Police Dismantle World’s Criminal Hacking Scheme

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A criminal hacking scheme used to steal billions of dollars from businesses and private citizens worldwide has been recently dismantled by international law enforcement agencies.

In a joint operation with the police authorities from six European countries, along with Canada and United States, they are working to take control of internet servers used to run and control a malware network basically known as Emotet.

In a statement, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said, “Emotet is currently seen as the most dangerous malware globally. The smashing of the Emotet infrastructure is a significant blow against international organized internet crime.”

The said malware is widely used by cybercriminals to first gain access to a victim’s computer before then downloading additional malicious software. As such Trojans which are designed to steal banking passwords, or ransomware which can lock a computer until an extortion fee is paid.

According to security experts, Emotet’s operators often sell access to victims’ computer to other hackers, utilizing a “malware-as-a-service” business model that has made them one of the world’s most prolific and damaging cybercrime groups.

Meanwhile, German police said infections with Emotet had caused at least 14.5 million euros ($22.9 million) of damage in their country.

This is devastating, given the fact that on a global scale, Emotet-linked damages cost about $US2.5 billion ($3.3 billion), Ukrainian authorities said.

To date, Ukraine’s general prosecutor said police had carried out numerous raids in the eastern city of Kharkiv to seize computers used by these hackers.

Upon raid, authorities circulated photos showing piles of bank cards, cash and a room festooned with tangled computer equipment; however there was no confirmation if any arrests were made yet.

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Police Dog Bravo Found Two Days After Announced Missing From Handler’s Home

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BRAVO, a six-year-old black German shepherd went missing last Friday night. He was off duty when he was last seen in Regents Park. Right away, a search was launched in the area by a team of police officers and members of the dog squad.

But this is not the first time Bravo was involved in such ill-fated events. Last 2016, the police dog had a major incident when another dog attacked him while tracking an offender in Bushland in Coomera. He was mauled and badly injured which resulted in the police forced to fatally shoot the other dog.

These police dogs are a very essential part of Law Enforcement agents, and they went through rigorous training for the job giving emphasis to safety, control and efficiency as they ease up the work of the police. A dog’s natural ability is identified and enhanced during these trainings and are encouraged to use their instincts; both voluntary and involuntary.

Rewarded for good and hard work, they receive good food, care and protection, and they compensate it with adorable companionship. That is why we can’t help but feel sad whenever a few of them go missing or get majorly injured.

On a positive note, Bravo was found by a member of the public and was handed in to the Logan Central Station in the morning of 8 November. Now, he has been taken to a local vet clinic as a precautionary measure as the reason for his disappearance is yet to be determined.

It was great news for the Queensland Police Service, and in a statement, QPS thanked the community for their assistance in getting the word out. Everyone is looking forward to see PD Bravo on service again.