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Costa Rica launches investigation after reports hackers ‘rigged’ 2014 election

Costa Rica is to investigate whether hackers interfered with its 2014 elections. The investigation comes days after jailed hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed he had used black propaganda and other tactics in order to influence many electoral contests across Latin America over a run of eight years for 2005 until 2013. Sepulveda …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2016

Backdoors are bad, Euro security wonks ENISA tell governments

The European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has weighed into the cryptography debate, warning that crimping cryptography will “create vulnerabilities that can in turn be used by criminals and terrorists”. Its January-dated but just-released paper states boldly that “unprotected communication becomes a …
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Masked men 'steal' £250k of smartphones from Exertis

The boys in blue are investigating a break-in at Exertis’ Altham warehouse earlier this week when three masked robbers made off with almost £250,000 worth of smartphones. According to Lancashire Police, 170 iPhone 6s mobes and 380 Galaxy S5 Neo devices were stolen by the trio between midnight and 2.30 am on 1 February. Police …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2016
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UK police have 43 separate IT systems and it's putting you at risk

Coppers need a "network of networks" for the 43 police force systems to tackle the shift to "internet enabled crime", the heads of The National Police Chiefs’ Council and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary have said. Delegates at the Police ICT Suppliers Summit were told the internet is enabling a fundamental change …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2016

Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome back. Just think, it’s been a week already since glum users began reluctantly re-occupying seats that had been blissfully empty during most of Christmas and New Year. No doubt your Monday was spent dealing with forgotten-password requests, Tuesday helping the same users who had already forgotten the replacement password …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Jan 2016
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Bungling Bonn burglar locks himself into house

A 43-year-old German burglar demonstrated a notable lack of skill with locks during an attempted robbery in the city of Bonn last Saturday, according to local cops. The unnamed perp first attempted to enter his target property through the front door. Having failed to open that, he jumped the back garden fence and gained access …
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2015

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

A teenager on probation for car theft has been arrested after court documents relating to that car theft were found alongside identifiable personal items in a second stolen car. These items were subsequently collected from the police station by the suspect, who arrived in a third stolen vehicle. Carnell Eugene Butler, 18, "now …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2015
One Nation Under CCTV

Still safe as houses: More CCTV for the masses

Feature Last week, I looked at two home camera systems: Arlo from Netgear and Welcome from Netatmo. To recap, Arlo is pretty much a straightforward cloud-based CCTV system, offering you cameras with motion sensors and notification, together with an app to view things on your phone. Netatmo's Welcome is a stand-alone camera – again …
Nigel Whitfield, 15 Aug 2015
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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

The West Yorkshire fuzz have released recordings of nuisance calls requesting a cat be arrested for eating a man's bacon and a complaint about a noisy washing machine, as well as a request to identify the actor in Magnum PI*. As reported by the Yorkshire Post, a man rang the police to complain about his girlfriend's cat eating …
Team Register, 31 Jul 2015
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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

The trial of a man accused of fraudulently purchasing more than 150 fondleslabs was halted in San Francisco Bay's Redwood City last week when the judge learned that the defence attorney had not only an inactive law licence, but also a warrant for his arrest on drug and theft charges. SFGate reports that the attorney — 48-year …

Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office in Maine cuffed burglary suspect Christopher Wallace this Sunday, following an extraordinary burst of Snapchat buffoonery from the 24-year-old. Several weeks ago the police department made it known that they were seeking Wallace in connection with a burglary. They had been unable to locate …
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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union have shown that US cops are using the FBI's Stingray mobile phone tracking tech much more often than first thought. And the Feds are going to great lengths to hide the full extent of its use. "The documents paint a detailed picture of police using an invasive technology …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2015

Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

Police have arrested 16 suspects on suspicion of car theft during the first week of an operation targeting keyless vehicle theft. Operation Endeavour was launched by the Metropolitan Police in response to a rise in theft of motor vehicles. Organised criminals increasingly stealing keyless vehicles using a device which bypasses …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2015
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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

+Comment The UK government last week partnered with 12 insurance companies to develop the "cyber-insurance" market. But experts are split on whether encouraging the development of the nascent market will result in the adoption of improved security practices. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said that while cyber insurance adds an …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2014

'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

Downrange As opposition to the Association of Chief Police Officers' campaign to impose random spot checks on lawful gun owners' security arrangements grows, El Reg managed to get some responses out of the police chiefs' trade union. “We have not encouraged forces to use any powers of entry at all, however should the need arise …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2014
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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

Feature If you've ever had the misfortune to be burgled, you'll know how nervous it can make you feel. After my own experience some twenty years ago, it took a long time before I could leave the flat without fretting, and perhaps using my new-fangled mobile phone to call the home computer and check that it was still there to answer the …
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Sep 2014

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

Computer kit including smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop themselves, is twice as likely to be stolen in reported thefts in London compared to other regions in the UK. A series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from security and communications firm ViaSat revealed the theft of electronic devices crops up in 34 per …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

Google has said its scanning for child abuse images on Gmail and other services does not extend to searching for evidence of other crimes. US police recently arrested a registered sex offender after Google notified the authorities about illegal photos of children that were allegedly found in the 41-year-old's Gmail account. The …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2014
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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

A series of tiny and sometimes transparent card-skimming devices have been detected in ATMs across Europe, researchers say. Boffins with the European ATM Security Team (EAST) have plucked out and displayed some clever thumb-sized skimmers that hide from victims' view by fitting in cash terminals' gullets. The devices paraded in …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2014
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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

QuoTW This was the week when Microsoft’s top legal eagle said the fallout from the NSA snooping scandal was only getting worse for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference, Redmond’s general counsel Brad Smith said that unless the US government started taking control of its spy agencies, the country’s tech …

'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

A suspect is languishing in jail after allegedly breaking into a house, logging into Facebook on his victim's PC, and then reportedly obligingly leaving his social network profile up and open for the returning homeowner. Police mugshot of Nicholas Wig Wig's profile pic from his police department presence Arresting officers …
Lester Haines, 25 Jun 2014
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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

Thought your home was safe from corporate surveillance? Think again, because thermostat-maker Nest is set to share your personal data with its mother company, Google. Nest Labs has admitted to the Wall Street Journal that personal assistant system Google Now will be among the first non-Nest apps to connect to Nest sensors and …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jun 2014

US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

The US Department of Justice has named five members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army that, it claims, carried out an eight-year hacking campaign against some American companies to steal commercially sensitive information. "These represent the first ever charges against known state actors for infiltrating U.S. commercial …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2014

Whoa, hold on, Earth: Wolfram's discovered the 'Internet of Things'

Wolfram Research likes big datasets, and there's a growing number and variety of Internet of Things connected devices, so it's a natural pairing really: the company ha announced a project to create what it calls a “definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices”. In fact, the company's ultimate …

Another day, another Bitcoin burglary as Bitcash.cz goes titsup

Bitcoin's again in the spotlight after another repository for the crypto-currency was burgled, then shuttered. Czech site bitcash.cz/, once home to over 4,000 Bitcoin wallets, is now offering nothing more than the following text: “Server Bitcash.cz was attacked by hackers. On 11.11. in the evening was broken by server security …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

The number of laptops and tablets stolen in one country and recovered in another is on the rise. Absolute Software's second annual Endpoint Security Report records that stolen kit that had not been nicked locally had been recovered in an additional eight countries as far afield as Mongolia, Gambia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. In the …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2013
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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

A former SAP vice president has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after he was caught running a side business selling Lego kits purchased using home-made barcodes. Thomas Langenbach, a former VP of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, was caught by store detectives at a local Target after he was observed sticking a new barcode on a Star …
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013
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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Pic Cops have arrested two men following a failed “smash and grab” robbery at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London. Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, which took place at 1am on Tuesday morning. Officers told The Register that up to eight people may have been involved in the …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2013
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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

Crooks are branching out beyond bank ATMs by installing card skimming devices on a payment terminals ranging from train ticket kiosks to parking meters, according to European anti-fraud experts. At least five countries have logged skimming attacks against railway, bus or metro ticket machines, the European ATM Security Team ( …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2013
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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Doctors have attempted to determine just what mind-altering substance may have provoked a carnival worker to allegedly jump naked onto a Florida couple's roof, charge into the house, smash a TV, masturbate on the living room floor, defecate on the premises and drink the contents of a wet-dry vacuum cleaner before he finally …
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2013
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Hotel blames burglaries on hacked Onity card locks

Updated A Texas hotel is claiming to have suffered multiple burglaries stemming from flaws in a common type of electronic lock, exploits for which were demonstrated at this year's Black Hat hacking conference. In July, security researcher Cody Brocious showed how a device cobbled together from $50 worth of parts could be used to break …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2012
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'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

Quotw This was the week some Googler's finger slipped at just the wrong moment, sending its rather worrying financial results out a mite too early. The Chocolate Factory's third quarter profits were much lower than expected and its revenue, famed for continued growth, has slowed down. It was quite clear that the early release was a …
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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

A surprising twist has emerged in the tale of a New York politician who found Linux had been installed on his office computer after miscreants supposedly broke into the locked room. After his office windows were smashed by rocks, Michael Grimm, a US Republican who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, denounced the " …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2012
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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

A US congressmen has been left incensed after miscreants installed Linux on computers at his campaign office, possibly thrashing some data in the process. Michael Grimm, a Republican who represents a district in New York covering Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has slammed the weekend break-in to his offices on as a " …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Crime Map

iOS App of the Week It’s often been said that there’s big difference between the public’s perception of crime – getting worse all the time, the country’s going to the dogs, blah-Daily-Mail-blah – and the actual crime figures that have shown a decrease in recent years. Of course, there’s plenty of statistical information about UK crime rates …
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jun 2012
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'We're public now, so could you please click on an ad or two'

Quotw This was the week when Facebook stocks took an early drubbing in the market before recovering somewhat to a more stable, albeit reduced, price. The social network wasn't able to find its feet in time to stop a slew of lawsuits from disgruntled investors who jointly and severally blame Facebook, Zuckerberg, the IPO underwriting …
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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

An SAP executive is reported to have been charged with stealing LEGO from shops using the assistance of home-made bar codes before allegedly selling the kits online. Thomas Langenbach, 47, is said to have swapped the shop bar codes on expensive LEGO kits for his own homemade versions at a number of shops belonging to discount …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2012
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Met cops' CSI mobe-snoop tech sparks privacy fears

Analysis The mobile device data extraction system that has just been rolled out by the Metropolitan Police is designed to provide an easier way to slurp evidence from the mobile phones of suspects brought into custody. But some argue that the move is likely to change how crimes are investigated while it raises several data retention and …
John Leyden, 21 May 2012
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Call of Duty hacker behind bars after college burglary

A Brit who distributed a Trojan horse that posed as a patch for popular shoot-em-up game Call of Duty has been jailed for 18 months. Lewys Martin, 20, of Deal in Kent, used the malware to harvest bank login credentials, credit card details and internet passwords from the compromised Windows PCs of his victims. Martin then …
John Leyden, 18 May 2012
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Apple Store moped raider suspect to face trial in October

A man accused of perpetrating a smash-and-grab raid at the Apple Store in London's Covent Garden will stand trial in October, Met Police have confirmed. A gang of seven moped and motorcycle marauders, most carrying pillion riders, plundered shiny new kit including iPads and other gear from the London-based retail outlet last …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2012
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GPS glitch leads perp-pursuing cops to wrong house

A man has been left with a £500 bill for a new front door after "tracking software" used to trace a stolen iPhone led Police to the wrong house. The missing iPhone was located using iOS' Find My iPhone feature, which can be used to find a device using its GPS fix. The handset is queried by a server and reports back its co- …
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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Cops cuff London Apple Store 'scooter raiders'

The Met has attempted to smash a network of suspected young burglars who are accused of hitting 48 retail premises in London over a seven-month period - including last month's raid on the Apple Store in Covent Garden. As revealed by El Reg, seven moped riders and motorcyclists, most carrying pillion passengers, smashed their way …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2011
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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

Grieving Apple Store staff arrived to work this morning to find their Covent Garden shop had been plundered overnight by a biker gang. Two men are being questioned by coppers after the "smash and grab" raid at 1am today, just days after the death of billionaire Apple baron Steve Jobs. Coppers were alerted after a gang of around …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys

Civil liberties activists have lent their support to a case that will test whether a US citizen can refuse to decrypt personal data on the grounds that it might be self-incriminatory. The case involves allegedly fraudulent real estate transactions. The government wants a Colorado court to compel Ramona Fricosu, who is accused of …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2011
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'Thickest burglar' leaves passport at scene of raid

The Sun has hailed 48-year-old Kenneth Morgan as Britain's "thickest burglar", after he abandoned his passport at the scene of a break-in. The career criminal was forced to beat a retreat from a property in Acton, West London, when the owner returned home and caught him in the act. He made good his escape through the kitchen …
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2011
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'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

A man who stole a laptop, then used it to post a gloating self-portrait of himself on the victim's Facebook page is challenging for the title of the world's thickest criminal. Last December, Rodney Knight Jr, 19, broke into the house of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and lifted "a bunch of stuff", including cash, a …
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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Pitiless teen burglar murders three witnesses

An Illinois teenager is facing residential burglary and cruelty to animals raps after killing a trio of potential witnesses to an Arlington Heights burglary - three goldfish. On 24 January, the unnamed 16-year-old and two accomplices, aged 15 and 17, targeted an apartment in a block which had been evacuated following a fire on …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2011
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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

The Home Office has announced the rollout of a new online crime-map service for England and Wales that ministers describe as "more comprehensive than any other scheme" in the world. The new mapping service offers crimes arranged by street, rather than merely by ward or subdistrict as before. Screengrab of the Home Office crime …
Lewis Page, 01 Feb 2011
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Police DNA retention ruled lawful by NI High Court

Northern Ireland's High Court of Justice has ruled that police retention of a 14-year-old boy's DNA was not illegal, despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the blanket data retention policy conflicts with human rights law. The Court said that it could not follow the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jan 2011
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Burglars snort dead dad's ashes

Florida cops have cuffed a burglary gang who broke into a house and stole the ashes of the owner's father, believing they were illicit narcotics. The victim returned to her Silver Springs residence to discover she was short of a few items, including electronics and jewellery. Rather more disturbing was the absence of the ashes …
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2011