Articles about Burglary

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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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
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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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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

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

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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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
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Level 3 burglary gang plead guilty

The three men caught raiding a major datacentre in central London earlier this week have all pleaded guilty to burglary charges. The trio were remanded at Thames Magistrates Court for sentencing on March 31 at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Police caught John Harrison, 31, of no fixed address, Darren May, 23, of Mansell Court in …

'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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Cops foil Level 3 burglary

Three men have been charged following a break-in at a Level 3 datacentre in central London in the early hours of Monday morning. John Harrison, 31, of no fixed address and Darren May, 23, of Mansell Court in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, were both charged with burglary. Christopher Skutela, 27, of Haymerle Road, Peckham, was charged with …
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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 …
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BT offers £15,000 to catch London exchange burglary gang

BT is offering a reward of £15,000 to anyone with information on a burglary at an exchange in Stepney, East London that took down phone and internet communications for homes and businesses. The thieves are also being linked to other similar burglaries in the capital. Raiders hit the Stepney Green exchange on Commercial Road …
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Drug dealing sysadmin cops to hacking and burglary offences

A former sysadmin faces six-to-12 years behind bars after admitting using his IT skills to conduct a series of burglaries, computer intrusions, and identity thefts in San Jose, California. Andrew Madrid, 34, pleaded guilty to a string of computer hacking, second degree burglary, and id theft offences last Friday. He also …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2008

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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Ingram sore over Belgian warehouse burglary

Ingram Micro has told customers to be on the lookout for laptops stolen in a recent raid on its Belgian warehouse, and pointedly warned them that it plans legal action against those who fail to report offers of hooky kit. In an ALL CAPS email yesterday, the super distributor's legal department said a "large quantity" of HP …
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First Response issues ID theft alert after burglary

First Response Finance has warned thousands of UK customers to be wary of suspicious transactions on their accounts following the theft of storage discs from the finance firm's offices near Manchester. Server equipment containing customer data was stolen in a break-in at its Leigh offices late last month, prompting the firm to …
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2007

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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Oregon Craigslist looting was burglary cover-up

The fake Craigslist ads which provoked a stampede of looters to strip an Oregon man's home were posted by two thieves attempting to cover their tracks, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Robert Salisbury of Jacksonville returned home on Saturday, 22 March, to find about 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch …
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2008
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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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MostHateD in gaol for burglary

A founding member of hacking crew gLobaL heLL recently charged with breaking into US government and corporate systems is being held in gaol on charges of burglary and car theft. gLobaL heLL member Patrick Gregory, aka MostHateD, missed an important appointment in federal court Wednesday during which he was expected to plead …
Thomas C Greene, 31 Mar 2000
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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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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
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Master crim leaves vital clue at scene of burglary

An 18-year-old burglar spectacularly avoided elevation to the league of master criminals by writing "Peter Addison was here!" at the scene of a break-in, the Sun reports. Addison and Mark Ridgeway, 18, both subsequently admitted burglary at Macclesfield magistrates' court after a short police investigation into the raid on the …
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2007

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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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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US veterans' data exposed after burglary

A PC containing the personal details of as many as 26.5m US veterans has been stolen from the home of a worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), sparking a major security alert. A thief broke into the data analyst's home earlier this month and stole the computer during the course of a burglary. The laptop shouldn't …
John Leyden, 23 May 2006
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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
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World Cup plans nicked in FA laptop burglary

Laptops stolen from the Football Association's London headquarters yesterday could compromise the England football team's security during the World Cup next June. As well as several laptops, thieves also stole hard drives and thousands of disks, believed to include sensitive material such as bank details. The building was also …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Dec 2001
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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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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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US military medical records stolen in burglary

The medical and social security records of more than 500,000 retired and serving US military personnel were stolen in a break-in last month. Sensitive information, including names, addresses, social security numbers, and some claims information with diagnoses of US servicemen, was obtained when thieves stole computers from the …
John Leyden, 03 Jan 2003

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 hope …
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BT's Mayfair exchange downed by burglary

Pictures BT's Mayfair exchange was burgled last night, leaving thousands of homes and businesses in central London without internet access this morning. The raid cleaned out routers, networking cards and fibre at about 9pm on Wednesday, Reg sources said. According to data at Samknows, the exchange serves about 3,000 residential premises …
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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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Burglar cuffed after crime scene MySpace blunder

A Florida teen was arrested for burglary after he left himself logged into his MySpace account at the scene of the crime. According to multiple news accounts, a caretaker for a home on Sugarloaf Key called 911 on Sunday after seeing someone sitting on a couch inside the house. By the time police arrived, the home was unoccupied …
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2010

'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 depending …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2014
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Second arrest for Phones4U robbery

Staffordshire Police have arrested a second man in connection with the aggravated burglary at Broughton Hall - home to Phones4U millionaire John Caudwell. Over the weekend, Staffordshire Police searched several addresses in the Wigan area, and on Monday a 33-year-old man from Merseyside was arrested and questioned. Detective …
John Oates, 16 Nov 2010
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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'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 …
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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
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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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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