AustraliaHow a BlackBerry password cracked one of Australia's biggest drug hauls
Trial for accused Sydney cocaine smuggler begins
Jonathan Cooper, 31, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to import 610kg and 500kg of cocaine in two separate shipments in 2016. The first shipment from South America was intercepted by the French navy near Tahiti. The second haul was transferred onto a fishing trawler near Norfolk Island and then into a smaller rubber boat which landed at Parsley Bay on the NSW Central Coast on Christmas Day 2016. Police arrested several members of the alleged syndicate and seized $106 million worth of the drug from the boat. The NSW Supreme Court was told today that Cooper's role was to liaise with people in South America.
The Australian Federal Police finally had their answer: “moneymoney1!”.
Investigators had sent their key piece of evidence, an encrypted BlackBerry phone, to Canada, hoping their counterparts could crack it.
And when the password came back from the Mounties, the access code “moneymoney1!” unlocked the secret messages of an accused man in one of Australia’s biggest ever drug busts, and unveiled a cast of characters using aliases such as SoRich, FatHorse and Roc.
The password was symbolic: money ran all through the investigation – from payoffs in bags of cash hidden in a forklift, to the $1.5 billion estimated street value of ice and ecstasy found in a shipping container from Germany.
Google lets users log in to select services with fingerprint verification
Instead of requiring Android users to log in to services within the Chrome web app with a password, Google has launched the option for users to identify themselves via biometric authentication -- their fingerprints. As of yesterday, Google has begun rolling out a new authentication method, according to The Verge, that allows users log into services on the Chrome mobile web browser for Android with their fingerprint. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Nearly five years after the bust was hailed as a “landmark day” in the fight against organised crime and drugs by then prime minister Tony Abbott, the investigation and prosecution came to a dramatic climax last week with two of four men accused over the importation found guilty in the District Court.
Cocaine supply from South Africa quenching Australia's drug thirst: ACIC
Australians are consuming more than four tonnes of cocaine every year, and clocking a record number of arrests for doing so.
In a setback for the Crown, one was acquitted after the jury rejected its star witness who had been offered immunity despite accepting at least $10,000 cash and promises of more from the syndicate.
And a jury couldn’t decide on the guilt of the fourth who dramatically gave evidence in his own trial to insist on his innocence that he was merely hired to move boxes for a friend and didn’t know their contents.
In the second half of 2014, a man identifying himself as Genadie Sarbu emailed Blacktown moving company Chess Moving, saying he wanted to move household goods from Germany to Australia.
Nobody ever met him, spoke with him or laid eyes on him. His order was completed via email.
Websites Have Already Cracked Chrome 76's Paywall Hack
Google’s latest version of Chrome is finally out, and version 76 of the browser has plenty of little features to improve your browsing experience: a new install button that appears in your address bar for progressive web apps, a new way to preference a website’s “dark mode” style if that’s how you prefer your browsing experience, and Flash blocked by default in the browser. It also makes avoiding paywalls easier - for now. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.
But when his container arrived from Germany in Australia on November 19, 2014, border control inspectors detected suspicious packages, seizing two tonnes of ice and ecstasy in more than 130 boxes before substituting them and allowing the shipment to proceed to catch the recipients.
The container arrived in the yard at Chess about a week later.
The four accused in the trial – Mehmet Ozgen, Jason Drollet and Solomone Vukici who were allegedly part of the “unpacking crew”, and Philip Ian Bishop, an executive of Chess – were captured on CCTV at the site the night the container was accessed.
The three unpacking crew members, along with three others The Sun-Herald can now reveal have previously pleaded guilty over the importation, would become known as the KOI 6.
Close to midnight, the unpacking crew unloaded the boxes and, after Mr Bishop had left, moved them to a Smithfield industrial unit that had been hired by one of them to store perfume.
At 3am, police swooped, arresting the KOI 6, seizing goods, including three BlackBerrys.
How to set up email accounts on your iPad using the device's Mail app
You can set up your email accounts on an iPad for use on the device's Mail app. You can add email accounts to your iPad in the Passwords and Accounts section of its Settings app.
One device, which police alleged belonged to then 23-year-old Mehmet Ozgen of Eastlakes, was of particular interest to investigators. But it was locked.
BlackBerrys are notoriously difficult to access, so the device was sent to Canada as part of “job lot” of 19 devices seized by Australian authorities for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to examine.
The Mounties have mastered accessing the devices made by their countrymen, Research in Motion. And once cracked, the BlackBerry delivered a cache of nearly 400 encrypted messages discussing planning around the importation.
The Crown alleged that Ozgen used multiple aliases or handles while messaging on the text-only BlackBerry, including Meme, Memz, M3mz and NegativeMan.
The communications in the days and hours before the “unpacking crew” accessed the shipping container revealed a conspiracy to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, police alleged.
Ozgen texted with others in the unpacking crew, including ‘SoRich’ (Akuila Bisasa who pleaded guilty in 2017) and ‘Renegade’ (Rene Arancibia who also pleaded guilty).
Messages included discussions about buying boxes from Bunnings, unloading boxes, “cleaning out Vinnies” to buy clothes and household items to put into boxes that would replace boxes containing drugs.
Is it safe to hand your banking passwords over to finance apps?
Budgeting and micro-investing apps are giving more people easy access to financial services. But what are the risks involved?
Others discussed the convoy they were driving in which police would cross-reference with photos from toll booths to allege their links to the phone messages and shipment.
Messages discussed the “f…-up “ when Deo Narayan, a forklift operator from the moving company, didn’t make it accessible as planned despite being paid $10,000.
When hit by a one-day delay because Mr Narayan didn’t make the container accessible, one complained “F...ing spewing bad we not taking stock home!! I wonder if we can take our pay tonight at least?”
Counsel for Ozgen unsuccessfully tried to keep the BlackBerry evidence out of the trial, including the “moneymoney1!” password, arguing Australian police did not know how the Canadians obtained it, questioning DNA evidence and police protocols during the search.
However, the jury heard that there was no evidence that the BlackBerry messages had anything to do with another member of the unpacking crew, Solomone Vukici. He did not have a BlackBerry and was not part of the messaging.
In fact, one message police allege was sent by a leader of the group known only as Roc, was later shared with Ozgen and another member, noting that “no one knows but us”.
Money was hard to escape during the nine-week trial: $1.5 billion of ice and ecstasy, $10,000 in cash that the Crown’s star witness Mr Narayan hid in his forklift and the promise of another “40k in a bag”.
Elderly man munches toast during home drug bust
An elderly man has casually munched toast as police searched his Gold Coast home for drugs, cash and ammunition. Armed with a search warrant, investigators stormed the 75-year-old's Palm Beach home where they allegedly found 1.25 kilograms of cannabis and more than $8000 in cash found in kitchen cupboards and drawers. © Queensland Police A 75-year-old Gold Coast man casually munched toast while police raided his home, allegedly uncovering drugs, money and ammunition. While officers filled the man's home, filming everything they discovered, he is shown on camera casually eating a piece of toast.
Thousands of dollars was dropped at Vinnies op shops on hundreds of blouses and clothing to put in boxes to replace those boxes removed containing drugs. Six barristers, including two Crown prosecutors, sat through the lengthy trial (a seventh left midway through).
But at the other end of the scale, the accused Mr Vukici stood to earn just $2000 for helping to unpack and move boxes as requested by his lifelong friend Bisasa.
In contrast to his co-accused, Mr Vukici, a former NRL contracted player with the Roosters and Bulldogs, took the witness stand in his own defence in an attempt to convince the jury he was helping an old school and rugby friend Akuila Bisasa who offered him work.
Off work because of a back injury and needing money to support his family, he accepted the offer of moving work. He told the jury he knew nothing, heard nothing and saw nothing of the movement of drugs despite hours of moving boxes from a shipping container to a truck in Blacktown, travelling with co-accused to Smithfield, and then unloading the boxes again from the truck.
In closing, Mr Vukici’s counsel appealed to the jury that his client was a “patsy” for his lifelong friend Bisasa.
The Crown attacked Mr Vukici's evidence, making light of a “quiche cook-off” with another rugby league friend Drollet in the days leading up to the unpacking crew accessing the shipping container.
Didn’t he think it odd he was moving boxes in the middle of the night? No. Didn’t he hear talk about drugs? No. Didn’t he see anything when the boxes were unpacked? No.
You’re joking, Crown prosecutor David Staehli SC prodded Mr Vukici. No. But the Crown failed to convince the jury Mr Vukici knew what was in the boxes and was part of the conspiracy.
Bluetooth vulnerability could expose device data to hackers
The attack makes Bluetooth encryption easier to crack
In further embarrassment for the Crown, Ozgen was charged and tried over supplying ecstasy but the charge was discontinued after the jury heard closing submissions and directions from the judge because of an administrative error preparing the indictment.
Before the error was discovered, Ozgen’s father gave evidence that drugs found in a jacket in his son’s bedroom in fact belonged to the elder Ozgen.
The other member of the unpacking crew, Jason Drollet, whom the jury did not know had previously pleaded guilty but had changed his plea, had his DNA at the Smithfield unit and at a storage unit in Alexandria.
Drollet was also one of the unpacking crew involved in a shopping spree at two St Vincent de Paul op shops, buying hundreds of women's blouses and household goods they would stuff into boxes to replace those boxes removed from the shipping container filled with drugs.
Bisasa and Drollet spent thousands at Crows Nest while Arancibia told an employee of the Mascot Vinnies he was buying clothes for victims of an earthquake.
'40k in a bag'
But it was the case of Mr Bishop, the Chess executive, that would backfire against the Crown.
Mr Bishop, who was once married to his boss’s daughter at Chess, had continued to work at the firm. His former father-in-law, Chess boss Chris Vancuylenberg, identified Mr Bishop to police on CCTV footage from the night the container was accessed.
But he argued he was only there as he had been threatened by those involved in the conspiracy.
Testifying against Mr Bishop was Chess forklift driver Deo Narayan, whom the Crown had offered immunity from prosecution. But evidence emerged Mr Narayan had been in regular contact with one of the conspirators, received $10,000 in cash he had hidden in his forklift cabin in return for making a container accessible, was promised another “40k in a bag” when the unpacking crew couldn’t get access to the container.
Mr Narayan accused Mr Bishop, who drives a black Maserati with personalised number plates, of involvement. But it backfired. The jury didn’t believe Mr Narayan and acquitted Mr Bishop.
After a nine-week trial, the jury deliberated for little over a day to convict Ozgen and Drollet, and acquit Mr Bishop. But they could not agree on Mr Vukici. The judge urged them to keep trying and sent them away to deliberate further.
The next day they returned, affirming that they could not agree. Judge John Pickering said he could “only speculate that the jury gave real weight to him giving sworn evidence”.
Drollet and Ozgen will be sentenced later this year along with the three who pleaded guilty: Bisasa, Arancibia, and Joshua Hamlin. They face life in prison. Mr Vukici faces a likely retrial.
Nearly five years after his arrest, his matter has been relisted for later this month.
Bluetooth vulnerability could expose device data to hackers.
The attack makes Bluetooth encryption easier to crack
How to Pick Any Padlock or Combination Lock
Watch more Home Security & Safety videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/218072-How-to-Pick-Any-Padlock-or-Combination-Lock Forgot the key – or ...
2015 DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit
Check out the Recap Article on the 2015 DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit. Use the link below to read the article.
Friday, 16 august 2019
Sean McKinnon was doing what he loved - travelling and surfing with his fiancee Bianca Buckley - when he was killed by a gunman who broke into their campervan in New Zealand. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au Mr McKinnon, 33, was remembered as […]
Friday, 16 august 2019
As Sean Mckinnon lay shot in a campervan, his fiancee ran for her life, barefoot, along a remote gravel road on New Zealand's north-west coast. The couple had been asleep in their rented campervan near the popular beach town of Raglan, south of Auckland, when a gunman appeared at their […]
Friday, 16 august 2019
Brisbane nurse Jodie Maree Powell, once the head of infection control and prevention at Brisbane's Mater Hospital, admits she killed her 10-year-old nephew Curtis with a combination of violent discipline and neglect in […]
Instagram bikie war escalates as it's revealed a video showing a young girl snorting SALT sparked...Saturday, 17 august 2019
A feud between former Bandido enforcer John Fahey and former Hells Angels enforcer Ben 'Notorious' Geppert was sparked over video of a six-year-old girl snorting salt as if it were cocaine. Geppert - who now dates Allaina Vader with whom Fahey shares the child - was filmed at a restaurant […]
Friday, 16 august 2019
It's a place where people come to get fit, but a suburban gym has been working through a stronghold session of a different kind. Utopia Fitness and Health in the Sydney suburb of Mascot is up against one of Australia's biggest property developers, the Meriton Group. Sam Kolouris and his […]
Saturday, 17 august 2019
Emergency services were called to Diamond Bay in Vaucluse around 11.20am on Saturday following reports a woman had fallen from a […]
Sunday, 18 august 2019
The Federal Government releases a timeframe for implementing 54 recommendations from the financial services royal commission, spurred into action by criticism about a sluggish […]
Friday, 16 august 2019
A South Australian woman who posted "vile, vicious and vitriolic" comments about sexual impropriety, incest and drunkenness that were directed at another user of an online political forum is convicted of […]