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Romanian #hackers #infiltrate nearly two-thirds of #DC outdoor #surveillance #cameras

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Nearly two-thirds of the District of Columbia’s outdoor surveillance cameras were compromised under an elaborate extortion scheme by two Romanian hackers, according to court documents.

The alleged hackers, identified as Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, gained access to about 65 percent of the surveillance cameras in Washington, according to documents obtained by CNN. That’s 123 cameras out of the 187 that police operate in the city.

Why did hackers do this?
Each surveillance camera has a dedicated computer, according to the complaint filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Isvanca and Cismaru allegedly planned to use the computers to distribute emails riddled with ransomware, Secret Service agent James Graham stated in an affidavit that supports the government’s criminal complaint. After using the ransomware to lock or encrypt victims’ computers, they allegedly planned to extort payment from the victims to grant them re-entry.

Isvanca and Cismaru are accused of “intent to extort from persons money and other things of value, to transmit in interstate and foreign commerce communications containing threats to cause damage to protected computers,” according to the affidavit.

What kind of ransomware was it?
There were “two variants of sophisticated, malicious computer code…one known as ‘cerber’ and the other known as ‘dharma,’” according to documents. “In addition, a text file, USA.txt, was found on Victim Device A which contained 179,616 email addresses.”

When did this happen?
The alleged scheme took place between Jan. 9 and Jan. 12. The Secret Service first learned about it after being made aware that certain public surveillance cameras in D.C. were disabled, according to the affidavit.

How were the alleged hackers found?
Registered emails and other accounts were used to trace the alleged hackers, who were reportedly working outside the U.S.

Forensic investigators tracked them through multiple email accounts that were accessed on one of the compromised computers. One of the accounts was vand.suflete@gmail.com, according to documents. In Romanian, Vand Suflete, roughly translates to “selling souls.”

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Turn off #cameras and #tracking devices in children’s #Christmas #presents to prevent #hacking, Information #Commissioner tells #parents

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Parents should turn off the cameras and automatic tracking devices in their children’s Christmas presents because of the risk of hacking, the Information Commissioners’ Office has warned.

With a rise in the number of ‘smart’ toys and devices gracing the wish list this year, parents should consider the safety of them being connected directly to the internet before giving them as gifts, according to the data regulator.

When adults are not going  to personally use cameras in toys to view what is happening remotely then they should consider turning the function off all together, Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood said.

The warning comes amid growing concerns about the ability of criminals to hack into toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities.

In a blog on the regulators website Mr Wood wrote: “You wouldn’t knowingly give a child a dangerous toy, so why risk buying them something that could be easily hacked into by strangers?

“In the same way that safety standards are a primary consideration for shoppers buying toys, we want those buying connected items in the coming weeks to take a pause and think about both the child’s online safety, and also the potential threat to their own personal data such as bank details, if a toy, device or a supporting app is hacked into.

“Unlike Santa, those looking to hack into your devices don’t care whether you’ve been naughty or nice.”

Parents are advised that they should ensure that they are buying products from a reputable source, that all passwords and usernames are changed from the default option and to use two-step identification where available.

Mr Wood continued: “Some toys and devices are fitted with web cameras. The ability to view footage remotely is both their biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially their biggest weakness, as the baby monitor hacking issue of a few years ago demonstrated.

“If you have no intention of viewing footage over the internet, then turn the remote viewing option off in the device’s settings, or else use strong, non-default passwords.”

He added: “One of the main selling points of children’s smart watches is the ability for parents to know where their children are at all times. However, if this isn’t done securely, then others might have access to this data as well. Immediately get rid of default location tracking and GPS settings and set strong, unique passwords.”

Parents are also advised to turn off Bluetooth or set strong passwords to protect their child’s data from hackers.

The Deputy Commissioner concluded: “If you aren’t convinced a smart toy or connected/wearable device will keep your children or your personal information safe, then don’t buy it. If consumers reject products that won’t protect them, then developers and retailers should soon get the message.”

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Hackers Could Use Light to Steal Information Via Security Cameras

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and hackers have plenty of will and countless ways to attack a secure network—even if it’s not connected to the internet. In the latest demonstration proving no network is safe, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev used security cameras equipped with night…

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Webcams, cameras create suspicion, paranoia

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Surveillance cameras and webcams are becoming increasingly prevalent, making it possible to frequently record a person’s actions. Many times these cameras are visible, but other times they’re hidden or used in ways the recorded people are not aware of. Consciousness of cameras may affect behavior and mental health. Marina Lowe,…

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Beware of hackers when using spy cameras at home, Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog warns

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog has warned about the dangers of home surveillance cameras if users fail to take basic security steps to protect their privacy. The cameras have become popular in recent years with consumers looking to keep an eye … The post Beware of hackers […]

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St. George man charged with voyeurism, child pornography after hiding cameras in bathroom

A Southern Utah man is facing multiple charges of voyeurism and child pornography after police said he hid cameras in a St. George home.
According to a probable cause statement, 39-year-old James Steven Larsen hid cameras in the bathroom to get pictures of a woman while she was naked.
Police said the homeowners found the cameras and called police.
According to documents, Larsen also captured images of naked children taking a bath, which added child pornography to his charges.

Source:http://kutv.com/news/local/st-george-man-charged-with-voyeurism-child-pornography-after-hiding-cameras-in-bathroom

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Delhi police install cameras on patrol car doors to help in hunt for stolen vehicles

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Delhi police install cameras on patrol car doors to help in hunt for stolen vehicles

While Delhi Police have launched a slew of mobile apps for reporting crime, its South district branch has set up a new app to track stolen vehicles parked on streets. A special camera is installed at PCR vans which will register the number plates of vehicles parked on the streets. The camera is equipped with special software which will further match the data captured with the data of stolen vehicles. Though the project is launched on trial basis, soon the entire unit of Delhi Police will start using the app. According to South district police officials, this technology will improve the cops’ efficiency to trace stolen vehicles. Prem Nath, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, told Mail Today that ‘Vehiscan’ is on trial run and things will be finalised after some time. “We have used this technology in various areas of Saket and Mehrauli where it performed effectively. Currently we are using it for stolen vehicles but soon it will be used to trace vehicles involved in other crimes as well,” he added. “Recently, we have started using this technology and successfully found five expensive cars stolen from various parts of Delhi,” a senior police official said. Explaining the technology, […]

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Crime down after Hampshire police start wearing body cameras

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That’s the conclusion of researchers at Portsmouth University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. They found that public order and assault crimes dropped by 18 per cent, from just over 1,700 to 1,400 in the year that police on the Isle of Wight were wearing cameras. It also found that assaults on police went down by a third. The 160 cameras were issued to officers on the Island on 1 July 2013 and the detailed study evaluated the year prior to the issue of BWVs and the year after. Five hundred more body-worn BWV cameras will be rolled out to frontline officers in Hampshire over the next three months and the effects of that on crime rates will also be evaluated by the University of Portsmouth. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes said: ’This report identifies clear benefits to victims of crime, plus officers, and should be of some reassurance to society as a whole. In particular, outcomes for victims of domestic abuse on the Island appear to have been significantly improved as a result of evidence captured through BWV.” The impact the cameras had on public order and assault was quite impressive – a sure sign that they are […]

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Lafayette looking to install crime cameras at 52 locations

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The Lafayette Police Department soon will be keeping a watchful electronic eye on some city neighborhoods. The installation of crime cameras could begin this year at 52 locations, mainly areas in north Lafayette selected through a combination of input from the City-Parish Council and a review of crime statistics to pinpoint high-risk neighborhoods, said Police Chief Jim Craft. “What area has the most need? That’s what we want to look at,” Craft told a council committee Monday in an update of the crime camera program. The council last year approved the department’s request for $700,000 to buy the cameras and related equipment.There is an additional recurring expense of about $100,000 a year to keep the system running and for the Internet connections needed to link the cameras to the Police Department. Other communities have had a mixed experience with crime cameras, some touting them as effective crime-fighting tools and others questioning their value, but Craft said he believes the money will be a wise investment in a tool to extend the reach of the city’s officers. “We see them as force multiplier,” the chief said. Councilman Jay Castille agreed. “We don’t have enough patrol officers out there, and it’s going […]

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Judge allows defendant’s statement at Fayetteville rape trial, cameras barred

FAYETTEVILLE — A man charged with two counts of rape filed motions to suppress evidence and to bar the media from taking pictures or video in or around the courtroom during his trial next week in Washington County Circuit Court. Cesar Michael Figueroa, 24, of Springdale is accused of raping a woman in a University of Arkansas parking lot in 2012. Read More….

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