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#deepweb | N.J. towns are easy targets for dark web hackers. They won’t always admit being scammed.

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The ransom demand was electronic.

In 2017, Newark’s computer system was hijacked by a group of hackers from halfway across the world, shutting down municipal services. Officials were given just seven days to come up with $30,000 in Bitcoin or they could kiss the city’s encrypted computer files goodbye.

They paid the ransom.

Cybercrime continues to explode nationwide, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most recent internet crime report. Last year, federal authorities received more than 350,000 complaints involving internet-based fraud, an increase of 16.7 percent over the previous year. Victim losses across the country in 2018 related to cybercrime totaled $2.71 billion.

In New Jersey, more than 8,400 victims across the state — including businesses, individuals, and government agencies — reported overall cybercrime losses last year of $79.7 million, making the state ninth in the nation for such high-tech theft, the FBI reported.

While much of that involved scams against individuals, businesses and Fortune 500 companies, the masters of the dark web have also been targeting your local tax collector’s office. Dozens of municipal government agencies in New Jersey have been victimized by hackers over the past two years, but have been reluctant to make those attacks public, officials say.

John Cohen, a senior expert on global threats for the Argonne National Laboratory and a professor at the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, said local governments remain easy targets for cyber criminals.

“Their systems remain vulnerable due insufficient security and local governments continue to pay the criminals,” Cohen said. “Until localities change their practices in the regard, they will continue to be targeted.”

In New Jersey, the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness said it has been tracking the threat of ransomware since 2015 and officials said municipal governments have long been in the mix.

“Many cyber-threat actors are just looking for low-risk targets and something they can monetize,” said Jared Maples, who heads the state agency. “The availability of hacking tools and the increasing number of unsecured internet-connected devices reduces the need for extensive technical skills to carry out successful cyberattacks.”

Officials at the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund, which helps insure public entities across the state, said they have seen a 540% increase in cyber attacks on local government agencies since 2013. About 80 events have been reported over that time, but officials with the fund said they were aware of 50 others that were never formally reported.

“Nobody wants to acknowledge they’ve been victimized,” said Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University, of the radio silence. Nobody is going to call a press conference to announce someone made off with taxpayer funds, he said.

Maples, meanwhile, believes that what is happening is only going to get worse.

“Cyberspace is a complex, diverse, and fluid security environment with real, persistent, and evolving threats,” he said. “The impacts of cyberattacks will increase as we enter into an era of autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, smart cities, hyper-connectivity, and the convergence of cyber-physical systems and devices.”

MORPHING SCHEMES

While many of the high profile cybercrime cases that have come to light in recent years have involved ransomware, where malicious software delivered by a link that should never have been clicked is used to corrupt and encrypt computer files, that is only one of many weapons commonly employed. According to the FBI, the attack tactic most gaining favor these days is known as Business Email Compromise, or BEC, which targets those who use wire transfers.

The BEC scam works by compromising the email of corporate executives — and sometimes of municipal officials involved in finance — and seeks to redirect wire transfers meant for suppliers or financial institutions to fraudulent accounts both here and abroad.

Earlier this year, Lawrence Espaillat, 41, of Clifton pleaded guilty in connection with a BEC scheme to steal more than $1 million from corporate victims and individuals. Authorities said Espaillat and others incorporated sham businesses and created email addresses, which mimicked but differed slightly from legitimate email addresses of supervisory employees at various companies. Emails from those sham accounts were then used to send what appeared to be requests for payment of legitimate invoices or debts owed by the victims.

Last year in New Jersey, according to state municipal finance officials, at least one unnamed municipality was sent wiring instructions by such a compromised email to change its bond anticipation note payments from what appeared to be one reputable banking institution to another. They sent $40,000 to the other account, which was fraudulent.

In August 2018, the FBI said received a complaint filed on behalf of another New Jersey town that fell victim of another BEC scam, transferring more than $1 million into the fraudulent account. Michael Doyle, an FBI supervisory special agent in New Jersey, would not identify the town, but said the money was recovered through a “financial fraud kill chain” that moves to quickly freeze funds and recall a wire transfer if they are alerted without delay.

Noting the explosion in BEC complaints nationally, Doyle said the nature of cybercrime is changing. More than $1.2 billion in losses were attributed last year to just on compromised business email scams.

“It dwarfs everything else,” the FBI agent said — far more than the $362 million lost to victims in confidence or romance fraud.

Yet while ransomware complaints do not top the list of cybercrime complaints, Doyle suspects what happened in Newark may be happening more than is being reported to authorities. How the money is taken has also morphed, he added, with the use of “money mules” in the United States who act — sometimes unwittingly — as a go-between, so that suspicions are not raised by having money directly wired overseas.

“It used to be jumping out of the country immediately,” Doyle said. Now, potential victims might think it suspicious to be told to send money to an account in Hong Kong. These days, money may be wired through a series of destination points before in lands in somebody’s pocket.

Last November, two Iranian men were indicted in connection with an international wave of ransomware attacks that shut down Newark’s computer systems, and led to the city’s payment of $30,000 to regain control of the city’s electronic files. Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri where charged with running what officials called “an extreme form of 21st century digital blackmail.”

Both men remain at large.

Doyle said cybercrime is still far more likely to target big companies than town hall. Usually municipalities don’t have that kind of money. There’s no revenue stream.

Still, the problem for local government is growing, officials here say.

David N. Grubb, executive director of the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund in Parsippany, said the impact is not insignificant.

“When a municipality gets hit by one of these things, can’t quantify the disruption that occurs. There are things that can’t happen when you are trying to get the system up and running. There is a reputational cost,” he said. It can get residents quite upset.“

A spokeswoman for Newark said the city has made numerous changes and improvements to defend against similar attacks, including improvements to infrastructure, training as well as following professional recommendations that identified security gaps.

“While no amount of preparation protects any organization 100%, the city is in a much better position to thwart similar events,” said the spokeswoman, Crystal Rosa.

At the same time, she said the city is constantly being being targeted.

“Measures put in place, actions following the prior ransomware event, have identified attempts and been successful to date from any in-depth intrusion,” she said.

With three dozen or more New Jersey municipalities the victims of successful hacker attacks in just the last two years, Pfeiffer said local officials are paying more attention, and like Newark, said that the electronic systems of every municipality in the state are under attack daily. Most municipalities now have cyber insurance, he added.

But technology requires management, and that requires time and money.

“There are two things you cannot be without in managing technology,” he said. “You have to have somebody you trust advising you on technology. And you have to have a sound backup plan.”

Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL. Facebook: @TedSherman.reporter. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Fraud Prevention Month: Police provide tips to avoid being scammed

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and also, the beginning of tax season. Waterloo Regional Police’s fraud branch says the majority of fraud reports they’re receiving lately, are from residents claiming they’ve been contacted by the Canada Revenue Agency, and asked to pay a fine. “Never give out personal information about yourself, your bank, your credit history, your birth date, your social insurance number, so private information should never be released,” says Staff Sergeant Alison Bevington. The Canada Revenue Agency and other businesses will not ask for detailed personal information over the phone or e-mail. Read More….

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Woman scammed two Goole dates out of thousands of pounds

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Woman scammed two Goole dates out of thousands of pounds

Two men were scammed out of thousands of pounds by a woman they met through online dating sites. One of the men lost £23,520 and the other lost £700 in what police are calling ‘romance fraud’. In both cases the …

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Every three hours, an online dater gets scammed

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Every three hours, an online dater gets scammed

In today’s digitally-connected world, online dating has become more popular than ever. In fact, more than 15% of American adults say they have used an online dating site or mobile app, according to the Pew Research Center. According to a …

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Vietnamese students scammed by score-tampering offer via hacked university email

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Vietnamese students scammed by score-tampering offer via hacked university email

A hacker who gained control of a Ho Chi Minh City university employee’s email account sent fake messages, claiming he could tamper with scores in exchange for cash.
The scam was reported at the Ho Chi Minh City University of

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Holloway is accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a Strip sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others. Photo Facebook 1004411555_strip_folo-dec_3.jpg Police investigate the scene on the Las Vegas Strip outside Paris Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, after a car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing one person and injuring 37 people, six critically. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae 1004411555_strip_folo-dec_4.jpg Lakeisha Holloway is shown in a photo from her Facebook page. Holloway is accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a Strip sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others. Photo Facebook 1004398647_strip_crash_1_14_0.jpg Police investigate the scene of an accident on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. 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And now the woman accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a busy sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others, faces a murder charge. On Tuesday, the Clark County district attorney’s office charged Holloway, 24, with one count each of murder with a deadly weapon; child abuse, neglect, or endangerment; and leaving the scene of an accident. Her first court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. today, the office said in a Tuesday morning news release. Not long ago, Holloway had seemed to be turning her life around. CNN reported an Oregon nonprofit organization gave Holloway a role model award in 2012. But on surveillance video taken Sunday,a source close to the investigation said, Holloway is seen driving her Oldsmobile along the Strip, creeping along with the flow of traffic, before suddenly accelerating and turning right onto the sidewalk in front of Planet Hollywood Resort. Pedestrians headed south scattered, but many of those walking north never saw Holloway’s car, as they were struck from behind. Holloway drove through the crosswalk in front of Paris Las Vegas and careened into a light pole. Jessica Valenzuela was trapped under the Oldsmobile for at least 200 yards as pedestrians ran alongside, banging on the car and trying to get Holloway to stop, the source said. Valenzuela, 32, of Buckeye, Ariz., died at University Medical Center. The Clark County coroner’s office did not determine the cause and manner of her death Tuesday. A crowdfunding campaign set up for Valenzuela described her as a wife and mother of three and had already raised more than $33,800 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. Thirty-five people were injured in the crash, three of whom had critical head injuries, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. Most of the injured were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and UMC. Some of them were college athletes who had come to compete in the Wartburg Desert Duals wrestling tournament held annually in Las Vegas. Two of the teams, Pacific University of Oregon, and Delaware Valley University, pulled out of the competition Monday as four Pacific team members were injured and five Delaware Valley athletes were reported injured. Holloway told police that she remembered a body bouncing off her windshield, breaking it. She told police she was not on drugs or alcohol, according to the arrest report. Blood samples were taken from Holloway, and although she did not demonstrate signs of being under the influence of alcohol when she was arrested, she may have been on stimulants, the report said. Authorities are expecting results of Holloway’s drug test to be returned soon. Holloway’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Scott Coffee, said that her status at the jail “speaks to her mental state.” Of the allegations, he said “everybody realizes this is a tragic event,” but declined to comment further. As of Tuesday evening, two people remained in critical condition and three others were listed as serious, UMC spokeswoman Danita Cohen said. Metro officer Michael Rodriguez said Holloway is in medically restricted custody at the Clark County Detention Center, which could mean she is injured, needs medical attention or is suicidal. There is no designated “suicide watch,” Rodriguez said, and if someone in custody showed signs of being suicidal, “we would not disclose that.” Holloway was taken into custody Sunday without incident at the Tuscany, where Lombardo on Monday said she left her daughter in the car and told a valet to call the police because she had hit several people on the Strip. The 3-year-old child, who wasn’t hurt in the crash, was taken from the Tuscany, on the corner of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, and into state custody at Child Haven, Lombardo said. “Generally speaking, when a child comes into our custody, we make contact with the parent, if available, to determine if there are relatives or ‘fictive kin’ (people who have a relationship with the child) who may be appropriate for the child’s placement,” Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa wrote in an email Tuesday. When asked whether the girl remained in state custody Tuesday, Pappa said he “can’t confirm much of anything.” It is unclear whether she has been placed with family, but Lombardo said officials were working to find her father. Las Vegas police are framing the incident as intentional. Lombardo said police do not know Holloway’s motive. Holloway’s fortunes seemed brighter not long ago, according to CNN. The nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrial Center gave Holloway its C.A.R.E. Role Model Award in 2012. The center helps at-risk youth with education and career training. In a center video for that year, Holloway said she’d been homeless in high school, put out of the house during her high school freshman year by her mother. Holloway said her grades and attendance suffered, and by the end of that school year, her GPA was 1.41. But she turned things around. “I beat the odds and was the first of my family and my circle to graduate high school,” she said, adding that she graduated with a 3.4 GPA and $17,000 in scholarship money. Holloway said she was also the first in her family to go to college. Later, she landed a job at the U.S. Forest Service. “Boy, did I come a long ways,” Holloway said on the video. “I was a scared little girl who knew that there was more to life outside of crime, drug addiction, lower income, alcoholism, being undereducated — all of which I grew up being familiar with.” Las Vegas police don’t think Sunday’s crash was an act of terrorism, but Lombardo said they can’t rule it out fully until they know more about Holloway. A national background check turned up no prior arrests for her. Investigators determined that Holloway has been in Las Vegas for about a week, living in her car with her daughter. Holloway told police that security guards ran her off everywhere she stopped to get some sleep in her car. She ended up on the Strip, “a place she did not want to be,” and wouldn’t explain why she drove onto the sidewalk, according to the arrest record. 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Lakeisha Holloway’s path to the Strip seems to have passed out of homelessness and back again. And now the woman accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a busy sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others, faces a murder charge.

On Tuesday, the Clark County district attorney’s office charged Holloway, 24, with one count each of murder with a deadly weapon; child abuse, neglect, or endangerment; and leaving the scene of an accident.

Her first court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. today, the office said in a Tuesday morning news release.

Not long ago, Holloway had seemed to be turning her life around.

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Holloway is accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a Strip sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others. Photo Facebook 1004411555_strip_folo-dec_3.jpg Police investigate the scene on the Las Vegas Strip outside Paris Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, after a car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing one person and injuring 37 people, six critically. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae 1004411555_strip_folo-dec_4.jpg Lakeisha Holloway is shown in a photo from her Facebook page. Holloway is accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a Strip sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others. Photo Facebook 1004398647_strip_crash_1_14_0.jpg Police investigate the scene of an accident on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae 1004398647_strip_crash_12_7_0.jpg Police investigate the scene of an accident on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae 1004411555_strip_folo-dec23.jpg Police investigate the scene on the Las Vegas Strip outside Paris Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, after a car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing one person and injuring 37 people, six critically. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae LakeishaHolloway_4.jpg LakeishaHolloway_4.jpg STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS10.JPG Police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. 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Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS18.JPG Police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae) STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS12.JPG Bystanders watch as police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS1720copy.jpg Police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae) stripfatalone.jpg Police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae) STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS03.JPG Metro Capt. Peter Bofelli briefs the media about a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS06.JPG Metro Deputy Chief Brett Zimmerman briefs the media about a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS01.JPG Police investigate the scene of a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae STRIP20FATAL20PHOTOS07.JPG Police Lt. Dan McGrath briefs the media about a crash on the Strip in Las Vegas that left one person dead and 37 injured after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @rookie__rae imagevideo Related links Car plows into pedestrians near Planet Hollywood, killing one, injuring 37 — VIDEO Arrest report, sheriff provide details of Strip crash that left 1 dead, dozens injured By Kimberly De La Cruz and David Ferrara Las Vegas Review-Journal Lakeisha Holloway’s path to the Strip seems to have passed out of homelessness and back again. And now the woman accused of driving her Oldsmobile onto a busy sidewalk Sunday, killing one and injuring dozens of others, faces a murder charge. On Tuesday, the Clark County district attorney’s office charged Holloway, 24, with one count each of murder with a deadly weapon; child abuse, neglect, or endangerment; and leaving the scene of an accident. Her first court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. today, the office said in a Tuesday morning news release. Not long ago, Holloway had seemed to be turning her life around. CNN reported an Oregon nonprofit organization gave Holloway a role model award in 2012. But on surveillance video taken Sunday,a source close to the investigation said, Holloway is seen driving her Oldsmobile along the Strip, creeping along with the flow of traffic, before suddenly accelerating and turning right onto the sidewalk in front of Planet Hollywood Resort. Pedestrians headed south scattered, but many of those walking north never saw Holloway’s car, as they were struck from behind. Holloway drove through the crosswalk in front of Paris Las Vegas and careened into a light pole. Jessica Valenzuela was trapped under the Oldsmobile for at least 200 yards as pedestrians ran alongside, banging on the car and trying to get Holloway to stop, the source said. Valenzuela, 32, of Buckeye, Ariz., died at University Medical Center. The Clark County coroner’s office did not determine the cause and manner of her death Tuesday. A crowdfunding campaign set up for Valenzuela described her as a wife and mother of three and had already raised more than $33,800 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. Thirty-five people were injured in the crash, three of whom had critical head injuries, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. Most of the injured were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and UMC. Some of them were college athletes who had come to compete in the Wartburg Desert Duals wrestling tournament held annually in Las Vegas. Two of the teams, Pacific University of Oregon, and Delaware Valley University, pulled out of the competition Monday as four Pacific team members were injured and five Delaware Valley athletes were reported injured. Holloway told police that she remembered a body bouncing off her windshield, breaking it. She told police she was not on drugs or alcohol, according to the arrest report. Blood samples were taken from Holloway, and although she did not demonstrate signs of being under the influence of alcohol when she was arrested, she may have been on stimulants, the report said. Authorities are expecting results of Holloway’s drug test to be returned soon. Holloway’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Scott Coffee, said that her status at the jail “speaks to her mental state.” Of the allegations, he said “everybody realizes this is a tragic event,” but declined to comment further. As of Tuesday evening, two people remained in critical condition and three others were listed as serious, UMC spokeswoman Danita Cohen said. Metro officer Michael Rodriguez said Holloway is in medically restricted custody at the Clark County Detention Center, which could mean she is injured, needs medical attention or is suicidal. There is no designated “suicide watch,” Rodriguez said, and if someone in custody showed signs of being suicidal, “we would not disclose that.” Holloway was taken into custody Sunday without incident at the Tuscany, where Lombardo on Monday said she left her daughter in the car and told a valet to call the police because she had hit several people on the Strip. The 3-year-old child, who wasn’t hurt in the crash, was taken from the Tuscany, on the corner of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, and into state custody at Child Haven, Lombardo said. “Generally speaking, when a child comes into our custody, we make contact with the parent, if available, to determine if there are relatives or ‘fictive kin’ (people who have a relationship with the child) who may be appropriate for the child’s placement,” Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa wrote in an email Tuesday. When asked whether the girl remained in state custody Tuesday, Pappa said he “can’t confirm much of anything.” It is unclear whether she has been placed with family, but Lombardo said officials were working to find her father. Las Vegas police are framing the incident as intentional. Lombardo said police do not know Holloway’s motive. Holloway’s fortunes seemed brighter not long ago, according to CNN. The nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrial Center gave Holloway its C.A.R.E. Role Model Award in 2012. The center helps at-risk youth with education and career training. In a center video for that year, Holloway said she’d been homeless in high school, put out of the house during her high school freshman year by her mother. Holloway said her grades and attendance suffered, and by the end of that school year, her GPA was 1.41. But she turned things around. “I beat the odds and was the first of my family and my circle to graduate high school,” she said, adding that she graduated with a 3.4 GPA and $17,000 in scholarship money. Holloway said she was also the first in her family to go to college. Later, she landed a job at the U.S. Forest Service. “Boy, did I come a long ways,” Holloway said on the video. “I was a scared little girl who knew that there was more to life outside of crime, drug addiction, lower income, alcoholism, being undereducated — all of which I grew up being familiar with.” Las Vegas police don’t think Sunday’s crash was an act of terrorism, but Lombardo said they can’t rule it out fully until they know more about Holloway. A national background check turned up no prior arrests for her. Investigators determined that Holloway has been in Las Vegas for about a week, living in her car with her daughter. Holloway told police that security guards ran her off everywhere she stopped to get some sleep in her car. She ended up on the Strip, “a place she did not want to be,” and wouldn’t explain why she drove onto the sidewalk, according to the arrest record. In the release announcing the charges, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson expressed sympathy for the victims and their families. “This is a horrendous and inexcusable act that has needlessly and tragically impacted countless lives,” he wrote. “I am confident that, as the investigation unfolds, we will be filing many more charges against Ms. Holloway.” — Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV. Contact reporter David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter @RandomPoker. Las Vegas Review-Journal writers Ricardo Torres and Matthew Crowley contributed to this report. 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