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Charges dropped in LaPlace meth lab arrest for ‘lack of evidence’: report

Charges have been dropped against a LaPlace man arrested in 2015 on suspicion of operating a crystal methamphetamine lab in his house, L’Observateur reports.

Citing court records, the report says the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office had scrapped its case against David Gardner, 48, due to “lack of evidence.”

Gardner was arrested in 2015 following a month-long stake-out of his home on Golfview Drive, which authorities said they searched under a warrant for cyber stalking and criminal trespass.

Inside the home, authorities said they found a small amount of crystal meth, evidence of meth cooking and drug paraphernalia used in the manufacture and sale of meth.

Read L’Observateur’s full story.

Read more at: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/01/meth_lab_laplace_charges_dropp.html

Charges dropped in LaPlace meth lab arrest for ‘lack of evidence …

Charges have been dropped against a LaPlace man arrested in 2015 on suspicion of operating a crystal methamphetamine lab in his house, L’Observateur reports.

Citing court records, the report says the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office had scrapped its case against David Gardner, 48, due to “lack of evidence.”

Gardner was arrested in 2015 following a month-long stake-out of his home on Golfview Drive, which authorities said they searched under a warrant for cyber stalking and criminal trespass.

Inside the home, authorities said they found a small amount of crystal meth, evidence of meth cooking and drug paraphernalia used in the manufacture and sale of meth.

Read L’Observateur’s full story.

Read more at: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/01/meth_lab_laplace_charges_dropp.html

Westchester Police Enlist ‘Cyber Crime Dog’ To Sniff Out Evidence In High-Tech Cases

VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new canine crime fighter in New York. A dog has been specially trained to help crack high-tech cases from terrorism to financial fraud.

Harley the cyber crime dog has a nose for law enforcement, but she’s not sniffing for drugs, or even bombs. Harley is the first ever certified ‘electronics detection canine’ in New York, trained to find evidence hidden by suspects.

“Harley’s beat includes helping to execute a search warrant and investigate crime scenes, particularly financial fraud, child pornography, narcotics trafficking, and terrorism,” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino explained.

Since July, Harley’s worn the bade of the Westchester County Police Department and is now part of the FBI cyber crime task force.

“in the short time she’s been with us, Harley has no doubt won the hearts and respect of many members of the FBI’s New York Field Office,” FBI Special Agent Aristedes Mahairas told CBS2’s Brian

Read more at: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/18/westchester-police-cyber-crime-dog/

Cyber attack: Latest evidence indicates ‘phishing’ emails not to blame for global hack

Here’s a dispatch from Neil Connor in Beijing:

More than 4,000 educational organisations were among the 30,000 ‘institutions’ to have been paralysed by the global cyberattack, which is known as Wanna Decryptor ransomware, or WannaCry, Qihu 360, an anti-virus software firm said. 

Reports in China said more than 20,000 petrol stations operated by China National Petroleum Cooperation could only process cash payments because of Internet issues over the weekend.

The National Business Daily reported on Monday that the company’s computers went down at 1pm on Saturday, with 80 percent of the systems returning to normal by midday on Sunday.

“Petro China has taken emergency measures to cope with WannaCry ransomware attacks,” a company official told the media outlet.

Chinese media also cited university students complaining about pop-ups appearing on their computers which demanded ransom payments, or else they would lose all their documents.

Wu Xingyong, an official from Yunnan Agricultural University, in south-west China, told thepaper.cn that eight

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/05/15/nhs-cyber-attack-latest-authorities-warn-day-chaos-ransomware/

‘Evidence of Chinese spying’ uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit

Evidence of Chinese cyber-espionage against the US has been uncovered on the eve of an important Sino-US presidential summit.

The “Scanbox” malware – used by nation-state threat actors associated with or sponsored by the Chinese government – has been discovered embedded on webpages on the US National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) site, Fidelis Cybersecurity reports.

The possible cyber-espionage was found ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping taking place on Thursday and Friday. Items on the agenda are likely to include North Korea, trade and the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.

Fidelis researchers have also discovered a similar threat campaign was conducted involving a site masquerading as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Hardik Modi, vice president, Threat at Fidelis Cybersecurity, comments: “The motive is most likely to be intelligence collection and although it’s impossible to determine specifically how this information will be used, it could empower

Read more at: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/06/us_china_summit_suspected_espionage/

Ransomware Causes Dallas Police to Lose 8 Years of Evidence

“A police station in Dallas lost digital evidence, such as videos and photos, when it cleaned up from a ransomware attack after deciding not to pay. The Cockrell Hill Police Department’s servers were infected Dec. 12 by a ransomware virus that demanded $4,000 in bitcoins. The department, after consulting with the FBI cyber crime unit, opted not to pay the ransom and wiped the servers, according to a department statement.”

Source: Ransomware Causes Dallas Police to Lose 8 Years of Evidence – Nextgov.com

Read more at: https://www.oodaloop.com/osint/cyber/2017/02/07/ransomware-causes-dallas-police-to-lose-8-years-of-evidence/

Ransomware Causes Dallas Police to Lose 8 Years of Evidence

A police station in Dallas lost digital evidence, such as videos and photos, when it cleaned up from a ransomware attack after deciding not to pay.

The Cockrell Hill Police Department’s servers were infected Dec. 12 by a ransomware virus that demanded $4,000 in bitcoins. The department, after consulting with the FBI cyber crime unit, opted not to pay the ransom and wiped the servers, according to a department statement.

But some evidence was lost, which came up in court for the first time Jan. 25, according to a WFAA report.

The virus corrupted files dating back to 2009, including all Microsoft Office Suite files and body camera videos, as well as some in-car video, surveillance video and photos. Some material was backed up on hard copies, CDs and DVDs, but not all, and the department’s automatic backup simply backed up infected files.

The Chief of Police Stephen Barlag told WFAA none of the lost

Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/threatwatch/2017/02/malware-ransomware-causes-dallas-police-lose-8/2783/

Police Department Loses Years Worth of Evidence in Ransomware Incident

Cockrell Hill PD

Police in Cockrell Hill, Texas admitted yesterday in a press release that they lost years worth of evidence after the department’s server was infected with ransomware.

Lost evidence includes all body camera video, some in-car video, some in-house surveillance video, some photographs, and all Microsoft Office documents.

Eight years worth of evidence lost

Lost data goes back to 2009. Data from that period backed up on DVDs and CDs remained intact. While archived data has its importance, more worrying is that the department lost data from ongoing investigations.

“It is […] unknown how many videos or photographs that could have assisted newer cases will not be available, although the number of affected prosecutions should remain relatively small,” the press release reads.

In an interview with WFAA, who broke the story, Stephen Barlag, Cockrell Hill’s police chief, said that none of the lost data was

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/police-department-loses-years-worth-of-evidence-in-ransomware-incident/

Cyber sleuths lay out evidence of Russia’s political hacking while the White House lays down sanctions

Two groups of Russian hackers used a blend of spearphishing, booby-trapped websites and remote-access malware to worm their way into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and hurt the party’s prospects in last month’s presidential election, experts from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security say in a 13-page report.

The report, released today, also says yet another cyber attack that’s linked to actors “likely associated” with Russian intelligence agencies was launched just days after the election.

“This activity by Russian intelligence services is part of a decade-long campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. government and its citizens,” the agencies said in a news release.

The report comes as a follow-up to claims of Russian involvement made in October, and as evidence in support of Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/cyber-sleuths-lay-evidence-russia-233822374.html