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The rise of cyber-rackets

March 28, 2017

International organized crime groups are using technology in ever-more-sophisticated ways, according to the Serious and Organized Threat Assessment 2017 report released by Europol, the law enforcement agency for the 28-member nation European Union. Crime groups are creating online marketplaces for criminal activity known as “Crime-as-a-Service,” or CaaS, providing veteran and newbie cybercriminals with tools to run their own criminal enterprises. They also are developing “cryptoware” that uses encryption to seize people’s computer files and forces them to pay a ransom to unlock them. The Europol report, released February 28, is intended to supply the latest information on threats posed by transnational organized ...

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El Chapo’s lawyers complain about strict rules at New York prison

The lawyers defending accused Sinaloa Cartel drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are claiming that on its last day in…

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Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. died 30 years ago March 17

At 7:25 p.m. on January 3, 1953, Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. had just finished dinner with his wife…

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Seventy years ago, Luciano’s Havana sojourn was cut short

In 1946, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was persona non grata in America. Though he was granted a pardon for his help…

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Iconic Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone died 70 years ago today

Al “Scarface” Capone, the ruthless yet media-friendly Chicago Outfit boss during Prohibition, died of natural causes 70 years ago today,…

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High behind the wheel

The next Community Safety Forum will focus on the functions and responsibilities of the District Attorney’s Office. It is scheduled…

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‘El Chapo’ extradited to United States

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the most powerful and violent Mexican drug cartel bosses in history, has been extradited…

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Murderous Philadelphia Mob boss dies in prison

When a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to 55 years in prison on murder and racketeering charges in May…

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