associate in the Jacksonville, Florida office of McGuire Woods, LLP from 1997 to 2000.  She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1996 to 1997.  Judge Barksdale received her J.D. Order of the Coif and with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1996 and her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1993.

Judge Todd E. Edelman:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Todd E. Edelman has served as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia since 2010.  Prior to his appointment to the court, from 2008 to 2010, he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  From 2005 to 2008, he was of counsel at the law firm Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C.  He worked for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 2005, during which time he served as a Staff Attorney for the Trial Division from 1997 to 2001, a Supervising Attorney for the Trial Division from 2001 to 2002, the Chief of the Serious Felony Section from 2002 to 2004, and the Training Director from 2004 to 2005.  From 1995 to 1997, he was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.  Judge Edelman began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1994 to 1995.  He received his J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1994 and his B.A. cum laude from Yale University in 1990.

William F. Jung:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

William F. Jung is a partner at the law firm of Jung & Sisco, P.A. (formerly Black & Jung, P.A.) in Tampa, Florida, which he co-founded in 1993.  He specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.  Prior to starting his own firm, Jung served as an Assistant United States Attorney for six years – first in the Southern District of Florida from 1987 to 1990 and subsequently in the Middle District of Florida from 1990 to 1993.  From 1985 to 1987, he was an associate for the Tampa, Florida office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.  From 1984 to 1985, he served as a law clerk to then-Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Jung began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He received his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1983 and his B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1980.

Judge Philip R. Lammens:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Judge Philip R. Lammens has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2012.  Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, from 2008 to 2012, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.  From 2006 to 2008, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville’s Office of General Counsel.  Judge Lammens worked in the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division’s Torts Branch Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation Section from 2005 to 2006.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel F. Dubina of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2004 to 2005.  Judge Lammens began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable William Terrell Hodges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 2002 to 2004.  He received his J.D. Order of the Coif and with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2002 and his B.A. with high honors from the University of Florida in 1999.

Judge Florence Y. Pan:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Florence Y. Pan has served as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia since 2009.  Prior to joining the court, from 1999 to 2009, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she also served as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division from 2007 to 2009.  From 1998 to 1999, she worked at the United States Department of Treasury, first as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets in 1998 and subsequently as a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Domestic Finance in 1999.  Judge Pan worked for the United States Department of Justice from 1995 to 1998, during which time she was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General from 1995 to 1996 and an attorney in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division from 1996 to 1998.  From 1994 to 1995, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Judge Pan began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 1994.  She received her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1993 and her B.A. and B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Regina M. Rodriguez:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Regina M. Rodriguez is a partner in the Denver, Colorado office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she specializes in mass tort and product liability defense.  Previously, from 2002 to 2016, she worked in the Denver office of Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP) as a special counsel until she was elevated to partner in 2005.  She served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado from 1995 to 2002, during which time she served as the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 1998 to 1999 and as Chief of the Civil Division from 1999 to 2002.  In addition, from 1997 to 1998, she served a four-month detail as Deputy Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States Department of Justice.  Rodriguez began her legal career as an associate in the Denver law firm of Cooper & Kelly, P.C. (now defunct) from 1988 to 1995.  She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1988 and her B.S. with honors from the University of Iowa in 1985.

Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has served as the Vice Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights since 2015 and Commissioner from 2014 to 2015.  Prior to her appointment to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, she served as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2006 to 2012.  From 1997 to 2005, she served as an Associate Judge for the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  From 1984 to 1997, she served as a State District Court Judge for the North Carolina District Court for the Twelfth Judicial District.  Prior to her judicial service, from 1983 to 1984, Justice Timmons-Goodson was a staff attorney for Lumbee River Legal Services.  From 1981 to 1983, she served as an assistant district attorney for the Office of the District Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District.  She began her career working as a district manager for the United States Census Bureau’s Charlotte Regional Office from 1979 to 1980.  Justice Timmons-Goodson received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1979 and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976.  She also received an L.L.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law in 2014.

Anne Rachel Traum:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada

Anne Rachel Traum is a Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law.  She is currently on leave from the law school and serving as Special Counsel in the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice.  Professor Traum joined the University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law faculty in 2008, and she has served as the Director of the Appellate Clinic since 2009.  She also served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education from 2013 to 2015.  From 2002 to 2008, Professor Traum served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada from 2000 to 2002, while on detail from the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she worked from 1998 to 2000.  She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Professor Traum received her J.D. Order of the Coif and cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1996 and her A.B. with honors from Brown University in 1991.

Chicagoans Support Resolution at Boeing Shareholder Meeting to Increase Transparency in Arms Sales to Israel

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Press Conference and Rally: Monday, May 2, 8:15 a.m. at the Field Museum, South Steps

On May 2, 2016, five Boeing Company shareholders will attend the annual meeting to vote for and speak in support of a resolution which will require that the corporation prepare a report detailing its arms sales to Israel.

The sponsoring shareholders and supporting community organizations will come together to demonstrate public support for transparency and accountability from Boeing Company.  Sarah Simmons of the Anti-War Committee, and a Boeing shareholder, stated, “Our goal is to prevent shareholders from being unwitting collaborators in human rights’ and international law violations committed with weapons Boeing has manufactured and sold to Israel.”

Simmons added, “Given that Boeing enjoys significant tax advantages here in Chicago, and that its stock is widely held in pension funds here and elsewhere, this is an issue that is of concern to all Chicagoans.”

For more information: Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109, Sarah Simmons 773-573-9100.

Remembering Horace Ward, Renowned Judge and Civil Rights Trailblazer

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BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) mourns the death of U.S. District Judge and civil rights advocate Horace Ward. He was 88 years old.

Appointed in 1979 to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Ward was known for his dedication to civil rights and for his unwavering commitment to challenging discrimination in Georgia’s higher education system.

A native of Georgia, Mr. Ward received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and earned his master’s degree from Atlanta University in 1950. At Atlanta University, he met William Madison Boyd, chair of the political science department and president of the Georgia NAACP.

Ward was the first African-American to apply for admission to the University of Georgia’s (UGA) School of Law but the university rejected his application due to the state’s segregation statutes and Constitution. Ward sued, challenging the university’s policy of racial exclusion.

Despite losing his challenge to attend the University of Georgia, Ward earned his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1959 and returned to Georgia to practice law. He joined the legendary legal team that successfully represented Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault in their landmark effort to enroll at UGA in 1961.  That legal team also included Thurgood Marshall, Robert Carter, Constance Baker Motley, A.T. Walden, E. E. Moore and Donald Hollowell.

In 1964, Ward became the second African-American since Reconstruction elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Ten years later, Ward became the first African-American trial court judge in Georgia when he was appointed to the Civil Court of Fulton County. President Jimmy Carter nominated Ward as the first African American to sit on the federal bench in Georgia. Judge Ward’s swearing-in took place in the same courtroom where his lawsuit seeking admission to the university had been thrown out more than two decades earlier.

Ward retired from the federal bench in 2012, but his life story went on to become the foundation for the University of Georgia’s “Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies,” an ongoing research project that seeks to uncover and illuminate the history of successful efforts in the state that had an impact on the civil rights.

Horace Ward will be remembered as a dedicated and impassioned advocate for social justice and equality, and the NAACP is grateful and inspired by his contributions to the civil rights movement.

David Johnson Named Associate Executive Assistant Director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch

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FBI Director James B. Comey has named David Johnson as the associate executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. In this role, he will support the FBI’s cyber and criminal investigations, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He will oversee the FBI’s development of cyber policy and strategy and serve as the Bureau’s operational lead of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), an international coalition of law enforcement agencies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Johnson most recently served as the special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division.

Mr. Johnson began his FBI career in 1991 in the San Jose Resident Agency, San Francisco Division, where he worked violent crime, drug trafficking, and matters impacting high-technology companies. During his tenure there, he served as the case agent of the first economic espionage case ever to be prosecuted.

Throughout his 25-year career in the FBI, Mr. Johnson has held leadership positions in the San Francisco Division, the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), and the Salt Lake City Division, where he was the special agent in charge. As unit chief of CID’s Crimes Against Children Unit, he established Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams, which deploy experienced investigators to provide assistance to FBI field offices and state and local law enforcement during the most critical time period following a child abduction.

Mr. Johnson holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Estonian Cybercriminal Sentenced For Infecting 4 Million Computers In 100 Countries With Malware In Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that VLADIMIR TSASTSIN was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to more than seven years in prison for perpetrating a massive internet fraud scheme by infecting more than four million computers in over 100 countries with malware.  The malware secretly altered the settings on infected computers, enabling TSASTSIN and his co-conspirators to digitally hijack users’ Internet searches and re-route their computers to certain websites and advertisements.  As a result, the defendants received millions of dollars in fees from advertisers who paid the defendants to bring customers to their websites or ads, but were unaware that the defendants did so by digitally hijacking victims’ computers.  The malware also prevented the installation of anti-virus software and operating system updates on millions of infected computers, leaving those computers and their users unable to detect or stop the malware, and exposing them to attacks by other malware.  On July 8, 2015, TSASTSIN pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.  U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced TSASTSIN earlier today.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Vladimir Tsastin was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for his role in a massive fraud scheme, which victimized more than four million Internet users in 100 countries.  By falsely collecting advertising fees for every ‘click’ their victims made, Tsastsin and his co-conspirators collected over $14 million. Together with our law enforcement partners all over the globe, this Office will continue to investigate and prosecute sophisticated cyber frauds.”

According to the Indictment and other court documents previously filed in the case and statements made in court proceedings:

From 2007 until October 2011, TSASTSIN and co-defendants Andrey Taame, Timur Gerassimenko, Dmitri Jegorov, Valeri Aleksejev, Konstantin Poltev, and Anton Ivanov controlled and operated various companies that masqueraded as legitimate publisher networks (the “Publisher Networks”) in the Internet advertising industry.  The Publisher Networks entered into agreements with ad brokers under which they were paid based on the number of times Internet users clicked on the links for certain websites or advertisements, or based on the number of times certain advertisements were displayed on certain websites.  Thus, the more traffic that went to the advertisers’ websites and display ads, the more money the defendants earned under their agreements with the ad brokers.  The defendants fraudulently increased the traffic to the websites and advertisements that would earn them money and made it appear to advertisers that the Internet traffic came from legitimate “clicks” and ad displays on the defendants’ Publisher Networks when, in actuality, it had not.

To carry out the scheme, the defendants and their co-conspirators used dozens of “rogue” Domain Name System (“DNS”) servers and malware (“the Malware”) designed to alter the DNS server settings on infected computers.  Victims’ computers became infected with the Malware when they visited certain websites or downloaded certain software to view videos online.  The Malware altered the DNS server settings on victims’ computers to route the infected computers to rogue DNS servers controlled and operated by the defendants and their co-conspirators.  The re-routing took two forms that are described below: “click hijacking” and “advertising replacement fraud” (together, “click fraud”).  The Malware also prevented the infected computers from receiving anti-virus software updates or operating system updates that otherwise might have detected the Malware and stopped it.  In addition, the infected computers were left vulnerable to infections by other malware.

Click Hijacking

When the user of an infected computer clicked on a search result link displayed through a search engine query, the Malware caused the computer to be re-routed to a different website.  Instead of being brought to the website to which the user asked to go, the user was brought to a website designated by the defendants.  Each “click” triggered payment to the defendants under their advertising agreements.  This click hijacking occurred for clicks by users on unpaid links that appeared in response to a user’s query as well as clicks on “sponsored” links or advertisements that appeared in response to a user’s query – often at the top of, or to the right of, the search results – thus causing the search engines to lose money.  For example, when the user of an infected computer clicked on the domain name link for the official website of Apple-iTunes, the user was instead taken to a website for a business unaffiliated with Apple Inc. that purported to sell Apple software.  The advertisers who paid for such Internet traffic to their websites were never told that the traffic consisted of hijacked clicks and that the visitors had not intended to visit their websites.

Advertising Replacement Fraud

In the advertisement replacement scheme, using their DNS Changer Malware and rogue DNS servers, the defendants replaced legitimate advertisements on websites, without the paying advertisers’ knowledge or consent, with substituted advertisements that triggered payments to themselves.  For example, when the user of an infected computer visited the home page of The Wall Street Journal, a featured advertisement for American Express had been fraudulently replaced with an ad for “Fashion Girl LA,” which triggered a payment to the defendants from another advertiser.

To acquire the online infrastructure for the fraudulent scheme, enter into contracts to sell Internet traffic, and launder the proceeds from the fraudulent scheme, Tsastsin and his co-defendants created and controlled over a dozen front companies located and/or registered in the United States, Estonia, Russia, Denmark, the Republic of Seychelles, England, and Cyprus.  At the time of his arrest, TSASTSIN, assisted by his co-defendants, operated approximately 50 rogue DNS servers located in New York City and additional ones at a data center in Chicago. Each of the rogue servers contained approximately two hard drives; the larger hard drives received as many as 3,000 fraudulent “clicks,” or DNS resolution requests, per second, while the smaller servers received several hundred requests per second.

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In addition to the 87-month prison term, TSASTSIN, 35, of Tartu, Estonia, was sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $2.5 million and pay a $200 special assessment.  In imposing sentence, Judge Kaplan described TSASTSIN’s crimes as “brazen, sophisticated, and outrageous.”

On July 27, 2015, Gerassimenko, Jegorov, and Poltev were sentenced to 48 months, 44 months, and 40 months in prison, respectively.  Aleksejev was sentenced on October 30, 2013, to 48 months in prison.  Ivanov was sentenced on July 25, 2014, to time served.  Judge Kaplan also entered orders against each defendant forfeiting his criminal proceeds and the electronic and online infrastructure used to perpetrate their fraudulent scheme.  The last defendant, Taame, who is a Russian national, remains at large.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Office of the Inspector General, and the Estonian Central Criminal Police.  He also thanked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for its assistance with the extraditions.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Lai is in charge of the prosecution.  Alexander Wilson, Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, is in charge of the forfeiture aspects of the case.

Source: FBI

 

Illinois to Expand Access to K-12 Broadband and Participate in Digital Learning Policy Academy

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Academy will help state expand students’ and teachers’ access to digital technologies

SPRINGFIELD, IL – High-quality broadband access in schools creates rich digital learning environments in which students can develop 21st-century skills, take advantage of open education resources, and become college and career ready. Yet according to a new report, 31 percent of school districts in Illinois do not meet the Federal Communications Commission’s bandwidth goals for connectivity.

The connectivity report comes as Gov. Bruce Rauner announces that Illinois has been selected to participate in the K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy. The academy is led by a partnership between the National Governors Association (NGA) and national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway and is designed to help states bring Internet access to all schools to reach every student and enhance digital learning.

“The greatest investment we can make as a state is in our children, and that includes giving them the tools and support they need to succeed,” Governor Rauner said. “The state’s participation in the Policy Academy will give Illinois access to expert guidance and the latest strategies, which will expand access to digital technologies for our students and teachers.”

Up to 12 percent of schools do not have scalable high-speed broadband connections.

Of these schools, the majority would qualify for federal funding through the federal E-rate program, which could help them finance their local share and build fiber broadband connections through 2019. Facing a lengthy and involved process to access that funding, however, many schools may need additional technical assistance to maximize the benefits.

Through the Policy Academy, state leaders are already addressing the issue. The connectivity report, produced by EducationSuperHighway, provides baseline data so that Illinois can target districts that need additional bandwidth and those that could improve local infrastructure. State leaders attended the first of the academy’s convening’s recently focusing on topics from statewide digital strategies to connecting school districts to E-rate funding. Ultimately, participation in the Policy Academy and the partnership with NGA and EducationSuperHighway will enable Illinois to share tools, technical assistance, and consulting services with Illinois school districts at no cost. This opportunity will help districts obtain and expand the bandwidth students need in the 21st-century classroom and will support robust Wi-Fi in schools.

“We know digital learning works and is vital to helping students achieve a high-quality education to prepare them for rewarding careers,” said Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis. “Under the guidance of caring teachers and parents, expanded access to the Internet opens up new technology and learning in our classrooms to improve student success. We are proud to join the NGA and EducationSuperHighway in making this a reality.” 

In 2015, Gov. Rauner committed to connecting more K-12 classrooms to high-speed Internet in order to support digital learning and equal opportunities for all Illinois students. This Policy Academy brings together staff from the Office of the Governor, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), and the Learning Technology Centers, with support from NGA and EducationSuperHighway, to meet the Governor’s commitment.

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to learning from national best practices as we build a comprehensive action plan for digital learning in Illinois,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Ensuring our children have affordable access to the Internet and the most up-to-date digital learning programs is critical for their education and future success.”

Resources available to interested school districts can be found at the following websites:

·         ISBE Educational Technology:  http://www.isbe.net/ed-technology/default.htm

·         Illinois Learning Technology Centers:  http://ltcillinois.org

·         Illinois Century Network Resources: http://www.illinois.gov/icn

·         To view and compare bandwidth speeds and pricing for school districts across Illinois, explore Compare & Connect K-12 at http://www.compareandconnectk12.org/.

·         To enlist EducationSuperHighway’s help in getting fiber connections to schools that currently lack access, contact fiber@educationsuperhighway.org.

·         To find other interactive tools and resources and to learn more about what districts can do to provide robust broadband and Wi-Fi to schools, go to http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/districts/.

Greek Pop Star Anna Vissi to Perform in Chicago

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