Secret Service Captures ‘Most-Wanted’ Hacker

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Susan Crabtree reports:  The Secret Service’s financial crimes branch just notched a major victory by nabbing the most-wanted computer hacker in the world, a Turkish man accused of running a global operation to hack automated teller machines.Secret-Service-Confidential

Ercan Findikoglu, 33, is set to be arraigned Wednesday in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York. U.S. officials successfully extradited him from a German prison after years of negotiations and a legal battle over his release and transfer to U.S. authorities.

Findikoglu allegedly organized criminal operations using hacked debit cards, including one that stole $40 million in cash from ATMs in the span of just 10 hours in February 2013 in New York City and 23 other countries. He used hacked bank debit cards, removing their balance limits, to trigger ATMs to freely release the cash. Read the rest of this entry »


Psychologist Loses License After Prostitute Steals Laptop

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(CBS SEATTLE) – A psychologist’s license has been suspended after a prostitute stole a laptop containing confidential information regarding hundreds of patients.

According to a statement from the Washington State Department of Health, psychologist Sunil Kakar compromised the personal health information of 652 clients by leaving his personal laptop with a prostitute as a form of payment.

The Gig Harbor psychologist;’s license has been suspended immediately on charges of not protecting sensitive client information and he cannot practice until the charges are resolved.

Kakar left the laptop with a prostitute as a form of payment while he went to get cash from an ATM.  He returned to find the woman gone along with the computer.

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Siri’s U.S. voice actress revealed!

An Atlanta woman has come forward to CNN as the U.S. voice of Siri, the built-in “personal assistant” first introduced in the iPhone 4S. Susan Bennett says she first discovered that her voice was being used on Apple’s smartphones when a friend emailed her and asked if it was her voice on the iPhone commercial. She headed to the Apple website to discover that she had unknowingly provided the voice for the system with samples she recorded in July of 2005, a full six years before the phone’s launch.

Bennett says she had no idea that the voice samples would be used by Apple and that her work also appears on many GPS units and other devices, including the first ATM.

Previously, an Australian morning show interviewed the voice actress who provided the voice for Siri in that country. The interview can be seen below.

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