ATM Hackers Milking Accounts without Card!

Meru Newsline

By David Muchui-Meru

Did you know that your money in the bank can be withdrawn from the ATM by thugs while your ATM card is safely in your Wallet!?

Hi-tech thugs are in town and so far there have been several cases of people complaining that their money was withdrawn from ATMs while their cards are safe in the wallet.

One of the victims here in Meru says that Sh20, 000 was withdrawn from his account on Saturday (15th December) in a Nairobi ATM yet on the same day he was in Meru (with his ATM card).

Another victim in Meru also complained to have lost sh18, 000 through the same hacking spree.

According to reports, thugs have come up with a way of tapping your ATM card PIN before producing a replica card which they use to empty cash from your bank account.

According to a Ugandan Newspaper…

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Amber Alert Issued For 2-Year-Old Colorado Springs Girl

CBS Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Colorado Springs have located a 2-year-old girl and the Amber Alert has been canceled.

The girl has been located and is safe. She had been missing for almost 24 hours before police were notified late Tuesday night.

The girl was believed to have been with Tonia Shetina, 38.

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday police received a tip on the Amber Alert that Shetina had been at a particular home just south of Fountain.

About 3:30 p.m. the Colorado Springs Police Department Violent Crimes unit and El Paso County sheriff deputies responded to the home and safely removed the girl.

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121 women are sent to jail for failing to pay TV licence fines


ALMOST 200 people were jailed for not paying court fines relating to TV licences last year.

The numbers going to jail over in relation to unpaid TV licence fines is higher than ever.

Some 194 people were sent to prison last year for non-payment of TV licence fines, compared to 31 in 2006 at the height of the boom.

The majority of those sent to jail were women, the Irish Prison Service confirmed. Females accounted for 121 of those sent down, while the remaining 73 were men.

Figures show that 25 people a day are now being sent to prison for not paying court fines.

The Irish Penal Reform Trust today said it costs the State around €200 to hold a prisoner each day, compared to €160 for the TV licence fee — and that does not include court and Garda time.

A spokeswoman also expressed concern that women…

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Defending Childhood: Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (PDF)

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

From Attorney General Eric Holder’s introductory speech:

This report is a central part of the Department’s broader efforts to collect information, solicit expert guidance, and formulate proactive strategies for addressing children’s exposure to violence. Its findings are consistent with, and complementary to, another recent report – focused on exposure to domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault – that was released by the National Advisory Committee for the Office on Violence Against Women.

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Shooter Amongst the Dead in Oregon Mall Shooting

Holiday shopping came to a sudden and terrifying halt on Tuesday afternoon at the Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Oregon when a gunman shot three people, killing two, and eventually killed himself.

Jacob Tyler Roberts, age 22, was identified as the lone suspect at a press conference on Wednesday by investigators. There does not appear to be a connection between Roberts and any of the victims. The question of motive may always remain unanswered.

Among the dead are Cindy Ann Yuille, age 54, and Steven Matthew Forsyth, age 45. Yuille is remembered as “everybody’s friend” who put others first. Forsyth had two children, a great sense of humor and a zest for life. Kristina Shevchenko, age 15, was taken to the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where she was in serious, but stable condition. She received a bullet wound to her chest and suffered a collapsed right lung and injuries to her liver. She underwent an hour-long surgery on Tuesday to remove bullet fragments and remained in intensive care on Wednesday. Her doctor was optimistic about her recovery, but added that she was in shock and at risk for complications, including infection.

Apparently the scene unfolded quickly when Roberts entered the mall through the second floor of Macy’s and headed towards the food court where he opened fire. Police arrived within one minute of the first call, which investigators believe may have affected Roberts’ ultimate course of action. Roberts was said to be wearing a load-bearing vest, which is a military-style item designed to carry heavy equipment and which some witnesses apparently confused with a bullet-proof vest, and carrying a semi-automatic rifle.

Friends of Roberts were shocked to learn that he was the gunman. Erin Philpot, a friend of Roberts, said “He was a very loved individual that always seemed as if he had great intentions and a heart of gold…I don’t know what caused him to do such a horrendous, terrible thing, but I do hope that somehow answers will be available to us all.” Philpot attended middle school and high school with Roberts. She had just had drinks with Roberts in November and said he had recently broken up with a girlfriend and was considering moving to Hawaii. He had just moved into a new place and was “totally stoked about it.” Jordan Salazar, who attended Milwaukie High School with Roberts said “He was a really nice guy, and it’s completely shocking he did this.” “He was a popular guy in high school and had a lot of friends.”

Roberts attended Milwaukie High School for three year, but did not graduate from the school, according to the director of community relations for North Clackamas County School District. He was of “average talent, average grades;” he was in a mainstream program and had no record of discipline issues or extracurricular activities. After three years, Roberts had transferred to another district where he attended Oregon City High School and graduated in 2008.

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