Wednesday, 11 September 2019

281 Arrested Worldwide in Coordinated International Enforcement Operation Targeting Hundreds of Individuals in Business Email Compromise Schemes

Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of State, was conducted over a four-month period, resulting in 281 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana.  Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK).  The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million.

BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.  The same criminal organizations that perpetrate BEC also exploit individual victims, often real estate purchasers, the elderly, and others, by convincing them to make wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. This is often accomplished by impersonating a key employee or business partner after obtaining access to that person’s email account or sometimes done through romance and lottery scams.  BEC scams may involve fraudulent requests for checks rather than wire transfers; they may target sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or employee tax records instead of, or in addition to, money; and they may not involve an actual “compromise” of an email account or computer network.  Foreign citizens perpetrate many BEC scams.  Those individuals are often members of transnational criminal organizations, which originated in Nigeria but have spread throughout the world.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Motorcycle Live: Birmingham NEC - 16-24 November 2019

Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts, Motorcycle Live 2019 – in association with Bikesure Insurance – promises showgoers everything they need to build their perfect day out, under one roof…

Between Saturday 16 November and Sunday 24 November 2019, bike fans across the UK, and beyond, will descend upon The NEC, Birmingham to visit the UK’s biggest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live.

Saturday 16th November & Sunday 17th November – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd November – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Book your tickets now: HERE!

Reading for today: on God's love for us

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. 
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Tom Hanks accepted role of church minister TV star because it offered a positive alternative to cynicism

Tom Hanks says cynicism is one of the reasons why he decided to take on the role of American children's TV icon Fred Rogers in his new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The critics have praised Hanks' portrayal of the mild-mannered Mr Rogers in the movie, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday ahead of its US debut on Thanksgiving. 

Mr Rogers, who died in 2003, was a Presbyterian church minister who entertained generations of American children with his TV show, Mister Roger's Neighborhood

Speaking to reporters about why the role appealed to him, Hanks said: "Cynicism has become the default position for so much of daily structure and daily intercourse. ...and we have become so inured to that, that when we are met with as simple a message as 'Hey you know what, it's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!' we get slapped a little bit. We are allowed, I think, to feel good. There's a place for cynicism, but why begin with it right off the bat?"

Monday, 9 September 2019

Win a biking life! Training, a new bike, riding gear & insurance!

Know someone that wants to get into biking? You know that friend… yes, that one that doesn’t ride a motorbike. You’d really like to hang out with them more, but when they don’t ride it’s just, well, dull. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Kawasaki Motors and Oxford Products to give one lucky person the chance to start their biking life.

The folk at Kawasaki are offering one non-rider the chance to do their motorcycle training from CBT through to taking their full test. Upon passing, they’ll get their very own brand-new Kawasaki Z400 motorbike including their first registration fee and one year’s VED tax. Our friends at Oxford will kit them out from head-to-toe with a helmet, jacket and trousers, gloves, boots and that all-important neck warmer and the generous people over at Kawasaki Insurance will help them out with their first year’s insurance premium.

The BikerTek range of parts carries a serious message: bikes repair easier than bikers

Each one is precision-engineered and made to last. But on closer inspection all is not what it might seem. Come and find out for yourself as we tour motorcycle events and venues this summer. Meet the experienced bikers on our stand. We‘d love to chat about the enjoyment, the thrill and riding safely too.

The statistics show that cornering, overtaking, speeding and fatigue are the four most common causes of serious motorcycling accidents. Highways England have put together a few safe riding tips to keep you and your bike safely on the road.

The best film you’ll see for a while: Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel’s safety tips for bikers!

We’ve just stumbled across this brilliant Public Service Announcement starring Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel. And it’s the epitome of 70’s cool!

With Fonda doing most of the talking, the film offers riding tips, demos, and a look at some awesome old AMF Harley-Davidsons in action. And best of all, Evel Knievel’s on hand to offer advice on the importance of proper kit to help bikers stay safe out on the road. Watch it. You might even learn something.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Remember the time Porsche built an engine for Harley-Davidson? Yes really!

Harley-Davidson and its V-twins have had a long and fruitful history together—a history that started as early as 1914 when the company introduced its first big-bore twin, the F-head. To this day, the V-twin remains a staple for the brand, whether it's the mid-range Revolution X or the big Milwaukee-Eight. Back in 2002, Harley tried a little something different with its V-twin and turned to Porsche to help make it happen.

Picture this: American muscle-man Harley-Davidson working hand in hand with the epitome of German refinement, Porsche. As… weird as the pairing may seem, that's exactly how things went down at the turn of the millennium, some 20 years ago. This wasn’t the first time the two companies collaborated, but the result of this early 2000s cross-Atlantic partnership was going to be one of the most historically impactful: hence was born the V-Twin Racing Street Custom or V-Rod. 

When I was a sprog, I thought Harley-Davidsonwere the ultimate bike. Times & tastes change... I had the opportunity to ride a few HDs back in 2016 at Guildford HD.  I found the standard bikes such as the Fat Bob etc were a bit agricultural, shook like crazy, loosened yer fillings, etc... The V-Rod was something else. A Harley that I could live with. The Porsche engine was a gem - but not for ~£14k! HD enthusiasts hated the V-Rod - just not authentic Harley. Dunno what they're gonna make of the LiveWire then! Ho Hum, I'll stick with "modern" bikes ;0).

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

What3words - the app that chops the world into 57 trillion squares

The app What3words essentially points to a very specific location. Its developers divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address.

For example, the door of 10 Downing Street is slurs.this.shark, while the area across the road where the press congregate is stage.pushy.nuns.

It was born out of company founder Chris Sheldrick's postal-related problems growing up in rural Hertfordshire. "Our postcode did not point to our house," he said. "We got used to getting post meant for other people, or having to stand in the road to flag down delivery drivers."

Ten years in the music industry, which involved trying to get bands to meet at specific entrances to their venues, also fuelled his frustration.

"I tried to get people to use longitude and latitude but that never caught on," Mr Sheldrick said. "It got me thinking, how can you compress 16 digits into something much more user friendly? "I was speaking to a mathematician and we found there were enough combinations of three words for every location in the world." In fact, 40,000 words was enough.

What can I say, but Cheers from Denmead!

Monday, 2 September 2019

Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years

An unprecedented iPhone hacking operation, which attacked “thousands of users a week” until it was disrupted in January, has been revealed by researchers at Google’s external security team.

The operation, which lasted two and a half years, used a small collection of hacked websites to deliver malware on to the iPhones of visitors. Users were compromised simply by visiting the sites: no interaction was necessary, and some of the methods used by the hackers affected even fully up-to-date phones.

Once hacked, the user’s deepest secrets were exposed to the attackers. Their location was uploaded every minute; their device’s keychain, containing all their passwords, was uploaded, as were their chat histories on popular apps including WhatsApp, Telegram and iMessage, their address book, and their Gmail database.