News@Northeastern: Northeastern Professor’s Mass Killings Database Goes Public

News@Northeastern: Northeastern Professor’s Mass Killings Database Goes Public. “It references every mass killing, by all weapons and means, in which four or more people (excluding the offender) were killed within a window of 24 hours. [Professor James Alan] Fox’s database provides a different perspective than other firearm-related sites, including the Gun Violence Archive, which includes shootings with four or more victims, most of whom survive their injuries. Less than 5% of mass shootings in the Gun Violence Archive are mass killings.”

New York Times: Prosecutors Struggle to Catch Up to a Tidal Wave of Pandemic Fraud

New York Times: Prosecutors Struggle to Catch Up to a Tidal Wave of Pandemic Fraud. “As the virus shuttered businesses and forced people out of work, the federal government sent a flood of relief money into programs aimed at helping the newly unemployed and boosting the economy. That included $3.1 trillion that former President Donald J. Trump approved in 2020, followed by a $1.9 trillion package signed into law in 2021 by President Biden. But those dollars came with few strings and minimal oversight. The result: one of the largest frauds in American history, with billions of dollars stolen by thousands of people, including at least one amateur who boasted of his criminal activity on YouTube.”

BBC: Tiktok: Suspected gangs tout English Channel migrant crossings on platform

BBC: Tiktok: Suspected gangs tout English Channel migrant crossings on platform. “Suspected people smugglers are using TikTok to advertise illegal entry into the UK via the English Channel. The BBC has found a number of people claiming they can guarantee safe passage and calm waters for £5,000. The Home Office said posts which ‘promote lethal crossings’ were unacceptable, but there are calls for more to be done to stop people-smuggling being advertised online.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Administrators of popular Facebook page Tijuana 664 gunned down outside their home

San Diego Union-Tribune: Administrators of popular Facebook page Tijuana 664 gunned down outside their home . “Anonymous Facebook pages in Tijuana often purport to be offering news, but the content can run the gamut from memes to copy-and-pasted stories from mainstream news organizations to insider crime blogs that offer explicit details about violence in the border city. Many local journalists have publicly spoken out about how the existence of these anonymous pages puts their safety at risk by both encouraging violence and by creating confusion among the public about the role of journalists.”

Nature: A deep learning approach to fight illicit trafficking of antiquities using artefact instance classification

Nature: A deep learning approach to fight illicit trafficking of antiquities using artefact instance classification. “We approach the task of detecting the illicit movement of cultural heritage from a machine learning perspective by presenting a framework for detecting a known artefact in a new and unseen image. To this end, we explore the machine learning problem of instance classification for large archaeological images datasets, i.e. where each individual object (instance) is itself a class that all of the multiple images of that object belongs.”

NiemanLab: The Law & Justice Journalism Project aims to help journalists covering crime and the U.S. legal system

NiemanLab: The Law & Justice Journalism Project aims to help journalists covering crime and the U.S. legal system. “The impact of bad crime reporting is widespread and it can take years to repair broken trust with audiences. That’s why the Law & Justice Journalism Project is launching: to provide journalists with tools, skills, and resources to improve their coverage of crime, public safety, and the United States legal system.”

The Register: Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

The Register: Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google . “Last October, California resident Jacob Pearlman downloaded an Android version of a cryptocurrency wallet app called Phantom from the Google Play app store. That was four months before San Francisco-based Phantom Technologies actually released an Android version of its digital wallet. The free Phantom Wallet app that Pearlman downloaded early from Google Play was a fake. And when he connected his actual Phantom wallet to the app, it cost him a small fortune.”

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota Crime Data Explorer gives detailed information on criminal activity with just a few clicks

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota Crime Data Explorer gives detailed information on criminal activity with just a few clicks. “Minnesota Crime Data Explorer is easy to use and more detailed than previous reports, largely due to a change in crime reporting using the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)…. The new online tool incorporates NIBRS and adds to the existing annual uniform crime report published each year. It allows users to query, filter and sort crime data; view trends in charts and graphs; and export graphics and spreadsheets. The visual options make the data more accessible and easier to understand.”

Bleeping Computer: Huge network of 11,000 fake investment sites targets Europe

Bleeping Computer: Huge network of 11,000 fake investment sites targets Europe. “Researchers have uncovered a gigantic network of more than 11,000 domains used to promote numerous fake investment schemes to users in Europe. The platforms show fabricated evidence of enrichment and falsified celebrity endorsements to create an image of legitimacy and lure in a larger number of victims.”

Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds. “The BBC has seen significant evidence that Russian forces in occupied areas of Ukraine have been systematically seizing not only Ukrainian grain, but also sunflower seeds from local farmers. We have spoken to farmers who have lost their crops, and tracked messages in private and public social media groups showing how the seeds are transported from southern and eastern occupied parts of Ukraine to Russia.”

Bleeping Computer: Ransom payments fall as fewer victims choose to pay hackers

Bleeping Computer: Ransom payments fall as fewer victims choose to pay hackers. “In Q2 2022, the average ransom payment was $228,125 (up by 8% from Q1 ‘22). However, the median ransom payment was $36,360, a steep fall of 51% compared to the previous quarter. This continues a downward trend since Q4 2021, which represented a peak in ransomware payments both average ($332,168) and median ($117,116).”

Government of South Dakota: New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released

Government of South Dakota: New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released. “The new page also allows for greater searchability to the user. There are improved and added filters that allow searches by gender and race. Expanded descriptors include height, weight, hair color, eye color, and more narrative information such as the person’s last known location and what the person was last seen wearing. The user also will be able to arrange the page through multiple options including most recent, least recent, and alphabetical.”

Newswise: New Missing Persons Website and Podcast Launched

Newswise: New Missing Persons Website and Podcast Launched. “A new website and podcast series are launching today (28 July) to tackle the myths and misunderstandings around missing persons issues. Missing Persons Uncovered seeks to empower the public to protect vulnerable loved ones with real-life testimonials and insights from practitioners in the field.”