Artsy: The LAPD recovered more than 100 paintings and artifacts stolen in a 1993 burglary spree.. “The LAPD is working with experts from the J. Paul Getty Museum to create a catalogue of the works and appraise their value. While some of them have been valued at $60,000, others have to be reappraised because years of improper storage may have caused damage. In the meantime, the police department created a public online database in hopes that victims of the 1993 burglaries will come forward to claim stolen items they’re owed.”
Gizmodo: Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO’s Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000. “The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster.”
New York Times: Former Star Google and Uber Engineer Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets. “Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley’s foremost technologists on self-driving cars, was charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets from Google.”
Atlas Obscura: On the Hunt for National Treasures With America’s Archive Detective. “[Mitch] Yockelson is one-half of the Archival Recovery Program, based in the National Archives and Records Administration’s office in College Park, Maryland. He and analyst Kellie Shipley believe they are the only dedicated team in any museum or cultural institution in the world whose sole purpose is to search for missing and stolen items. This hunt for documents and other objects that belong in the official repository of American history is what brought him to the military antiques show.”
Engadget: How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives. “It would be really great if there was a security trick or technique I could offer or recommend for people to do to prevent their SIMs from being ported (swapped, stolen). Like ‘here’s this extra, annoying security step you can add to your SIM account.’ The truth is, cell carrier companies haven’t done much, if anything, to increase SIM security.” Get a YubiKey!
Business Standard: Build digital database to catalogue, prevent smuggling of artifacts: India-born intl museum expert. “As museums across the world grapple with the problem of stolen artifacts, a renowned museum expert of Indian origin has called for establishing digital databases, particularly in countries like India, to maintain required checks and prevent valuable antiquities from being smuggled.”
Europol: 3 arrested in France for looting the archives of libraries throughout Europe. “With the support of Europol, the French National Police (OCBC – National Unit in charge of Cultural goods trafficking) and the Spanish Guardia Civil (UCO) have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of stealing maps in the archival collections of libraries throughout Europe.”