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

“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.

That Was A Bottom For GOLD!

by Bryton Ryle
compiled & edited by Dib Mossavi

The unthinkable actually happened in the past couple of months. The next round of currency devaluation is on!

We don’t really know what was said during the latest EU summit, and ultimately, it doesn’t matter. The result is what it is. And what it is is a promise to open the floodgates for euros to flow to Italy and Spain and whoever else needs a little – or a lot – of financial help.

In terms of sound economics (you know, where a currency’s value is determined by tangible assets and productivity), this is a disaster. The new EU accord promises plenty of cash with no equirement for budget restraint or any real plan to pay back all that loot.

For the record, we’re pretty sure Europe will eventually come up with some rules for the cash. And that will probably end up being its own high-drama event.

But that’s not the point right now…

All along, the real issue has been the very survival of the European Union. Every time Ms. Merkel dug in her fashionable heels to oppose the cash flow needs of Spain, or Italy, or Greece, it raised the stakes that the EU could fall apart. And to be fair, Greece’s repeated failure to hit budget targets had the same result.

But now, at the very least, we are seeing a commitment to the survival of the EU. And that means the euro can, and will, rally against the U.S. dollar. And the relative strength of the dollar has been the key to gold prices.

Here’s what we meant…

That was a 1-year chart of the U.S. dollar vs. the euro. As you can see, the dollar has steadily climbed in value against the euro. And as you might expect, while the dollar rallies, gold has steadily declined:

Now that the survival of the EU is more likely, the U.S. dollar won’t be as vital as a safe haven. You can expect to see money come out of U.S. Treasury bonds. You can expect oil to rally. You can expect to see the euro move back above $1.30.

But the biggest move is likely to come from gold. Because not only is there now less risk in the global economy, there will also be more cash flying around. That will lead to an overall weakening of currency and a very high probability of inflation.

Inflation and a falling U.S. dollar: that’s the formula for new highs from gold.

NEW HIGHS FOR GOLD COMING

Gold is on the verge of running above $1,600 an ounce. That is a critical level. Because once the $1,600 price level falls, we will see new all time highs for gold.

This is going to happen. The time to buy is right now.

You could buy gold coins. Or you could buy shares in the gold trust funds (check NYSE list). But the very best way to profit from the next leg of the gold bull market is to buy into some junior gold miners.

The junior gold miners have been absolutely crushed over the last year. You can pick up shares of companies that control billions of dollars worth of gold for ridiculously low prices.

We’re talking about some gold stock prices as low as 80 cents a share! It will be pretty tough to go wrong with an entry price like that. And your upside from here is tremendous.

Mark my words: gold rallies big.

Buy these gold stocks now.

Good investing,

GULIN, Shanghai Supplies Mining Equipment to VGMC

by Dib Mossavi

I stumbled upon Tuan Azuardi’s article in VGMC Hijrah FB which was linked to the above supplier’s webpage and enquired appropriately …..

…… and so I chatted with their personnel online …….. [click to view more …..]

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Live Life As An Eagle

compiled by Dib Mossavi

Specially dedicated to one and only,  Sharif. This is awesome. Let us learn from this …..

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.

It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

Let’s change to make a change!!!


If we focus on results, we will never change.

If we focus on change, we will get results”

Wallahualambissawab …..

10 Keys to Improve Employee Performance

The economy is said to be improving. Though they’ve had their ups and downs, the Dow, NASDAQ, and other market indexes are up from a year ago. The housing market may have also hit bottom.

One indicator that doesnt bode well, however, is the unemployment rate. Firms still aren’t hiring. They’re getting by with what – or whom – they have. What does this mean for the currently employed? It means we’re expected to be more efficient ….. more productive, “We have to do more with less!”, we so often hear it. This is frustrating for both sides. Employees are trying their hardest, in virtually all cases. And employers want to keep growing.   [read more …..]

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7 PAINS TO NEVER, EVER IGNORE

Usually a headache is just a headache, and heartburn is nothing more than a sign that you rang the Taco Bell once too often. Except when they’re not.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what’s behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seems different, it calls for medical attention–and the sooner, the better. According to our experts, all of the following pain conditions should be considered red flags.

1.   Chest Pain

“If patients were to become well versed in what I think of  as the subtle language of the heart, many would avoid the needless worry and expense”, note Arthur Agatston, MD, a preventive cardiologist.  “Studies have found that women experience a wider range of heart attack symptoms than men do.”  In Agatston’s experience, there are three good indicators that something isnt right, and they can occur in either gender.  They are chest pain that doesnt go away, varied shortness of breath, and any upper body pain that hasnt occured before.  If you experience any of these symptoms, he says you should call your doctor, or 911 immediately.


2.   SEVERE HEAD PAIN

Chances are, it’s a migraine.  But if it isn’t accompaned by other migraine symptoms (such as a visual aura), sudden, severe head pain can signal a brain aneurysm. “A burst aneurysm can cause brain damage within minutes, so you need to call 911 immediately,” advises Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Center for Women’s Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

3. A throbbing tooth
It’s likely that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged, probably because the surrounding pearly white enamel is cracked or rotting away. Unless you get it patched up quickly, bacteria in your mouth can invade the nerve. And you definitely don’t want that breeding colony to spread throughout your body, says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist outside St. Paul, Minnesota. If your tooth is already infected, you’ll require a root canal, in which the tooth’s bacteria-laden pulp is removed and replaced with plastic caulking material.

4. Sharp pain in your side
You may just need some Beano. But if you feel as if you’re being skewered in your right side, and you’re also nauseated and running a fever, you could have appendicitis. For women, another possibility is an ovarian cyst. Typically these fluid-filled sacs are harmless and disappear on their own. But if one twists or ruptures, it can cause terrible pain.

In both cases, you’re looking at emergency surgery. “If you don’t remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst,” says Lin Chang, MD, a gastroenterologist and co-director of the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health at UCLA. A twisted cyst also needs to be removed right away, as it can block blood flow to the ovary within hours.

5. Abdominal discomfort with gas or bloating
For the past month, you’ve felt gassy and bloated more days than not, and it takes fewer slices of pizza to fill you up than it once did. If the symptoms are new, the worst-case scenario is ovarian cancer. In 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms of this form of cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulty eating. If you start experiencing them almost daily for more than two or three weeks, consider it a red flag. Schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn to discuss your symptoms.

6. Back pain with tingling toes
If you’ve just helped your cousin move into her new fourth-floor apartment, anti-inflammatories should banish the pain. But if they don’t work, hobble to an orthopedist. “One of your discs (the spongy rings that cushion the bones in your spine) could be pressing on the spinal nerve,” says Letha Griffin, MD, an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Atlanta. Without proper attention, you risk permanent nerve damage.

7. Leg pain with swelling
Your calf is extremely tender in one location, noticeably swollen, and red or warm to the touch. You might have deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), commonly known as a blood clot. Resist the urge to massage the area or to try walking off the pain. If the clot breaks free, it can travel through your veins up to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply. Instead, see your doctor right away. He or she will do a CT scan or ultrasound to check for a DVT. If that’s what you have, you’ll need to take blood thinners–sometimes for up to a year–to dissolve it, says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of women and heart disease for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Bacaan Kuat Selain AZAN

Disiarkan pada Jan 15, 2011 dalam kategori Kenyataan & Penjelasan 

BACAAN SELAIN AZAN DI PEMBESAR SUARA PATUT DIHENTIKAN
Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri bin Zainul Abidin
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Saya ingin mengulas sedikit tentang bacaan-bacaan –selain azan- yang menggunakan pembesar suara sehingga mengganggu orang ramai. Bacaan ini telah mengelirukan orang bukan muslim sehingga mereka menyangka ia azan. Sesetengah pihak cuba mempertahankan amalan tersebut atas alasan ia bacaan al-Quran atau zikir yang patut diagungkan. Mereka menyangka sikap keras mereka dalam hal ini adalah ‘perjuangan mempertahankan Islam’. Saya ingin mengulas hal ini seperti berikut;

1. Apa yang Islam syariatkan untuk diangkat suara, hanyalah azan. Adapun selain dari itu, tiada nas yang menyuruh kita menguatkan suara sehingga mengganggu orang lain. Bahkan perbuatan itu dilarang oleh Nabi s.a.w. Apatah lagi dalam Islam ketenteraman orang lain dipelihara melainkan jika ada pengecualian tertentu yang diizinkan oleh syarak.
2. Walaupun bacaan al-Quran dan zikir amatlah baik. Namun kita tidak boleh memaksa orang lain mendengar bacaan kita. Mungkin orang lain ingin membacanya sendiri, atau ingin membacanya pada waktu lain, atau mereka sedang sakit atau ada anak kecil yang tidur, atau mereka tidak difardukan solat seperti wanita yang haid atau bukan muslim dan lain-lain.
3. Ramai orang bukan muslim keliru antara azan dan bacaan-bacaan selain azan yang dilaungkan menerusi corong pembesar suara. Mereka menyangka bacaan-bacaan itu adalah azan yang disuruh oleh Islam, lalu mereka bersangka buruk dengan Islam yang harmoni ini. Apatah lagi bacaan itu mengambil masa yang lama, sedangkan azan yang sebenar tidak lebih dari lima minit.
4. Sebenarnya, Nabi s.a.w sendiri telah melarang orang menguatkan bacaan al-Quran dalam masjid sehingga mengganggu jamaah lain. Dalam hadis Nabi s.a.w, kata Abu Sa’id al-Khudri:
“Ketika Nabi s.a.w beriktikaf (beribadah dalam masjid), baginda mendengar mereka mengangkat suara bacaan (al-Quran) sedangkan ketika itu Nabi s.a.w berada di tempat ibadah baginda. Lalu baginda mengangkat langsir dan bersabda: “Ketahui setiap kamu bermunajat kepada tuhannya, jangan sebahagian kamu menyakiti sebahagian yang lain. Jangan kamu angkat suara bacaan melebihi yang lain dalam solat” (Riwayat Abu Daud dengan sanad yang sahih).
Dalam hadis ini Nabi s.a.w melarang mengangkat suara bacaan di masjid sehingga menganggu mereka yang lain yang sedang beribadah, atau menyakitkan orang lain. Jika mereka yang berada dalam masjid yang memang bersedia untuk beribadah pun, tidak dibenarkan untuk diangkat suara bacaan sehingga mengganggu konsentrasi mereka, mana mungkin untuk dikuatkan suara bacaan melalui pembesar suara sehingga menggangu mereka yang di luar masjid. Mungkin mereka itu mempunyai anak kecil, orang sakit dan seumpamanya.
Ulama besar di zaman ini, Al-Syeikh Muhammad Salih al-Uthaimin r.h mengulas hadis ini dengan katanya:
“Realiti hari ini menyaksikan apa yang disebut oleh hadis ini. Ini yang kita lihat mereka yang melakukan hal ini dengan menunaikan solat menggunakan pembesar suara (luar masjid). Mereka itu jika menyakiti sesiapa yang ada di sekeliling mereka, maka mereka berdosa.. tiada syak lagi meninggal perbuatan ini lebih afdal yang pada hakikatnya tiada faedah pun, sebab insan tidak bersolat dengan mereka yang di luar masjid, sebaliknya dengan mereka yang berada dalam masjid.. dengan itu kita berpesan kepada saudara-saudara kita, khususnya para imam masjid jangan lakukan ini.. boleh jadi sesetengah orang telah solat dan perlu tidur dan berehat, boleh jadi dia sakit lalu terganggu dengan suara ini, boleh jadi juga masjid dekat dengan rumah, pada musim panas pula dan anak-anak kecil terganggu dengan bunyi pembesar suara. Kesimpulannya, masalah ini telah menimpa sesetengah orang sehingga mereka menyakiti jiran-jiran masjid atau rumah mereka dalam perkara yang tiada faedah baginya”. (Ibn Uthaimin, Syarh Riyadh al-Salihin: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/eBook-o.shtml).
Bayangkan kenyataan ini dikeluarkan oleh ulama besar dan terbilang tersebut di negara Saudi Arabia yang penduduknya kesemuanya muslim. Bagaimanakah pula bagi negara yang seperti kita.
5. Ulama silam juga telah mengingatkan hal ini, bahawa bacaan-bacaan lain di menara-menara masjid adalah dilarang kerana boleh mengganggu orang ramai. Al-Imam al-Hafizd Ibn Jauzi (meninggal 597H) pernah berkata:
“Antara tipu daya Iblis ialah mereka yang mencampur adukkan azan dengan peringatan, tasbih dan nasihat. Mereka jadikan azan perantaranya lalu bercampur aduk. Para ulama membenci segala yang ditambah kepada azan. Banyak kita lihat orang yang bangun waktu malam lalu memberikan peringatan dan nasihat atas menara azan. Dalam kalangan mereka ada yang membaca al-Quran dengan suara yang tinggi lalu menghalang tidur orang ramai dan mengganggu bacaan orang yang bertahajjud. Kesemuanya itu adalah perkara-perkara munkar”. ( Ibn Jauzi, Talbis Iblis, 159, Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah).
Ini adalah larangan ulama pada zaman yang belum ada pembesar suara yang gangguannya tidaklah setakat mana, bagaimana jika mereka melihat keadaan pembesar suara pada zaman ini?
6. Maka, dengan itu umat Islam patut menghentikan bacaan-bacaan yang dibuat melalui pembesar suara yang boleh mengganggu orang luar dan dalam masjid. Mematuhi hal ini bukan kerana isu politik semata, tetapi itu arahan Nabi s.a.w. dan juga menjaga Islam yang harmoni. Suara-suara yang dikuatkan itu bukan menambahkan cinta mereka kepada Islam, sebaliknya menimbulkan salahfaham banyak pihak.