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Breaking open the MtGox case, part 1
Earlier today news broke of an arrest in Greece of a Russian national suspected of running a large-scale money laundering operation focused on Bitcoin. The man has since been publicly identified as Alexander Vinnik, 38, and over $4 billion USD is said to have been trafficked through the operation since 2011. We won't beat around the bush with it: Vinnik is [WizSec's] chief suspect for involvement in the MtGox theft (or the laundering of the proceeds thereof).
mtgox  theft  bitcoin  fraud 
july 2017 by jm
Bike thief reveals tricks of the trade in this shockingly candid interview
This is an eye-opener:
A former bicycle thief has revealed the tricks of the trade in an interview, which clearly and shockingly shows the extent that thieves will go to in order to steal a bike. He talks about the motivations behind the theft, the tools used to crack locks and how the bikes were moved around and sold for a significant sum. He also gives tips on how to prevent your bike from being stolen.
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'Don’t be fooled by Kryptonite locks, they’re not as tough as made out to be. Also D-bars with tubular locks, never use them, they’re the most easy to pick with a little tool. It’s small and discreet, no noise and it looks like you are just unlocking your bike. With the bolt cutters we would go out on high performance motorbikes, two men on a bike.'
bikes  locks  bike-locks  security  london  theft  lockpicking  d-locks 
may 2016 by jm
How To Implement Secure Bitcoin Vaults
At the Bitcoin workshop in Barbados, Malte Möser will present our solution to the Bitcoin private key management problem. Specifically, our paper describes a way to create vaults, special accounts whose keys can be neutralized if they fall into the hands of attackers. Vaults are Bitcoin’s decentralized version of you calling your bank to report a stolen credit card -- it renders the attacker’s transactions null and void. And here’s the interesting part: in so doing, vaults demotivate key theft in the first place. An attacker who knows that he will not be able to get away with theft is less likely to attack in the first place, compared to current Bitcoin attackers who are guaranteed that their hacking efforts will be handsomely rewarded.

private-keys  vaults  bitcoin  security  crypto  theft 
february 2016 by jm
Gardai find 70 stolen bikes in one house being readied for export
The Limerick Leader quoted other unnamed gardai who said they believed those who had stolen the bikes were selling them to a third party for shipment abroad, most likely to another country in Europe. “It would seem that he has his own network on the Continent and has a lucrative market for the bikes he sends on,” said one of the sources quoted in the report. “Some of the racing bikes would fetch large sums of money on the Continent.”

Trucks were seen arriving and departing the house in Castletroy where the find was made. And while it was unclear exactly how gardai were informed of the suspicious activity, when a team of officers went to search the property they found the bikes in the back garden.
bikes  theft  limerick  crime  bike-theft  ireland  castletroy 
december 2015 by jm
Three quarters of cars stolen in France 'electronically hacked' - Telegraph
The astonishing figures come two months after computer scientists in the UK warned that thousands of cars – including high-end brands such as Porsches and Maseratis - are at risk of electronic hacking. Their research was suppressed for two years by a court injunction for fear it would help thieves steal vehicles to order. The kit required to carry out such “mouse jacking”, as the French have coined the practice, can be freely purchased on the internet for around £700 and the theft of a range of models can be pulled off “within minutes,” motor experts warn.
hacking  security  security-through-obscurity  mouse-jacking  cars  safety  theft  crime  france  smart-cars 
november 2015 by jm
Dublin Bike Theft Survey Results
Dublin Cycling Campaign's survey results: estimated 20,000 bikes stolen per year in Dublin; only 1% of thefts results in a conviction
dublin  bikes  cycling  theft  crime  statistics  infographics  dcc 
may 2015 by jm
The missing MtGox bitcoins
Most or all of the missing bitcoins were stolen straight out of the MtGox hot wallet over time, beginning in late 2011. As a result, MtGox operated at fractional reserve for years (knowingly or not), and was practically depleted of bitcoins by 2013. A significant number of stolen bitcoins were deposited onto various exchanges, including MtGox itself, and probably sold for cash (which at the bitcoin prices of the day would have been substantially less than the hundreds of millions of dollars they were worth at the time of MtGox's collapse).

MtGox' bitcoins continuously went missing over time, but at a decreasing pace. Again by the middle of 2013, the curve goes more or less flat, matching the hypothesis that by that time there may not have been any more bitcoins left to lose. The rate of loss otherwise seems unusually smooth and at the same time not strictly relative to any readily available factors such as remaining BTC holdings, transaction volumes or the BTC price. Worth pointing out is that, thanks to having matched up most of the deposit/withdrawal log earlier, we can at this point at least rule out the possibility of any large-scale fake deposits — the bitcoins going into MtGox were real, meaning the discrepancy was likely rather caused by bitcoins leaving MtGox without going through valid withdrawals.
mtgox  bitcoin  security  fail  currency  theft  crime  btc 
april 2015 by jm
How I Became A Minor Celebrity In China (After My Stolen Phone Ended Up There)
Phone is stolen, shipped to China, and winds up being bought by "Brother Orange" -- then the story becomes China's biggest viral hit
viral  theft  phones  iphone  china  stories  weibo 
february 2015 by jm
Call for co-ordinated plan to combat soaring bike theft | Dublin Cycling Campaign
Bicycle theft in Ireland has doubled in Ireland since the introduction of the Bike to Work scheme in 2009. Almost 4,500 bicycle thefts[1] were reported in Dublin in 2013, but the actual number of bike thefts is likely to be in the region of 20,000 in 2013 according to Irish household surveys[2] and international experience[3,4]. The chances of a bike thief being caught is low, with a conviction rate of only 2%[5] or reported thefts. Approximately 230,000 bicycles are imported into Ireland each year[6]. “Bike theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. If cars were being stolen at this rate there would be uproar.” Says Keith Byrne, Chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign.

Fear of bicycle theft may discourage bicycle use and many bicycle theft victims do not buy a replacement [7,8]. “Many people give up on cycling after their bicycle is stolen and it discourages others from taking up cycling as the word about the high risk of theft spreads. We need a co-ordinated multi-agency plan to tackle bicycle theft if we are to reach the Government target of 10% of journeys by bicycle by 2020” says Keith Byrne.


Amen to that.
cycling  theft  stealing  bikes  dublin  crime  dcc  bike-to-work 
november 2014 by jm
The Best Bike Lock
Interviews with 2 New York bike thieves (one bottom feeder, one professional), reviewing the current batch of bicycle locks. Summary: U-locks are good, when used correctly, particularly the Kryptonite New York Lock ($80). On the other hand, Dublin's recent spate of thefts are largely driven by wide availability of battery-powered angle grinders (thanks Lidl!), which, according to this article, are relatively quiet and extremely fast. :(
bike  review  locks  cycling  u-locks  theft  security 
october 2013 by jm
Street Cuffs: L.A. Sees Big Jump In Bike Thefts
Some [LA] bike messengers last month took justice into their own hands when they caught two suspected thieves, teenage boys who attended a local Catholic high school. According to police, the messengers stripped down the teens to their boxer shorts before taking their cellphones, backpacks and clothes.

“They meted out street justice. We don’t condone street justice. They never threatened them. But they made it clear: don’t mess with another person’s property,” Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said. “This incident and the arrests are the tip of the iceberg when comes to people stealing bicycles.”

Vernon said the two boys told police they were robbed by about 20 men on bicycles at 6th Street and Grand Avenue about 3 p.m. on Jan. 12. Investigators said they cannot prove the boys were stealing bikes and continue to look for the assailants.
cycling  theft  robbery  bike-theft  la  crime  vigilantes  cycle-couriers 
july 2013 by jm
Spybike
This is brilliant. 'covert bicycle GPS tracker; Notifies you by SMS if your bicycle moves; Online tracking'. 'Spybike is a covert tracking device that is hidden inside your bicycle steerer tube. The device is disguised to look like a normal head set cap to avoid suspicion. If someone steals your bike, you can use SpyBike to track their movements online and on your mobile.' More details: http://www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/pdf/Spybike_Instructions_2.pdf
spybike  cycling  theft  gps  tracking 
july 2013 by jm
What Happens to Stolen Bicycles?
'Bike thievery is essentially a risk-free crime. If you were a criminal, that might just strike your fancy. If Goldman Sachs didn’t have more profitable market inefficencies to exploit, they might be out there arbitraging stolen bikes.'

Good summary, and I suspect a lot applies in Dublin too -- flea markets and vanloads of stolen bikes being sent to other cities for reselling.
via:hn  economics  crime  bikes  theft  goldman-sachs 
august 2012 by jm
The lessons I learnt from my iPhone mugging | Benjamin Cohen on Technology
some good tips on iPhone security settings, in particular disabling the ability to turn off location services via Restrictions. I should do this
crime  iphone  location  london  mugging  phones  security  theft 
may 2012 by jm
MacRumors iPhone Blog: Undercover 1.5 Adds Push Notification Tool to iPhone Theft Recovery App
very clever. 'You can make the messages as enticing as you want - say, by having them pretend to be a notification from your bank account. If the crook chooses to view the push notification, Undercover will launch, [..] loading any Website of your choosing, such as the aforementioned bank's. While the thief is distracted, Undercover will be happy to save the device's GPS coordinates and IP address to Orbicule's Website.'
iphone  theft  crime  push-notifications  undercover  from delicious
november 2009 by jm
Track down your stolen laptop – Prey
hmm, a nifty app that takes pics of the desktop, activates the webcam etc. and uploads to a central server if you activate a 'my laptop has been stolen' bit
prey  theft  laptop  osx  linux  windows  tracking  recovery  crime  lojack  from delicious
october 2009 by jm

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