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Grandfather Tackles Robber During Bank Heist

grandpa_tacklesIn Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a bank robber was put in his place after getting tackled by a 54-year-old man. The robber was pacing back and forth between to clerks and did not notice Matt Knetzger slowly coming up behind him before he pounced on the crook from behind.

The bank robber was revealed to be Senister Smith a frequent customer of the bank who reportedly robbed the bank because he had fallen on hard times. He walked into the bank covered in all black clothing and a ski mask. He then handed two notes to the tellers commanding them to put the money in the bag. Knetzger, a 54 year old grandfather, was in the back of the room eating a snack while the robbery was taking place. After finishing his snack Knetzger decided to do something about it and tackled the man.

When asked why he was so quick to make a move, Knetzger said he was simply worried for his wife’s safety. After tackling the young robber he also held him to the ground until police arrived. The best part is that it was all caught on the banks security cameras, effectively ensuring that they would always remember the hero of the day.

(Via The Post Chronicle)


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Hackers Targeting Public School and University Payroll Accounts

skullpayrollGangs of cyber criminals who have been attacking big business have now set their sights on public schools and colleges.  On October 17th, hackers broke into the Stanford school district and initiated fake money transfers from the schools payroll accounts. The thieves kept the amounts below $10,000 in order to avoid detection by the banks. By the time the staff caught on two days later they had already lost $177,000.

Stanford was not the only school to report thefts like this. The Sand Springs, Oklahoma school district has also been attacked,  as well as Marian University, a Catholic university in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Each establishment had close to $200,000 stolen from it. All three schools were able to detect the fraudulent transfers soon enough to reverse some of the damage, however the only school able to have its losses completely recovered was Sand Springs.

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Tracking Trash with GPS: Are Recyclables Ending Up in the Landfill?

landfillTracking family members, vehicles, and assets makes sense because hey, they’re valuable. But tracking trash? MIT researchers say, yes. Announced on Tuesday, MIT plans to electronically track 3,000 pieces of common garbage over the next three months using GPS cellular technology. The tagged trash, all potentially recyclable, will be monitored from the time it’s thrown out in an attempt to find out exactly where it’s going: in the landfill or in the recycle bin. By showing people that recyclable trash is still ending up in the landfill, MIT researchers hope to promote a lifestyle change nationwide.

“Trash Track aims to make the removal chain more transparent. We hope that the project will promote behavioral change and encourage people to make more sustainable decisions about what they consume and how it affects the world around them.”

The project was inspired by New York City’s Green Initiative goal to divert 100% of the city’s recyclables from landfills to recycle centers. By creating “trash transparency,” MIT researchers hope to change people’s  recycling habits  by using this high tech GPS tracking technology.

(Via Backpacker.com)

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Technology Goes Head to Head: GPS v. Radar

speedingticket11In Los Angeles, California parents are attempting to use their son’s GPS navigation system to beat a speeding ticket. Los Angeles Police however, believe that the radars don’t lie.

Shaun Malone was given a speeding ticket after police radars found him going 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. The parents of the teen decided to fight the ticket using information retrieved from the GPS device installed in their son’s vehicle. The GPS showed Malone was traveling at a speed of 45mph during the time in which the cops stopped him. Sgt. Ken Savano of the Petaluma Police traffic division stated “We think he sped up to 62.5 m.p.h., then saw the police car and slowed down.”

The discussion as to whether or not the young man was speeding comes down to the reliability of radar vs GPS. The police are standing by their technology, stating that the information given by the GPS systems could have been altered by other cars and road signs. The parents are taking a similar stance and claiming that the radar could have tracked another vehicle’s speed rather than their sons. Malone’s father supports the GPS system because he has “seen too many times how teens are killing themselves all over this country [by] being irresponsible behind the wheel.” He is eager to prove his son is not one of those teens.

(Via The Christian Science Monitor)

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Burglar Busted After Checking Facebook During Robbery

burglarJonathan Parker is like most teens nowadays that can’t stop checking Facebook. But for Jonathan, his Facebook addiction ended up being his Achilles heel. Earlier in the week, the 19 year old broke in to a home and stole two diamond rings. While breaking in, he took a break to log on to one of the household’s computers and check his Facebook account. Unfortunately for him, he forgot to log out. By not logging out, he lead a trail directly to him that the police could use.

Mr. Parker is currently in custody and is facing a maximum 10 year sentence.

(Via Mashable)

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Victim Manages to Recover His Stolen Laptop Using LogMeIn

David Krop, Laptop Theft Victim

David Krop, one of the very few laptop theft victims that end up with a smile on their face

David Krop, the vice president of marketing at Nationwide Diabetic, was rushing to a meeting one morning when he left his two laptops inside of his car. He later returned to discover that the car’s door window had been smashed in and that both of his laptops were stolen. He reported the theft to the local police but they were not too enthusiastic about getting his laptop back.

When Krop got home, he remembered that he had installed a remote access application called LogMeIn on one of his laptops.  Using the service he was able to log into his laptop from his home PC and view what was happening on his lost laptop. Shortly after entering his information he was able to see that the person who had his laptop was using it to watch porn, download videos, talk with friends and occasionally change his Facebook status. Krop took notes and still frames of his laptops activities before deciding to go to video. He got especially lucky when the new user entered into a video chat with a friend and he was able to see the suspects face.

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Video Surveillance Leads to Raymond Clark Arrest for Murder of Yale Student

alg_raymond_clark_arrestA lab technician named Raymond Clark has been arrested for the murder of Annie Lee, the Yale student recently found murdered. Lee was a graduate student at Yale university, with her wedding just a few days away, when she was found strangled to death behind a basement wall in a Yale lab this past Sunday.

Raymond Clark was arrested at a motel he was staying at after police were able to secure an arrest warrant based on several sources of evidence.

New Haven Police Chief James Lewis stated “Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and information learned from viewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark.”

According the police report Lee was not sexually assaulted, police said her strangulation was a case of workplace violence. Police would not say what may have triggered Clark’s attack.

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Facebooks Fan Check App Might Be a Virus

facebook-fan-check-virusWord has spread through Facebook that the popular Fan Check application may actually be a virus. Many Facebook users who have downloaded the application have made complaints that their accounts were being hacked and sending unintentional messages to their contacts.

The application, which became available only recently, monitors the friends that comment on your wall or photos the most, and ranks them from highest to lowest. Shortly after it became available on the social networking site, groups already began forming asking for Facebook to ban the new application and warning fellow users not to download it.

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Hackers Change Focus from Operating Systems to Software Applications

hacked-computer-june081Since the dawn of computers, people have been worried about the viruses and hackers. Now there are companies specifically dedicated to preventing these hackers and viruses from affecting our computers. One report however, says that they aren’t doing nearly enough. SANS Institute states that the cybersecurity community is facing an epidemic of unpatched software especially with applications like Adobe, Flash, Java, and Microsoft.

The report found that exploitable bugs in those applications are often unpatched for long periods of time.

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How to Stop Someone Like Kanye Worst From Stealing Your Spotlight

kanye-west-grabs-the-mic-001On Sunday night, viewers were shocked and disgusted by the inappropriate actions of Kanye West as they watched the VMA’s live. After announcing Taylor Swift as the winner of “Best Female Video of the Year,” Kanye West proceeded to snatch the microphone out of her hand stating that Beyonce should have won. Having a personal opinion towards someone’s style of music is one thing, but stepping in on someone’s acceptance speech to alert the world of your disappointment is something completely different. For Taylor Swift, a moment like receiving your first VMA award is a super-special occasion that should be respected, and protected at all costs. Therefore we at BrickHouse Security have conspired a couple of ways to help keep your spotlight safe when the time comes for you.

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