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The number of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents assigned to mortgage-related crimes increased by 50% between 2007 and 2008. In June 2008, the FBI stated that its mortgage fraud caseload has doubled in the past three years to more than 1,400 pending cases. Between 1 March and 18 June 2008, 406 people were arrested for mortgage fraud in an FBI sting across the country. People arrested include buyers, sellers and others across the wide-ranging mortgage industry.
On 19 June 2008, two former Bear Stearns managers were arrested by the FBI, and were the first Wall Street executives arrested related to the subprime lending crisis. They were suspected of misleading investors about the risky subprime mortgage market.
On July 16, 2008, an unnamed US Government official said that the FBI is investigating IndyMac for possible fraud. It is not clear if the investigation began before the bank was taken over by the FDIC upon its $32 billion collapse. 
On 23 September 2008, in response to concerns about the bailouts of so many firms, two government officials stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into the possibility of fraud by mortgage financing companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, and insurer American International Group, bringing to 26 the number of corporate lenders under investigation.
A word of advice to Internet parasites: Don't do so much damage that you get noticed. As the cybersecurity industry turns its focus onto the Conficker worm currently plaguing millions of computers worldwide, that's a lesson the virus' authors could soon discover.
On Thursday, a coalition of tech companies and nonprofit groups ranging from Microsoft
Although the worm hasn't communicated with a central server--a development that could have stolen millions of passwords or created an enormous "bot-net" of cybercriminal-controlled computers for spamming--it's caused costly headaches for IT administrators dealing with users locked out of their accounts by the worm's password guesses.
Now, the coalition of cybersecurity companies has teamed up with ICANN, which controls the Internet's domain name system, to cut Conficker off from any potential control by its authors. In early January, Finnish cybersecurity research firm F-Secure cracked the algorithm that determined which domain name the virus looked to at a given time for new software updates.
Working with ICANN and Web registrars who own domain names, the companies have now blocked all domains that the worm could potentially use as a command-and-control center or for siphoning off users' data.
As for Microsoft's quarter-million dollar reward--the first time the company has offered a bounty for cybercriminals since 2005--the money is designed less to end Conficker's damage than to send a message. "The reward won't stop the virus," says Microsoft anti-malware engineer Vinny Gullotto. "Instead we're trying to hold these folks accountable for what they've done with this worm and deter the next one."
Hacking the Protectors:
All hacked by by the same Romanian group.
After Kaspersky and BitDefender, it’s now time for F-Secure.com … vulnerable to SQL Injection plus Cross Site Scripting. Fortunately, F-Secure doesn’t leak sensitive data, just some statistics regarding past virus activity.
Exposed database tables:
MailboxInfo, VirusUpdated, dtproperties, Country, sysconstraints, VirusTrends, Virus_Top50_24h, Virus_Top50_30days, Virus_Top50_7days, Virus_Top50_90days, Virus_Top50_Month, Virus_Top50_Week, VirusDateTotal, VirusDate, VirusMonthTotal, VirusReports, VirusReportsTemp, VirusTrends.
Baitullah sought to use Stanczak to obtain the release of several of his followers, while Qari Hussain, who had custody of Stanczak, sought the release of four members of the radical Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and an Uzbek, a Taliban source told The News. The move triggered Qari to execute Stanczak.
“A day before the beheading of the engineer [Stanczak], Baitullah sent his men to bring the captive but the Qari group did not agree and beheaded the captive the next day,” Mohammed, a Taliban spokesman for Zakir Mehsud told The News. "This forced Qari to behead the Polish engineer." Zakir Mehsud is one of Qari's lieutenants in the city of Darra Adam Khel in the Arakzai tribal agency.
Mohammed quoted Zakir as saying Qari's decision to behead Stanczak was sound "as it would create fear amongst the nonbelievers. If we keep on sending such gifts to the Europeans and others, they would soon be compelled to flee the region,” Mohammed said. “If God wishes, people would see more and more beheadings of nonbelievers in the future.”
( And yet they didn't post it to the Forums.G )
( Our BSU's and Recon teams continue to search for the Video.G )
Hakimullah Mehsud, the Taliban commander in Arakzai, Khyber, and Peshawar who is behind the attacks on NATO's supply lines in northwestern Pakistan, had hoped to get a teenager to behead Stanczak but the plan was called off due to the short amount of time to find a child, Mohammed said.
Several times in the past, the Taliban in both Pakistan and Afghanistan have released videotapes of children and teenagers beheading captives.
The report of the disagreement between Baitullah and Qari became public just two days after a roadside bomb wounded Mullah Noor Sayyed Mehsud, a deputy of Baitullah's, and killed another Taliban commander and wounded another leader. Noor was leaving a meeting of senior Taliban commanders in Makeen, Baitullah's home town. There is no evidence that the two incidents are linked, but Qari is one of the few people who could pull off such an attack.Qari Hussain Mehsud is a senior deputy to Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud and an ally of al Qaeda as well as the Lashkar-e-Jahangvi and other extremist groups. He runs camps in South Waziristan that train children to become suicide bombers. Children as young as seven years old are indoctrinated to wage jihad in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a video taken at one of his camps in Spinkai showed.
Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski condemned the apparent killing as a "bestial execution" and said the government would issue arrest warrants for the culprits.
"A crime was committed, so there has to be an investigation, a search for the culprits, and if possible putting them before the justice system and an exemplary punishment," he said.
It was not immediately clear what impact the issuing of warrants might have, because Poland does not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan. Islamabad has refused to extradite Pakistanis suspected of taking part in the November terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.
A spokesman for Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan told The Associated Press that Stanczak was "slaughtered" because the Pakistani government missed a deadline to release 26 prisoners. The Taliban had also demanded the government withdraw troops from Pakistan's tribal areas.
The video, seen by the AP, shows two hooded men taking a dagger in turn and running it along the victim's neck. They then lay him out on the floor and put his head on his chest. One of them then cleans his blood-soaked hands with the Pole's shirt.
After that, a hooded militant delivers a message saying his group would have let the victim go if the Pakistani government had freed their jailed comrades.
"We did make all contacts with Pakistani government, and even asked them to arrange our contact with the government of Poland," he said. "But Pakistan did not agree and said ... 'you kill this man as we do not need him.'"
She doesn't seem to read the papers or listen to the news.
Certianly not conneced to the Internet. Chairman of the Intelligence Committe?
Which is news to many Pakistanis. Their President has called the strikes -- more than 40 in the past year -- "counterproductive"; their prime minister, "intolerable." Pakistan's army has practiced shooting down the drones.
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