Experts: Latvian Meteor Crater Probably a Hoax Monday, Oct 26 2009 

A giant crater in Latvia that may have been caused by a meteorite

A giant crater in Latvia that may have been caused by a meteorite

RIGA, Latvia —  Visitor from deep space — or Latvian tricksters? That’s the question Monday as geologists study a 30-foot wide crater that some claim was caused by a 3-foot meteorite, and others say is just the work of pranksters.

Scientists from the University of Tartu in Latvia on Monday fternoon concluded that the hole was probably dug by people and not caused by a meteorite, according to Latvian news site Apollo.

The web site spoke with Girts Stinkulis from Latvia University’s Geography and Earth Sciences Department, who told the site that “scientists had … discovered that this is not true.” The scientists reached their initial conclusions after an hour-long study of the site.


Cybercrime spreads on Facebook Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world’s top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.Lisa Severens, a clinical trials manager from Worcester, Massachusetts, learned the hard way. A virus took control of her laptop and started sending pornographic photos to colleagues.

“I was mortified about having to deal with it at work,” said Severens, whose employer had to replace her computer because the malicious software could not be removed. Cybercrime, which costs U.S. companies and individuals billions of dollars a year, is spreading fast on Facebook because such scams target and exploit those naive to the dark side of social networking, security experts say.