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The Online Underworld's Elaborate Prank To Ship Heroin

Cybercriminals are scary, but at least the harm they do is just in cyberspace. So they hack your Twitter, or maybe cause a few zeros to disappear (temporarily) from your bank account. They can't hurt you in any real-world way, right?

Wrong.

Brian Krebs' blog offers a great read about how the cybercrime underworld tried to get the journalist arrested by sending heroin to his home address. Apparently, his anonymous antagonists used the untraceable virtual money called Bitcoin to place the order via Silk Road, an online black market. Twelve packets of white powder soon showed up in his mail.

Luckily, Krebs caught wind of the plot before the shipment arrived, and he called the FBI and local police to go on the record about the conspiracy against him. The best moment comes when the local cop takes his statement, shakes his head, and vows to get "off the Internet and Google."

Yeah, good luck with that.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

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