Bukit Aman sends out anti-vice crack team on ATM hackers’ trail

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Dib Sharif

PETALING JAYA, Oct 3 — Police, in their effort to track down the gang that hacked into 18 automated teller machines (ATM) belonging to four banks, have rolled out their elite crack team ­— the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc).

Sources said Stafoc carried out surveillance operations in areas where there were high presences of Latin Americans to gather intelligence on the suspects.


“Stafoc’s undercover team are tracking them by going to areas where these Latin Americans usually hang out, including bars,” the source said.

He said several condominiums in Klang Valley are also focus areas of the operations.

The source said police were gathering as much information as they could on the gang after its members carried out the 21st century bank heist.

The gang’s hacking frenzy, four days in a row since last Friday, saw them raking in over RM3 million from 18 ATMs. Police had released the photofits of four suspects, aged between 20 and 30.

“We know we will get them. It is just a matter of time and eventually they will slip.”

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Department deputy director (cyber-crime) SAC Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said police were studying statements recorded from the complainants, security guards, bank staff and the ATM vendors.

He also said police were investigating if the bank staff were involved or if the suspects received help from the ATM vendors to obtain an insight of the machines.

“We are also studying fingerprints found on all the ATMs.”

No new cases of ATM theft were reported since Tuesday. However, police, with the help of banks, were continuously monitoring the situation.

The banks which were hit since last Friday were Affin Bank, Bank Islam, Al-Rahji and United Overseas Bank (M) Bhd located in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru and Malacca.

Border control had been alerted and police urged money-changing operators to inform them if they were approached by individuals with huge sum of money.

The machines that were hit were the NCR 5587 ATMs. The gang hacked into the machine via the “ulssm.exe” malware.

The suspects opened the ATM’s top panel and inserted a disc to infect the machine with the virus. Once the disc was ejected, they would close the panel and their accomplices would withdraw the money by typing automatically generated codes, usually sent to vendors through their mobile phone.

On Tuesday, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government would ask financial institutions to replace the ATMs.



by Mossavi

When does Indonesia celebrate its Independence Day?

On August 17, 1945, Indonesia declared its independence from Netherlands. The independence declaration was opposed by the Dutch rulers initially … followed by 4 years of diplomatic meetings … and in 1949, the Dutch recognized the independence.  However, it was only in 2005 that the Dutch finally accepted and declared that August 17, 1945 as Indonesia’s official date of  independence.

What significance does the Independence Day hold in Indonesian history?

In 1602, the Dutch arrived in Indonesia and established the VOC – Dutch East India Company.  After the bankruptcy of VOC in 1800, Netherlands then established the Dutch East Indies – the colony that became the present day Indonesia after the World War II.  Indonesia remained under the Dutch control until World War II, when the Japanese invaded and over-ran the Dutch forces.  The Japanese ruled this archipelago from March 1942 until the end of war in 1945.  When the Japanese surrendered, Sukarno (Indonesian nationalist leader) declared independence on August 17, 1945 and he became the first president of Indonesia.

What does the Indonesian flag represent?

Known as Sang Saka Merah-Putih, the Indonesian national flag was proudly unveiled on August 17, 1945, based on the banner of the 13th Majapahit Empire in East Java.  The flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal size, bearing the colours – red, which represents courage; and white, epitomizes purity.  These colours have special significance for the history and people of Indonesia.

How is the Indonesian Independence Day celebrated in Frenz United Football Academy?

Frenz United Indonesian colleagues planned and prepared a simple celebration to reflect their spirit of independence and patriotism.  Being away from their homeland did not deter them from coordinating activities as they do not want to miss out on this important day of celebration.

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by Dib Sharif

CommanderFrenz United Football Academy’s Education Division’s trainer, Commander Sharif strongly feels that Team-building exercises can be a powerful way to unite a group, develop strengths, and address weaknesses – but only if the exercises are planned and carried out strategically. In other words, there has to be a real purpose behind our decision to do the exercise – for example, improving the team’s problem-solving or creativity skills.

Spend time thinking about our team’s current strengths and weaknesses (regardless if they are the players, the technical team, or even the whole Academy’s workforce. Lets ask ourselves these questions to identify the root of any problems:

  1. Are there conflicts between certain people that are  creating divisions within the team?
  2. Do team members need to get to know one another?
  3. Do some members focus on their own success, and harm the team and Academy’s integrity as a result?
  4. Does poor communication slow the team’s progress?
  5. Do people need to learn how to work together, instead of individually?
  6. Are some members resistant to change, and does this affect the team’s or the Academy’s ability to move forward?
  7. Do members of the team need a boost to their morale?

Team building  (which is correctly spelled with two words)refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance. Team building is pursued via a variety of practices, and can range from simple bonding exercises to complex simulations and multi-day team building retreats designed to develop a team (including group assessment and group-dynamic games), usually falling somewhere in between.

Once you’ve identified the causes of your team’s issues, you can plan exercises that will address these problems. This will help your team to derive real benefit from the event – and feel that it was worth their while.

Team building can also be seen in day-to-day operations of an organization and team dynamic can be improved through successful leadership. Team building is said to have benefits of self-development, positive communication, leadership skills and the ability to work closely together as a team to solve problems.

Work environments tend to focus on individuals and personal goals, with reward & recognition singling out the achievements of individual employees. Team building can also refer to the process of selecting or creating a team from scratch.

My Two Cents Worth  – MOST IMPORTANTLY, I personally feel that team building outdoor trips ARE PLANNED NOT FOR THE SAKE OF HAVING A NICE DAY OUT FOR LEISURE under company’s expense, because at the end of it all, whatever we do, reflect back on us! If we expect others to be good, we must be better.  If we expect others to be hard-working, we must equally practice what we preach……

Frenz UnitedFUFA boys had their very first Leadership and Team Building outing from 22 – 25 October 2013 at Nur Laman Bestari Eco Resort and though they seemed reluctant and ‘dis-engaged’ initially, but Facilitator PakLong’s approaches, methodology and excellent communication skills captured their minds and attention with great success!  It was indeed an enjoyable event and most of them felt they learned something new and valuable from the outing.
















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Explosive Video Reveals Licence Abuses by Taib Family


TaibEXCLUSIVE An undercover investigation by an international NGO has revealed video evidence of how Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family members and business associates abuse logging licences to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Sarawakians.

Two of Taib’s first cousins, a family member of Taib’s key business partner and a lawyer who represented the cousins have been caught on video explaining the mechanisms of circumventing existing laws to profit from the scheme.

The video was discreetly recorded by an investigator with Global Witness, a London-based NGO that investigates and campaigns against environmental and human rights abuses.

The undercover investigator was sent to Sarawak last year posing as a “foreign investor” looking to buy land to set up oil palm plantations.

The investigator approached the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda), the state government body charged with handling foreign investments, and was immediately directed to certain members of Taib’s family who were selling companies licensed to log and clear land for plantations in Sarawak.

These licences were issued by Sarawak’s Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment, which is headed by Taib…


This investigation provides undercover footage of the corruption and illegality at the heart of governance in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, on the island of Borneo.

For over thirty years, Sarawak has been governed by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who controls all land classification, forestry and plantation licenses in the state. Under his tenure, Sarawak has experienced some of the most intense rates of logging seen anywhere in the world. The state now has less than 5 per cent of its forests left in a pristine condition, unaffected by logging or plantations and continues to export more tropical logs than South America and Africa combined.

The film reveals for the first time the instruments used by the ruling Taib family and their local lawyers to skirt Malaysia’s laws and taxes, creaming off huge profits at the expense of indigenous people and hiding their dirty money in Singapore. Taib and the local lawyers we approached denied Global Witness’s allegations of corruption. A summary of their responses are included at the end of the film.

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Abu Dhabi – Best airport in the Middle East


adhabi airport 1ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) celebrates Abu Dhabi International Airport’s victory in the “Best Airport for the Middle East region” revealed by Airports Council International (ACI) ASQ’s Survey results.

The ASQ (Airport Service Quality) Survey, which gauges passenger satisfaction, is a key benchmark for customer service in the global airports’ industry, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The awards, announced by ACI in Montreal, Canada, showed that Abu Dhabi International Airport had the biggest overall improvement in ASQ satisfaction results in the region for 2012.

The airport excelled in categories that measure operational efficiency and quality of service. The airport scored 4.40 in the ASQ indicators for 2012, up from 4.31 in 2011, to place the airport 1st in the Middle East. It was ranked 2nd last year.

The ASQ Awards recognise and reward the best airports in the world based on ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey and they represent an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of airports worldwide to continually improve the passenger experience.

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