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Nicolae Popescu was born in the small city of Alexandria, a two-hour bus ride south of Bucharest. After organising a digital scam to sell hundreds of fictitious cars on eBay, and pocketing $3 million, he was arrested in 2010 but eventually was released on a technicality. He is currently a fugitive from justice and the American reward for any information leading to his capture is $1 million.
While Popescu occupies a prominent place on the FBI’s ‘Cyber’s Most Wanted List’, he is just one of a number of high-profile cybercriminals hailing from Romania. In common with numerous other Romanians in this business, his expertise is ‘online auction fraud’. This form of activity began largely with the exploitation of eBay customers, but has now migrated to other platforms as well. It is built around the sale or rental of fictitious goods and services. This type of activity might
With a flourish of President Donald Trump’s pen Thursday, state and local law enforcement got the tools and training needed to fight cybercrime as the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 became law.
Introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, the legislation authorizes the highly regarded National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Ala., which has trained nearly 7,000 local officials from 50 states and three U.S. territories.
Shortly after Ratcliffe introduced his bill in March, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a similar bill in the Senate to expand the NCFI its charter to include training local law enforcement in cybersecurity practices.
“I’d like to thank President Trump for his strong support of my bill to ensure our state and local law enforcement officials are properly equipped to address
Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.
Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.
Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.
“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said.
“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes. Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”
But it doesn’t hurt to know what to do if concerned, they said.
Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Rutter said while no stalking cases have been reported to their office, people can perceive things differently.
Being aware of your surroundings is key, he said.
“If you’re in a store, find an employee and ask to have someone walk out with you. Park by the street lights. Walk with a group of people. Check the back seat of your car before getting in. Revert to the ‘old school’ ways of looking around, but if you see something unusual or feel uncomfortable in a situation, you should report it. Then we make note and if it happens again, then there is record,” Rutter said. “And don’t have your head buried in a cellphone. We really preach about the cellphones.”
Danielle Ray of Hermansville said she had an “eerie feeling” while at Shopko
According to statistics at bullingstatistic.org, over half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online and over 25 percent of those young people have been bullied repeatedly. This issue can also be found among Galt students. According to Ron Rammer, principal at McCaffery Middle School, about five percent of his students have been cyber bullied even though the highest percentages can be found among high school students.
“If we are made aware of an incident, we try to download the messages, involve our school resource officer and parents,” Rammer said. “School consequences of varying degrees are given to the perpetrator. Administration and the school counselor try to keep an eye on the situation to make sure it does not continue.”
According to Donna Mayo-Whitlock, director of educational services for Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD), each year the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office speaks with eighth graders on cyber bullying
PEA RIDGE – Ark. —
Pea Ridge Police addressed the issue of cyber-bullying and online harassment in a post on their Facebook page Monday.
Officer Mike Lira made the post in October which is national bullying prevention awareness month.
“It got me thinking about how there’s so much negativity and so much bullying going on, I wish people would just think before they click it,” said Lira. “Click with compassion. Think before you talk and think before you click and if it’s not something you would say in person, don’t do it.”
At the time of writing this article, the post had multiple positive responses and numerous shares.
Shane Henson commented on the post saying, “I enjoy the updates provided about our town and what the Police do to keep it safe and clean. I have removed several pages that I followed because of this very thing. “
Lira says locals should reach out
Hacking. Phishing. Identity theft. They’re household words in this digital age. If it seems like you’re hearing about them more often, you probably are.
“It’s going to get even worse before it gets better. We ain’t seen nothing yet,” says Sri Sridharan, Managing Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity housed at the University of South Florida, or FC2. “Right now we are in a very defensive posture. We are very reactive to cyber attacks. We need to be proactive, making sure the attacks don’t happen.”
The solution is new technologies, he says. “We’re trying to encourage people to work on different aspects of cybersecurity,” he explains.
FBI Special Agent A.J. Gilman agrees the problem “probably is getting a little bit worse. It’s also in the mainstream media more.”
One of the newer scams involves ransomware, which had all hands on deck at Reliaquest in Tampa during May in response to the WannaCry
VALDOSTA – Television sitcoms portray bullies in cliched ways: a leather jacket, a snarky attitude, a deep-seated anger issue.
By the end of the show, the fictitious bullies typically have an emotional breakthrough that tears away their hard exterior, revealing the kindness beneath.
Unfortunately, that is not real life.
Bullying, whatever form it takes,