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Police just arrested 4 men suspected of running scams tied to one of the biggest data breaches in history

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US and Israeli law enforcement officials have arrested four men for suspected involvement in cyber blackmail and stock manipulation scams believed to be tied to the 2014 JPMorgan data breach. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported the arrests of Anthony Murgio, Yuri Lebedev, Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein and late on Tuesday. Bitcoin ‘ransomware’ Murgio and Lebedev are believed to have run an illegal Bitcoin money laundering exchange. (Bitcoins are a cryptographic currency that facilitate semi-anonymous transactions online.) The exchange was reportedly in violation of US federal anti-money laundering (AML) laws and made money by charging customers, many of which the FBI believe are engaged in criminal activity, to swap cash for Bitcoins. The FBI claims Murgio specifically exchanged cash for Bitcoins for victims of “ransomware” – a form of malware that locks victims out of their computer and demands they pay an unlock fee, often in Bitcoins. If true this would make him a co-conspirator in the illegal cyber blackmail operations. The FBI estimates the exchange earned the two at least $1.8m between October 2013 and January 2015. The specific charges against the two are: Conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Operating an unlicensed money […]

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Anonymous Declares War Against Canadian Police And Launches Attacks

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The notorious hacktivist group Anonymous has reportedly attacked national police websites in Canada, following vows of retaliation. The campaign was aimed at getting revenge for the unlawful shooting of a man in a “Guy Fawkes mask” in British Columbia on Thursday. The individual died as a result of his injuries. According to RT, the man was shot after having been mistaken for a suspect local police were searching for. In a video upload on YouTube, titled “Anonymous Operation AnonDown”, members affiliated with the hacktivist group declared war on Canadian police in British Columbia. The video, now gone viral, speaks of the group wanting to seek revenge for the shooting outside of the Fixx restaurant in Dawson Creek, in what Anonymous is calling “Operation Anondown.” The man was shot without probable cause or provocation, according to a statement made by Anonymous. Furthermore, the group is attacking “killer cops” who are shooting individuals without any cause, the Vancouver Sun reports. In the video, Anonymous makes the following statement about its new operation. “This RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] officer must be named, fired and charged for the murder of our brother. If we do not receive justice, rest assured there will be […]

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Met Police chief admits cyber-crime difficulties

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe admits that the UK police are still “skimming the surface” when it comes to tackling cyber-crime, a view that is shared by security experts. In an interview hosted by Sky News earlier this week, and with questions coming in from children’s newspaper First News, Hogan Howe detailed how the police have recruited hundreds of extra officers to fight online crime such as child abuse images, despite the organisation facing continued budget cuts. “I think we’re only skimming the surface,” he said of the Met Police’s efforts with cyber-crime so far. “A lot of it is about stealing money and scamming, sometimes it’s about stealing an idea from a business.” He said that the Met had created a squad of about 300 officers to deal with cyber-crime cases, adding that it would look to add another 200 in the next year. And citing the number of indecent images of children online, he admitted that police resources were continually being stretched. “When there are hundreds of thousands of horrible images of children online and we’re trying to track down all these people, it has proved a logistical problem. “It’s incredibly important but there are other important […]

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Staffordshire Police hire digital experts to fight cyber crime

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DIGITAL experts have been recruited to help police catch cyber criminals. They have joined a dedicated digital intelligence team (DIT) within Staffordshire Police, set up to carry out covert investigations into crime committed online. The new specialists could be helping to tackle offences such as fraud, drug dealing and child sexual exploitation. It comes after The Sentinel revealed in February that the force had established a crack cyber crime unit to catch perverts, fraudsters and other criminals using the internet to target their victims. The new DIT replaces this unit and signals a different approach in Staffordshire to addressing cyber crime. Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “These are all people with significant skills, backgrounds, training and levels of qualifications in digital investigation. “We have changed the way we think about investigating crime because society has changed the way that crime is committed.” More than 250 police staff have been trained in how to gather evidence and intelligence from the internet. It is hoped a further 250 will have the training by the end of next year. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said: “The DIT have got really sophisticated technological techniques to help catch offenders who think the internet is a […]

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‘Come at me Aussie police': Hacker behind posts of hundreds of pictures of naked Queensland women taunts authorities and vows to keep uploading them

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A hacker responsible for sharing nude images of up to 700 Brisbane women on a New Zealand-based file-sharing service online, has taunted police after they ordered for the photos to be removed. The freely available images, which showed ‘girls from Brisbane and surrounding areas’ in various states of undress, first emerged on a forum on Friday before being removed on Monday morning and reappearing again later that night, Fairfax reports. A police request led to their removal for a second time on Tuesday, which was followed by the hacker vowing to upload the photos again, posting: ‘come at me Aussie police’. The uploader allegedly named the women in the photos and even shared some of their locations. However, officers are limited in their ability to investigate the cybercrime due to a lack of complaints. ‘The thing is, we don’t have a complaint and the focus has to be on harm minimisation to try and get these things down so people’s lives aren’t ruined,’ Detective Superintendent Brian Hay told Faifax. ‘When you’ve got a complaint then you’ve got an offence.’ The news comes just days after hackers stole and posted scantily clad photos of up to 500 Adelaide women on a […]

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Local police chiefs focus on accountability, technology

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The national debate over how police interact with the public hasn’t gone unnoticed by several chiefs in Lake County. It’s the paths they’re taking to increase police accountability that differ. Police chiefs in Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith and Schererville also face the never-ending challenge of finding funding to purchase a growing list of technologies. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said his department is currently testing body cameras from four companies. All officers working on patrol, traffic and gang and narcotics units could begin wearing the cameras by this summer. The cameras often are held up as a way to reduce unfounded complaints and increase police accountability. Two controversies last year in which Hammond police were accused of racial profiling and excessive force have decreased initial resistance to the cameras among the rank and file, Doughty said. The department is looking to purchase 125 to 150 body cameras at a cost of about $80,000, he said. The Gary Police Department also is in the process of acquiring body cameras for testing, spokesman Thomas Decanter said. East Chicago police have “an open mind” and are researching the feasibility of body cameras, Police Chief Mark Becker said. One of the greatest challenges […]

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A watchful Regina gas station clerk has foiled what police believe to be an attempted credit card scam — one that could have implications that reach beyond this province.

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Johnson City police arrested an Elizabethton woman Tuesday on charges that she used another person’s credit card to make purchases. Heather K. Richardson, 23, 220 Nave Hollow Loop, Elizabethton, was with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft of property over $1,000. Police said Richardson’s arrest resulted from an investigation into fraudulent charges made to a Belk Department Store credit card. The investigation showed Richardson unlawfully used the victim’s credit card to make purchases in Tennessee and North Carolina. Richardson turned herself in Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center, where she was held on $20,000 bond. She was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court. Tuesday’s arrest was not Richardson’s first in Johnson City: — In August 2013, she was charged with shoplifting. — In January 2014, Richardson was charged with aggravated assault. — In February 2014, she was one of two people arrested when police found drugs at a Johnson City hotel. Richardson and Terelle Sanders were each charged with possession of schedule II drugs for resale, possession of schedule VI drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said the arrests resulted from a “knock and talk” at a room at the Double Tree Hotel, 211 Mockingbird Lane. […]

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Police: Bethesda Fraud Suspect Cloned Credit Card

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A man allegedly cloned a victim’s credit card, then used it to make fraudulent purchases at a Bethesda grocery store. Police are looking for help to identify the suspect photographed above. Detectives say he used the cloned card last month. The victim was notified of fraudulent activity on her card on Feb. 12, according to police. She still had her card “and was uncertain how the card number was being used to make purchases,” police said. Police said an investigation revealed the card had been cloned and used at a Safeway in Bethesda. Anyone with information about this crime or the suspect is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6726. Callers may remain anonymous. source: http://www.bethesdanow.com/2015/03/18/fraud-suspect-cloned-credit-card-used-them-in-bethesda/

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ShotSpotter stations in New York can recognize gunfire, direct police to crimes

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The City of New York has announced plans to adopt an innovative anti-gun violence device, The ShotSpotter, which aims to slow the increase in gun crime in New York City. ShotSpotter is made up of acoustic sensors that detects the sound of gunfire. The sensors are attached to cameras on buildings throughout New York. When a gunshot is fired, cameras will review video footage to see where the gunfire was from in order to solve the crime. The devices cost $1.5 million and will be part of a year-long test program.The ShotSpotters have been implemented in the Bronx and 300 more cameras will be installed across New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the devices will deter crime. “What you get with ShotSpotter is real-time information so the police can respond so much faster,” said de Blasio. “The audio senses detect gunfire, pinpoint the shots to literally, within feet of where they have occurred and that gives the police the ability to get to the scene,” said the mayor. “This new gunshot deterrent system is going to do a whole lot of good in terms of going after the bad guys.” “This technology will help us stay even safer,” added de Blasio. While […]

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Stafford police seek man wanted for credit card fraud

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Stafford Township police are looking for the public’s help to locate a New Brunswick man they say is wanted for credit card fraud. $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for Terence Flaherty, 28, charging him with fraud and theft, according to police Sgt. Christopher M. Fritz. He said Flaherty frequents Barnegat Township, Morris Plains and Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. Anyone with any information of Terence Flaherty’s location should contact the Stafford Township Police Department anonymous TIPS hotline at 609-597-1189, ext. 8477 — Stephanie Loder source: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/stafford-police-seek-man-wanted-for-credit-card-fraud/article_f51f8518-cb7d-11e4-ab80-0338af9aab80.html

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