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#hacking | NTSA arrests reveal reluctance to upgrade number plates system

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The government has, since 2015, been planning to produce new-generation number plates that would be impossible to copy.

The proposed plates would have anti-counterfeit features that include holograms, watermarks, and laser markers which, if implemented, would provide the necessary checks against double registration of cars.

When they were arrested in Ngara, Nairobi, Michael Onyango Oduor, 54, and Sylvester Onyango, 30, were found actively trying to hack the NTSA website and the Transport Information Management System (TIMS). The third suspect, 33-year-old Antony Rugut Korir, was picked at NTSA offices where he works at the call centre.

He is suspected to have been assisting the hackers to access the NTSA network.

After the arrest, detectives recovered Sh1.18 million in 100 US dollar bills, three motor vehicles and a fibre laser cutting machine  used to cut number plates.

A compressor machine that was being used for painting number plates, one number plate, five desktop computers, laptops, logbooks, modems, hard drives and flash drives were also recovered.

But even as the NTSA grapples with the fake number plates’ menace, the correctional services department under the same Interior ministry is on the spot for failure to initiate production of the new-generation number plates.

 The government has, for the past five years, been seeking to replace the current plate production system, whose loopholes crooks have exploited to steal cars or dump cars meant for export in the country.

 The current system produces 1,000 pairs of licence plates per day, as opposed to a new generation system that could  make 6,000.

In 2015, the state department for correctional services advertised for the supply of raw materials for number plate blanks and hot stamping foils.

However, the tender was challenged in court and the matter was finally settled in 2017.

The Attorney General advised that the tender be awarded to the initial winners as per the High Court ruling.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Kamiti Prison in February 2017 and was shown machines for the new generation number plates.

In March 2019, the parliamentary committee on security also made a similar visit, but not much has been heard from the government since then.

Despite the noble plans, the  old number plates continued to be issued. The reason given is that the laser marking machine is yet to be delivered.

Sources indicate the machine was ordered in 2018 but the firm that won the tender, Tropical Technology Limited, is yet to deliver.

 According to sources in the prisons department, the company declined to deliver the machine despite having imported it after the prisons department declined to issue  a local purchase order.

“Production and roll-out of new-generation number plates was rescheduled to commence on July 1, 2018, but could not be executed until the process of procuring the laser marking machine – which is for validating  licence plates – had been concluded. “In July 2019, the department of correctional services declined to accept a consignment of number plate blanks from Tropical Technology in fulfillment of their order, even though it had accepted the previous two consignments from the company,” said a source.

Last year, the government sent a delegation to Germany with the aim of buying a new machine but, according to sources, they were advised that the machine they were looking for produces 30 million plates a year and would require several countries to come together.

NTSA was hived off the Kenya Revenue Authority in 2012. According to sources, the move  delinked the entire vehicle  importation, declaration, inspection and registration process with disastrous consequences to the security of the country.

“Now importers and motor vehicle dealers do not fear or bother about KRA in their schemes to import and declare motor vehicles as transit goods meant for South Sudan, Rwanda or Congo.

“Once they get to Busia or Malaba border, the cars are hidden, the paperwork is perfected, transit bonds cancelled and customs entry into Kenya is retired and archived.

“The crooks create a fictitious entry in the system and take them to NTSA.

“The fellows in ICT at NTSA deploy a malware or manipulate the registration system to allow the insertion of special characters such as dots, commas and apostrophes during the input of the chassis number.

“The TIMS can’t detect that the chassis number is for a motor vehicle that was meant for transit to a second country,” said the source.

The most lucrative cars are those with high-engine capacity such as Range Rover, Toyota Prado, Audi, BMW, Porche and Jaguar.

They are illegally diverted to the local market and registered without paying tax.

Insiders said separating the vehicle importation process from registration was a big mistake.

NTSA should have been left to manage the licensing, registration and transfer of vehicles from one owner to another.

“The delay in implementing the new number plate registration process is deliberate. KRA is forced to release cars from Mombasa port before they have number plates, which gives crooks at the NTSA leeway to tamper with the declaration and registration process,” said another source.

Efforts to get a comment from NTSA Director-General George Njao were fruitless as our calls and text messages went unanswered.

Last week, the National Police Service disclosed that it was trying to impound  about 450 vehicles registered illegally to evade paying tax.

Unscrupulous businessmen colluded with rogue employees to infiltrate the NTSA website and fraudulently register vehicles.

 NTSA admitted that its database had been infiltrated and that some vehicles got into the system without following the laid-down procedures.

NTSA, in a statement, listed  37 names of individuals and companies whose data was used to  register vehicles fraudulently.

The scandal raises questions on the safety of motorists’ data in the TIMS register.

Just last year, the then Interior CS Fred Matiang’i called for investigations after it emerged that some NTSA employees had colluded with KRA officials and  car dealers to clone car number plates.

One of the cars with duplicated plates was used during the Dusit D2 attack.

The NTSA circular listed 42 vehicles  issued with new number plates when they were destined for other countries including South Sudan, Uganda, Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, the DRC and Tanzania.

Last year, police impounded hundreds of vehicles after it emerged that their number plates had been cloned or they were fraudulently registered.

Some 19 NTSA employees were arrested in connection to the plate-cloning ring but they were later released.

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Interpol Arrests 3 Indonesian Credit Card Hackers for Magecart Attacks

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Indonesian magecart hacker arrested

The Indonesian National Police in a joint press conference with Interpol earlier today announced the arrest of three Magecart-style Indonesian hackers who had compromised hundreds of international e-commerce websites and stolen payment card details of their online shoppers.

Dubbed ‘Operation Night Fury,’ the investigation was led by Interpol’s ASEAN Cyber Capability Desk, a joint initiative by law enforcement agencies of Southeast Asian countries to combat cybercrime.

According to the press conference, all three accused (23, 26, and 35 years old) were arrested last year in December from Jakarta and Yogyakarta and charged with criminal laws related to the data theft, fraud, and unauthorized access.

Just like most of the other widespread Magecart attacks, the modus operandi behind this series of attacks also involved exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in e-commerce websites powered by Magento and WordPress content management platforms.

Hackers then secretly implanted digital credit card skimming code—also known as web skimming or JS sniffers—on those compromised websites to intercept users’ inputs in real-time and steal their payment card numbers, names, addresses and login details as well.

Though Indonesian police claim these hackers had compromised 12 e-commerce websites, experts at cybersecurity firm Sanguine Security believe the same group is behind the credit card theft at more than 571 online stores.

“These hacks could be attributed because of an odd message that was left in all of the skimming code,” Sanguine Security said.

“http://feedproxy.google.com/”Success gan’ translates to ‘Success bro’ in Indonesian and has been present for years on all of their skimming infrastructures.’

The police revealed that the suspects used stolen credit cards to buy electronic goods and other luxury items, and then also attempted to resell some of them at a relatively low price through local e-commerce websites in Indonesia.

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On an Indonesian news channel, one of the accused even admitted to hacking e-commerce websites and injecting web skimmers since 2017.

Moreover, experts also observed similar cyberattacks linked to the same online infrastructure even after the arrest of three people, and thus believes that there are more members of this hacking group who are still at large.

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Parents express concerns after bus driver, teacher arrests

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Arrests in Spokane Public Schools are down, but racial disparities persist

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FBI Arrests Ohio Pastor In Alleged Child Sex Trafficking Operation

An Ohio pastor along with another man have been arrested and charged for sex crimes against children, with one of the known victims as young as 14-years-old.

CBS News reports the FBI arrested Rev. Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, Thursday (April 7) after they received information connecting the men to sexual activity with minors. Their investigation lead to an operation that allegedly involved Haynes and another woman recruiting, enticing, harboring those under a 18 in sex acts. The acts go back three years, with Haynes, along with a women introducing the teen to other adults to pay for sex—one of them including Jenkins.

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FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

Taylor Huddleston woke early on December 6th, hours before the Arkansas winter morning would stir to life with the sound of roosters and dogs. Since selling off the last piece of his software business two months earlier, Huddleston had nothing … View full post on National Cyber Security Ventures

Analysis reveals racial disparities in school arrests

The presence of police in schools, advocates say, makes arrests and referrals more likely, with results that can derail students’ lives. Photo by Alan Levine/Flickr

In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center finds.

And one reason may be that black students are more likely than students in any other racial or ethnic group to attend schools with police, according to the analysis of 2013-14 civil rights data, the most recent collected by the U.S. Department of Education.

In most of the jurisdictions with disproportionate arrests of black students, the disparities are significant.

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50 arrests for Russia’s largest hacker group

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50 arrests for Russia’s largest hacker group

Some 50 suspects from 15 Russian regions have been arrested, believed to be part of Russia’s largest hacking group, responsible for Trojan and botnet attacks on Russian banks, stealing some £57 million.
Earlier this month the Russian Federal Security Service

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TIGTA Announces Significant Arrests In Massive IRS Phone Scam

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Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. Scammers are still targeting taxpayers. Nearly 6,400 victims have collectively paid over $36.5 million to scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials since October of 2013. Over that same […]

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San Diego Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit Makes Two Arrests At Mar Vista High

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The San Diego Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit has arrested Martin Albert Gallegos, a 48-year-old ROTC substitute teacher at Mar Vista High School on five counts of sexual conduct with a minor – a female student who is a senior at the school on Saturday, April 9.
On April 8, a Sheriff’s School Resource Officer was notified of the incident and authorities believe the relationship had been going on for a few weeks. An investigation confirmed Gallegos had a relationship with the student.
Gallegos was arrested and booked into the San Diego Central Jail. He has posted bail and his court date is set for April 19, 2016.

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