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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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Fat Herbie’s rise and fall

Second of two parts. Part One looks at Herbie Blitzstein’s murder twenty years ago. Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein was born…

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A late Mob hit in Las Vegas

First of two parts. Part Two looks at Blitzstein’s criminal activity in Las Vegas. By the mid-1990s, death had claimed…

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The Hollywood legend, the Mob and the jukebox racket

The venerable actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, who died last week at age 84, was a risk-taker for decades when…

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Wilkerson’s idea, Bugsy’s baby

On the evening of December 26, 1946, it seemed that Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel had done almost everything right for the…

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Castro revolution had major effect on Las Vegas

This is the third of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow Castro dealt…

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Mob involved in attempts to assassinate Castro

This is the second of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow…

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Fidel Castro derailed Mob’s plans in Cuba

This is the first of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part two looks at Mob ties to…

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