Up to 1 million Michigan residents may be eligible for ‘clean slate’ criminal expungements

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Michigan’s “Clean Slate” laws that make it easier for convicted criminals to erase past felonies from public records took effect Sunday, April 11.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel during an online informational session Monday said several hundred thousand to a million Michigan residents may be eligible under the new expungement rules and will “no longer have to deal with the stigma and barriers posed by having a criminal conviction on their public record.”

Most violent crimes, criminal sexual conduct and alcohol-related driving offenses are not eligible for expungement, other than certain low-level assaults. The state Legislature is considering expanding expungement

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Criminals target Covid relief program paying $9,000 in funeral costs

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Criminals are targeting a new federal program that pays up to $9,000 in funeral costs for a loved one who died of Covid-19, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

The Covid-19 Funeral Assistance program, overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, opened to applicants on Monday. Individuals have had trouble getting through due to high volume, officials said.

Fraudsters are contacting people and impersonating government agents, offering to register them for assistance, according to the FTC.

“FEMA has not sent any such notifications and we do not contact people before they register for

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Cybersecurity: Victims are spotting cyber attacks much more quickly – but there’s a catch

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The amount of time cyber criminals are spending inside compromised networks is dropping. But while that might sound like a positive development, one reason hackers are spending less time inside networks is because of the surge in ransomware attacks.

Researchers at cybersecurity company FireEye Mandiant analysed hundreds of cyber incidents and found that the global median dwell time – the duration between the start of a security intrusion and when it’s identified – has dropped to below a month for the first time, standing at 24 days.

According to the M-Trends 2021 annual threat report, that means incidents are

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Ex-CIA Director Says Criminals Will Move Away From Bitcoin

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Potential money launderers aren’t really using bitcoin – and of those who are, many are likely to move away from the cryptocurrency due to the fact every transaction is recorded and visible to all.

That’s one conclusion of a report published by the Crypto Council for Innovation, a new lobbying group hoping to inform and influence regulatory actions around the cryptocurrency sector. The report, penned by former Central Intelligence Agency Acting Director Michael Morell, is the first salvo in this effort.

“As more seizures and arrests are made, we believe illicit actors – who are technology agnostic – will continue

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Ex-CIA Director Says Criminals Will Move Away From Bitcoin in New Lobbying Group’s First Report

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Potential money launderers aren’t really using bitcoin – and of those who are, many are likely to move away from the cryptocurrency due to the fact every transaction is recorded and visible to all.

That’s one conclusion of a report published by the Crypto Council for Innovation, a new lobbying group hoping to inform and influence regulatory actions around the cryptocurrency sector. The report, penned by former Central Intelligence Agency Acting Director Michael Morell, is the first salvo in this effort.

“As more seizures and arrests are made, we believe illicit actors – who are technology agnostic – will continue

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