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Monday, June 06, 2011

FBI Partner InfraGard Attacked by Hackers, Passwords Taken By Online Hacking Collective Called "Lulz Security".

LONDON -- Nearly 180 passwords belonging to members of an Atlanta-based FBI partner organization InfraGard have been stolen and leaked to the Internet, the group confirmed Sunday.

The logins belonged to members of the local chapter of InfraGard, a public-private partnership devoted to sharing information about threats to U.S. physical and Internet infrastructure, the chapter's president told The Associated Press.

"Someone did compromise the website," InfraGard Atlanta Members Alliance President Paul Farley said in a brief email exchange. "We do not at this time know how the attack occurred or the method used to reveal the passwords."

Copies of the passwords -- which appear to include users from the U.S. Army, cybersecurity organizations and major communications companies -- were posted to the Internet by online hacking collective Lulz Security, which has claimed credit for a string of attacks in the past week.

In a statement, Lulz Security also claimed to have used one of the passwords to steal nearly 1,000 work and personal emails from the chief executive of Wilmington, Delaware-based Unveillance LLC.   Lulz Security claimed it was acting in response to a recent report that the Pentagon was considering whether to classify some cyberattacks as acts of war.

The FBI said Sunday that it was aware of the incident and that steps were being taken to mitigate the damage. Farley said InfraGard's website had been taken down and that members had been advised to change their passwords and beware of further attacks.

Farley added that his group -- a volunteer organization -- had had no previous involvement with Lulz Security, which describes itself as a collective of hackers who attack weakly-protected websites for fun. Lulz is a reference to Internetspeak for "laugh out loud."

The group, Lulz Security has also claimed credit for defacing the PBS website after the public television broadcaster aired a documentary seen as critical of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Emails and other messages seeking comment from the group over the past few days have gone unanswered, although it maintains an active presence on microblogging site Twitter, where it taunts its opponents and promises more hacks.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at

Sunday, June 05, 2011

NYPD and Homeland Security Busts International Car Theft Ring That Shipped $10 Million In Luxury SUVs To Yemen And Afghanistan, Stolen Cars to Support Terrorism.

Cops say they've smashed an international car theft ring that took custom orders for luxury SUVs - and stole them off the streets with freshly made duplicate keys.
The ring was so sophisticated, potential buyers across the nation and overseas were able to order specific car models, such as Lexis SUVs and Range Rovers, officials said Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, joined by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other agency officials, said 19 ring members were under arrest, charged with stealing some 291 cars worth up to $10 million around the city.

"Cars that retailed for as much as $30,000 were being sold for as little as three to five thousand dollars," Kelly said. Eight of the stolen cars "have been identified on the high seas, bound for Africa, Yemen and Afghanistan," he said. "They are being turned around and will be returned to the United States."  He identified the ringleader as William Cruz, 28, already being held on Rikers Island, who ran the ring through his lieutenant, Michael Torres.
Kelly said the crew relied on a chain of command that included a boss, "steal men," individuals who produced illegal paperwork and two Toyota dealership workers who gave an employee of Big Daddy Locksmith in Brooklyn the master key codes to manufacture counterfeit keys.

The ring's steal men would take orders for specific models and await the keys, a process Kelly said often took less than 48 hours. The vehicles were then stripped of their identifying VIN numbers. False titles would be printed and phony registrations provided from a gang associate in Pennsylvania.

This car theft ring was doing a swift business selling stolen luxury vehicles. That is, until our Auto Crime Division stepped in,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. “I want to commend the detectives who worked on this case, the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security for their efforts shutting down this ring.

James T. Hayes, Jr., special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York, said: “Our combined efforts put an end to a criminal enterprise responsible for stealing approximately two-hundred eighty cars from the metropolitan area. Port security is a top priority for HSI, and we are poised to continue to use the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) to detect, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations from passing illicit merchandise and contraband through our seaports.”

The indictment names the following individuals and their responsibilities:
William Cruz (“Cruz”) was the operation boss who took orders from the black market and directed the steal crew to find vehicles that met the orders and carry out the thefts.

Michael Torres (“Torres”) was Cruz’s lieutenant who facilitated all phases of the operation, and assumed leadership when Cruz was unable to do so.

Henry Morel (“Charlie”) and Nathaniel Urena (“Nathaniel”) were the ‘paper men’ who provided forged documents, including certificates of title, registrations, counterfeit VIN and VIN stickers. These documents concealed the vehicles’ status as stolen should they ever be stopped by the police, and maintained the vehicles’ optimal value for resale.

Dennis Aviles (“Aviles”) who works for Plaza Acura, obtained Lexus and Toyota key codes through his brothers Joseph Aviles (“Joey”) and Edward Aviles (“Eddie”), who both work at the Brooklyn-based Plaza Toyota. Once they were provided with the target-cars’ VIN numbers, they searched the Toyota/Lexus database to find the corresponding key codes, which were used to cut and program counterfeit keys to steal the cars.

Vicente Abreu (“Big Daddy”), owner of Big Daddy Hardware, and Jose Miguel Mejia-Rodriguez (“Jose Miguel”) used the fraudulently obtained key codes to manufacture counterfeit keys for the steal men get into and start stolen cars without damaging the doors and steering columns.

Adam Jiminez (“Flaco”), John Acosta (“Johnny”), Edwin Mercado (“Alex”), Felix Cespedes (“Canela”), Aurelio Delossantos (“Pepe”), Jesus Gonzalez (“Joshua”) and Francisco Rodriguez (“Cisco”) acted as the steal men. They were responsible for carrying out the physical thefts, gaining entry into the pre-selected vehicles and driving them to predetermined “lay up” sites, such as street locations or one of several Kings and Queens county parking lots, to determine whether the cars have LoJack or any other tracking devices.

The steal men also functioned as taggers, reporting the true VIN stickers to the crew for the manufacturing of counterfeit keys, and also stripping the stolen cars of their true identifying characteristics including registrations, VIN stickers and VIN plates, and replacing the originals with forged VIN stickers, plates and registrations.

In addition to reselling the stolen vehicles in New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States, William Cruz also worked with a buyer to facilitate the international sale of six vehicles over the black market. Three of those vehicles were headed to Yemen and the other three to Afghanistan, when their ships were turned around and the stolen vehicles seized.

While the final purchasers have not been identified, the buyer who did assist in trafficking the stolen vehicles has been indicted. Each of the 16 individuals named above has been charged with enterprise corruption for the theft of 42 vehicles valued at $1.6 million, which have been located. Further evidence established the theft of 291 cars valued at more than $10 million. Enterprise corruption is a class B felony that violates Penal Law Section 460.20 (1) (a), and carries mandatory prison time of 8 1/3 to 25 years and 12 1/2 to 25 years on predicates.

Five additional individuals were apprehended and charged with theft: Anne Acosta, Edward Gomez, Edward Terrero, Jose Perez and Tayyab Mukhta. Due to their minimal roles, were not implicated in the enterprise crime charges.

(Left to right) Assistant Port Director of the Port of New York/Newark John Lava, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York James T. Hayes, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

The investigation was conducted by NYPD Detective Guido Trivino of the NYPD Auto Crime Division, under the supervision of Lieutenant Christopher Willis and the overall supervision of Deputy Inspector Joseph Kenney and Organized Crime Control Chief Anthony Izzo. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorneys General Dana A. Roth and Michael Bongiorno, under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff.

In addition, the work of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was also recognized: Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operation, New York Field Office, Adele Fasano, Port Director, Port of New York/Newark, and Members of the Customs and Border Protection Outbound Enforcement Team: John Lava, Assistant Port Director, Port of New York/Newark, Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer Keith Wagner, Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer Allan Filipe, Customs and Border Protection Officer Daniel Donnellan, and Customs and Border Protection Officer James Askin.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at

FBI File: Lynard Allan Bigcas Stolen Car Ring From Houston to Manila With Gun-Running To International Terrorist Groups, Cars Are Cash for Guns Says Private Eye.

HOUSTON to MANILA - When Hollywood screenwriter Skip Woods hired the services of a private investigation firm to locate his prized customized motorbike stolen in Texas last year, little did he expect that it would be traced halfway around the world in the Philippine southern island of Mindanao.

Apart from Skip Woods' US $80,000 Harley Davidson bike, 24 other smuggled cars and motorcycles were seized during a raid by Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents aided by a tip-off from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI later confirmed that eight vehicles seized in the raid were stolen from the US based on their serial numbers. The recovery of the stolen US vehicles in the Philippines has put a spotlight on the country's rampant smuggling and ports corruption at a container port in Mindanao Manila.

Skip Woods, a collector of custom-made vehicles, wrote the screenplays for Swordfish, Hitman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His chopper was among 14 motorcycles, three all-terrain vehicles, two SUVs, a sports car, a shotgun and ammunition for assault rifles recovered by police in raids in Cagayan de Oro and nearby Bukidnon province, Misamis Oriental provincial Police Chief Graciano Mijares said. Police are looking for a Filipino who was selling the motorcycle online, Mijares said. The FBI sought assistance in the recovery of Woods' motorcycle, Yap said.

Lynard Allan Bigcas, a Mindanao-based importer, a US immigrant and the main suspect in the luxury vehicle smuggling racket, allegedly received the seized shipment from Hispanic car thieves in Houston, Texas, according to officials. NBI authorities have also accused Bigcas of involvement in illegal gun-running with possible links to international terrorist groups after several high-powered firearms and ammunition were recovered during the May 3rd 2011 raid.

Lynard Allan Bigcas said during the congressional hearing that he imported the luxury vehicles by disassembling and shipping them in so-called "balikbayan" boxes (as car parts), or door-to-door shipments, by overseas Filipino workers that are not subject to tariffs and then reassembling the cars in Manila.  This is standard operating procedure for stolen car rings who take the stolen cars apart and ship them as "car parts" so that the customs agents will not check the VIN numbers.

MANILA..All balikbayan boxes arriving in the country should undergo mandatory X-ray inspections. Under the present procedure, balikbayan boxes are not required to pass through X-ray machine inspection unless there has been an alert on the shipment.

Suansing’s proposal cropped up when businessman Lynard Allan Bigcas admitted during a House of Representatives hearing that some of his motorcycles were disassembled or “chop-chop" abroad then shipped in balikbayan boxes to Philippines. The deputy customs commissioner said Bigcas still has to pay the appropriate duties and taxes on the “chop-chop" vehicles.

Suansing said the Law Division of the BOC-District Cagayan de Oro will summon Bigcas to explain his importation of the luxury vehicles, motorcycles and spare parts. It was reported that President Benigno Aquino III OF MANILA himself is looking into the BOC after the agency’s failure to detect the shipment of 25 luxury cars and motorcycles Bigcas allegedly smuggled into the country.

Customs and Border Guards in Canada & USA at Sea Ports do not check the VIN on car parts. It is known tactic of the exporting car theives to remove the engine and the transmission and cut a vehicle in half and ship all together as car parts. Certain Import-Export Used Car Dealers and Auto Body Shops know these tricks.

When received on the other end, crews re-assemble the stolen vehicle and weld back together, quick paint job and out the door goes a late model Lexus or Hummer in Lebanon for resale at better than US or Canada retail prices, big money when re-sold and most likely aids in the support of terrorism.

Same scam is run out of the Port of Tampa Fl, see my prior post, Sunday, August 24, 2008, FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE STOLEN CARS, AL-QAEDA MASTERS TERRORISM ON THE CHEAP.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at

Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight - Good Morning America Features Local Hero Army Sgt. Eddie Peoples

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