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Articles tagged with: theft

Four Men Caught In $1.5 Million Skimming Operation

According to PCWorld, three Romanian men and one Austrian man were indicted on Monday by U.S. federal prosecutors. The four men stole over 1.5 Million U.S. dollars by cloning payment cards with stolen account information. The men are charged with skimming (recording account details from the magnetic stripe of payment cards while capturing a person’s PIN by using fake overlays on the number pads.

Accounts were targeted at Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase between March 2010 and May 2011. The affected cities included New York, Miami, and Chicago. The four stole about $110,000 per month over those fourteen months, perhaps splitting it four ways at about $27,000 each, per month ($324,000 individual ‘salary’).

Game Emulators Yanked From Android Market

Game emulators are programs that are available for download through mobile, desktop, and laptop devices, that allow users to simulate game consoles and play games they enjoy without having to pay for the console. The player usually just plays the game through mouse and keyboard instead of controller, but one could easily configure a game controller by obtaining the right hardware and software.

A third party Android app developer by the name of Yong Zhang has recently had his popular game console emulators yanked out of the Android market. His entire selection of apps was removed without warning.

Man Gets His Laptop Back, Thanks To Twitter

An Oakland man had his laptop stolen in March of this year, and three months later, finally got his property back. Did it take three months to find the thief? Nope, it took less than 24 hours. Here’s what happened: The victim, Joshua Kaufman had his laptop stolen soon after he had installed theft-tracking software.

The software did its job just right and sent pictures of the thief, but when Kaufman went the police with the pictures, the Oakland police weren’t too concerned, even when Kaufman was able to tell the exact whereabouts of the man who stole his laptop.

He followed up with the investigator a month later, and still nothing. He contacted the Oakland Police Department twice via e-mail, and he hadn’t heard back. So what’s a guy to do?

Google Fixes Android Information Leak

Yesterday we covered a security leak within Android that affected over 99% of android phones. We are happy to report that Google is working on the problem, and have already implemented a fix on the latest Android Gingerbread software. For all other versions of Android, users will get an automatic download through the air that patches this vulnerability.

Stolen Xperia Plays Delay Launch

If you’ve been waiting for Sony’s Xperia Play, you may have to keep waiting. The New Zealand launch was delayed not on the fault of Sony, but rather an entire shipment of Xperia Plays were stolen. Could this be the work of the same hackers who destroyed the lives of Sony executives? Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? Regardless of who stole the shipment, I wonder how they intend to sell all those Xperia’s while the feds closely monitor Craigslist and eBay for Xperia Play sales.

Hundreds Of iPhones Flying Out The Window

People walking the streets in Shenzhen, China got quite a surprise while walking their normal routes. Hundreds of fake iPhones came flying out the window. Of course, the citizens had no way of telling whether they were fake or not unless one actually grabbed a device to take a closer look. So what exactly was going on here? Apparently four Chinese phone dealers were selling fake iPhones and were raided by Chinese police thanks to a tipster.

Woman Racks Up 200K In Data Charges

We have just learned that a 33 year old woman from Australia is in debt of $193,187.43 after being sentenced to a year and a half in prison for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter. The woman’s name is Kylie Maree Monks and the sentence came after she plead guilty to computer-related fraud, receiving stolen property, and one count of making a false statement.

She was also charged for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter, that had a WiFi connection Telstra’s wireless broadband network.

Sony Flakes On Congressional Meeting, U.S. Gov’t Furious

With over 100 million Sony users having their information hacked, and nearly 13,000 stolen credit cards, you’d think the people at Sony would realize they are in deep $hit. Well, apparently the company is not ready to face the music quite yet, as it has declined to testify at an imminent US Congressional hearing. The hearing will address “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers” and will be held by the Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade this Wednesday.

iPhone And iPad Records Locations And Timestamps In Unencrypted File

According to Radar.Oreilly, the new iOS software installed on your iPhone or 3G iPad, regularly records the position of your device into a hidden file. This data stores a comprehensive list of locations and time stamps in a database. To add to the mystery, the file lacks any sort of encryption or protection, leaving the sensitive data at risk to be seen by other individuals. It is unclear what Apple is doing with the information or whether they even know about it. I believe it may be used in the event of a theft, but this is just a guess.

Skilled Romanian Hacker Breaches The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency experienced an interesting way of celebrating it’s anniversary of Apollo 13’s safe return to Earth, by having it’s website hacked. The skilled Romanian hacker, also known as a grey hat hacker goes by the alias, TinKode. TinKode hacked into www.esa.int and leaked a list of FTP accounts, email addresses and passwords for administrators and editors. Exactly thirteen FTP accounts were leaked to coincide with Apollo 13’s mission number.

The hacker also posted a full disclosure of the attack on his security blog, and mentioned some specifics of his target such as the staff number, composition of states, and the ESA’s 2011 budget of 5.65 billion dollars. TinKode didn’t mention how he managed to hack the website, but he was sure to include the ESA’s main server information as well as root, database, admin, editor and FTP accounts.