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Rankin County Man Charged with Cyber-Stalking

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. – Rankin County man has a $10,000 bond after making threats on Facebook.

21-year-old Raymond Debellis was arrested for Cyber-stalking.

“If you threaten people and you harass them constantly, it’s not a misdemeanor anymore it becomes a felony,” Digital Forensic Investigator, Hayden Lavingston said.

Investigators are charging Debellis for creating accounts and sending more than 30 threatening messages.

“The message content was very vulgar and threatening in nature so that’s where we felt like we had a good cyber-stalking case,” Lavingston explained.

The messages were sent last Monday to a law enforcement support page.

“He even threatened them as well so we take it seriously,” Lavingston said.

After two days of tracking down Debellis he was taken to jail for cyber-stalking.

“Through that process we were able to link it back to Mr. Debellis,” said Lavingston.

Debellis could face up to two years in prison, investigators are hoping this arrest stops future cyber-stalking.

“Today that’s the way

Read more at: http://wjtv.com/2017/12/12/rankin-county-man-charged-with-cyber-stalking/

Fake email, stolen log-ins opened door to widespread hack on Mecklenburg County

A foreign-based hacker gained access to at least one government employee’s computer network log-in ID to launch a “ransomware” attack last week in Mecklenburg County, officials said Tuesday.

The cyber-attack knocked multiple data servers and many public services offline and caused widespread outages across Mecklenburg County systems. The county’s “IT (information technology) Incident Response Team” first learned of the problem early in the morning of Dec. 5, said IT chief, Keith Gregg.

By mid-morning, the county began shutting down parts of its network to isolate damage.

[READ MORE: Hackers hijacked data – and a program that gets sick and elderly to their doctors]

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A week later, 17 of 200 affected systems have been restored, Gregg said. Those include the court system’s jury management application, an employee payroll platform and several programs

Read more at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article189428824.html

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett denies knowledge of FBI investigation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he is unaware of an investigation involving him, following an article published by The Tennessean saying four people told them that federal agents had asked questions about Burchett.

Burchett, who is also running for the U.S. House seat being vacated by the retiring Congressman Jimmy Duncan, said he was unaware of any such investigation until a Nashville reporter contacted his office on Thursday.

“I do not believe such an inquiry exists, and I ask the FBI to publicly state whether or not it does. Additionally, I welcome any questions they or any other agency may have. This is clearly an effort by my political enemies to smear my reputation, and the Tennessean has allowed itself to be a participant,” said Burchett in a statement.

The Tennessean article says its four sources said they were interviewed by FBI agents about “issues ranging from possible tax evasion to potential

Read more at: http://wjhl.com/2017/12/02/knox-county-mayor-tim-burchett-denies-knowledge-of-fbi-investigation/

Eutnahized dog leads to cyber-bullying attack | Marion County …

Choice made after attempts to find owner of aggressive animal failed

Staff writer

A canine picked up near the highway by Florence police left a local business taking the brunt of a cyber-bullying attack over the weekend after the dog was euthanized.

The dog was taken to Animal Health Center in Marion, owned by veterinarian Jessica Laurin.

According to a post on the center’s social media page, the dog was acting aggressively toward high school students who tried to walk it, suggesting the possibility it may have been abused. Center personnel determined the dog was not a candidate for adoption.

The dog reportedly had no tags or a microchip when it was brought in.

After a week of unsuccessfully trying to track down the dog’s owner or finding someone who could work with the aggressive dog, the dog was deemed harmful to public safety and

Read more at: http://marionrecord.com/direct/eutnahized_dog_leads_to_cyber_bullying_attack+4910dog+4575746e6168697a656420646f67206c6561647320746f2063796265722d62756c6c79696e672061747461636b

Euthanized dog leads to cyber-bullying attack | Marion County …

Choice made after attempts to find owner of aggressive animal failed

Staff writer

A canine picked up near the highway by Florence police left a local business taking the brunt of a cyber-bullying attack over the weekend after the dog was euthanized.

The dog was taken to Animal Health Center in Marion, owned by veterinarian Jessica Laurin.

According to a post on the center’s social media page, the dog was acting aggressively toward high school students who tried to walk it, suggesting the possibility it may have been abused. Center personnel determined the dog was not a candidate for adoption.

The dog reportedly had no tags or a microchip when it was brought in.

After a week of unsuccessfully trying to track down the dog’s owner or finding someone who could work with the aggressive dog, the dog was deemed harmful to public safety and

Read more at: http://marionrecord.com/direct/euthanized_dog_leads_to_cyber_bullying_attack+4910dog+45757468616e697a656420646f67206c6561647320746f2063796265722d62756c6c79696e672061747461636b

Arkansas county is fighting cyber crime with new techniques

When Jenna Samuels (not her real name) logged on to an Internet chat room for the first time at the age of 12, she had no idea what she was getting into. The Pine Bluff resident, now 33, said predators immediately began trying to pick her up for sex. She asked The Commercial to use a fictitious name because she is fearful and embarrassed over the ordeal.

“It was obvious what they wanted, because they would send me pictures and try to get me to meet up with them,” Samuels said. “I think it’s important that parents know that there are people out there who want to hurt their kids. I got caught up in it, and I don’t know if I will ever recover mentally.”

One Arkansas community is implementing a pilot program to try and save people like Samuels

Read more at: http://www.pbcommercial.com/news/20171125/arkansas-county-is-fighting-cyber-crime-with-new-techniques

Georgia Man sentenced for cyber crime against Kansas county – WRDW

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for participating in a scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566,000.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 49-year-old George James, of Brookhaven, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday for wire fraud.
James told authorities someone contacted him in September 2016 and asked to deposit money into James’ account. James said Sedgwick County sent about $566,088 to his account in Georgia. He spent some and transferred some money to banks in China and Germany.

The other person allegedly sent an email to Sedgwick County claiming to represent construction company Cornejo and Sons, and asking the county to send future payments to a new account number.

The county later learned the email was not from Cornejo.

Read more at: http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Georgia-Man-sentenced-for-cyber-crime-against-Kansas-county-458131253.html

Georgia man sentenced for cyber crime that cost Sedgwick County $566000 – KSN

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Georgia man has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for participating in a scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566,000.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 49-year-old George James, of Brookhaven, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday for wire fraud.

James told authorities someone contacted him in September 2016 and asked to deposit money into James’ account. James said Sedgwick County sent about $566,088 to his account in Georgia. He spent some and transferred some money to banks in China and Germany.

The other person allegedly sent an email to Sedgwick County claiming to represent construction company Cornejo and Sons, and asking the county to send future payments to a new account number.

The county later learned the email was not from Cornejo.


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