74 Arrested in Coordinated International Enforcement Effort

  • Federal authorities announced a coordinated effort to disrupt a coordinated wire transfer scheme aimed at businesses and individuals. This was an amazing effort among multiple law enforcement agencies.
  • This international investigation led to 74 arrests in four nations. For those of you who have not served in law enforcement, this was an incredible operation to pull off in terms of logistics, etc.
  • The scams include real estate transactions. Fraudsters will use ANY opening they can get their hands on. Perhaps GDPR is on the right track?
  • In the press release, the Department of Justice mentioned the effect not only on individual businesses and victims but also the global economy. See my comment above.

Apple to Make It More Difficult For Law Enforcement To Get Into Locked iPhones

  • Apple plans to close a technological loophole that enables law enforcement to gain access to locked phones. This is definitely one of the hottest issues in technology and law enforcement.
  • At the moment, law enforcement can pay tens of thousands of dollars for devices or services to get into locked iPhones. Sounds like that option is going away.
  • A showdown between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino mass killer was averted when the FBI found a workaround to the locked iPhone of the suspect. The 4th Amendment is one of the most debated parts of the Constitution, and electronic evidence will only guarantee its stature in terms of discussion...

Be Careful With That Link!

  • New top level domains ending in .men, .work, and .click are leading to an increase in online fraud. Personally, I see absolutely no value in expanding the top level domain field. Boo. The only "winners" will be marketers and criminals. Bad, bad move.
  • There are now more than 1,500 top level domains. Did you know that? Wow, we are beyond the .com, .uk. .ru world... so much so that who can really know what is legitimate? Shame on ICANN! Boo.
  • Registering a top level domain Web site can cost as little as $15 USD. Yeah, that is a barrier to the common criminal. Boo.
  • According to Symantec, the most fraudulent top level domains are .country, .stream, and .download They are probably right. Did I say boo? What a terrible idea to expand the top level domain field...