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Horse and mule used in $100,000 e-bank robbery

The FBI is investigating how a team of organized cyber thieves stole more than $100,000 at the Treasury Credit Union, a financial institution that primarily serves employees of the U.S. Treasury Department in Utah, Krebs On Security is reporting.

Bank robbers today do not need guns and masks. All they need is a Trojan Horse and a Money Mule.

The Trojan program is used to get access to an employee's user name and password. This is then used to transfer funds through several fictitious withdrawals.

Funny-pictures-mule-trouble-0WS The withdrawals are arranged with the help of people who are unaware of the robbery, but are hired over the internet through work-at-home job schemes.  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) calls the paid co-conspirators of victims of this scheme “money mules.” 

Transfers can also be done via commercial bank accounts tied to shell companies. 

In the Treasury Credit Union case, there were at least 70 transfers and dozens of money mules,  Federal News Radio is reporting.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:23 PM on May 28, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Toddler smokes two packs of cigarettes a day

Sadly this is not a joke.

Indonesia does not have a law to protect children from smoking.

This two-year-old baby from Indonesia is named Ardi Rizal. His parents gave him his first cigarette when he was 18-moths-old. He now smokes 40 a day and his dad does not mind. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:28 PM on May 27, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

'Sympathy for the Devil' photo

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Farley Allen Rhodes, 32, sticks his tongue out, as The Daily Mail's Tom Hindman shoots a photograph just after he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday, in Charleston WV. 

Rhode's gesture resembles John Pasche's iconic design for the Rolling Stones, which was also on the 200px-Rollingstones.sftdremix.epcover cover of Mick Jagger's "Sympathy for the Devil." Completely unrelated to Rhode, but a symbolic reminder of the evilness of his crime.

Starlena Without any signs of remorse, Rhodes admitted he threw lighter fluid on his girlfriend Starlena Pratt, 28, and set her on fire in their apartment after she threatened to leave him on 2008.

Pratt died after a month in a burn unit.

Doctors needed to amputate her arms and legs, but her family decided to avoid the procedure and take her off life support. The Daily Mail has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:38 AM on May 27, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Hero catches child falling from escalator (:40)


A man was able to catch a four-year-old boy who was climbing up the edge of an escalator at a shopping mall in Istanbul. Watch a better perspective on BBC.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:53 PM on May 26, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Venezuelan president plays traffic cop

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A young man driving a truck in a high-way in Venezuela would have never imagined the person he tailgated, honked at and passed on the shoulder was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

But it was. And the president was not having it.

Chavez chased him down, scolded him and even talked about him on his nationally televised weekly show. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:45 AM on May 25, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

$613M in paintings stolen from museum

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A single masked intruder entered the Paris Museum of Modern Art and carefully removed $613 million worth of paintings from their dissembled frames without slicing them out. A guard found the evidence on Thursday morning.

The stolen works:

-- "Le pigeon aux petits-pois" (The Pigeon with the Peas) an ochre and brown Cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso.

--"La Pastorale" (Pastoral), an oil painting of nudes on hillside by Henri Matisse.

-- "L'olivier pres de l'Estaque" (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque.

-- "La femme a l'eventail" (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani.

-- "Nature-mort aux chandeliers" (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Leger.

Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:09 AM on May 20, 2010 in Crime | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Ex-Harvard student was a fraud

1274152536_9361 How did Adam B. Wheeler, 23, fool Harvard for two years? 

According to the Boston Globe, he falsified a brilliant academic record, and also managed to get more than $45,000 in grants, scholarship, and financial aid money awarded to him.

He is being charged with four counts of larceny over $250, eight counts of identity fraud, seven counts of falsifying an endorsement or approval, and pretending to hold a degree. He plead not guilty. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:54 PM on May 18, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Eternally grateful

President Barack Obama honors police officers killed in the line of duty. Watch his Saturday speech.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:04 PM on May 15, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Caught on tape: Teacher beats student

 

The woman in this video is Science teacher Sheri Lynn Davis, 40, a mother of two boys ages 4 and 14.

She is facing an unrelated criminal charge in which she is accused of slashing the tires of another woman's car with a knife in January 2009, the Associated Press reported.

In this video shot on April 29th, she is seen attacking 13-year-old Isaiah Reagins at Jamie's House Charter School, a Houston-area alternative school.

Davis' attorney, Chip Lewis, said a fight in the hallway that was not related to Davis' duties started the sequence of events.

"She saw no one was addressing the fight, she went with another teacher to break it up," Lewis said. While she was in the hall, she heard her classroom door "not only shut, but lock."

"And that's when a sense of panic came over Miss Davis," Lewis said, adding that among the students behind the locked door was a female "special needs child."

He said Davis shook the door until she caught the attention of a student who opened it, and then came the beating. Here is the AP story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:24 PM on May 12, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Mother hurls toddler into Hudson River

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Police officers and firefighters performed a heroic rescue at the Hudson River on Tuesday after a woman hurled her toddler into the chilly Hudson River before jumping in behind her. The woman survived and is facing attempted murder charges. The baby is in critical condition on Wednesday morning. Watch the video report.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:27 AM on May 12, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 
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