A fired employee of mortgage giant Fannie Mae has been accused of installing a time-rigged virus on the company’s servers.
Fired employees sometimes threaten to get even, but few actually do it. Fewer still install a virus on the servers of the company they used to work for, rigged to go off later and take out all the company data.
But that’s exactly the crime of which former Fannie Mae Babubhai Makwana is accused. It’s alleged that he installed malware on the company’s servers that would activate on January 31, shutting down the computer monitoring system and access to all 4,000 servers, before replacing all company information with zeros. More HERE
Most disguntled employees just steal a box of Post-it notes or maybe all the “W”s off the computers…
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the availability of an online computer system to help protect states and consumers from automobile fraud and to provide law enforcement with new tools to investigate fraud, theft, and other crimes involving vehicles. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, or NMVTIS, will be available for consumers on January 30, 2009 and will be accessible through third party, fee-for-service websites. The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers NMVTIS in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The system allows state motor vehicle administrators to verify and exchange titling and brand data and provides law enforcement officials, consumers, and others with critical information regarding vehicle histories. Consumers now have access to the vehicle’s brand history, odometer data, and basic vehicle information and can be redirected to the current state of record to access the full title record if available. Law enforcement can track the vehicle’s status from state to state by accessing the system directly.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, car theft is a profitable business generating nearly $8 billion a year. Along with implementing this system, the Department has outlined the various responsibilities and reporting requirements for states, auto recyclers, junk yards and salvage yards, and insurance carriers. The Department has designed the system consistent with federal law that requires that the system be paid for through user fees and not dependent on federal funding.
Since 1997, the Department of Justice has committed over $15 million to assist states and other stakeholders in the implementation of NMVTIS. Currently, NMVTIS has the participation, or partial participation, of 36 states. Ultimately, with full participation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, NMVTIS will prevent stolen motor vehicles, including clones, from entering into interstate commerce; protect states and consumers from fraud; reduce the use of stolen vehicles for illicit purposes including fundraising for criminal enterprises; and provide consumer protection from unsafe vehicles. In research conducted by the Logistics Management Institute, the system is estimated to save taxpayers between $4 and $11 billion each year. For further information on NMVTIS, visit www.nmvtis.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — One of Canada’s largest APU manufacturers has been permanently idled, leaving some dealers wondering where to turn for product support.
In a memo sent to its dealers across North America late last night, RigMaster Power states that “general economic conditions” have forced the APU maker out of business.
The company, a separately run subsidiary of Mississauga’s Harper Group, has already ceased operations. It had about 190 dealers throughout North America.
“A secured creditor will be effecting the liquidation of the company’s assets,” states the memo, obtained by todaystrucking.com. “A limited number of finished units may be available for a short period and an alternative supply of parts should come available to customers and dealers early next week as a consequence of the liquidation process.” Read more HERE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The NYPD is examining ways to shut down cell phone calls in and around future hostage-taking scenarios without also shutting down the communications devices of the police trying to rescue them, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a congressional hearing yesterday.
Cell phones were simple tools used to deadly effect in the Mumbai terror attacks, Kelly told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs yesterday.
According to phone transcripts, the attackers received instructions and real-time updates about the officers amassing against them. Some of the phones they used for the calls apparently were taken from hostages. More here
A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.
Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step.
As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for the 2009 legislative session, the governor says he plans to recommend “a path to transition away from the gas tax as the central funding source for transportation.”
What that means is explained on the governor’s website:
“As Oregonians drive less and demand more fuel-efficient vehicles, it is increasingly important that the state find a new way, other than the gas tax, to finance our transportation system.” More HERE
Big brother is watching and taxing you… Truckers have been paying taxes based on miles driven through states for years, it was only a matter of time before some tax-hungry politician tried to figure out a way to tax four-wheelers, too.
Computer users may want to stop using the Internet Explorer browser — at least for the next day or so.
Microsoft has announced that it is preparing an emergency patch to plug a gaping security hole that cyber criminals have been using to grab control of unsuspecting IE users’ machines. The software giant plans to issue the remedy sometime Wednesday. More HERE
Today hear Frank Salvato, Managing Editor of The New Media Journal, as he fills us in on what’s taken place in the State of Illinois with the arrest of the Governor and histoday…
Both are charged with attempting to ‘sell’ the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by to the highest bidder and the money was going to be going ‘straight’ to both the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff…
Then you’ll hear about the new group called The New Sons of Liberty Society which is pushing for a Consitutional check and ammendment to be put into law by individual State’s to ‘verify’ the eligibility and qualifications of any applicant/candidate for elected Federal Office including the President of the United States…
You’ll also hear about the Carolina Panthers 38-23. With a game coming up Sunday in Atlanta against the Falcons, the Bucs need to ‘wake up’ FAST if they want to have any chance to win the NFC South and repeat as Champs. They are now 1 game behind the Panthers who play the NY Giants this week…getting run over last night by the
Get in on hearing what you won’t hear anywhere else right here on “The Captain’s AMERICA” Radio Show…
Adam and Jamie celebrate Christmas with exploding Mentos and other assorted goodies!
A tree-living fungus that manufactures diesel fuel has been discovered in South America.
Experts believe the organism, Gliocladium roseum, could potentially be a completely new source of green energy.
The fungus, which lives inside the Ulmo tree in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces hydrocarbon fuel similar to the diesel used in cars and trucks.
Scientists were amazed to find that it was able to convert plant cellulose directly into the biofuel, dubbed ‘myco-diesel’. More from The Daily Mail
Get Your Taxes Out of My Fuel Tank!
After much discussion here at ATAW Central Command, we have made an important decision. We will be joining our trucking brothers and sisters – owner/operator and company driver alike – and will be parked April 1. Do we think a shut down will change anything? We still do not know.
It’s not enough that we just park our rigs – make your downtime productive. Starting Monday, March 31, email, fax and phone your congressmen, senators, the President and DoT’s Mary Peters (just tell her Juan is calling – she’ll probably take your call). Let them know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Call your state’s governor, your local representatiave – your local media outlets. Call every day you are down. Make them hear you!
We must get the attention of Washington, our state governments and the media. A plausible, immediate solution to keep the American trucker rolling and the ecomony moving is critical. Demand they suspend all fuel taxes on big trucks. Demand they open up our own oil resources – domestic drilling NOW. Oil is the lifeblood of our economy, oil is the lifeblood of our industry. Demand more refineries build. Get fuel prices down to a manageable and stable level. We have the resources and the technology, we just don’t have the political will. The leftist, environmentalist wackos have been louder than us – we MUST be louder than they are.
We are all for conservation – turn off the lights, buy an APU for your truck to reduce idling time. Research alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells and biodiesel, ethonol – non of which are viable – yet. Until they are a viable alternative, the reality is we rely on oil. Oil is our friend.
White House: Comments: 202-456-1111
US Senate: to find your senator, visit www.senate.gov
US House: to find your represenative, visit www.house.gov
US Department of Transportation: www.dot.gov Switchboard: 202-366-4000
(Video – “Soldiers of the Highway” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday. Joey’s kicked off the 2008 tour season this weekend at the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky. For complete tour schedule, click here.)