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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

Morrisons' checkout and shelf-stacking staff across the UK will be anxiously worried about their bank accounts this morning, after the supermaket admitted that thieves had spaffed employee payroll details online. The grocer said on its Facebook page that it had notified all its workers that their personal information had been …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

An "environmental economist" has produced a study in which he claims that climate change this century will "cause" millions of violent crimes in the United States, over and above those that would have happened anyway. Matthew Ranson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Economics and a PhD in Public Policy …
Lewis Page, 24 Feb 2014

Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

The movies tell us that tunnels are normally dug when a person locked behind bars laboriously scrapes away dirt with just a spoon to secretly set themselves free. Now some naughty scamps in Salford, Greater Manchester, have used the technique, not to escape, but to break their way into a shop to steal cash out of an ATM. …
Team Register, 21 Mar 2014
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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

A Florida gas station clerk escaped serious injury during an attempted robbery when his HTC smartphone took a bullet from a fleeing perp's pistol. The unnamed worker, at a Hess station in Winter Garden, west of Orlando, found himself on the wrong end of a round early on Monday morning, local news outfit WESH-TV reports. …
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2013
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Scumbags get sneaky with new self-robbery trojan

Malware-peddling scumbags have developed a particularly sneaky banking Trojan that attempts to trick victims into transferring funds into bank accounts controlled by cybercrooks or their partners. The Trojan generates a fake message at the point victims log into their bank account warning them of a mistaken credit to their …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2011
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Facebook status bolsters alibi in armed robbery case

A banal Facebook status update has provided an alibi for a 19 year-old New Yorker facing armed robbery charges. Rodney Bradford posted "Where’s my pancakes" from a computer in his father's home in Harlem on the morning of 17 October, at the same time he was suspected of taking part in the robbery at gunpoint of two men at the …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
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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

'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

A new ad campaign launched by US wireless carrier T-Mobile has drawn the ire of top prosecutors in two cities, who claim the TV spot is offensive and belittles the problem of smartphone theft. In the ad, former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader is seen walking through a parking garage, where he is accosted by mugger who …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

Someone's snatched my yummy Brit COTTAGE PIE – Viv Reding

Brussels' justice boss Viviane Reding was left feeling decidedly crumby on Monday during a visit to London, after thieves nicked her luggage from an official EU car. Among the items stolen was a cottage pie that the commissioner reportedly purchased from a farmers' market in Blighty's capital. Apparently, Reding is a fan of …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2014

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Yet another Bitcoin institution has had its coffers drained by hackers and will be forced to shut down as a result. Self-termed "Bitcoin bank" Flexcoin has told its customers that the theft of its Bitcoins, valued at $610,000 (£366,000), has driven the company over a cliff. Effective immediately, the site said it will be …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014
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Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes

An Atlanta woman who was tied to her bed by an armed robber managed to alert her boyfriend by instant messenger - no mean feat since she was obliged to type with her toes. Amy Windom from her Facebook profile According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 39-year-old Amy Windom (pictured) was in bed around midnight on Tuesday …
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010

US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

All mobile phones sold in the US will have to include free software that can remotely wipe and disable the device if it is stolen, should a new bill introduced in the Senate becomes law. "Cell phone theft has become a big business for thieves looking to cash in on these devices and any valuable information they contain, costing …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014
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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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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Police seek two for C&W network robbery

Hertfordshire Police are searching for two men suspected of involvement in last week's robbery from a network centre in Watford. Thieves took equipment from a Cable & Wireless network site in Watford forcing FT.com, the Ordnance Survey and Sainsburys.com offline for most of the day. Herts Police sent us the following: "POLICE …
John Oates, 17 Jul 2008
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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

Mexican troops have recovered a stolen shipment of radioactive Cobalt-60 isotope, abandoned by truck thieves who face the risk of a slow lingering death from radiation poisoning. A truck carrying a substantial quantity of the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60 from a hospital in Tijuana to a waste centre was robbed by armed bandits …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Fanbois have been offered a new way of keeping their home safe – well, sort of – as long as they've managed to avoid chucking away all their old fondleslabs. A firm called People Power has released an app which turns old iPhones and iPads into home security devices which will allow Apple fans to keep an eye on their home. The …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
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Colombian plods cuff jailbreaker despite on-the-run gender bend

A fugitive Colombian criminal is back behind bars a year after escaping from custody. Local cops are happy that they've got the man they were after, though in fact she is now a bounteously endowed lady. Giovanni Rebolledo was slapped with a 60-year prison sentence last year in Bogotá, for a raft of offences including manufacture …
Lester Haines, 08 May 2013

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

Civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch has uncovered a document sent from the General Secretariat of the European Council to the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security that suggests European law enforcement agencies develop technology that would allow them to stop any car using wireless networks …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014
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Vodafone outage caused by robbery

Cable stealing thieves were responsible for a network outage that left some Vodafone UK customers without service for most of yesterday. A spokeswoman was unable to explain what the cables were for, but confirmed that the theft in north Wales caused the network downtime for most of Sunday. She said: "There was a robbery of …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006
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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

Almost one in 10 of the world's Bitcoins disappeared during the collapse of MtGox, it has been claimed. The allegations were made in what was purported to be an "internal MtGox crisis presentation". The sloppily written briefing claimed that 744,408 Bitcoin were stolen over a period of several years. There are currently about 12 …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014
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Swedish plods cuff remote-access robbery ring

Swedish crooks almost managed to rob a bank using remote access gear attached to a computer, according to reports. The movie-style* ploy was foiled only at the last minute by an alert employee unplugging the kit, according to local prosecutors and cops. According to AP the attempted digital blag took place in August last year, …
Lewis Page, 31 Jan 2008
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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

El Reg's fave toy manufacturer Playmobil has provoked a miniature rumpus by punting a bank-heist set to children. The Playmobil bank set, complete with armed robber The "Bank with Safe" ensemble boasts a working cash machine although nippers are encouraged to make over-the-counter withdrawals via a pistol-waving blonde …
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2013
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Level 3 floored by robbery

Level 3, the supposedly secure back bone provider, has lost all services at its Braham Street data centre thanks to a robbery. The company refused to speak to The Register this morning, but many of its customers have been in touch. According to Level 3 customers thieves got into the building on Braham Street, E1, and stole …
John Oates, 01 Nov 2006
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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment. The unnamed 16-year-old was targeted by a student at his school when he "boasted among friends and put the …
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2011
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Look out, fanbois: One in two nicked mobes is an iPhone - cops

Half of the phones stolen in London over the summer were iPhones, the capital's cops reported this week. According to new statistics, phone-related crime, particularly snatching, was up year on year. Between April and September, 28,800 mobes out of 56,680 nicked handsets in London were Apple pocket strokers. That's an average of …
Anna Leach, 16 Jan 2013
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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

Police in Colorado Springs were forced to call in robotic assistance last week after a devastating explosion - apparently caused by a man preparing super-strong marijuana oil - struck the city. Cops were alerted to the crisis following the blast, when a man - apparently in roughly the same condition as a Disney cartoon character …
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2013

Mystery surrounds Easynet 'robbery'

Easynet suffered a large and embarrassing robbery earlier this week and is doing its best to keep what happened under wraps. Late on Monday, two thieves used a swipe card to drive a van up to Easynet's Brick Lane headquarters. Once inside they began loading equipment into their van. They were watched by two security guards - …
John Oates, 20 Oct 2006
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Web host Linode, hackers clash over credit-card raid claim

Crooks claim they gained access to server hosting biz Linode's customer passwords and credit card numbers. On Friday, Linode said someone tried to compromise one of its clients' machines, but insisted no financially sensitive information was leaked. Linode reset all account passwords as a precautionary measure. The virtual …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013
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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

A video game designer says he's planning to cash in on his story of spying on a chubby-fancying pr0n-lover who came into possession of his stolen laptop. The London-based designer, who prefers to remain anonymous, is looking to monetise his (NSFW) Plumpergeddon blog detailing his surveillance of his Macbook Pro’s new owner. The …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Apr 2013
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Gutsy golf-club granny collars crim in Flying Squad bust

A middle-aged heroine was hailed by Scotland Yard today for her part in helping the Flying Squad arrest a gang of violent crooks who were attempting a robbery at her golf club. According to the Yard, the famous Flying Squad had got wind of the gang's plan to snatch cash as it was being removed from the Perivale Golf Club by a …
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2011
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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

Major crime is on the rise in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the increase is due entirely to thefts of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, which he says are inordinately attractive to thieves. As reported by The New York Times, Bloomberg raised the issue during Friday's edition of his weekly morning broadcast with …
Neil McAllister, 29 Dec 2012
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Brit gamer shot in armed robbery out of hospital

Adam Mapleson, the British gamer who was shot after intervening to help security guards facing armed robbers, has been released from hospital. A spokeswoman for Southend Hospital told The Reg that Mapleson returned home today after a week of treatment. Mapleson was on his way to work in IT support on Friday 25 May when he saw …
John Oates, 04 Jun 2007
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Smartphone black market fuels knife robberies

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) reckons demand for smartphones on the black market has in part fuelled a rise in knife robberies. According to a study of crime reports in the UK, police forces in England and Wales recorded nearly 15,000 robberies at knifepoint in the year to June, up 7 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

Thefts of iPhones and iPads in New York City have increased at a rate ten times higher than other crime during this year – and the police are offering help to protect your Apple kit. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told Bloomberg that iPads and iPhones are a "magnet for crime, including robberies, driving the …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2012
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Restaurant held up with iPhone, not gun

New London, Connecticut ne'er-do-well Jerome Taylor thought his iPhone to be a suitable facsimile for a handgun in his failed attempt to hold up a local restaurant. Not that the restaurant staff weren't fooled, but they make cooks tough in Connecticut, and rather than meekly handing over the cash, they grabbed knives and stood …
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010
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The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

Crooks allegedly stole $45m in hours from ATMs after hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards. The gang created counterfeit cards using the data swiped from two Middle Eastern banks, investigators claim, and emptied the compromised accounts of greenbacks as quickly as possible – thus minimising the possibility that the …
John Leyden, 10 May 2013
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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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Thieves steal 3,000 laptops from US Special Ops contractor

Thieves lifted 3,000 laptops from a military contractor for the US Special Operations Command in a leisurely nine-hour robbery back in March, it has emerged. According to the St Petersburg Times the brazen bandits loaded a brace of trucks with the lappies and a pile of other kit in the robbery at the offices of US contractor …
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2010
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Five cuffed over $37m heist of Google flash chips

California law enforcement officials have arrested five people who allegedly took part in a heist that nabbed $37m in Intel flash memory chips from a memory module manufacturer assembling products for Google. Silicon Valley's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team – a task force of local, state, and federal agencies focused on …
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Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

John Watkinson is an expert witness. Here he explains what it’s about and how it works as one of a number of lines of enquiry by the legal system – each requiring the same amount of rigour. The purpose of any court is the difficult job of sifting the reality from the pork pies. This is a task usually achieved by attributing …
John Watkinson, 15 Nov 2013
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Couple abducted in chip robbery

A computer company manager and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint, driven to the firm where they both work, and forced to open the doors. The robbers grabbed £250K-worth of chips from the safe of SPD, yesterday's Evening Standard reports. Mission accomplished, they drove the couple back to their home in Alton, Hampshire and …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jan 2000
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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

The Metropolitan police has requested Oyster card data relating to citizens and other personal information from Transport for London (TfL) more than 22,000 times since 2008, according to figures published by the capital's transport authority. The force requested personal data TfL holds relating to citizens 5,295 times in 2008; 5 …
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Facebook honeytrap used in Belgian hypermart blag

Belgian crooks used a Facebook relationship lure to trick a hypermarket manager into a trap, kidnapping him and obtaining keys to the store's safe before making good their escape. Local police have put out an appeal for information about the apparently well-planned blag on Thursday, five months after an audacious scam that …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2011
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Former Phones 4U boss injured in armed break-in

John Caudwell, formerly the boss of Phones 4U, was injured during a raid on his Staffordshire home. A masked and armed gang broke into Broughton Hall on Monday evening. Caudwell was hit on the head with an iron bar, which left a one-inch gash. His partner Claire Johnson, 41, and a 22-year-old female member of staff were also …
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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Man arrested in Phones4U mansion raid

Staffordshire police, with help from their colleagues on Merseyside, have arrested a man in connection with the aggravated robbery at Broughton Hall - home of former Phones4U boss John Caudwell. The incident on Monday night left Caudwell with a one-inch gash on his forehead from an iron bar wielded by one of the gang. His …
John Oates, 04 Nov 2010
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Top cop calls for tougher sentencing of cybercrooks

Cybercrims should get tough sentences, according to the head of Scotland Yard's e-crime unit, who criticised judges for going easy on e-banking fraudsters while throwing the book at the their old-school cohorts in crime. Det Supt Charlie McMurdie expressed frustration that cyber-fraudsters, such as those convicted as the result …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2011
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Paris jub-flash mugger busted

Police have busted the Paris jub-flash mugger who, along with an accomplice, earlier this month relieved a man of €300 after distracting him with her chesticles. The pair targeted their victim at a cashpoint on 7 August. One of them exposed her chest and grabbed the poor chap's wedding tackle, while the other snatched the cash. …
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2010
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Armed robbers take Paris jewellers for £70m

Armed robbers yesterday made off with "at least" £70m (€80m, $102m) in jewels after storming the prestigious Harry Winston store near Paris's Champs-Elysee and relieving the shop of pretty well all its stock. According to the BBC, roughly 10 customers and 15 staff were in the premises late yesterday afternoon when the four …
Lester Haines, 05 Dec 2008
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The Great Mobile Phone Robbery

Thieves have made off with 26,000 Samsung mobile phones after an audacious raid on a warehouse on the outskirts of London. The A300 phones, worth an estimated £4.2 million, were stolen from a freight forwarding warehouse in Hayes, Middlesex, where the alarm system was turned off, prompting speculation that the raid may have …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002
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M'Soft anti-theft evening ends in robbery

It seems Microsoft failed to ram home the evils of theft to UK journalists last night. The software giant tried its best with the assembled hacks at its anti-piracy evening at the Limelight Nightclub in London. It even enlisted the help of TV celeb Graham Norton to get its message across. Norton hosted a game in which tables …
Linda Harrison, 14 Jun 2000