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Angry Man Slaps Child in WalMart

artstephensThere is always something crazy happening at Walmart and yesterday was no exception when Atlanta resident Roger Stephens, 61, decided to make an afternoon visit to the store.

When Stephens heard a 2-year-old crying loudly in the store, he reportedly approached the mother and stated, “If you don’t shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you.” The mother claims that Stephens grabbed the baby and slapped her four times until she was quiet at which point he stated, “See I told you I would shut her up.”

Stephens was then arrested and charged with first-degree cruelty to children. Parents nationwide are outraged at the flagrant display of abuse on an afternoon shopping trip.

(Via CNN)

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GPS Tracker Helps Cops Locate 10,000 Marijuana Plants

marijuana2Police discovered over 10,000 marijuana plants in both Idaho and Oregon with the help of GPS tracking.

Detectives in Ada and Canyon County noticed that there were huge amounts of plastic pipes and water emitters being purchased in cash from local distributors. Suspecting production of an illegal substance, investigators planted GPS trackers on the goods and followed the suspects to their marijuana grow operations where they uncovered 6,000 marijuana plants.

Using similar tactics, police were also able to locate another 4,000 marijuana plants in a remote region of Oregon, apparently connected to this particular grow operation. Authorities arrested three men and charged them in connection to serious marijuana grows in both Idaho and Oregon. Police value the marijuana at millions of dollars.

(Via ABC6 Boise)

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Did a Facebook Status Update Lead to Murder?

fbcheatWe’ve all heard about social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook causing drama in relationships. Questions like “you were WHERE?” and “why would you post a comment on so-and-so’s wall?” have become common confrontations. As if this drama wasn’t bad enough, prosecutors in the U.K. are speculating that shady Facebook activity could have prompted a murder.

Welsh born Brian Lewis has been accused of strangling his partner and the mother of his four children, Hayley Jones. Apparently prosecutors are looking towards Facebook as the possible precipitate for the crime.

Jones had become very involved with Facebook and her buddies online. She began hiding the site from her partner and preventing him from looking at her profile or viewing her friends. Ten days before the murder, Jones changed her status from “in a relationship” to “single.”

Psychologists have confirmed that Facebook increases jealousy in relationships, which in turn is  a common motivator for murder. The trial is ongoing but the outcome doesn’t look very good for Lewis, since he reportedly told authorities on the phone that he had just strangled his partner.

(Via Mashable)

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Zeus Instant Messaging Trojan Lets Hackers Steal Your Financial Data

eyeimWith the recent release of Mac’s Snow Leopard and the upcoming Windows 7, it’s  only natural that hackers gave their viruses an upgrade as well. According to security company RSA, the Zeus trojan virus now employs the use of instant messaging. After the Zeus trojan has gotten a hold of someone’s account, a hacker will automatically receive an instant message notifying him that that his hack was successful.

Once installed on a PC, the Zeus virus sends the hacker the user’s log-in information and passwords. Then a module, that can be applied to the virus, can search for information specifically concerning financial institutions. A security company called Damballa estimates that the number of PCs that have been infected with the virus are currently at around 3.6 million,  making the Zeus Trojan one of the most aggressive invasive malware viruses around.

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Andy Roddick Speaks Out Against Twitter Ban at US Open

twittennisRecently the US Open made the decision that the players who participate in the tournament are not allowed to tweet on twitter. They fear that it may become a security issue if certain information becomes known to the public. Andy Roddick, however, feels that this new rule is completely unnecessary.

According to the Associated Press, Roddick has been using Twitter to express his frustration with signs posted around the US Open facilities warning players that tweeting may be in violation of the Anti-Corruption Program Rules. The US Open fears that if information such as the weather, conditions of the court, or even the conditions of the player, were to be leaked, it could create gambling for the sport.

Roddick responded to this by tweeting “you would seriously have to be a moron to send ‘inside info’ through a tweet.”

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A Virus in Snow Leopard's Clothing

snow-leopard1Mac users are all in a buzz about the latest Mac operating system release, Snow Leopard. However there are already growing compatibility and security concerns. According to Trend Micro, one of their researchers have discovered several websites advertising free versions of the new Mac operating system that actually download malware viruses into the users computer. Specifically the virus is a DNS changing Trojan called OSX_JAHLAV.K. According to Trend Micro, the virus  may also be downloaded without the user’s knowledge following a visit to a malicious Web site.

Trend Micro’s Bernadette Irinco stated,”Once executed, OSX_JAHLAV.K decrypts codes, which include a script that downloads other malicious scripts…the said script then alters the DNS configuration and includes two additional IP addresses in its DNS server. Users are thus possibly redirected to phishing sites and other fraudulent sites. In fact, some of these bogus sites are reportedly hosting FAKEAV (rogue antivirus) variants and components.”

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NYC Department of Buildings to Track Inspectors Via GPS

crane-collapseNew York City’s Department of Buildings will begin tracking their inspectors using GPS technology embedded in the workers company issued cell phones. The tracking systems will take effect on Monday, by monitoring ten inspectors at first and by the end of the month they plan to be monitoring all  379 inspectors.

The GPS systems are being installed because of an incident concerning an inspector named Edward J. Marquette. Marquette filed a false inspection report on a crane. That crane toppled 11 days later killing seven people.

Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri said “This new GPS tracking system is a simple, innovative way to ensure inspectors reach their assigned locations and are held accountable for their important work.”

Many of the inspectors are not happy with the news changes. Joseph M. Corso, the president of Local 211 of the Allied Building Inspectors Union has reacted by saying, “Just like the Justice Department monitors parolees and those under house arrest, they’ll have a tracking device,” he said of the inspectors. “We’re going to do all we can to ensure the rights of the membership are covered.”

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Skype Spyware Records Conversations to Send to Eavesdroppers

skype4beta_videochatA programmer named Ruben Unteregger has released the source code behind a malware program that he created specifically to record Skype voice conversations on the sly.

Unteregger, who used to work for a company called ERA IT solutions, created MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer. Both of these programs were originally created and sold to Swiss authorities to be used as surveillance tools. The programs were designed to hook into the Window XP’s audio drivers to record victims VoIP calls as MP3s. Afterward, these MP3 records are automatically sent to a remote server for an eavesdropper to collect.

Unteregger stated that he had retained copyright for the programs and has decided to release the source code and two compiled binaries so that signatures to detect the malware could be created. Just days after Unteregger released his code, Symantec and TrendMicro stated that their anti-virus programs had already detected Trojans in the wild similar to that of Unteregger’s.

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Pike County Turns to Sprint's GPS System to Track School Buses

Mothers who send their children to school on the school bus system are often concerned with the safety of their child. Well parents in the Pike County School system can breathe even easier than most. Park County School have partnered up with Sprint Nextel and Telenav Track to install GPS cell phones on all of the county school buses.

Tom Hicks of the PCS transportation department stated “Over the past few years, buses have been hijacked in other places. this system helps protect our buses.”

According to Hicks, Sprint provided the equipment and it was all installed right before school started. Through this system county officials have the ability to see the exact mileage of the buses as well as their exact location and speeds.

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Law & Order SVU Fan Helps Catch a Crook

svuEvery day hundreds of people watch their favorite TV shows and say to themselves I wish I could be like that, well Justine Faeth made that a reality. The New York native took after her favorite show “Law & Order Special Victims Unit” and used some skills she had learned to catch a crook.

Faeth was at work when she saw a suspicious man walk into the office. She saw the man steal an employee’s purse, an iPod and a wallet. She also saw the man drink a cup of water and blow his nose before he left. Using the skills she had learned from Law & Order, she quickly collected and kept the items as evidence for police. Sure enough, the police were able to use the DNA samples taken from the cup and tissue to help track down the perpetrator.

Faeth has recently been seen on NBC’s today show along side Actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays a Law & Order detective. Faeth was praised for her quick thinking and there were even talks of her having a walk on roll in the show.

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