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Local bank gives Mass. PD it’s first ever AED

By Debbie LaPlaca Worcester Telegram & Gazette

CHARLTON, Mass. — First responders from the Charlton Police Department are equipped with a new portable device that can save the lives of victims struck by sudden cardiac arrest.

The department's first Automated External Defibrillator was recently donated by the Charlton branch of Savers Bank.

It came about because Charlton Police Chief James A. Pervier serves on a Worcester County Triad council known as SALT, for Seniors And Lawmen Together.

"At a SALT meeting, I said my agency is without an AED, and with an aging population, I could use is this type of device," Chief Pervier said.

Savers Branch Manager Eileen J. Piotroski, who also serves on SALT, took the chief's comment to heart. She and bank president Joseph A. Coderre presented a $2,339 Medtronic Lifepak 1000 defibrillator to the chief on March 5.

"Being a small, community-based bank, we try to step up," Ms. Piotroski said.

Savers Bank, Chief Pervier said, has been a generous community partner to his department and other town organizations.

Under Ms. Piotroski's direction, the Charlton branch has aided in the repair of storm-damaged soccer fields, replaced a dock at the YMCA camp, and contributed to a wealth of local charities and programs.

During the presentation at the bank, the chief thanked the bank officers and extolled the benefits of AEDs.

"I've done CPR on persons without the device, and I've had two survive in my career, and a lot have not," Chief Pervier said.

The use of an AED increases the survival rate of people in sudden cardiac arrest by 74 percent.

Automated voice commands guide the device's operator through analyzing the victim's heart rhythm. If life-threatening arrhythmia is detected, the machine charges to the appropriate level and delivers a shock.

More than 300,000 Americans are victims of sudden cardiac arrest every year, of which about 5 percent survive. Many deaths are preventable with the use of CPR and an AED, according to the American Red Cross.

Copyright 2012 Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Inc.

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Felonbook.com gives criminals a social network of their own

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By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — With the launch of felonbook.com, Americans with criminal records now have their own online community.

Mr. X (con), as the anonymous creator calls himself, had the idea for felonbook while serving a federal prison term for nonviolent marijuana charges, according to a press release. He looks "to give personal power back to those with a criminal history" by encouraging users to think about how to better their situation and change "the system."

The press release states:

"Felonbook gives the average Joe, perhaps a convicted felon, ex-con, even friends, family or like-minded citizens, the opportunity to have their vision manifest.

"This is done when an individual member of the community creates a Group, gives details about something he or she would like to change, and then through discussion proceeds to 'sell' this particular plan to the Group.

"Groups that have three thousand members in unanimous agreement, move forward to a Forum where the entire felonbook community looks over the proposal. Game Changer plans are approved out of Forum by an entire community majority vote.

"After this they are adopted and supported from the community fund, which is generated via individual membership fees of $9.99 a year."

No personal pictures or videos are promoted on felonbook.

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‘Major mobile vulnerability’ gives malware control of your phone

CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz will demonstrate a serious vulnerability in the WebKit mobile browser at the RSA conference tomorrow that could give malware complete control of your phone.

According to Kurtz, the new vulnerability affects all Android, iOS and newer BlackBerry devices. It does not affect devices running Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Kurtz said this means virtually every smartphone and tablet in use globally shares this vulnerability. Worse, security software currently available for mobile devices won’t detect such malware and won’t protect against it.

Kurtz is perhaps best known for his revelations regarding the Chinese Shady Rat operation that compromised US government and defense contractors in 2011. Kurtz discovered the Chinese cyber attacks on the US while he was CTO at McAfee. He left that company after the Intel acquisition.

Kurtz said that he compares the use of malware to the use of a gun. If someone is shooting at you, it makes more sense to take out the shooter rather than to stop the bullets, especially since the shooter can change the type of bullets he’s using at any time. He said that users of malware can do the same thing and change the method of attack at any time.

Kurtz added that mobile devices are the next battlefield. “One of the things we talk about is the nation-state activity,” Kurtz said. “We believe that this scenario is happening today. It’s happening on mobile devices.”

Kurtz said his company has been able to repurpose Chinese malware so it can take advantage of the Webkit vulnerability and take control of any mobile device. He said he’s been able to control the camera and microphone on a mobile device, read email and text messages, and use the device to record what’s happening around it. “It’s the ultimate spy tool,” he said.

Kurtz said the malware can be distributed by simply getting a user to click on a link that takes them to an infected website. Simply visiting the site would infect the device, and allow the remote operator of the malware to send data to a site anywhere in the world. “SMS messages could be a potential point of infection,” Kurtz said.

For now, until the vulnerability is fixed, there’s little anyone can do to prevent infection by the malware he describes, except to know not to click on links. In addition, he said it’s important to make sure that software on mobile devices is kept updated, something that’s not always possible on Android devices because of the fragmented update situation in the Android world.

Until security managers know that the mobile devices in their organisations have been updated, he said the best they can do is train users not to open links, and to be aware of what’s installed on the devices. He also suggested disabling Android’s ability to load applications from anywhere.

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‘Gun wall’ gives Tenn. police a stark picture of what they face

By Kevin McKenzie The Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — During roll call at the Memphis Police Department’s Old Allen Station, the "gun wall" serves as both motivator and reminder.

Each year since 2009, police have posted a photo of every gun seized in the city’s busiest precinct, which covers North Memphis, Raleigh and Frayser .

Last year, police recovered 445 firearms in the precinct, about one-fourth of the 1,845 guns collected in all nine of the city’s precincts.

The precinct’s gun-wall focus on seizing weapons dovetails with a decade-old collaborative effort known as Project Safe Neighborhoods that targets gun violators for possible federal prosecution.

"I’m really an advocate of Project Safe Neighborhoods, and we wanted to push guns out of the streets," said Col. Bishop Mays, commander of the precinct, noting that guns often are involved in serious crimes including homicide, robbery and assault.

"It’s also, in my opinion, a reminder of how dangerous it is in certain areas out there in the street where we have all of these guns," he said.

About 3:15 a.m. on Thursday, Old Allen Station officers Michael Hinton and Issac Coleman were on North Hollywood near Eldridge when someone tipped them about guns, according to a court affidavit.

The officers pulled over a gray Oldsmobile Cutlass – a passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt — and found an unlicensed driver with no insurance as well as a loaded Para-Ordnance handgun , according to police.

The Memphis driver, Damien Rainey, 25, and his passenger, Kavious Rainey, 35, both denied that the pistol was theirs. Both landed in Shelby County Jail for unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, and police had another photo for the gun wall.

Under the banner of Project Safe Neighborhoods — a Bush Administration concept for U.S. attorneys targeting gun crime — since 2002 each arrest in Memphis and Shelby County that includes a gun seizure is reviewed for possible federal prosecution.

Possessing a firearm if you’re a convicted felon, convicted of domestic assault, are an illegal immigrant or know the weapon is stolen can trigger the federal law, which calls for up to 10 years in prison. Even possessing ammunition is included.

Officers have called Project Safe Neighborhood to report that suspects are willing to take a drug charge, but not one for having a gun, said Memphis police Sgt. Robin Hulley, with the Project Safe Neighborhoods unit.

It includes 11 Memphis Police Department investigators, one from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Weekly meetings are held where investigators and federal and state prosecutors scrutinize gun-seizure cases. As of Thursday, there have been 19,081 of them since 2002, including 5,885 felons, Hulley said.

"We definitely have a full job just keeping up with the firearm cases," she said.

At the Old Allen Station, Mays, who arrived at the precinct in 2008, said officers working on the 5 p.m.-1 a.m. "delta" shift are particularly aggressive about targeting guns. The gun wall, which includes the names of the officers who seized the weapons, helps spread the spirit.

"Here’s the thing, if our officers are aggressive and checking suspicious activity and the bad guys know this, then they are less likely to walk with weapons on them, drive with weapons in their car," Mays said.

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Gun collecting

Last year, a total of 1,845 firearms were recovered in nine police precincts in Memphis.

Old Allen Station, 445

Raines Station, 326

Tillman Station, 220

Airways Station, 213

Mt. Moriah Station, 211

Union Station, 162

Appling Farms Station, 124

South Main Station, 84

Ridgeway Station, 60

Source: Project Safe Neighborhoods

Copyright 2012 The Commercial Appeal, Inc.

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Sex link gives Ga. credit card scam bizarre twist

ATHENS, Ga. — A credit card data theft ring used kinky sex to initiate its members, police say.

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Social Media Gives Grandparent Scam New Twist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Johanna Harold received a frightening phone call from a familiar voice – or so she thought. She said the voice sounded familiar, but she would later find out it it was part of a plan to deceive her.

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Oops: Typist’s Error Gives Murderer New Trial

Randy Chaviano, 26, of Hialeah, Fla., was convicted by a jury in July 2009 of fatally shooting Charles Acosta, who came to his apartment to buy drugs.

Chaviano appealed his conviction to the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.  When it was discovered that hardly any transcripts of his trial proceedings existed, the court last week threw out his conviction and life sentence, and ordered that he get an entirely new chance to go before jurors.

Any traces of Chaviano’s trial all but disappeared from the Miami-Dade courthouse’s records, officials say, because the court reporter for the case, Terlesa Cowart, failed to capture the trial on paper.

Cowart, a courts spokeswoman told the Miami Herald, put the trial transcript on an internal disc instead, and then erased the data from the stenography machine’s memory disc.

She did back the disk up on her computer, but a virus on the computer later erased all of her notes.  All that remained was a transcript of one pretrial hearing and the trial’s closing arguments.

“The rest is lost forever,” Chaviano’s attorney, Harvey Sepler, wrote in court documents.

For now, court stenographers in Miami-Dade are required to use machines that capture their work both on paper and the internal disc used by Cowart.

The county is currently pushing, against the wishes of stenographers, to replace the old human, paper and disk model with digital recorders instead.

The firm that employed Cowart at the time of the trial, Goldman Naccarato Patterson Vela Associates Inc., told the Herald their employee had a history of not bringing enough of the paper stenographers use to chronicle the proceedings.

Cowart has since been fired from the firm.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office apologized for the error:  “The overturning of a murder conviction always means terrible pain for the victim’s family and frustration for prosecutors and police officers.  Overturning a murder conviction because of a court reporter’s problem creates a brand new level of pain and frustration,” a spokesman told the Herald.

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/stenographer-error-gives-convicted-florida-murderer-new-trial/

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Oops: Typist’s Error Gives Murderer New Trial

Randy Chaviano, 26, of Hialeah, Fla., was convicted by a jury in July 2009 of fatally shooting Charles Acosta, who came to his apartment to buy drugs.

Chaviano appealed his conviction to the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.  When it was discovered that hardly any transcripts of his trial proceedings existed, the court last week threw out his conviction and life sentence, and ordered that he get an entirely new chance to go before jurors.

Any traces of Chaviano’s trial all but disappeared from the Miami-Dade courthouse’s records, officials say, because the court reporter for the case, Terlesa Cowart, failed to capture the trial on paper.

Cowart, a courts spokeswoman told the Miami Herald, put the trial transcript on an internal disc instead, and then erased the data from the stenography machine’s memory disc.

She did back the disk up on her computer, but a virus on the computer later erased all of her notes.  All that remained was a transcript of one pretrial hearing and the trial’s closing arguments.

“The rest is lost forever,” Chaviano’s attorney, Harvey Sepler, wrote in court documents.

For now, court stenographers in Miami-Dade are required to use machines that capture their work both on paper and the internal disc used by Cowart.

The county is currently pushing, against the wishes of stenographers, to replace the old human, paper and disk model with digital recorders instead.

The firm that employed Cowart at the time of the trial, Goldman Naccarato Patterson Vela Associates Inc., told the Herald their employee had a history of not bringing enough of the paper stenographers use to chronicle the proceedings.

Cowart has since been fired from the firm.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office apologized for the error:  “The overturning of a murder conviction always means terrible pain for the victim’s family and frustration for prosecutors and police officers.  Overturning a murder conviction because of a court reporter’s problem creates a brand new level of pain and frustration,” a spokesman told the Herald.

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/stenographer-error-gives-convicted-florida-murderer-new-trial/

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Facebook gives Visa debit cards to white-hat hackers

The customized Visa debit card works just like a credit card with Facebook adding more money to the account as the bearers report more bugs, tech site CNET said.

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Microsoft gives free Windows Phones to Android malware victims; iPhone users unaffected

“Want a free Windows Phone? Well, it turns out that you may be able to get one for free – all you need to do is tell Microsoft about the malware problems you’ve had with Android smartphones,” Graham Cluley blogs for Spohos.

“Ben Rudolph, Microsoft’s Windows Phone ‘evangelist,’ is the brainbox behind the scheme which has adopted the hashtag ‘#droidrage’ on Twitter,” Cluley writes. “Linking followers to current news articles about Android malware, Rudolph says he will give an ‘upgrade’ to a Windows Phone to the ’5 best (worst?)’ stories about being hit by Android malware.”

“I guess it must be kind of thrilling for Microsoft – which has endorsed the “#droidrage’ campaign – to find the malware boot on the other foot for once,” Cluley writes. “Microsoft would be wise not to look too smug at the current focus on Android malware issue though – and using the issue as a promotion for Windows Phone 7 may be shortsighted. Let’s not forget, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: When even Microsoft is proclaiming to be more secure than you, you’ve got a security problem.

Android. “Open” in all the wrong ways.

You know what’s really funny is a lot of these Android settlers are Windows Sufferers, too. You know, the anti-Apple types who nevertheless strive to use the nearest Apple approximation they can find. Now these Apple haters being attacked by their pretend Mac OS vendor over their use of devices loaded with a pretend iPhone OS. What to do, what to do? If you could bake a cake made from the irony here, it’d be multi-layered and very, very sweet.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" and "GetMeOnTop" for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Insecure: Malicious Android apps double in six months – December 14, 2011
Android permissions flaw allows eavesdropping, data theft, location tracking – December 2, 2011
You bank on your pretend iPhone? Are you nuts?! Android malware up 472% since July – November 16, 2011
Android security threats surge with infected ‘Angry Birds’; iPhone and iPad users unaffected – November 15, 2011
Apple’s iOS unaffected by malware as Android exploits surge 76% – August 24, 2011
McAfee: Google’s Android number one in malware – August 23, 2011
Android malware records phone calls; iPhone users unaffected – August 2, 2011
Symantec: Apple iOS offers ‘full protection,’ Google Android ‘little protection’ vs. malware attacks – June 29, 2011
Malware apps spoof Android Market to infect Android phones – June 21, 2011
Google forced to pull several malware-infested apps from Android market – June 8, 2011
Android malware sees explosive growth; even faster than with PCs – April 27, 2011
Virus-laden apps infest Google’s ‘open’ Android platform; iPhone unaffected – March 3, 2011
Security firm warns of new Android trojan that can steal personal information; iPhone unaffected – December 30, 2010
Trojan infects Android smartphones; iPhone unaffected – August 10, 2010
Millions of Android phone users slammed by malicious data theft app – July 29, 2010
Unlike proactive Apple, reactive Google doesn’t block malware from Android app store – June 4, 2010
Malware designed to steal bank information pops up in Google’s Android app store – January 11, 2010

Article source: http://macdailynews.com/2011/12/16/microsoft-gives-free-windows-phones-to-android-malware-victims-iphone-users-unaffected/

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