April 3, 2014 |
Sounding alarm over an especially sinister new wave of cybercrime, regulators are warning bankers that hackers have succeeded in changing the controls on automated teller machines to allow thieves to make nearly unlimited withdrawals. The hackers often schedule the withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when extra dollars are loaded into ATMs and monitoring by the banks drops off, an umbrella group for financial regulators said Wednesday. The U.S. Secret Service is calling the scam Unlimited Operations because it circumvents the usual caps on ATM withdrawals, enabling the criminals at times to extract far more than depositors have in their accounts.
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March 27, 2014 |
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. “Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags,” LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
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March 11, 2014 |
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after 2,000 feet of aluminum train tracks and other materials -- valued in all at $7,000 to $9,000 -- were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate at the facility housing the small, ridable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2, Dixon Sheldon, vice president of operations for the Model Engineers told Times Community News.
March 9, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers for years have been battling ravenous metal thieves, who pull copper wires out of street lights, grab rebar from construction sites, and steal pumps and other costly equipment from farmers' fields. Now, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), is trying to put more manpower and money into the fight. Nestande's bill, AB 2313, would create a metal theft task force within the attorney general's office that would provide grants to local police and prosecutors.
January 29, 2014 |
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. confirmed the Justice Department is investigating the theft of financial and personal information of 110 million Target customers. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Holder said that while the Justice Department doesn't generally discuss specific cases, the department is working to track down and prosecute the hackers who stole Target customer data late last year. “We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud,” Holder said Wednesday.
January 15, 2014 |
Thieves who attempted to steal a priceless Greek urn containing the cremated remains of Sigmund Freud from its resting place in London failed to make off with the ashes but badly damaged the 2,300-year-old receptacle, Scotland Yard said Wednesday. The botched break-in occurred on New Year's Day at a crypt preserving and displaying the remains of artists, intellectuals and political leaders who span the social spectrum, from wartime capitulator Neville Chamberlain to doomed songstress Amy Winehouse.