A 27-year-old who carried out a campaign of harassment against a number of women has been sentenced to 22 months in prison, made the subject of a non-harassment order and placed on the sex offenders register.
Adele Rennie, a former nurse, has admitted using a host of invented aliases to carry out a series of stalking and sexual offences, a breach of the data protection act and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Ms Rennie, using the names “David Graham”, “David Crolla” and “Davie”, “Marco” and “Matthew Mancini”, pursued online relationships with 10 women through various social media, dating websites and applications over a four year period.
She often reused the same storyline and characters, referencing the same names and using the same photos in each interaction.
In some instances she would call and speak to her victims using a voice changing application.
Read more at: http://www.scottishlegal.com/2017/12/19/former-nurse-sentenced-cyber-stalking-campaign/
The fraudsters work by calling businesses claiming to be from their bank, use software to change numbers to make the call appear genuine, and also send fake emails.
READ MORE: Highland hospice among those defrauded by £2.5m banking scam
The warning from Police Scotland comes after the Highland Hospice in Inverness became a victim of such an incident which, in total, defrauded a number of businesses in the north of almost £2.5million between July 19 and July 30 this year.
A mid-six figure sum of money was fraudulently removed from the charity. Some of the money has since been recovered and work is ongoing to try and recover as much of the funds as possible.
Police Scotland said it is aware of attempts against other hospices, but it has not been established if these are linked to the Highland Hospice case.
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Almost 60 per cent of Scottish councils and more than half of Scotland’s health boards have been targeted by cyber criminals since 2014, a Scotsman investigation has revealed.
Nine universities and numerous government bodies have also been hit during the last three years, the investigation found.
Some local authorities reported being bombarded with thousands of spam emails and receiving ransom demands to decrypt data.
Freedom of Information requests showed 19 of Scotland’s 32 councils experienced either attempted or successful attacks since 2014.
Ransomware attacks were reported by 14 local authorities, sometimes on multiple occasions.
Four councils refused to reveal any information, with two fearing doing so would leave them vulnerable to future attacks.
Of the incidents logged by 19 councils, only nine authorities reported any of them to police, although no data was stolen or lost.
The investigation revealed Scottish local authorities were subject to more than 50 notable incidents in
Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/almost-60-of-scottish-councils-hit-by-cyber-attacks-1-4512060