Archive for December, 2011
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
I am always shocked at how much personal information people are willing to share on their social sites, but seriously, this is definitely a case of TMI (too much information).
An 18-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of burglarizing a local market with three teens. They were discovered after the teen posted pictures on his Facebook page showing the suspects displaying some of the loot.
Isaiah Cutler, the only adult suspect, has been in jail since Friday in the Dec. 12 burglary.
Authorities report that 17-year old Cutler, along with two 14-year-olds, stole more than $8,000 worth of cash, cigarettes, candy, and checks from the business. About an hour later, Cutler posted pictures of the teens posing with what they stole on his Facebook page, police said.
Well, I guess they’re just stupid kids,” Detective Valerie Milie said Monday. “They thought they could put (the pictures) out there for their friends who friended them on Facebook to see. But the one kid had 200 friends, but not only were they friends, some of them were relatives who became concerned and called police.”
Police were already tracking down the teens based on the Facebook photos and the surveillance video from the store by the time the parents determined what happened, Milie said.
“The kids came home with shopping bags full of new Michael Jordan tennis shoes and clothes, and (the parents) said, `Where did you get the money?”‘ to buy such things, Milie said.
The younger suspects have been charged in juvenile court and have been released to their parents.
Cutler was scheduled to be in court yesterday on charges of theft, burglary and conspiracy.
Sources: MSNBC, CBS News
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
The hacking movement “Anonymous” had a very busy holiday season making its year end charitable donations – with other people’s money of course.
The group claims to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to loot funds from individual’s accounts to give away as Christmas donations. Some victims have indeed confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards.
This time Anonymous vaunted about stealing Stratfor’s confidential client list, which includes entities ranging from Apple Inc. to the U.S. Air Force to the Miami Police Department and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.
Austin,Texas-based Stratfor provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk as its description states on its YouTube page. Stratfor charges subscribers for its reports and analysis and delivers them through the web, emails and videos.
It appears that proprietary information about the companies and government agencies that subscribe to Stratfor’s newsletters are not at significant risk. The main threat seems to be directed at individual employees who had subscribed.
“Not so private and secret anymore?” Anonymous taunted in a message on Twitter, promising that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of a Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets. (more…)
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
25-year-old Mostafa Hendi got more than he asked for when he walked into the We Buy Gold shop in North Carolina yesterday and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk, Derek Mothershead, wasn’t in the mood for a robbery.
After reaching to give the armed robber the cash, Mr. Mothershead gave him something else – an unexpected punch, knocking him to the floor. Surveillance camera footage caught the moment.
Mothershead said, “When he came through the door, he told me had a gun and he even flashed it.” I stood up and threw my hands up and said, “Take the money.”
The thief came behind the counter, but Mothershead had no intention of giving him the money. When he went to pass him cash from the draw, he instead passed him a punch in the face.
“When he reached out, I took a step in, I cocked back and preloaded and I hit him hard,” Mothershead said.
With the single blow, Hendi was knocked out, and Mothershead was able to pin him down and call 911.
But the clerk wasn’t finished with the thief yet, when the thief came to, the clerk forced him to mop up his own blood from shop floor with paper towels and cleaner. That should teach the thief a lesson.
Mothershead also grabbed the man’s weapon, but said he laughed when he realized it was just a pellet gun.
Paramedics took Mostafa Hendi away on a stretcher. Mr. Mothershead’s handywork can be seen in Hendi’s police mugshot, where his face appears bruised and swollen.
Hendi remains behind bars on a charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Store manager Juaz Cruz added: “Merry Christmas Mostafa Hendi.”
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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Karsten Nohl, head of Berlin-based Security Research Labs and a well-regarded expert on mobile security, will be speaking this week at the Berlin hacking convention. He will be speaking about the security vulnerabilities of GSM phones.
Mobile security is a hot topic given that smartphone sales have now outpaced PC sales. Smartphone malware is exploding at an unprecedented rate as people put more of their valuable information on these devices. Hackers continue to find ways to exploit the security of these devices.
Nohl discovered flaws in a widely used wireless technology that could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones and instruct them to send text messages or make calls. He identified a bug last year in GSM technology that makes calls vulnerable to tapping. He says he is calling attention to these flaws in an effort to pressure the industry into sprucing up the security of their products.
Nohl says hackers could use the vulnerability in the GSM technology to make calls or send texts to expensive, premium phone and messaging services in scams. GSM technology is used by most telecom operators globally and by billions of people.
Previously, security experts have identified a small number of viruses designed to infect smartphones which would allow hackers to take control of the devices and force them to make calls or send text messages. However, Nohl said he has discovered a way to leverage previously disclosed vulnerabilities in GSM technology that could potentially threaten hundreds of thousands of phones.
“We can do it to hundreds of thousands of phones in a short time frame,” Nohl told Reuters ahead of his presentation on the topic at the hacking convention. (more…)
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
A 9-year-old Indiana girl was reported missing last Friday. On Monday evening, her body was discovered. The details of her death are extremely gruesome.
Mike Plumadore, age 39, the neighbor who had been watching Aliahna, was interviewed by police and taken into custody at 9 p.m. and charged with murder on Monday night. Plumadore had been watching Aliahna and her sisters before she was reported missing. On Monday evening, Plumadore told investigators where the girl’s body could be found.
Police say Plumadore bludgeoned Aliahna with a brick, then dismembered her with a hacksaw.
After beating Aliahna Lemmon to death last Thursday, Michael Plumadore told police he stuffed her body into trash bags and hid her in his freezer, according to an affidavit filed by the Allen County sheriff’s department. Plumadore said he later chopped up her body, stuffed her remains into freezer bags and hid some at his trailer and some at a nearby business.
More than 100 emergency workers searched for Aliahna around the mobile home park Saturday, though no active search was done Sunday. Tinkel said the same size search could not be sustained because of the Christmas holiday. I think a missing child should take priority over a holiday and the search should have continued on Sunday – despite the fact that we now know the child was murdered on Thursday. (more…)
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Family law solutions such as divorce mediation and collaborative law are attractive options if the spouses can reach amicable agreements with respect to issues of child custody, property division and visitation. But sometimes contentious disputes over hidden assets, infidelity or other deception cause hard feelings that may require a judicial determination of key divorce issues.
Evidence or admissions of adultery are the most obvious source of ill will in divorce, whether a spouse’s lack of faithfulness is the primary motivating factor in the divorce or the infidelity is discovered during the dissolution process. While a spouse can learn about adultery in many ways, sometimes a husband or wife finds it necessary to seek help to confirm his or her suspicions.
A recent New Jersey appellate court opinion considered the role of technology in investigating a spouse suspected of infidelity. The case involved a Gloucester County law enforcement officer whose wife suspected that he was having extramarital relations. In 2007, she hired a private investigator to confirm whether he was having an affair. After failing to successfully tail the husband, the PI recommended that she place a global positioning system (GPS) in the glove compartment of his vehicle to track his whereabouts.
The resulting evidence of infidelity led to a lengthy divorce that was finalized in 2009, and the couple parted ways. But the husband had further legal issues to settle, and he filed a claim against the private investigator for intentional and negligent invasion of privacy, alleging that he had suffered emotional harm as a result. (more…)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Nancy Jane Mancuso Gelber is an aspiring crime novelist who admits she has “a thing for pudgy men!” That doesn’t include her husband, who she said was cheating. She tried to hire a hitman to solve the problem, but it was an undercover cop.
Nancy Mancuso Gelber was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband after meeting with an undercover Brazos County Sheriff’s deputy in downtown Bryan Wednesday night near the LaSalle Hotel.
Gelber attempted to verify that her hit man was not a cop by asking him if he was a cop. The sheriff, of course, told her he was not a cop and that was good enough for her. Gelber allegedly offered her wedding ring as a down payment on the job, with a $60,000 payoff coming after the demise of 54-year-old Joseph Richard Gelber. She told the sheriff that the couple was having financial problems and that Gelber had women on the side.
Nancy’s Facebook page spoke volumes about the problems she was having with her husband. This is not going to help her case. One posting said, “”I’m a good cook, I take care of my man, and I have a thing for pudgy men! I DON’T CHEAT OR DO CHEATERS!!! I am straight forward, to the point, polite, and Texan-bred friendly!” She went on to add: (more…)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
As you have probably read or heard, credit cards, passports, driver’s licenses and more are moving to the use of Smart Cards or RFID technology. Eventually, you will no longer need to swipe your credit cards, etc. You will simply need to pass by a scanner. The advancement of technology is closely followed by criminals who learn how to exploit these advances. The way it works is someone can get close to you with a portable scanner and steal your data without having to lift your wallet. This method is becoming common with identity thieves.
The good news is you can do something to protect your data. The U-Spy Store sells Smart Card RFID Defender Protection Sleeves. They are reasonably priced and will give you peace of mind, particularly during the holiday shopping season. Also, if you will be traveling with your passport, you want to protect this too. We also sell Passport RFID Protection Sleeves. The U-Spy Store also carries a couple of other items that protect your data.
The following story explains how a research team successfully hacked a commonly used RFID smartcard. (more…)