October 25, 2012 |
Barnes & Noble, the country's largest bookseller, said data thieves hacked into payment devices and may have stolen customer credit and debit card information at 63 of its stores nationwide, including 20 in California. Hackers planted bugs in a single card reader at each of the stores, the company said. Customers swipe their payment cards through the machines and, if using a debit card, enter their personal identification number. Those PINs may be at risk, along with other account information, potentially giving thieves access to customers' private accounts.
October 11, 2012 |
Comparisons to such ensemble capers as "Ocean's Eleven" or "Tower Heist" are inevitable, but South Korea's "The Thieves" carves its own niche with moments of romance and stylish mayhem mixed with a more emotionally conflicted, winner-take-all sensibility than its American brethren. Director Dong-hoo Choi ("The Big Swindle"), who co-wrote the sometimes overly complex script with Gi-cheol Lee, begins by jauntily setting up the potential theft of a $30 million diamond from a Macau casino vault by an intrepid band of high-end crooks, each, of course, with a burgling specialty.
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September 30, 2012 |
MARIPOSA — Armed robbers may have made off with as much as $2 million in gold and gems from the the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa, a parks spokesman said. A statewide hunt was on for the robbers and the possible loot Saturday after the Friday afternoon robbery. About 4 p.m., multiple robbers dressed entirely in black and wearing face masks and night goggles broke in and threatened a museum curator and a museum guide with what were described to police as pickaxes.
September 25, 2012 |
There are a lot of strange things that get stolen out on the endless acres of American rangeland, a vast and often underguarded expanse, but Karen Gibson of rural Wyoming may have found the strangest: horsehair. Gibson recently reported to authorities in Fremont County that someone cut the hair from her horse's tail. The report is the latest in a peculiar crime spree -- authorities have more than 30 reports that people are stealing horsehair across three Wyoming counties. Investigators aren't sure of the motive, but they say that horsehair can be valuable and is often used to create belts, paintbrushes and the bows of musical instruments.
September 2, 2012 |
Laptops and tablet computers are all too convenient lures for thieves. Here are hints for protecting your property. •Like money: "If you had a wad of money sitting out in a public place, would you turn your back on it - even for just a minute?" asks the Federal Trade Commission's OnGuardOnline site. "Would you put it in checked luggage? Leave it on the back seat of your car?" Treat your laptop or tablet like it's cash. •Disguise: If you carry your laptop in a bag that was obviously designed for that purpose, it could become a prime target.
August 25, 2012 |
The car stolen most often in the U.S. last year - for the fourth year in a row - was the 1994 Honda Accord, according to the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Next, thieves liked to go for the 1998 Honda Civic, according to the report from the nonprofit group that focuses on theft and insurance fraud prevention. Honda vehicles have been the two most popular autos for thieves since 2005. The third-most-stolen car was a full-size 2006 Ford pickup.
June 19, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- Talk about unholy deeds: Somebody is breaking the lock on the donation box inside a historic Santa Fe, N.M., mission and stealing more than just the congregation's good will. And not just once. In the fourth theft at the Santuario de Guadalupe in the last six months, a thief pried open the tiny wooden box holding donations and made off with the cash inside. Not long ago, someone broke through several iron bars in the back of the little church, smashed a window and made off with two wooden crosses.
June 7, 2012 |
If you're on Facebook you've probably seen the tantalizing come-on: full downloads of the just-released blockbuster movie, free gift cards at your favorite store, and even a look at who is peeping at your profile. The only thing these promises fulfill is making a sucker — and victim — out of you with a click that takes a nanosecond. The result can range from annoying to devastating, from a hacker hijacking your email to send nefarious offers to your friends to implanting a virus that can knock out your computer.
May 30, 2012 |
Old high school classmates aren't the only ones making connections on Facebook. The crooks are too. There's the Osama bin Laden death video that downloads a virus into your computer. A sting known as the grandparent scam in which fraud artists plead desperately for money, pretending to be young relatives. And last week a new one surfaced that steals your personal information by advertising a 20% cash rebate for users who link debit cards to their Facebook account. People are used to con artists pitching them via email — who hasn't received a sketchy alert that they've won an African lottery, inherited millions from a long-lost relative in Eastern Europe or had a security breach of their bank account?
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May 21, 2012 |
Michelle Reiter lost $4,000 in cash, a 32-inch TV and a laptop computer when her Glendale home was burglarized. But also stolen that day was something far more valuable — her 11-year-old teacup Yorkshire terrier, Sophie. Since that time, she has been frantically searching for Sophie, not only because the dog is her greatest love, but because Sophie needs periodic medication for her bowels. Sophie was reported stolen after burglars entered Reiter's home on May 7 in the 600 block of Beulah Street through a rear bathroom window and ransacked the inside, according to Glendale Police Department reports.