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#childmolestor | Serial sex offender fears he will die in prison, court told | #parenting | #parenting | #kids
A serial offender accused of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order fears he will die in prison, a court has heard. arey Lyons is accused of possessing six devices prohibited […] View full post on National Cyber Security
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A sex offender who met his victim online has been branded “a danger to women” after he returned to a dating app following his release from jail. Pervert Steven McGinley […] View full post on National Cyber Security
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DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Denton man has been convicted of child sex trafficking. Following a day-long trial, a federal jury Tuesday night returned a guilty verdict against William Adam […] View full post on National Cyber Security
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Keiana Aldrich has struggled to keep herself alive inside the California Institution for Women for months, anxious about the coronavirus, scared of retaliation for reporting alleged sexual abuse and fighting […] View full post on National Cyber Security
#sextrafficking | Man sentenced to life in prison for human trafficking women and children in the East | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams
_________________________ NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – A man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for human trafficking and prostituting women and children in Eastern Carolina. According to the Department […] View full post on National Cyber Security
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_________________________ A county judge this week handed down a prison sentence for the second of two men convicted on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Barry […] View full post on National Cyber Security
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_________________________ “Omar Taylor is a coercive sex trafficker who pursued and exploited vulnerable victims for his own financial profit,” United States Attorney Erica MacDonald said in a statement. “The 400-month […] View full post on National Cyber Security
ST. LOUIS -Melissa Scanlan, known as ‘The Drug Llama,’ has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for trafficking fentanyl throughout the United States via the ‘dark web,’ engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy, and distributing fentanyl that results in death.
This case was part of a months-long, coordinated national operation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.
‘With accessibility of fentanyl, it is imperative that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners exploit all distribution avenues utilized by drug traffickers in Scanlan’s case,’ said DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan. ‘Scanlan distributed poison in our community that resulted in death and she is now being held accountable.’
The crimes for which Scanlan was sentenced are as follows: one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, five counts of distributing fentanyl, one count of selling counterfeit drugs, one count of misbranding drugs, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The 32-year old San Diego native pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2019. Scanlan’s co-conspirator, Brandon Arias, 34, was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.
Facts disclosed in open court revealed that Scanlan and Arias created an account on ‘Dream Market,’ a dark web marketplace where users buy and sell illegal substances and services, and used that account to sell substantial quantities of narcotics while operating under the moniker, ‘The Drug Llama.’ The charged fentanyl distribution conspiracy lasted from October 2016 to August 2018, during which time Scanlan sold approximately 52,000 fentanyl pills throughout the United States.
According to court records, Scanlan and Arias made over $100,000 from their dark web drug trafficking and split the money evenly. Court records also demonstrated Scanlan’s participation in an international money laundering conspiracy with Mexican cartel members, as well as her role in aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl pills to a woman identified as A.W., who later died.
Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft assailed the culture of criminality that exists on the dark web.
‘Criminals like Melissa Scanlan who recklessly flood our communities with opioids may think they can evade detection in the shadowy corners and back alleys of the internet,’ said U.S. Attorney Weinhoeft. ‘But they will find no quarter there. Where they go, we will follow. With the collaboration of outstanding investigators at our partner agencies, we will use every tool and method available to find these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.’
‘Illicit opioid distribution, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, and the resulting overdoses and deaths, are a continuing national crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis through their illegal actions will be brought to justice,’ said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office. ‘We are fully committed to disrupting and dismantling illegal prescription drug distribution networks that misuse the internet at the expense of public health and safety.’
The dark web is an underground computer network that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers, creating a seeming anonymity to users. This false cloak has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, like the one used by Scanlan and Arias.
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Inmates’ and correctional facilities employees’ data has been sloshed onto the web, unencrypted and unsecured, in yet another instance of a misconfigured cloud storage bucket.
Security researchers at vpnMentor came across the leak on 3 January during a web-mapping project that was scanning a range of Amazon S3 addresses to look for open holes in systems.
The leaky bucket belongs to JailCore, a cloud-based app meant to manage correctional facilities, including by helping to ensure better compliance with insurance standards by doing things like tracking inmates’ medications and activities. That means that the app handles personally identifiable information (PII) that includes detainees’ names, mugshots, medication names, and behaviors: going to the lavatory, sleeping, pacing, or cursing, for example.
JailCore also tracks correctional officers’ names, sometimes their signatures, and their personally filled out observational reports on the detainees.
Some of the PII is meant to be freely available to the public: details such as detainee names, dates of birth and mugshots are already publicly available from most state or county websites within rosters of current inmates. But another portion of the data is not: that portion includes specific medication information and additional sensitive data, vpnMentor says, such as the PII of correctional officers.
JailCore closed down the data leak between 15 and 16 January: 10 or 11 days after vpnMentor notified it about the breach (and about the same time that the security firm reached out to the Pentagon about it). The company initially refused to accept vpnMentor’s disclosure findings, the firm said.
Risk of identity theft
The leaky bucket held 36,077 PDFs of data from an Amazon server belonging to JailCore. The security researchers didn’t open each file, but the records that they did open pertained to correctional facilities in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia.
JailCore says that it’s a startup that’s currently working with six jails, totaling 1,200 inmates. It thinks that a tiny portion of real people’s information was involved in the breach. From one of its comments cited by vpnMentor:
Of those 6 jails, only 1 is using the application to track medication compliance in a 35 inmate jail and only 5 of those 35 inmates in that jail has a prescribed medication. Meaning all other reports with any mention of medication were all used for demonstration purposes only.
JailCore asked vpnMentor to bear in mind that detainees aren’t free citizens, and that’s a whole ‘nuther can of worms when it comes to privacy rights:
These are incarcerated individuals, not free citizens. Meaning, the same privacy laws that you and I enjoy, they do not.
[…] You cannot look at this like an example of a private citizen getting certain private information hacked from the cloud. These are incarcerated individuals who are PROPERTY OF THE COUNTY (this is even printed on their uniforms) … they don’t enjoy our same liberties.
Does that mean that it’s OK to expose prison inmates to the risk of identity theft? vpnMentor’s take on that risk:
Knowing the full name, birthdate, and, yes, even the incarceration record of an individual can provide criminals with enough information to steal that person’s identity. Considering that the person whose identity is stolen is in jail, cut off from normal access to a cellphone or their email, the damage could be even greater, as it will take longer to discover.
When Vice’s Motherboard contacted JailCore, a representative acknowledged that the records were in fact generated by its app and confirmed that JailCore had sealed up the hole. The JailCore rep also told the publication that the company doesn’t think that any of the compromised PII is personally sensitive or compromising in any way.
A tub full of leaky buckets
And thus does JailCore join the Who’s Who list of organizations that have misconfigured their Amazon S3 buckets and thereby inadvertently regurgitated their private data across the world: Dow Jones; a bipartisan duo including the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC); and Time Warner Cable – to name just a few.
In fact, back in 2017, security vendor Threat Stack conducted a survey of 200 AWS users in early 2017 and found that 73% left SSH open to the public, and 62% weren’t using two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure access to their data.
Amazon took a proactive step by scanning its customers’ S3 buckets and sending warnings when it found spillage, reaching out to customers with bad security before crooks had a chance to.
It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s help out there for organizations that can take a deep breath, step away from their servers, and plunge in to learn how to better secure them: Amazon has an FAQ about how to access AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) controls and encryption.
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Cyber #hackers target #Spain’s top #court as Catalonia’s #leader is #threatened with 30 years in prison if he declares #independence
Spain’s most senior court fell victim to a massive cyber attack as hackers launched an “Operation Free Catalonia” campaign.
The country’s constitutional court said unknown hackers had accessed its computer systems on Friday.
The Spanish National Security Department said the hack was part of a recent campaign to flood government websites with slogans in support of independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.
Social media groups linked to cyber hacking group Anonymous said they would roll out action as part of “Operation Free Catalonia”.
Meanwhile, Spanish attorney general José Manuel Maza is reportedly preparing to have Carles Puigdemont – president of Catalonia and figurehead of the independence movement – arrested for rebellion.
El Pais reported Puigdemont faces a charge of sedition, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, if he formally declares independence or tries to change the Spanish constitution.
It comes after the regional leaders of Catalonia – including Barcelona – held an independence referendum earlier this month on whether to break away from the rest of Spain.
The separatists claimed victory with a majority of more than 2million votes, but the ballot was declared illegal by the government in Madrid .
There were allegations of police brutality as officers used force to break up pro-independence rallies and close polling stations.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart the independence movement.
It came after Puigdemont failed to meet a deadline to withdraw the threat of a declaration of independence, instead accusing Madrid of refusing to negotiate.
“If the government continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the Catalan parliament could proceed, if it is considered opportune, to vote on a formal declaration of independence,” Puigdemont said in a letter to the Prime Minister.
He also said after the referendum: “At this historic moment… I call for the right for Catalonia to independent and form a republic.”
The Prime Minister responded in parliament on Wednesday: “It’s not that difficult to reply to the question: has Catalonia declared independence?
“Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not, we can talk here.”
The measures to curb Catalonia’s autonomy and hold fresh elections must now be approved by Spain’s upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for October 27.
King Felipe used a prize-giving ceremony in the north-western region of Asturias to indicate support for the government.
The king, normally a ceremonial figure, said: “Catalonia is and will remain an essential part. Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve through its legitimate democratic institutions.”
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