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Second thread on Ads & Scammers on C2:Be Wary!
6 months ago

My apologies for opening a SECOND thread on this subject. Care2 has tried to CENSOR me - they don't like that I'm talking about this subject. Therefore, I have written a Letter to Care2 Management, which somehow one-of-these-days I expect to get to them - C2 may want to silence me and maybe even get rid of me, but OTHERS HAVE THE LETTER in its long entirety. I believe this is a VITAL ISSUE for ALL C2 members; and I ENCOURAGE YOU to open discussions on it. Here's the letter, which comes in segments:

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This is for Care2 Management - ALL of them - and anyone else interested.

This is not about SPAM. What I write is not SPAM.

Definition: Spam is a NUISANCE. It is an INTERRUPTION. It is IRRELEVANT. It generally comes from someone's EGO, that pays no attention to other people.

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What is happening on Care2 lately, only superficially looks like Spam. BUT IT IS NOT REGULAR SPAM. And, therefore, the methods regularly used by C2 to deal with real Spam, ARE ENTIRELY INEFFECTIVE. Pitiful. Pathetic. And, these INEFFECTIVE methods, are EXPOSING CARE2 MEMBERS TO GREAT DANGER. Which I will get to the SPECIFICS of, in a moment. I mean this, LITERALLY. And with all the power I have to speak out...

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C2 Management - ALL of them - should be concerned. It is not going to be productive, to "bury your heads in the sand". "Business as usual" is just not going to cut it. Your very MISSION, as I hope among other things, Defenders of Animals, Wildlife, and the Environment, IS COMPROMISED. And Defenders of Humans, Women and Children, and against War and Violence and Religious Intolerance. Your "Mission" is NOT compromised by MY SPEAKING OUT. About the Subject of my Investigations. Now I know how a Whistleblower feels - Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden! Care2, Don't shoot the messenger!!!

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You are going to have to open your eyes. Stop thinking of this as a "minor thing" - just another form of annoying Spam, to be dealt with the same way as always. This is a NEW WORLD - a world of HI-TECH-CYBER-CRIME - which has INVADED C2 in just the last few months. It is something NEW, something DIFFERENT. And extremely Sophisticated, outside of C2's present capacities to combat. C2 will have to make some adjustments - or I foresee serious consequences down-the-road. Of the nature of the recent TARGET CREDIT-CARD SCAMS. Such a Scandal would be a Black Mark indeed on C2's reputation!

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I am 77 years old. I have been on Care2 about 10 years. I LOVE C2 - with all its many faults! - C2 has, literally and absolutely, CHANGED MY LIFE wayyyyy for the better! I am doing this BECAUSE I LOVE CARE2 - and, because I feel a RESPONSIBILITY towards my friends here, and other C2 members - which C2 MANAGEMENT OUGHT TO FEEL ALSO.  The Research I am doing - and continue to do! - the Research I do, comes from Sources that are TRACEABLE, VERIFIABLE, and REPLICABLE. ANYone can do the SAME RESEARCH. I am happy to GIVE MY SOURCES, which are PUBLICLY AVAILABLE! [When anything I write is Hypothetical, I SAY SO!] The Sources are REPUTABLE WRITERS for REPUTABLE PUBLICATIONS. I have posted these writers and articles in C2 News Items and absolutely no-one has disputed them, or tried to "disprove" them. This is definitely NOT "Alex Jones" stuff about "there's a secret group controlling our government and everything else!" type of Hysterical Nonsense! I shouldn't even have to SAY that!!! Also my Reputation is Sterling and I am not posting "Spam" out of "Ego" - and I should not have to be saying that either!!!!!

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While some people, you say, have Flagged me for my posts about the Criminals - which I post in various threads where the Criminals' posts appear - I have also gotten MULTIPLE GREEN STARS for the SAME posts of mine! And, I have been INVITED TO POST on threads, where the person who put up the News Item knew in advance what I was going to post! I have also received many written Kudos from people in Personal Messages. I have received NO criticism for "Spam" in my Personal Messages. Best of all, from my point of view, is, that other people have passed on my WARNINGS and also some have re-posted them! It is important that AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE see these WARNINGS, not just my friends! THAT is why I CONTINUE to post in threads.... I believe I get more praise than blame for it, but that's not what's important. I am not doing this from Ego. I am not "waging war" on C2. I am doing this because I LOVE Care2, I LOVE the people on Care2, and thru Care2 as well as other ways, I'm trying to make the World better! And - it should NOT be even necessary to say this - I am not a "silly old woman" in a culture that tends not to take Women, and the Elderly, seriously!!!

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I am not, certainly not! - a Hi-Tech-Knowledgeable person. But, I can use Logic, Reason, and Common Sense. I can THINK. Also, I ASK QUESTIONS. Questions that apparently, NO-ONE ELSE ON CARE2 WANTS TO ASK. Why shouldn't MANAGEMENT ask these Questions and be interested in finding answers? Is it the "Don't rock the boat" mentality, a kind of LETHARGY??? Inertia? Sluggishness? FEAR OF WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND????? FEAR OF WHAT IS THERE TO BE FOUND????

Part II: Be Wary of Scammers HACKING CARE2
6 months ago

Let's start with my "flagged-by-some, green-starred-by-others" posts. These occur, both in News Items threads, and in Causes threads, and sometimes in Green Living threads. They occur, after there appears typically some pic with a Cute Young Thing, usually a blonde-haired young woman, but it could be a Mom with a kid, or even a Cute Young Guy. With the pic, there appears text along the lines of "my roommate made lots of easy money at home with her computer, I couldn't believe it at first, she paid off all her debts and bought a new car..." something along those lines.

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According to Eric, we are just supposed to Flag these "and pass on". Care2 Support will take care of the "annoyance", usually in a day, unless it's the Weekend.... This would be FINE, IF THESE ADS WERE WHAT THEY APPEAR TO BE. BUT THEY'RE NOT.

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My first Reference is given in my News Item about Jesse Willms, Dark Lord of the Internet. I could quote my References IN FULL, but that would make this already-long letter, FAR TOO LONG. The Jesse Willms News Item links to Atlantic magazine, this month's issue, which I read in the magazine because I subscribe, but which is ALSO on-line - the article can be read in full, there.

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My second Reference, is from randerson@seattleweekly.com. It is on my desk right here in front of me as I write - this is a Local Newspaper with a very respected and well-known Reporter, Rick Anderson! The link here is with my News Item on "Cyberheist". This is also ON LINE IN FULL. I shouldn't have to BEG you to read it - but I will if I have to! on bended knees! Here again I could write down the whole quote for you, but it would be FAR TOO LONG. To SUMMARIZE: Among other things, this article tells the story of 31-year-old unemployed Jesus Contreras, and what exactly happened when he ANSWERED SUCH AN AD as appears on Care2! This is based on an INTERVIEW with a KNOWN PERSON who didn't mind being interviewed {probably because he feels lucky he's not IN JAIL} - NOT somebody anonymous, NOT a name changed or initials, etc. An Interview by a LOCAL well-known Reporter, in a Local Newspaper, about LOCAL, PUBLICLY WELL-KNOWN EVENTS. No chance for all this to be "made up" and the newspaper's getting away with it! [Oh, and by the way - since I've started discussing this on Care2, I've been receiving input from C2 friends about CYBERSCAMS HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES ALSO - so this isn't JUST "Local" where I happen to live!]

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Anyway, to be brief about it, 31-year-old unemployed Jesus Contreras was lured by such an ad - and unknowingly, and presumably against his moral principles if he'd known! - was enticed into becoming a "Mule" to move STOLEN MONEY around the Internet, money-laundering, and the STOLEN MONEY ended up in the hands of Russian and Ukrainian CYBER-THIEVES. THAT is how he "made money from his computer" - about only $100 after "wire fees" were taken from his "commission" - and on top of that, when the Theft was discovered, Jesus' assets were frozen by the bank - he got less than zilch. But, it's not just that he was scammed - HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WERE STOLEN FROM CHELAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT and a HOSPITAL. And more on where this money actually GOES, and what it is USED FOR, later on in this letter... Just think of having THAT on your conscience, even if you don't have to do jail time!

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These are obviously NOT your old "stuff envelopes at home for money" scams - but something NEW AND VERY DIFFERENT. As in Jesus' case, the Unemployed ARE VULNERABLE TO SUCH INDUCEMENTS. Are you sure there are NO Unemployed on Care2? Just because YOU think YOU'RE so smart and would never fall for this - aren't C2 members sometimes very young, very inexperienced, very naive to the ways of the world, very stupid sometimes, maybe not understanding English too well, or the Law... doesn't Care2 have a RESPONSIBILITY, even "to the least"?????

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And, there's MORE. Where do you think those PICTURES came from??? It should be OBVIOUS by now, that these are NOT REAL PEOPLE talking about their "Real Roommates". They just want you to THINK that - to disarm you. People on C2, before I came along to dis-abuse them, acted like they thought THESE WERE REAL PEOPLE, even real C2 members!  - saying things like, "Go away, Loser!", "Shut up!", "Get lost, Irma!" [or whatever the name was], etc. This shows that CARE2 MEMBERS WERE ACTUALLY FOOLED TO THAT EXTENT BY THOSE ADS. This shows that THE CYBER-CRIMINALS HAD CARE2 MEMBERS FOOLED SUCCESSFULLY - for all I know, they maybe even had MANAGEMENT fooled successfully! I know it is hard NOT to think of the pics, as "real people". They ARE real people of course - not dolls or mannequins! - but, the pics have NOTHING to do with the text. You often see the same pic with different names, different texts, etc. I believe I can SAFELY come to the conclusion, that here you have examples of IDENTITY-THEFT. I believe these people have not the SLIGHTEST idea their pics are being used by CYBER-THIEVES in this context - just as Jesus Contreras DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS BEING USED AS A "MULE" BY THOSE SAME CYBER-CROOKS.

Part II Continued: ADS ON CARE2 RECRUITING MULES FOR MONEY-LAUNDERING
6 months ago

I have read that there is now on the market, extremely sophisticated software that can "grab" info, off of Credit Cards for example, in a lightning flash! and you can BET that these EXTREMELY WELL-FINANCED CYBER-CRIMINALS, HAVE ALL THE LATEST - probably way, way beyond what you & I could ever get our hands on if we wanted to! I do not believe I have to look up Citations for this, as Tech Journals and Science articles in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet will have this information far better than I could put it! Anyway, I KNOW it is EXTREMELY EASY TO STEAL PICTURES AND IDENTITIES. And, all I have to cite here, is, THAT RANDY PAYNTER'S PIC AND THAT OF HIS KID, WERE USED IN A LOTTERY SCAM.... that was treated as a JOKE, here on Care2, but it is NOT TO BE MADE LIGHT OF, WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHO'S BEHIND IT....

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So, "MULES" for money-laundering, IDENTITY-THEFT with Pictures and probably names, information and background too... WHAT ELSE??? Again, there is MUCH VALUABLE INFORMATION in the Atlantic Magazine article on Jesse Willms. Exactly what his connection is, if any, with the Russian crooks, the article doesn't say.... but, Jesse Willms, a young, Canadian, tech-wizard multimillionaire [that the FTCC can't stop!], is into much the same kinds of Cyber-Crime. The article focuses on his CREDIT-CARD SCAMS. And, BESIDES that article, a GREAT DEAL has come out recently about the TARGET Credit-Card scandal... For which, again, there are MULTIPLE sources to read about, and more new stuff coming out all the time. One source I Referenced in my News Items and in my Groups, gave HOW MUCH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CREDIT-CARD NUMBERS WERE WORTH WHEN RE-SOLD ON THE INTERNET. This is a HUGE BUSINESS. There are MANY WAYS to Scam and De-fraud Credit-Card holders...

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One is the PHONEY LOTTERY. HEADS UP, RANDY PAYNTER! The idea is, you've won a lot of money - but have to give your bank deposit number, or give some money {via Credit Card!} to show "good faith", or "prove your identity" {via Credit Card, again!}, etc. Another is the "free offer" - that isn't really free. One could never list them ALL! Okay, are ALL Care2 users TOO SMART to fall for these? only IDIOTS do? There's a notion that the ELDERLY - such as myself! - tend to fall for these types of scams. They may have Early Alzheimer's - they may even not be used to dealing with Credit Cards and the modern world! CAN CARE2 IN GOOD FAITH, ABROGATE ALL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE MATTER?????

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One way to tell the PHONEY CRIMINAL ADS - from REAL ads for real products - which also could be Spam on C2! - the PHONEY CRIMINAL ADS PROMISE TO FULFILL YOUR DREAMS - not to fix your roof or give you a massage - but "make easy money, pay off all your debts, find love, romance, sex, relationships, a marriage partner" etc. Those ads on C2 that promise "love" in all its manifestations - they are NOT REAL ADS FOR DATING SERVICES, etc. Those would be selling a REAL PRODUCT - and advertise in Legitimate Channels! These are SCAMS TO GET HOLD OF YOUR CREDIT-CARD NUMBER VIA CARE2. How do I know this? I have a grain of intelligence and I FIGURED IT OUT! And, those ads recruiting "Mules" for International money-laundering - I should think that if they didn't succeed in finding such "Mules" among the unemployed and under-employed on Care2 - they would be HAPPY IF THEY COULD "GRAB" YOUR CREDIT CARDS, PICS, INFORMATION, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BENEFIT INTERNATIONAL CYBER-CRIME. [It may be DANGEROUS just to GO to that site - just out of Curiosity!] It's ALL WORTH SOMETHING. Care2 is like a DIAMOND MINE or a GOLD MINE - and all of us Care2 Members are THE RESOURCES TO BE MINED.

Part III: The Dark Web; it's REAL; and it's HERE ON CARE2
6 months ago

Now the argument might very well be made, that Care2 would not be held LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE if dopey C2 members went to obviously Scam websites, allowed themselves to be fleeced by crooks, "It's their own responsibility". Care2 would probably not be held Legally Liable - EVEN IF THE SCAM INVOLVED RANDY PAYNTER'S PICTURE! - after all, Randy didn't consent to his picture being used!

[I am referring to a "Care2 Lottery" mailing that some members got, it was a Big Joke haha, it had Randy Paynter's picture - I am sure quite deliberately! - with the name on the pic being "The Team" or alternately "Our Team" - there was more than one "Lottery" mailing to C2 members!] Randy Paynter may not want to show concern about this in public - but HE OUGHT TO BE CONCERNED! This shows HOW EASY IT IS FOR CYBER-CROOKS TO STEAL ANYONE'S PIC - even YOURS, Dear Reader! - and how RUTHLESS these same Crooks are. [It would also concern me, as a parent, that one of these STOLEN PICS showed Randy with his CHILD...]

[My {grown-up} daughter's pic was stolen without her knowledge - NOT BY DANGEROUS CROOKS, fortunately! - but that is still CREEPY, to the family! Her pic was used without her consent, for Commercial Purposes - she could sue, but considers it not worthwhile. They were selling Christmas ornaments on e-bay, with my daughter's {funny} picture on them! When CRIMINALS use your picture, like Randy's, of course, you can't sue, even if you ever find out at all...]

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So, is it a BIG RELIEF, that Care2 can't be held Legally Liable if a SCAM that intrudes on their space, that they didn't invite or tolerate for long, Fleeces Care2 customers by the score, or even WORSE, RECRUITS CARE2 CUSTOMERS for ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES? It won't cost them any money? nobody can legally sue C2? they're in the clear? Target, I guess, won't have to pay its customers back? Chelan County in Washington State won't ever get its money back from the Russian thieves; but whoever "recruited" Jesus Contreras to serve as "Mule", is free & clear of all charges?

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Or, hey, why worry, THAT'LL NEVER HAPPEN, every last Care2 customer is the smartest of the smart, the Elite of the World....

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To get past the "lesser charges", first, there is CARE2'S REPUTATION TO CONSIDER. There is the issue of SAFETY on Care2. If you don't believe that SAFETY is an Issue with C2 members, you haven't been talking to the same C2 members I've been talking to! And, NOT TALKING ABOUT SUCH ISSUES, DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY. Or the soft soap, that "everything's fine, it's all taken care of". WHO CAN BELIEVE THAT?????

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SAFETY Issues, SECURITY of Care2 members that enter here IN GOOD FAITH - that is just ONE ASPECT of Care2's REPUTATION. And isn't REPUTATION, counting for a whole LOT, in the Business World? And, I AM NOT DAMAGING C2'S REPUTATION, BY CALLING ATTENTION TO THE DAMAGE ITSELF. Keeping silent, does NOTHING TO HELP - OR CHANGE. Reputation of a Company, doesn't depend on whether they get SUED or not! It's a thing-in-itself!

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What would happen to Care2, and its REPUTATION, if a TARGET-TYPE SCANDAL HIT IT??? Some slick Credit-card Scam, of a nature we haven't even CONCEIVED of yet, these CYBER-CRIMINALS are ALWAYS into something NEW, and EVEN MORE HIGH-TECH.... They shouldn't even be lurking around Care2 at ALL, no telling WHAT they'll be up to next! We can't out-guess 'em! We simply DON'T KNOW the IMPROVEMENTS {for them!} in Technology that could take place... and "our" defenses against that Super-Technology, obviously, CAN'T KEEP UP.....

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Safety, Security, TRUST, Reputation, TRUST.... And I call these the "lesser issues"!!!!! What, then, are the MAJOR ISSUES?????!!!!!

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I call the MAJOR ISSUES, those of MORALITY. ETHICS. VALUES. One's CODE. And as it relates TO THE ENTIRE WORLD - not just one's small group, and making Money!!!

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There are ENORMOUS, simply ENORMOUS amounts of money - stolen from Credit Cards, gotten from Credit-card numbers RE-SOLD, stolen from INSTITUTIONS by CRIMINAL HACKERS, then laundered and sent around the world... We are talking Billions here. And now, please reference my News Item I posted in C2 over a month ago - dealing with the Dark Web. The article by Technobuffalo. The Dark Web, or Deep Web, is where CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE without International Laws or Law Enforcement being able to TOUCH them. We are not supposed to know about it - but there IS such a place. Besides my News posting and the technobuffalo article, a good place to find out about it is Wikipedia - as well as a series of articles appearing in the Guardian, a British newpaper {and it's online}.

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This is REAL. I'm not making this up! and it's HAPPENING RIGHT HERE ON CARE2. And IGNORING IT will, I feel, lead to DISASTER, in one way or another. And I'm not "over-reacting"! And, IGNORING the issue, may be "good for Public Relations" in the Short-term; but, IT CAN'T LAST. And, I hope people DON'T BELIEVE A SINGLE WORD I SAY, ON MY OWN ACCOUNT; and LOOK EVERYTHING UP FOR THEMSELVES. To try and shoot me down!

Part III Continued: Security Concerns, C2 Members' Safety Here
6 months ago

What's happening, here on Care2? CYBER-CRIME. CYBER-CRIME AIMED AT UN-KNOWING CARE2 MEMBERS. [Altho I have seen the exact same phoney ads, with the exact same pics and texts, on You-Tube and other places.]

These Criminals are all over the place.

To quote from randerson@seattleweekly.com, "The crooks behind these cyberheists are limited in how much they can steal to how many money mules they can recuit to help launder the fraudulent transfers." Therefore, it stands to reason, they are CONSTANTLY recruiting EVERYWHERE THAT WILL LET THEM. In other words, Flagging just their latest multiple-ads on a daily basis, DOES NOTHING AT ALL TO STOP THEM. According to the Jesse Willms article, these sorts of ads are SUB-CONTRACTED TO SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, off-shore away from the U.S., who have the technology to HACK into EVERYWHERE and can't be stopped by the technology available...

Before I go on... and like the Deep Web itself, I am going to have to go to some very Deep and Dark places to continue on with EXPOSING WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING HERE...

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Before I go on, I want to take the time to MAKE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO CARE2, as to what they COULD do. I am certainly NOT a techie in any sense! I keep iterating that! So I probably say some stupid things! Bear with me! I think my suggestions could be MADE TO FIT, and should be considered, even if they need a lot of modification! [By the way, others I have discussed this with on C2 have made other suggestions - which I consider not as usable. But, what do I know? I think ALL suggestions ought to be considered, and ASKED FOR...]

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I think that Care2 ought to INVEST IN having a PAID, ROUND-THE-CLOCK CYBER-SECURITY FORCE. I think that this is just, in these terrible days, part of THE NORMAL COST OF DOING BUSINESS. Other businesses employ Security Teams, whether for their Cyber-space, or their "earth-space". Eric just CAN'T do it all by himself! Poor guy has to SLEEP sometimes! And, Volunteers are not going to be enough, either. It's a round-the-clock job. The CYBER-CRIMINALS NEVER REST - and never NEED to, they're PROGRAMS on COMPUTERS! This is not the horse-and-buggy era, when the "Cop on the beat" was all the security you needed! and people left their doors unlocked! Them days is OVER! I think that there should always be at least two on guard - so one can have a lunch break or a coffee break or a toilet break! - and they should have overlapping shifts of 4 or 6 hours. They could work either at home, or in the office. And, they should at LEAST get Proposed Minimum Wage of $15 an hour - C2 should show a GOOD EXAMPLE! and Health Benefits and other Benefits, even tho working part-time!!! This is not going to BREAK Care2 financially! and if something like this is NOT done, it could be DISASTROUS.... to their reputation, or think of Target....

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The Security Force personnel, could DELETE THE SCAMMERS AS SOON AS THEY APPEAR. After all, a CREDIT-CARD THIEF or IDENTITY-THIEF, can do a lot of damage in just 24 hours!

And, did you know that BY TYPING IN THE NAMES OF PORN STARS, you can get HARD-CORE PORN right on Care2? or by typing in names that are LIKE Porn stars' names - which is how I ACCIDENTALLY found out about this fact! The links to the Hard-core Porn were in Care2 News and in Shares - others have seen them too - I don't know if they've been deleted after I told Care2 about them. The links weren't deleted RIGHT AWAY, I know... the Porn links had been on Care2 since 2012. Anyway, THAT'S the sort of thing the Cyber-Guards could watch out for... and CLEAN UP PREVIOUS stuff... {I don't know if C2 got all the Porn - I assume they did NOT - because I only know a very few Porn Stars' names! Gay Porn, anyone???} Or is Care2 in the business of Sex Ed for any teen or child that accidentally happens across these sites.... my example shows how it COULD happen...

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No, I am not being funny, I am being SERIOUS.

The example of the Porn, and the example of my daughter's funny picture sold without her knowledge on e-bay, are not to make you laugh... they are to show you

HOW UN-PREPARED WE ALL ARE, FOR THE BRAVE NEW WORLD AT OUR FINGERTIPS - AND AT CROOKS' FINGERTIPS - WITH JUST THE CLICK OF A KEY.....

Part IV: Fake Profiles: See them come in as New Members
6 months ago

More on why we need round-the-clock Security on Care2:

I have told this to many Care2 members already, and posted it:

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Offshore Computers are bombarding Care2 - and other Sites, of course! - with HACKING, with PROGRAMMED MESSAGES that appear, on Care2, on MANY THREADS SIMULTANEOUSLY. These SIMULTANEOUS MESSAGES ARE UNSTOPPABLE - no filter or screen that Care2 used for previous "Spam" and Ads, is able to keep them out. These are SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES that RUN these Computer Programs - by this time C2 Management, at least, KNOWS that these are not "individuals" or even "Care2 members" that are "advertising" their individual "businesses". Care2 Management can't, at this point in time, PRETEND OTHERWISE. Just to "Keep things quiet". To pretend "It's all under control".

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To sum up what we KNOW: and can VERIFY:

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These COMPUTER PROGRAMS originate with CYBER-CRIMINALS, very HUGE elements of ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AROUND THE GLOBE. It is not just in one place, or a couple of countries! CYBERSPACE IS GLOBAL. These HACKS, that appear ON MANY C2 THREADS SIMULTANEOUSLY - are into, take your pick: CREDIT-CARD THEFT; IDENTITY THEFT; and TROLLING FOR "MULES" TO UNWITTINGLY HELP IN MONEY LAUNDERING. And maybe MORE stuff, maybe they will COME UP with more stuff! The CRIMINALS' CYBER-INGENUITY AND HI-TECH RESOURCES, ARE NEVER-ENDING...

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I am not a techie, so not qualified to guess the exact details of how this actually WORKS. The fact that the SIMULTANEOUS HACKS appear often on New Threads, certainly suggests that the Criminals' Computer Program IS RIGHT INSIDE OF CARE2, HAS COMPROMISED CARE2 - !!!!!! But, I will leave that to people more EXPERT than I am..... Still, IT IS WORRISOME... See, we NEED a TRAINED SECURITY STAFF...!!!!!!

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I promised to later on, talk about WHERE THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ACTUALLY GO, AND WHAT THEY ARE SPENT FOR.  For this, I will mainly rely on STUFF I FOUND POSTED ON CARE2 ITSELF.  However, I still want to make ANOTHER delay before I get around to this. This is more on the METHODS OF COMPUTER HACKERS, on which I am no expert! But, I will give EVIDENCE; and then, my Speculations and Guesses based on what, Sherlock-Holmes-like, I can DEDUCE from that Evidence. If there is ANOTHER explanation, I would like to hear it! But, again, I need to separate stuff that is VERIFIABLE, by DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE - and stuff that isn't Documented, at this point {and by its nature, may never be}.

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ANY Care2 Member can do this: and I have talked about this often. Go to "Community" - then to "People" - then to "People Home" - then to "Members" - then to "New Members". You will see a block of 42 "New Members" - 6 rows of 7 {or 7 rows of 6!} = 42. This changes every few minutes, as more New Members come in, and others drop off the end. So there are always a different 42. You will INSTANTLY spot something "strange". A WHOLE LOT OF THE PICS OF "NEW MEMBERS", look alike! And, if you go to the Profiles of these "suspicious" ones, you will find LOTS OF STRANGE ANOMALIES... they just LOOK LIKE "New Member Profiles". They are often NONSENSE and GIBBERISH in the Information they give. Often the "home town" is someplace like "Safeco Plaza, Washington" or another name that is CLEARLY NOT THE NAME OF ANY TOWN. The age can be anything, from 9 to 100 - very often, girls' faces have boys' names, and boys' faces have girls' names - an AWFUL LOT of these "Profiles" say they are from "Australia" - and, quite often, CONTRADICTORY info is given farther down on the "Profile", giving a different home town, country, age, sex, or even name! from what's on the "Profile Pic". I won't even go into what's sometimes on the "homepage" in these profiles - some are PORN SITES and openly SAY SO, one I saw was openporn.com... some are computer software sites, hmmmm.... Anyway, these are "Profiles" DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE REAL CARE2 MEMBERS' PROFILES, because the LAYOUT is the same. The LAYOUT would fool a Machine, a Screen or a Filter! even tho the "filled in" parts were UTTER NONSENSE! It takes a HUMAN BEING to RECOGNIZE THE FAKES.... which, as I said, is EASY..... for any Human Intelligence. But a Computer can't do that.... at least, not at the tech level that Care2 has invested in.....

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Okay, so I FLAGGED these OBVIOUSLY, SO-OBVIOUSLY FAKE PROFILES. But C2 Support said they'd DO NOTHING - only Delete after somebody had posted "Spam" {as they insist on calling it} and was Flagged by us. IT IS OBVIOUS WHY CARE2 SUPPORT DOES NOTHING ABOUT THE FAKE PROFILES AS THEY COME IN. It is because that job is OVERWHELMING. Of the block of 42 "New Members", AT LEAST HALF AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, ARE FAKES. I estimate that a NEW FAKE PROFILE comes onto Care2 every 10 minutes or so. This is Day in, Day out, Weekdays, Weekends, Holidays, Week after Week, Month after Month, Year after Year, Hour after Hour after Hour... every 10 minutes! TILL DOOMSDAY! and NOTHING stopping it...

Part IV Continued:The Dark Web, Gateways and Portals to it
6 months ago

Here is my take on how this works - again, I am using my Logic and Reason, I'm not a techie and maybe somebody knows better than me! But, here's what I think is happening: I think these "Fake Profiles" lurk around Care2, doing nothing, until the Computer Program decides it's time to "activate" one. Then, going into its HUGE FILE OF STOLEN PICS, the Computer Program selects an "appealing" pic of a "Cute Young Thing", maybe a blonde-haired young woman with big breasts, say. Then, the Computer SUBSTITUTES the new Pic, for the old one used to get on Care2 in the first place {the Cartoony one that looked like the other Fakes}. {BOTH the "Name", AND the "Pic", are STOLEN IDENTITIES of course - tho neither has anything to do with the other! The NAMES on the Fake Profiles and some of the supposed "bio info" are STOLEN....It would just be too much bother for the Criminals to MAKE UP thousands and thousands of Fake Names and Profile Info.... when there's a so-much-easier way!} {In the same way, for the same reasons, I deduce that the Pics used in what C2 calls "Spam", are not paid models or anything like that... why should the Criminals go to all that trouble? I think the STOLEN PICS AND IDENTITIES, are a simple and lucrative By-product of the CREDIT-CARD THEFT...}

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Then, with ONE SIMPLE CLICK OF A KEY... the Computer sends THE FAKE PIC along with the pre-programmed TEXT TO LURE THE SUCKERS, onto DOZENS OF CARE2 THREADS SIMULTANEOUSLY.... Heck, maybe this was all pre-programmed Weeks or Months ago, maybe it doesn't even take a Human agency at all any more, what do I know.... One final thing,then, the Computer IMMEDIATELY ERASES THE PROFILE, it has no more need for it, there are thousands more where it came from.... OF COURSE! no-one finds a Profile to Flag....!!!!! Maybe, if the Computer Program is HIDDEN WITHIN CARE2 ITSELF, then the Computer knows when someone is posting on a New Thread and GOES NEXT AFTER THEIR POSTS...  But here I am getting into stuff I really know very little about, if someone can help me that would be fine....

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So, STILL THINK WE DON'T NEED CYBER-SECURITY ON CARE2, 24/7? Twenty-four/Seven? And also, to CLEAN UP the old stuff, and the Porn, and "Spam" posts that have been on for YEARS.... and, the CYBERCRIMINALS have INVADED the Activist Petition Site, and the Shares [Blog] Site, with their ENTICING PEOPLE'S CREDIT CARD NUMBERS Schemes.... no ONE person, Care2 Support, could EVER keep up, even if they tried, never slept, were hyper-active on caffeine....

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Before I go on to "WHERE THE MONEY ENDS UP", I want to post ONE MORE SPECULATION. This is about the Deep Web, or the Dark Web. Here I am just guessing - or deducing from what little "evidence" I know, take your pick. There are such things as "Gateways" or "Portals" to the Dark Web. [Again, there's info in my C2 News Item from technobuffalo; and articles from the Guardian.] A person "in-the-know", goes to a seemingly innocent site. They know to press a certain key - that leads them to ANOTHER "innocent"-appearing site. Still working on their secret info, they press ANOTHER key - something like "the 18th flower", as it says in the article! That goes to ANOTHER site... and so on, until they reach the HIDDEN PLACE, beyond the reach of all International Law or Law Enforcement...

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Look at the articles, for more, much more, than I have room for here. The Deep Web or Dark Web [look up also Silk Road, TOR, bitcoin, RussianBusinessGroup],

is where such things go on as:

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Hired Assassinations;

Snuff Films {killing people on film for sexual titillation};

REAL Child Porn {not the Fake kind, with teenagers, which is open, because Interpol is looking for the REAL thing!};

Drug Trafficking;

Weapons Trafficking;

Human Trafficking across borders;

Sports Fixing;

Animal Parts Selling;

and lots, lots more, any EVIL the Human Mind can think up!

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COULD CARE2 BE SERVING AS A GATEWAY???? to those "in-the-know", just as the STARTING POINT?

Part IV Continued:The Worst of the Worst?
6 months ago

COULD CARE2 BE SERVING AS A GATEWAY???? to those "in-the-know", just as the STARTING POINT?

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Why would I come up with THAT extreme notion?

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Well - there's those FAKE PROFILES COMING ONTO CARE2 by the HUNDREDS. The ones that I have so far discussed, you probably have figured out {if you've followed me so far} are those Cartoony drawings of Doe-eyed, "sexy" young girls.[There are several different models; but they all basically look alike, were evidently drawn by the same hand - or Computer Program!]

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Well, if you go to the "block of 42 New Members", you will see ANOTHER class of pics, entirely! If you go to their Profiles, you will find they are mostly in Polish - which is why I call them the "Polish Group". I have no idea who they are or where they are really from - all I know is what I see {sometimes they have been known to have Profile info in GERMAN, also}. What I SEE, is, besides the Language info - what I SEE, is, their Profile Pics are often the same {sometimes you have to trace them day after day to see the same pics come up often}; their pics have four little squares in the bottom right-hand corner {no idea what that is}; sometimes their profile pics are something "neutral", like from nature; sometimes they are a boyish Cartoon character you will come to recognise;

and, often, they are REALLY UGLY, OFF-PUTTING PICS, drawings of Characters like from Horror or Sci-Fi films or comic books. But really scarey-looking!

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WHY would a "New Member" enter a Social Networking Group, with, not a pic designed to ATTRACT new friends - but, a SCAREY, HORRIFIC, UGLY-IN-THE-EXTREME pic - obviously DESIGNED for nothing but to PUT PEOPLE OFF???!!!

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Am I the ONLY PERSON ON CARE2 THAT EVER ASKS ANY QUESTIONS??? IS CURIOSITY DEAD, IN THIS CIVILIZATION???

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Here is my WORKING HYPOTHESIS, for what it's worth. I am using PSYCHOLOGY here. My guess is, that these Pics mean STAY AWAY. These pics mean these "Fake New Members Profiles" WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE. And, that their UGLINESS, IS A REFLECTION OF THE UGLINESS THAT THEY REPRESENT.

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This is my GUESS. My DEDUCTION, if you will. That unlike the "big-eyed young girls" Fake Profiles, these "Profiles" do not "hang around" Care2 until they are "activated" by a Computer Program - and a stolen pic substituted. I THINK THESE ARE SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. They LOOK so different! they CAN'T BE the same thing! it CAN'T be the same Source!

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My guess is, they might be "Gateways" or "Portals" on Care2, to the Dark Web in all its HIDEOUSNESS... and the very UGLINESS of the "Polish Group" pics, might be a SIGNAL of LIKE to LIKE.... Are the "four little squares", little keys to push? Do people "in-the-know" get access to the UGLY "POLISH" PICS ON CARE2 PROFILES, as the "Starting Points" of Entry?

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Just my HYPOTHESIS. That's all. Just my AESTHETIC SENSE, I guess you'd call it...

Part V: Care2 Causes Article is Relevant
6 months ago

The $19 billion global black market in wildlife is not only threatening the survival of elephants hunted and other endangered species. It is threatening the very stability of governments, says a just-released study (pdf) by the conservation group WWF. Rebel groups are using funds from trafficking to purchase weapons and finance civil conflicts and even terrorist cells.

John Scanlon, secretary general of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), said that rebel groups are literally “cashing in” on world-wide demand for elephants, tigers and rhinoceros, whose body parts are in high demand in parts of Asia for use in traditional medicine. In northern Cameroon, Chad, the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, 450 elephants were slaughtered last year and their ivory directly used to finance arms and bribe government officials. The number of rhinos killed for their horns (worth some $600,000) has risen from about 20 a year to an expected 600 this year.

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The illegal sale of animals and plants is, says the study, the fourth largest kind of illegal trading in the world, after narcotics, counterfeiting of products and currency and the trafficking of people.

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The study is based on interviews with 15 government officials and seven representatives of international organizations that deal with trafficking. But two government officials objected to answer questions about government corruption and Vietnam, which has become a central market for the illicit trade in rhino horns, refused to participate.

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Organized Crime Has Entered the  Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Organized Crime Has Entered the  Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Organized Crime Has Entered the  Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Even more, the WWF report suggests that “ power{ful} and sophisticated crime syndicates” are behind a huge rise in the illegal wildlife trade.  The internet has also played a role as it has made illegal products available to many, many more while advanced technologies (helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons) has meant that animals are more at the mercy of poachers than ever. Law enforcement and other current efforts to stop trafficking is simply inadequate, as WWF president Carter Roberts says in the Guardian:

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It has been a failure. We are losing these populations in front of our eyes. It is being outgunned in terms of technology. It is being outgunned in terms of resources, and it is being outgunned, worst of all, in terms of organisation.

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Just on Monday, Vietnam and South African signed an agreement to curb rhino poaching. But the U.S. bears a huge responsibility to take action as it is the second largest destination for smuggled goods made from endangered wildlife. Following the recognition that organized crime and “violent rebel groups” have entered the black market in wildlife trade, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has upgraded trafficking from a conservation issue to a national security threat in November.

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The  WWF study makes all too clearly how political conflicts put not only citizens but a country’s wildlife at risk. In a positive sign, Google has awarded WWF a $5 million grant for aerial drones to track poachers and endangered wildlife. But, as the 



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Part V Continued: Links in a CHAIN...
6 months ago

Just on Monday, Vietnam and South African signed an agreement to curb rhino poaching. But the U.S. bears a huge responsibility to take action as it is the second largest destination for smuggled goods made from endangered wildlife. Following the recognition that organized crime and “violent rebel groups” have entered the black market in wildlife trade, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has upgraded trafficking from a conservation issue to a national security threat in November.

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The  WWF study makes all too clearly how political conflicts put not only citizens but a country’s wildlife at risk. In a positive sign, Google has awarded WWF a $5 million grant for aerial drones to track poachers and endangered wildlife. But, as the Guardian observes, “the overwhelming takeaway from the report was the failure of political will in some countries to deal with trafficking.”

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How can we create not only awareness but understanding about how governments around the world are letting their natural wealth — wildlife and plants unique to their countries alone — be hunted to elimination, with terrible long-term repercussions for economic stability and, ultimately, political security?

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Altho this does not say so in so many words, this is referencing, clearly, the Dark Web or the Deep Web, where all these illegal activities take place beyond the reach of any International Law to stop them.

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So we have: Ads such as those appearing on Care2, and all over the Internet for that matter;

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leading to CREDIT-CARD THEFT; IDENTITY-THEFT; RECRUITING OF MULES FOR MONEY-LAUNDERING; {and Goddess only knows what else, now or in the future!};

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leading to CRIMINAL SYNDICATES, ORGANIZED CYBER-CRIMINALS, MAKING UNBELIEVINGLY STAGGERING AMOUNTS OF ILLEGAL MONEY, ALL STOLEN ON THE INTERNET;

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leading to WILDLIFE POACHING, MASS SLAUGHTER AND EXTINCTION OF SPECIES, SELLING OF ILLEGAL ANIMAL PARTS ON THE INTERNET;

{also Human Trafficking, Trafficking of Women and Children for Sex, Drug Trafficking, Weapons Trafficking};

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leading to FINANCING OF TERRORISM, CIVIL WARS OVER MINERALS AND EXTRACTIVE MINING, SLAVERY, AND FINANCING OF EXTREME RELIGIOUS FANATICISM.

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Question: ARE THESE THE "VALUES" THAT WE WANT TO SEE MANIFESTED RIGHT HERE ON CARE2?

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Answer:

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Addendum: United Nations group
6 months ago

Barbara, just wondering if you've ever read the UN report on this? Maybe at some spot in your writing include and reference to this what obviously has been driving the highest officials, Obama himself mentioned it several times and the UN's statement make clear scale and urgency   Emerging Crimes
Thanks Angelika!
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Transnational organized crime groups seek to exploit legitimate activities for criminal purposes. The ways in which they are reaping profit are becoming more creative. As organized crime groups join ever more complex networks spanning the globe, the crimes become increasingly transnational and the types of crime they are able to commit become diversified. New threats to global security are emerging, meaning that people can fall victim to organized crime in an increasing number of ways, in an increasing number of places.

In 2010, the fifth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime identified cybercrime, identity-related crimes, trafficking in cultural property, environmental crime, piracy, organ trafficking, and fraudulent medicine as new and emerging crimes of concern. The emergence of these new crime types gives rise to the need for law enforcement response to adapt its efforts and capacities accordingly.

Cybercrime

Cybercrime is an emerging form of transnational crime. The complex nature of the crime as one that takes place in the borderless realm of cyberspace is compounded by the increasing involvement of organized crime groups. Perpetrators of cybercrime and their victims can be located different regions, and its effects can ripple through societies around the world, highlighting the need to mount an urgent, dynamic and international response.

UNODC response

UNODC promotes long-term and sustainable capacity building in the fight against cybercrime through supporting national structures and action. Specifically, UNODC draws upon its specialized expertise on criminal justice systems response to provide technical assistance in capacity building, prevention and awareness raising, international cooperation, and data collection, research and analysis on cybercrime.

Identity-related crime

All over the world, societies are increasingly reliant on identification information. Information about members of societies, stored as data, is used for banking, shopping, travelling and collecting social assistance. Increasingly such information also includes biometrics and DNA profiles. The more that public and private sectors become computerized, the more avenues are available for organized criminals to exploit the vulnerabilities of those systems to commit identity-related crime. Identity-related crime generates significant profits for criminals each year, with far-reaching impact not only on economies and online commerce, but also on individuals who fall victim to it.

Where identity information is obtained by criminals, it can be abused to launder money, to commit fraud and to enable illicit activity and irregular movement for organized crime purposes include human trafficking, migrant smuggling and even terrorism. Millions of dollars can be stolen using false identification either in highly sophisticated single events, or as millions of smaller incidents. In the hands of unscrupulous criminal actors these criminal profits can be used to commit further crime.

UNODC response

UNODC has a leading role to play in mobilizing the response of the international community and supporting international debate on identity-related crimes:

German Program
6 months ago

http://www.focus.de/digital/internet/e-mail-konten-geknackt-passwoerter-cyber-kriminelle-hacken-16-millionen-zugangsdaten-bsi-9_id_3557431.html

The linked website includes a TEST to check if your personal data is incuded in the file they have and if it has been compromised. Mine wasn't, just completed that test and did not get any response email as would have been the case, were I effected.

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Thank you, Angelika, again!

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This thread would be a good place to post items referencing CYBERCRIMES in your local News or within your knowledge.

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Please, PASS THIS INFO AROUND, DISCUSS IT, RE-POST IT, BOTH ON & OFF C2. It needs to be KNOWN. [You could even invite people to join this group, just to see it!]

6 months ago

The Brave New World of Cyberheists / Seattle Weekly
Society & Culture  (tags: cyberheist, work-at-homejobscams, mules, moneylaundering, deepnet, darknet, Russiangangs, trafficking, Interpol, cybercriminals, unwittingacomplices )
BMutiny  - seattleweekly.com

The Russian cyberheist was carried out with the help of nearly 100 different accomplices in the United States, who were HIRED THROUGH WORK-AT-HOME JOB SCAMS run by a crime gang that has been fleecing businesses for the past five years; SCAMMERS EXPOSED.
6 months ago
Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet - Taylor Clark - The Atlantic
Society & Culture  (tags: )
BMutiny  - theatlantic.com
Willms defrauded consumers of some $467 million by enticing them to sign up for "risk free" product trials and then billing their cards recurring fees for a litany of automatically enrolled services they hadn't noticed in the fine print. SPAMMERS UNMASKED
You need to know about this stuff; EVERYbody does
6 months ago

The Seedy Underbelly of Cyberspace: The Hidden Internet of the Deep Web | TechnoBuffalo
Society & Culture  (tags: DeepWeb, DarkWeb, Tor, SilkRoad, FakeIDs )
BMutiny - 34 days ago - technobuffalo.com

It's mind-boggling, what Tor users may have available. If these sites are genuine, then it's clear this underground network is rich with beneath-the-table resources, including fake IDs, fixed sporting events, counterfeit money, child pornography, stolen
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