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‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, CRIME!, REBLOG | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

China NewsA former chemistry professor has been arrested by Chinese police on suspicion of selling a drug recipe to a gang which cooked up synthetic narcotics, state media reports.

The 50-year-old former academic surnamed Lu had “a set of recipes for producing methcathinone”, a drug similar to methamphetamine, which he provided to dealers.

Amphetamine labs are growing at an alarming rate, a Chinese police raid on the house of two methcathinone dealers in 2011 uncovered a pile of 80 million yuan, $AU13 million, in cash.

In Australia Amphetamine arrests have nearly double in past five years, according to Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report. Trade workers and those in the hospitality industry are among the biggest users of the drug according to an analysis of national drug data.

Lu “worked as a professor of chemistry at a university” in Xian, the capital of the northern province of Shaanxi, before teaming up with a drug manufacturer surnamed Chen in 2013 :: Read the full article »»»»


US Charge 3 Men Over Largest Ever Cyber-crime

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , | Comments Off on US Charge 3 Men Over Largest Ever Cyber-crime

US charges three men over largest internet breach on recordAuthorities in the United States have unveiled charges against two Vietnamese nationals and one Canadian in connection with a computer fraud scheme to steal more than 1 billion email addresses.

The incident was the largest known data breach of names and email addresses on record.

Indictments in the case accuse two Vietnamese nationals of hacking into at least eight major email services from February 2009 to June 2012 and stealing the email addresses that were then used for various spam and marketing schemes.

The scheme netted at least $US2 million from the marketing of various products and services, according to the US Justice Department.

Those charged with hacking were Viet Quoc Nguyen, 28, and Giang Hoang Vu, 25, both Vietnamese nationals :: Read the full article »»»»


Targets Pickled Russian Potato

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Hack! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Targets Pickled Russian Potato

Targets Pickled Russian PotatoThe virus that was used to steal 40 million people’s credit-card details from giant American retailer Target was, it was recently revealed, called ‘Kaptoxa’ which, as English-language news outlets are helpfully explaining, is Russian slang for “potato.”

The hack is likely to affect more than 110 million credit card users in the US.

And as banks and retailers point fingers – mostly at one-another – speculation over who was behind the Target hack goes on, doubtless it was the work of a very sophisticated crime ring – бушель большевистских картофеля – A Bushel of Bolshoviks!?

The breach was clearly a real black eye for the retailer, the aftermath is however getting much, much darker.

How hackers broke into Target and installed malware on point-of-sale – POS – terminals, then harvested some 40 million card details is still sketchy, what is more more interesting is that almost all-trace of the hack is very quickly being erased, redacted, not by hackers, but by security companies linked to the breach.

At least three security companies so far have scrubbed information related to Target from the internet, highlighting a serious sensitivity to one of the largest ever data breaches :: Read the full article »»»»


Did Facebook Sell Data From Users’ Private Messages?

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Facebook, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Did Facebook Sell Data From Users’ Private Messages?

Did Facebook Sell Data From Users' Private Messages?The social network behemoth that is Facebook, is being sued in a US court for allegedly selling details derived from private messages to advertisers without users’ consent.

Documents filed in California as part of a class action lawsuit are claiming that Facebook intercepted and scanned messages for information about its billion users.

The class action is being led by two Facebook users in the US, and is being brought on behalf of all users located within the US who have sent or received private Facebook messages that included a URL (webpage link) in the content of the message.

Facebook accumulates about 200 petabytes of data per year and is currently growing by around half a petabyte a day :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Silk Road ArrestsA Queensland man who allegedly helped moderate the now defunct online drug bazaar Silk Road has been arrested as part of an international police operation.

Peter Phillip Nash, 40, was arrested yesterday at his Brisbane home by Australian Federal Police as part of an operation that also captured two others named in an indictment issued by the US Justice Department.

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed Nash’s arrest, saying he is wanted in the US “for conspiracy to traffic narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering”.

Andrew Michael Jones, 24, was arrested in the US, while Gary Davis, 25, is believed to be in Ireland, according to the department officials.

If found guilty, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nash appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody.

Speculation on the arrests came to a head on Friday morning, after a contributor to Reddit claimed her boyfriend – a moderator for Silk Road 2 – was arrested :: Read the full article »»»»


Run Skidmark Run! Google Steps-up Internet Paedophile Hunt

Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: | Comments Off on Run Skidmark Run! Google Steps-up Internet Paedophile Hunt

GOOGLEIt’s en ease to bag out the behemoth that is Google, outwardly the company looks like a money making machine – without a huge social conscience – Scratch the surface a little however, and your glimmered by small signs of hope. There’s a bunch of cool stuff coming out of Google’s X-Labs, Project Loony’s superneat wifi via balloon power. Google Culture  dictates that the company has a social conscience, exercising that conscience is – it seems – a little harder?

In it’s latest effort to set-things-right, Google is doing what it does best, it’s creating an image database to help law enforcement control the traffic of offensive images and remove child pornography from the web. Indeed, it’s a no-brainer, Google’s mission statement outlines the company’s intention to ‘organize the worlds information’ and mapping a world of depravity in order to be rid of it,  something the company is exemplary at.

While we’d love to sing Google’s praises, we are left wondering why that hadn’t happened sooner, search, categorize and list is after all what Google does best?

Now that Google has announced plans to setup an online database of offensive images, you can expect that the war will escalate quickly. The ethos of the plan is to enable law enforcement agencies, not-for-profits and private companies to detect and remove offensive content more easily :: Read the full article »»»»


Ebay.au Helps Snare Welfare Cheats

Posted: March 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ebay.au Helps Snare Welfare Cheats

Ebay.au Helps Trap Welfare FraudData from online trading site eBay.com.au has helped Australia’s Government welfare agency, Centrelink, catch out social security recipients who are not declaring big profits from internet sales. Centrelink has cleverly compared its payment records with the activity of nearly 20,000 people who are running profitable eBay businesses.

The government agency identified 25 people who must repay close to $AU900,000 in welfare payments they weren’t entitled to. Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen said some matters had been referred to the director of public prosecutions, but no charges have yet been laid.

Welfare fraud costs Australia more than $AU600 million a year, the Australian Institute of Criminolgy – AIC – says welfare fraud is difficult to measure because it falls outside the two main crime measures of incidents reported to police and victim experience surveys. The AIC says the UK department responsible for social welfare estimated in 2009 that more than two percent of all benefit expenditures, or £3 billion a year, was fraudulently claimed :: Read the full article »»»»