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GANG “TRIED TO STEAL £229 MILLION FROM BANK”

It will make a great film. Allegedly, a security guard smuggles Belgian hackers into a Japanese bank in London. They installed cloning software to steal passwords, then returned at night to try to transfer money into bank accounts elsewhere in the world.

THE END OF MOB RULE

Article from The Observer magazine that argues that the Mafia in the US is in terminal decline. Except that the author covers himself right at the end. he may only be talking about the Gotti family and the credit crunch may re-empower the loan shark. Worth a read to tease out the arguments, though.

THE RECESSION CRIMEWAVE

Article in Independent arguing that burglary robbery up significantly in UK in final four months of year, according to individual constabulary figures. The size of the increase suggests another change in methodology has occurred, but the Indy insists it’s the credit crunch. When interviewed, police spokespersons disagreed.

EU SECURITY DATABASE UPGRADE COULD BE SCRAPPED

This is the Schengen Information System II. Plagued by idiots who believe IT salesmen and try to get it to do too much! This article mentions some of the specific problems, but there are a number of others. These deal primarily with the compatibility of Member States hardware and software systems, but there are legal problems too. But one suspects that somehow, there will be a way of fudging through.

TOGO SENDS “DRUG SMUGGLER” TO US

Solano Cortez Jorge, suspected Colombian drug smuggler to be extradited to US. He and seven others arrested last October. 500K of cocaine allegedly seized. West Africa has become part of the smuggling network in recent years.

SWINDLERS FUND GROWING MARKET IN FORECLOSURES

New York Times piece on fraudsters trying to con homeowners into paying money to avoid foreclosure…which doesnt avoid it at all. There are, apparently legitimate cpm[anies in this sector…and total scammers. Surprise, surprise, the sector isnt properly regulated. Coming across the Atlantic soon, if not here already.

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