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Bibi1581 Blog For 09/13/2018: Morning Edition

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1…………> “Dark Net” Gangster: Levashov

 

Peter Yuryevich Levashov, aka “Petr Levashov,” “Peter Severa,” “Petr Severa” and “Sergey Astakhov,” 38, of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, to offenses stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet, which he used to facilitate malicious activities including harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam e-mails, and installing ransomware and other malicious software.

“For over two decades, Peter Levashov operated botnets which enabled him to harvest personal information from infected computers, disseminate spam, and distribute malware used to facilitate multiple scams,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.

“We are grateful to Spanish authorities for his previous arrest and extradition. Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that the Department will collaborate with our international law enforcement partners to bring cybercriminals to justice, wherever they may be.”

“Mr. Levashov used the Kelihos botnet to distribute thousands of spam e-mails, harvest login credentials, and install malicious software on computers around the world,” said U.S. Attorney Durham.

“He also participated in online forums on which stolen identities, credit card information and cybercrime tools were traded and sold. For years, Mr. Levashov lived quite comfortably while his criminal behavior disrupted the lives of thousands of computer users. Thanks to the collaborative work of the FBI and our partners in law enforcement, private industry, and academia, a prolific cybercriminal has been neutralized, and has now admitted his guilt in a U.S. courtroom.”

 

According to court documents and statements made in court, a botnet is a network of computers infected with malicious software that allows a third party to control the entire computer network without the knowledge or consent of the computer owners.

 

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/russian-national-who-operated-kelihos-botnet-pleads-guilty-fraud-conspiracy-computer-crime

 

 

 

 

2…………> Daily Tweeter Storm: President Trump

 

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…..This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, add them to the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!

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3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report huge numbers, like 3000…

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“Middle-Class Income Hits All-Time High!” @foxandfriends And will continue to rise (unless the Dems get in and destroy what we have built).

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3…………> Dangerous Hurricane: Florence

It’s enormous, it’s dangerous, and it’s going to hit, and unless a miracle happen, and soon, hurricane Florence is on track to make landfall on the US east coast somewhere along South or North Carolina around Friday morning Australian time.

It’s screaming winds blast of more than 140 mi/h , and forecasters warn it threatens to create a storm surge that in some places will reach 12 feet high.

Because the hurricane has traveled over the warmer-than-usual ocean, it has accumulated vast volumes of moisture. And that means rain. Massive amounts.

“Once the storm does move inland, the inland flooding threat is extreme, with
15 to 25 inches of rain is forecast, with up to 40 inches near the exact center of Florence”, a weather expert warned.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/hurricane-florence-could-bring-metre-of-rain-devastating-floods/10240218

 

 

 

 

 

4…………> Yak Country: Qinghai, China

 

On the mountain pastures of Qinghai province of NW China, spread over nearly 32 million hectares of land, one-third or 4.8 million of worlds yaks loiter, generation income to the herders with their hair, meat, and skin.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/12/c_137463636.htm

 

 

5…………> Drone Exhibition: Get Yours

 

An exhibitor shows an emergency rescue illumination drone at an exhibition of a global drone conference in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Sept. 10, 2018. Over 70 drones were displayed at the show.

 

 

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/10/c_137458757.htm

 

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Bibi1581 Blog For 02/03/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> Money Laundering: VA

A former Vienna, Virginia attorney named Raymond Juiwen Ho, 48, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for conspiring to launder over $2 million dollars from the proceeds of smuggling illegal aliens into the United States and trafficking firearms in Africa.

According to the complaint, Ho engaged in a large-scale money laundering scheme that resulted in millions of dollars being moved through bank accounts (some of which were attorney trust accounts) that Ho or his co-conspirators controlled. Specifically, between July and November 2014, Ho participated in a conspiracy in which co-conspirators sent emails from compromised or imitation accounts that duped victims into transferring money to accounts controlled by Ho and others. Ho then laundered these stolen funds, moving them through and to accounts located in the United States and abroad. Ho, who recruited others to aid his laundering activities, laundered over $2 million in unlawfully obtained funds.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-virginia-attorney-sentenced-7-years-prison-laundering-and-attempting-launder-over-2

 

 

2…………> DarkNet Bust: Kelihos

A Russian national named Peter Yuryevich Levashov, 37, also known as Petr Levashov, Peter Severa, Petr Severa and Sergey Astakhov, of St. Petersburg, Russia, was arrested by Spanish authorities and extradited to US based on a criminal complaint from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The charges against him are stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet – a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers, which he allegedly used to facilitate malicious activities including harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam e-mails, and installing ransomware and other malicious software, the Department of Justice announced today.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/alleged-operator-kelihos-botnet-extradited-spain

 

 

 

3…………>SU25 Shot Down: Syria

A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet was shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria’s north-western province of Idlib, MOD reporting that the pilot had ejected but was killed in a ground fight, adding the plane was shot down by a portable air defense missile system.

Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning wreckage on the ground, with a red star on a wing.

Russian losses in Syria are estimated to be 45 military personnel, along with an unknown number of contractors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42932616

 

 

 

4…………> Forgotten Cities: Maya

Researchers using a high-tech laser based LiDAR aerial mapping technique have found 60,000 of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence fortifications and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that 10 millions people have lived there.

The “archaeological treasure trove” included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, indicating that a massive food production infrastructure was employed by the Maya.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-03/scientists-find-massive-mayan-society-under-guatemala-jungle/9393648

 

 

 

5…………> CA Brooming: ICE

DHS ICE police units raided 77 California businesses in many cities including San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose, an attack on a “sanctuary state” where law enforcement has been mostly prohibited from working with federal officials seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants.

“The actions taken this week reflect … stepped-up efforts to enforce the laws that prohibit businesses from hiring illegal workers,” with a focus on “protecting jobs for US citizens and others who are lawfully employed,” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement.

In 2017, the government carried out 1,360 similar raids and arrested more than 300 people — with businesses paying out over $100 million in restitution and fines, ICE said.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-immigration-agents-crack-down-sanctuary-state-california-070628999.html

 

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