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 …..]