Artnet: Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities. “Using their expert knowledge of archaeology, a sophisticated new database, and plenty of detective work, the dedicated team at the British Museum is working closely with colleagues in Cairo and Khartoum to identify problematic objects and expose fictitious provenances. They are also looking for works currently on offer at auction houses, galleries, and on websites such as eBay set off alarm bells. If there is evidence that could lead to an object’s recovery and repatriation, the British Museum reports the information to law enforcement agencies, including Scotland Yard and US Customs.”
Yay! CBC: Hard drive full of Art City’s history returned after break-in. “A treasured backup drive holding more 20 years of history was returned to its rightful owners at Art City on Saturday afternoon. On Boxing Day, the non-profit organization’s office on Broadway was broken into; the archive was stolen, along with a 3D printer, several digital cameras and a scanner.”
CBC: Art City pleads for return of digital archive stolen in Christmas break-in. “The organization, based in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood, is not overly concerned with the pieces of equipment that were taken, as it’s all replaceable, Ruth said. What they are concerned about, however, is a digital backup drive that was taken which contains thousands of photographs and other records of Art City’s 20-year history providing after-school art programs for youth.”
The Hindu: Google Maps loophole: 60-yr-old loses ₹97,000. “A senior citizen lost ₹97,000 from his pension account last month after scamsters put up their own contact number in place of the contact details of the Bank of India’s Vikhroli branch on Google Maps. The Powai police have filed an FIR and launched a probe. The Hindu had reported in November how scamsters had taken advantage of a loophole on Google Maps, where an establishment’s contact details can be edited by anyone and customers calling the number are convinced to reveal sensitive bank details.” ₹97,000 is a little over $1350 USD. Also in today’s India media, the case of a lady who lost Rs 1 Lakh — just over $1400 USD — due to a similar Google Maps scam.
Ars Technica: I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps chugging on. “Criminal hackers continue to exploit a feature in Autodesk’s widely used AutoCAD program in an attempt to steal valuable computer-assisted designs for bridges, factory buildings, and other projects, researchers said Tuesday.”
Krebs on Security: SMS Phishing + Cardless ATM = Profit. “A number of financial institutions are now offering cardless ATM transactions that allow customers to withdraw cash using nothing more than their mobile phones. But this also creates an avenue of fraud for bad guys, who can leverage phished or stolen account credentials to add a new phone number to the customer’s account and then use that added device to siphon cash from hijacked accounts at cardless ATMs.”
The Hindu: When you fight the good fight: tracking down stolen idols. “In his new book, Vijay Kumar explains how a network of history buffs tracks down stolen idols using WhatsApp and crowdsourced sleuthing In times when WhatsApp has been looked down upon as the purveyor of fake news, S Vijay Kumar, a Singapore-based shipping company manager and his friends at India Pride Project have been using it to fight crime.”