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OutlookJuly 25, 2020 09:45 ISTTrader”s grandson rescued, kidnappers held after encounter outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 Lucknow, Jul 25 (PTI) A six-year-old grandson of a trader was rescued and four people who allegedly […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Man, 30, held over #hacking attacks on two #Hong Kong #travel #agencies

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Officers raid IT worker’s flat on Cheung Chau and also seize two desktop computers, two laptops, one tablet, three hard disks and five mobile phones

A 30-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested in connection with cyberattacks in which the computers of two travel agencies in the city were hacked and their clients’ sensitive personal information held for ransom, with payouts in bitcoin sought last week.

The two travel agencies reported the incidents to police on January 1 and 2.

One bitcoin (HK$123,735 or US$15,819) was demanded as a ransom in each hacking case, according to police.

Officers from the force’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau raided a flat in the outlying island of Cheung Chau and arrested the man on Saturday.

During the operation, police seized two desktop computers, two laptops, one tablet, three hard disks and five mobile phones in the flat.

At lunchtime on Monday, police escorted the suspect to his workplace on Hoi Yuen Road in the Kwun Tong district of Kowloon to gather evidence.

The Post understands the suspect, a computer technician, hacked into the computers of the agencies on New Year’s Day through security loopholes on their websites hours before the companies were hit with demands for a ransom to be paid in bitcoin.

“An email was sent to the persons in charge of the companies after the personal information of more than 20,000 customers was stolen from the computer servers of the agencies,” a police source said.

“The companies were told to pay in bitcoin in a newly opened account with threats that their customers’ data would be posted on the internet if the firms failed to pay on Saturday.”

The stolen information included customers’ names, identity card numbers and contact numbers but no credit card information was involved.

Officers from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau were understood to have worked around the clock and checked tens of thousands of log records to the servers to gather information.

“Investigations showed circuitous routes were used to hack into the computer servers, but officers eventually identified the suspect through his IP address,” another source said.

He said the man was nabbed at home on Cheung Chau hours before the payment deadline.

Officers would carry out a forensic examination of the victims’ computers and hard disks to gather information, he said.

At about 5pm on Monday, the suspect was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

“We believe his motive was to look for money,” said bureau superintendent Swalikh Mohammed said.

Investigations were continuing and he did not rule out the possibility of further arrests.

“The cyber world is not a lawless place where criminals can hide. A majority of the laws applicable to the real world can also be applied to the internet,” he warned.

He said blackmail was a serious offence that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Travel agency Goldjoy Holidays revealed on Thursday that unauthorised parties accessed its customer database containing personal information such as names and identity card numbers, passport details and phone numbers.

The company apologised to customers and promised it was taking steps to tighten cybersecurity.

The other agency, Big Line Holiday, said on Wednesday night that hackers might have broken into its database a day earlier and gained possession of some of its customers’ personal information.

The data was believed to include ID card numbers, home return permit numbers and phone numbers.

In a statement, Big Line said: “Our company attaches great importance to this incident and deeply apologises to the affected clients.”

Big Line, which has 13 branches and organises tours to mainland China and Asia, said it received a letter from perpetrators demanding a sum of money for the release of the information.

In November, one of the city’s largest travel agencies, Hong Kong-listed WWPKG Holdings, revealed that its customer database had also been hacked, putting at risk personal data such as ID card numbers and credit card information of some 200,000 customers.

The culprits had asked for a seven-figure ransom, to be paid in bitcoin, but the firm did not pay and instead called the police, who later managed to decrypt the data. Because of the hacking incident, all four of the agency’s branches -in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin – were closed for a day.

The force recorded 653 cases of cybercrimes in 2005, the first year it began tracking such offences, and saw the number reach 5,939 in 2016, with financial losses hitting HK$2.3 billion.

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NEET: Medical entrance server was hacked, two held, say cops

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans With the arrest of two people, Delhi Police have cracked a case wherein computer servers were allegedly hacked during the National Eligibility …

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Woman facing over 300 counts of child abuse held on $2M bail

A judge has set bail at $2 million for a former foster parent charged with more than 300 counts of child abuse, human trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child.

The TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/2oUNzcW ) that Lauderdale County District Judge Carole mandated at Tuesday’s bond hearing that $500,000 of Jenise Spurgeon’s bail must be in cash.

Fifty-two-year-old Spurgeon of Florida and her 47-year-old husband Daniel W. Spurgeon were foster parents in Florence for seven years and have each been charged in both Florida and Alabama. The Spurgeons were arrested in July in Florida, where Daniel Spurgeon remains in jail. Jenise Spurgeon was arrested in March in Florence after posting bail in Florida.

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Vigil held for 10-year-old girl who died after being found in hotel pool

A vigil was held Tuesday evening for a 10-year-old girl who died Friday night after she was found unresponsive in a pool at a Monroeville hotel.

Keaozjae Brown, of Homestead, was found in the pool at the Hampton Inn on Mosside Boulevard just before 7 p.m. Friday, authorities said. She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where she died about 9 p.m.

Tuesday’s vigil was held outside the hospital and included a balloon release.

Lakeila Brown, Keaozjae’s mother, told Channel 11 News that her family was at the hotel for a party when a family member rushed to tell her that her daughter was receiving CPR.

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Man accused of possessing child pornography held on $50K cash bond

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – A man accused of possessing child pornography made a court appearance Monday.

Mark Ullrich turned himself in after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force led police to his address.

Police found over 30,000 images on his computer, resulting in 25 counts of child pornography.

Police said the images included children between the ages of one and 10 years old.

Ullrich is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

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Held hostage by hackers – latest computer virus infecting the valley

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Held hostage by hackers – latest computer virus infecting the valley

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) – Held hostage by hackers – local businesses, even some residents, are under attack, but you can protect your home or business from ransomware.
A manager of a business in our area says one of his

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From your smart TV being held hostage to personalized healthcare: What to expect from tech in 2017

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From your smart TV being held hostage to personalized healthcare: What to expect from tech in 2017

Technology runs the world — and 2016 was the year to prove it.
The internet and the gadgets it runs on were at the centre of several of the year’s biggest stories, most notably the U.S. presidential election.
From Facebook’s

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Can Schools Be Held Liable for Bullying? Suits Face a High Legal Bar – Rules for Engagement – Education Week

A lawsuit seeks to hold the New York City schools liable for student violence and bullying, a standard two other recent suits failed to meet.

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US Naval Officer with ‘secret’ clearance held on espionage charges

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A United States Naval Officer has been accused of espionage, falsifying records, and patronizing prostitutes, among other charges that became public following a preliminary hearing last Friday.

The US Naval Institute identified the suspect as Taiwanese-born, naturalized American citizen Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was arrested eight months ago, although details have only just emerged following Friday’s hearing.

Lt. Cmdr. Lin, who was profiled in a US Navy public relations article in 2008 following his naturalization ceremony, allegedly had access to materials classified at the “secret” level – one level below the well-known “top secret” classification.
A redacted Navy charge sheet shows multiple accusations of communicating secret information as well as further charges of attempting to do so to a foreign government “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.”
While the exact foreign government in question went unmentioned, Lin’s fluency in Mandarin has led to speculation that China or Taiwan could be involved. At present, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense in Taipei has declined to comment, stating only that, “The case does not involve the Republic of China [Taiwan’s official name], and the ministry has no comment on related reports.” The Ministry included, “it is also not appropriate to comment on the national defense affairs of other countries.”

According to the United States Naval Institute – a private, non-profit, professional military association – sources familiar with the case named China as the country to which Lin passed secrets.

The preliminary hearing last Friday follows a recently-developing pattern of espionage claims and accusations by the US government against China, most recently seen mere weeks ago when a Chinese businessman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to steal sensitive military information. The man in question, Su Bin, admitted to collaborating with two co-conspirators to gather and sell military secrets attained from Boeing and other defense contractors over a six-year period.

In September, China’s President Xi Jinping denied any wrongdoing and agreed to a pact with American President Obama to abstain from hacking each other’s countries. The pact followed reports from last June that China had breached the US Office of Personnel Management’s computer network in what is now known to be a wide-scale act of cyber espionage
Following the Personnel Management breach, Joel Brenner, a former top official for the US Government in counterintelligence, stated, “these forums contain decades of personal information about people with clearances…which makes them easier to recruit for foreign espionage on behalf of a foreign country.”

No connection has been made between that data hack and the current charges against Lt. Cmdr. Lin.

Lin held a high level of clearance, thanks to his work as a signals-intelligence specialist on some of the Navy’s most sensitive intelligence-gathering aircraft, according to the original report from the US Naval Institute. He previously worked as a department head for a Special Projects Patrol Squadron based out of Hawaii, which flew highly specialized signals-intelligence aircraft.

Lin is being held in a navy brig in Chesapeake, Va. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Source:http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0411/US-Naval-Officer-with-secret-clearance-held-on-espionage-charges

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