J.K. Rowling, in support of English PEN, an organization that defends freedom of expression and works to remove barriers from literature, created a handwritten Harry Potter prequel that she wrote on a double sided postcard and allowed English PEN to sell at auction. A lucky bidder won it, purchased it, and everything was honky-dory. That is, until that bidder's home was burgled.Read More
BRB just need to go have nightmares of giant crabs dragging me away.
GoPros are amazing little cameras that can survive just about anything (including space, basically). We're not sure about the fate of this one GoPro, however, as a very curious crab decided it was going to make the camera his new BFF. Watch as the sneaky shellfish drags the GoPro away (forever) to his tiny crab lair.Read More
For the record: "Unattended on a beach at night" is a terrible place to put anything you don't want stolen immediately.
A note to potential thieves -- if you're going to steal someone's iPhone, delete the info on it after you do. Or at the very least, make sure you shut off the former owner's automatic photo upload service. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming the star of a Tumblr making all your selfies and snapshots available to the whole of the Internet.Read More
While no one was paying attention, someone in Germany pulled off what is clearly the heist of the century, and maybe the finest and most worthwhile criminal act of all time -- sorry, Great Train Robbery. This weekend saw thieves in the town of Bad Hersfeld make off with a parked trailer containing five and a half tons of delicious, creamy, chocolatey Nutella.Read More
One of the unfortunate happenstances of the digital age we live in is the fact that items like iPhones have become increasingly more likely to be stolen. Everyone wants the latest phone, tablet, computer, or whatever the newest thing companies like Apple are producing. So when an iPhone is lost, chances are there's someone else out there fiddling with it. That's what happened to Nadav Nirenberg this past New Year's Eve. He lost his phone, and another scurrilous individual decided to keep it. How did Nirenberg know someone had it? Well, he received an email alert that the person had been messaging the ladies through OkCupid on it. That's when things got interesting.Read More
People really want to get their hands on Apple's latest devices, regardless of what they are. It is known. That's why they're such a big target when it comes to theft, and the iPad Mini's no different. With a caper that appears to be ripped straight from any generic heist movie, a pair of thieves managed to scamper off with two pallets of the gadgets -- worth $1.5 million -- from JFK airport late Monday night.Read More
Bitcoin theft is apparently a lucrative business. Bitfloor, a Bitcoin exchange, had around 24,000 Bitcoins stolen yesterday. The founder of Bitfloor, Roman Shtylman, revealed the robbery in a Bitcoin Forum post. At the going rate, this comes out to around $250,000. As of right now, Bitfloor is still down as they try to recover their losses and move forward. Given the fluidity of this particular pseudo currency, chances are slim that they'll ever see those Bitcoins returned.Read More
The thing to do, apparently, when you're bored at work is to just start stealing. That always leads to excitement. Between April and May, that's allegedly what Todd Anthony Cofield, Jr. did whilst working at an Amazon distribution center in South Carolina. Authorities are saying that Cofield nabbed 726 iPods and 49 HP laptops during his spree. Who knew that stealing so much valuable technology would have people look into it?Read More
A team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego have found that thermal imaging cameras can be used to steal PIN numbers when people make a cash withdrawal from an ATM. Residual heat from a person's finger when it touches the keypad to punch in their PIN can be viewed with an infrared camera to give away your combination without anyone having to actually see your finger on the button. For criminals, thermal imaging has some advantages. Whether or not the user visually blocks the keypad while they type their number will make no difference, and PIN harvesting can still be automated to provide crooks with a leg up. Researchers Keaton Mowery, Sarah Meiklejohn and Stefan Savage of UCSD studied 21 volunteers punching in 27 randomly selected PIN numbers on plastic and brushed metal keys. The study showed that plastic PIN pads retain the heat signature from the finger the longest showing which numbers and which order they were pressed.Read More
A Bitcoin user has lost 25,000 Bitcoins -- the digital peer-to-peer currency that is all the rage in digital peer-to-peer currencies these days -- which currently translates to nearly half a million tangible bucks at $487,749.
First thing that I noticed is that my slush's pool account got hacked into and someone changed the payout address to this: 15iUDqk6nLmav3B1xUHPQivDpfMruVsu9f I then changed the password and proceeded to run some antivirus and anti malware scans. Some stuff was found, but they were all cleaned up and they were all in my windows user profile temp dir which I deleted all the temp files. God I can't even type properly. Sorry folks I'm a bit emotional now. I then left another virus scanner running and went to sleep. When I woke up I check my bitcoin wallet. I leave the client running to help the network, and I notice -25,000 (and a transaction fee) gone.Read More