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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup | Books | #College. | #Students | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Set in an unnamed city in northern England, journalist Saima Mir’s debut novel, The Khan (Point Blank, £14.99), is a south Asian reworking of The Godfather. Successful lawyer Jia returns […]

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Jamestown man charged with sex trafficking | Crime News | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking | romancescams | #scams

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Jamestown man charged with sex trafficking | Crime News | buffalonews.com We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) […]

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FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report — FBI | #datingscams | romancescams | #scams

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ANCHORAGE, AK—The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report, which includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected Internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from […]

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34 Valley child sex crime suspects arrested in Operation Broken Hearts | #predators | #childpredators | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)   PHOENIX – Operation Broken Hearts, a multi-agency Phoenix-area sting targeting sexual predators, yielded 34 arrests on a variety of child sex crime charges, authorities said […]

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Student paper angry university sent out crime alert noting suspect was black | #College. | #Students | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

The editors of the Texas State University University Star are quite upset about a campus crime alert from the last weekend in January. Specifically, they’re miffed at the alert’s wording: […] View full post on National Cyber Security

How will coronavirus-related closures and quarantines affect crime rates? | #College. | #Students | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing about journalism and coronavirus, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Jafary sues city for inadequate officer training, civil rights violations | Crime | #College. | #Students | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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U conducts external review of its police department; crime near campus rises | #College. | #Students | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

The University of Minnesota has tapped an outside expert to review its campus police department’s policies and practices in response to student demands for accountability following George Floyd’s death. Cedric […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Coronavirus and cybersecurity crime – Security Boulevard

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Consumers and businesses alike have been scrambling to take steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, from flocking to stores to buy out supplies of hand sanitizer, to encouraging workers to avoid large gatherings and work remotely. While we hope our customers are taking the necessary steps to stay healthy (check out best practices from the World Health Organisation here), in addition to health risks, there are increased cybersecurity risks, too. The European Central Bank recently issued a warning to banks about the heightened potential for cybercrime and fraud, as many users are opting to stay at home and use remote banking services during the coronavirus outbreak. At a time of uncertainty and vulnerability for many, hackers and fraudsters are taking advantage of fear surrounding the virus as it continues to spread across the globe. We pulled together the following tips to help you improve your cybersecurity hygiene during this time:

1) According to recent PCI Pal research, almost half (47%) of Americans use the same password across multiple sites and apps. We all know this is a big cybersecurity no-no, but it’s especially important during times of heightened risk that we ensure our passwords are unique and secure. Consider updating your passwords and using a password manager tool to improve account security.
2) In addition to varying passwords, consider adopting two-factor authentication for accounts – most services offer some sort of two-factor authentication, yet 23% of Americans report they have never used these tools to protect passwords or payments! Take advantage of these tools – especially if you’re going to be engaging with more digital services while you stay home to wait out coronavirus.
3) In addition to online fraud, there’s also an increased risk for phone fraud – whether you’re engaging with a customer service agent from your bank over the phone or simply ordering takeout. When speaking with a customer service representative, make sure you double check their credentials and only use the phone number provided by the company’s website.
4) For businesses looking to protect customer data during this time, consider PCI compliance, the strongest standard for payment security. PCI compliance standards can help protect your customers from data breaches and hacks – even when they ignore the above steps to protect themselves!
5) Phishing scams relating to Coronavirus will be prevalent, including emails pretending to offer advice from governments and the World Health Organisation. Scammers will use such techniques to infect your laptop/PC and gain access into your systems. Every care should be taken before opening such communications.

Contact us today to learn how PCI Pal’s solutions can help ensure your customers’ sensitive payment information is safe from opportunistic fraudsters.

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#deepweb | Crypto is fueling organized crime in Latin America, claims new report

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In brief

  • Threat intelligence firm Intsights says criminals are turning to cryptocurrencies in greater numbers in Latin America.
  • Mixing services, P2P and unregulated crypto exchanges are the tools of choice to covertly wash and launder illicit funds.

Organized crime and drug cartels in Latin America are increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to launder money and orchestrate scams, according to the latest collaborative report by threat intelligence firm Intsights and blockchain forensics firm CipherTrace. 

The report, “The Darkside of Latin America,” demonstrates how threat finance in Latin America has evolved with the rise of cryptocurrencies and peer-to-peer and unregulated exchanges. Researchers for Intsights say they arrived at their findings from access to “closed-access databases” and “hundreds of underground sources (deep web and dark web),” among other tactics.

The report claims that the region’s countries “top the list of the world’s worst money laundering nations,” and organized crime and cybercriminals are turning to cryptocurrencies to move money and to hire hackers. The report also highlights the fact that extreme political corruption in the region helps criminals operate without much resistance. 

One way criminals are specifically using cryptocurrency is through “mixing services” to obfuscate “potentially identifiable or ‘tainted’ cryptocurrency funds with others,” according to Intsights. Once “washed” through mixing services, criminals continue to trade their crypto on other exchanges to profit.

Further, criminals are laundering money through the many unregulated exchanges through Latin America, which lack the know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) policies that are commonplace in more developed countries. Criminals use these exchanges to trade Bitcoin for altcoins to further obfuscate and profit from their illicit funds. According to the researchers, they estimate that 97% percent of washed cryptocurrency ends up in places like Latin America that have “extremely lax KYC/AML regulations.” 

To compound this, criminals also turn to peer-to-peer exchanges (P2P), which remain the preferred way for criminals to exchange crypto to fiat money. The report cites P2P exchanges such as LocalBitcoins, which has relatively high trading volume in Latin America, as favorites for criminals to launder money because they ”typically lack AML programs and perform little or no KYC due diligence.” 

In recent months, P2P exchanges like Paxful and Local Bitcoins have stepped up their regulations to combat this reputation. 

The report cites the case of the now notorious Panamanian payment processing firm Crypto Capital as a prominent example of how criminals use crypto. The alleged operators of the “shadow bank” are charged with aiding drug cartels with money laundering operations between Latin America and Europe, among other misdeeds.

It’s a problem that’s unlikely to be resolved any time soon, according to the researchers, given Latin America’s lack of established anti-money laundering laws and poor enforcement of the laws that are in place.

Nevertheless, the report recommends firms that want to combat cybercrime in the region to “collect, monitor, and analyze cyber crime intelligence,” learn and “follow best security practices.”

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