Category Archives: Crime/Corruption

Hmmmm: “Apple removes Fakespot from App Store after Amazon complains”

Like all social media with user generated content, Amazon’s reviews have tons of fake reviews:

Apple has removed Fakespot, a well-known app for detecting fake product reviews, from its App Store after Amazon complained the app provided misleading information and potential security risks.

Source: Apple removes Fakespot from App Store after Amazon complains

Fakespot and ReviewMeta help identify the degree of fakeness and misinformation in their reviews.

Apparently the FakeSpot app, however, basically superimposes itself over the Amazon web pages to insert app review information. Users make purchases via the FakeSpot app interface which passes the information through to the Amazon API. While Amazon says they dispute the “fake reviews” analysis, the grounds for their requesting the app be removed appears to be the potential for information security problems with an app acting as an interface to the Amazon services.

Wow – what a heart tugging story – well worth reading

Cranbrook, BC is one of my favorite small towns. And after this, it still is 🙂

But then, as he looked at the young woman who had taken his dog, he says he recognized an old version of himself in her eyes.

“She was very evidently hooked on drugs,” he said. “I gave her a hug and she said, ‘Why would you hug a piece of s**t like me?’”

Morton told her: “I was addicted to drugs for years. I know what you’re on. I know what you’re doing. I completely forgive you.”

Instead of giving her the reward money, for fear she would spend it on drugs, Morton asked whether he could pay for her to go to rehab.

She said yes and the pair hugged, crying together.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Sgt. Chris Manseau confirmed the story to CNN.

Source: When a woman stole his dog, this man didn’t press charges. Instead, he’s paying for her drug rehab – KTVZ

And it gets better but you have to read to the end to learn of the other person who he and friends also helped.

I’m still smiling 🙂

Is this another reason facial coverings failed to stop the spread ofCovid-19?

Last year, contact tracing found 60-70% of contacts had been in homes, either through family members or close social contacts (could be biased as they were the easiest to trace). Of course, no one wears N95s masks inside their own home, 24 x 7.

The other problem, I have noted, is that public health “experts” said to use “facial coverings” made of random bits of cloth. Indeed, as of July 2021, the Oregon Health Authority still says the public should use “cloth face coverings” (made of anything) and specifically says the public should NOT USE N95s OR MEDICAL GRADE MASKS. There will be a separate post on this soon.

Six month prison sentence for failure to show your valid vaccine passport

Where does this end?

Macron announced that from 21 July, anyone visiting a theatre, cinema, sports venue or festival with an audience of more than 50 people would need a health pass proving they were either fully vaccinated, had tested negative or were immune.

The same requirement will be extended to bars, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres (though not supermarkets), hospitals, long-distance trains, coaches and planes from 1 August, he said – including for children aged between 12 and 17 from 1 September.

People unable to present a valid health pass risk up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €10,000 (£8,500), according to the draft text of the law, while owners of “establishments welcoming the public” who fail to check patrons’ passes could go to jail for a year and be hit with a €45,000 fine.

Source: France achieves record Covid jabs with Macron’s ‘big stick’ approach | Vaccines and immunisation | The Guardian

SF Bay area public health officials say vaccines do not work – unbelievable

This will surely convince the vaccine hesitant and skeptical to get vaccinated right away:

San Francisco has one of the highest overall vaccination rates in the nation’s most populated state. At least 83% of residents 12 and older have received at least one dose.

Word that Bay Area health officials are once again asking people to put on their masks while indoors regardless of their vaccination status comes as a disappointment to many.

Source: Bay Area health officials urge all residents to wear masks indoors – CBS News

83% vaccinated in SF. 76% in Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley).

But masks are more effective than the vaccines? This is mind boggling poor public health communication.

Anti-Scam hobbyists taking down India-based scam call centers

There are numerous videos on Youtube of anti-scam hobbyists successfully scamming or destroying scam call centers in India.

This video is mind blowing in the sophistication of the scammers and the even more sophistication of the hobbyists who began taking down their U.S. network of “mules”.

This is a bit long, very complex – but in the end, one of the U.S. based scammers is arrested. There is much more to come over the coming year – they are now working with police, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and others.

This video has been watched over 40 million times as I post this.

Awkward: Hacker’s ransomware attack code avoided computers set to use Cyrillic languages

Trustwave said the ransomware “avoids systems that have default languages from what was the USSR region. This includes Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Tajik, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Tatar, Romanian, Russian Moldova, Syriac, and Syriac Arabic.”

Source: Code in huge ransomware attack written to avoid computers that use Russian, says new report

My blogs are under attacks every day, all the time. I have had to set up multiple layers of security to defend against the attacks and to evolve those security levels often.

Criminals encrypted 1 million devices in $70 million ransomware attack

When these attacks become so large, at some point this will be seen a declaration of war, no different than bombing a country’s infrastructure:

The hacker gang behind an international crime spree that played out over the Fourth of July weekend say they’ve locked more than a million individual devices and are demanding $70 million in bitcoin to set them all free in one swoop.

The gang, the Russia-connected REvil, is best known for previously hacking JBS, one of the world’s largest meat suppliers, and briefly halting its operations across much of North America. But this attack’s potential scope is unprecedented, according to some cybersecurity experts.

Source: Hackers behind holiday crime spree demand $70 million, say they locked 1 million devices

1000s of companies, world wide, may have been impacted by this ransom-ware attack

Sweden’s Coop grocery store chain had to shut all 800 retail stores after the attack:

The number of victims affected by the attack is unclear due to a ripple effect of managed service providers, who have their own clients, that may have been affected as well.

Source: Software supplier hit with “sophisticated cyberattack,” potentially affecting thousands of businesses – CBS News