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Serial SWATter Tyler “SWAuTistic” Barriss Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

Krebs on Security - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:41

Tyler Raj Barriss, a 25-year-old serial “swatter” whose phony emergency call to Kansas police last month triggered a fatal shooting, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces up to eleven years in prison.

Tyler Raj Barriss, in an undated selfie.

Barriss’s online alias — “SWAuTistic” — is a nod to a dangerous hoax known as “swatting,” in which the perpetrator spoofs a call about a hostage situation or other violent crime in progress in the hopes of tricking police into responding at a particular address with potentially deadly force.

Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles this month for alerting authorities in Kansas to a fake hostage situation at an address in Wichita, Kansas on Dec. 28, 2017.

Police responding to the alert surrounded the home at the address Barriss provided and shot 28-year old Andrew Finch as he emerged from the doorway of his mother’s home. Finch, a father of two, was unarmed, and died shortly after being shot by police.

The officer who fired the shot that killed Finch has been identified as a seven-year veteran with the Wichita department. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Following his arrest, Barriss was extradited to a Wichita jail, where he had his first court appearance via video on FridayThe Los Angeles Times reports that Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face up to 11 years and three months in prison if convicted.

The moment that police in Kansas fired a single shot that killed Andrew Finch (in doorway of his mother’s home).

Barriss also was charged with making a false alarm — a felony offense in Kansas. His bond was set at $500,000.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told the The LA Times Barriss made the fake emergency call at the urging of several other individuals, and that authorities have identified other “potential suspects” that may also face criminal charges.

Barriss sought an interview with KrebsOnSecurity on Dec. 29, just hours after his hoax turned tragic. In that interview, Barriss said he routinely called in bomb threats and fake hostage situations across the country in exchange for money, and that he began doing it after his own home was swatted.

Barriss told KrebsOnSecurity that he felt bad about the incident, but that it wasn’t he who pulled the trigger. He also enthused about the rush that he got from evading police.

“Bomb threats are more fun and cooler than swats in my opinion and I should have just stuck to that,” he wrote in an instant message conversation with this author.

In a jailhouse interview Friday with local Wichita news station KWCH, Barriss said he feels “a little remorse for what happened.”

“I never intended for anyone to get shot and killed,” he reportedly told the news station. “I don’t think during any attempted swatting anyone’s intentions are for someone to get shot and killed.”

The Wichita Eagle reports that Barriss also has been charged in Calgary, Canada with public mischief, fraud and mischief for allegedly making a similar swatting call to authorities there. However, no one was hurt or killed in that incident.

Barriss was convicted in 2016 for calling in a bomb threat to an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to two years in prison for that stunt, but was released in January 2017.

Using his SWAuTistic alias, Barriss claimed credit for more than a hundred fake calls to authorities across the nation. In an exclusive story published here on Jan. 2, KrebsOnSecurity dissected several months’ worth of tweets from SWAuTistic’s account before those messages were deleted. In those tweets, SWAuTistic claimed responsibility for calling in bogus hostage situations and bomb threats at roughly 100 schools and at least 10 residences.

In his public tweets, SWAuTistic claimed credit for bomb threats against a convention center in Dallas and a high school in Florida, as well as an incident that disrupted a much-watched meeting at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in November.

But in private online messages shared by his online friends and acquaintances SWAuTistic can be seen bragging about his escapades, claiming to have called in fake emergencies at approximately 100 schools and 10 homes.

The serial swatter known as “SWAuTistic” claimed in private conversations to have carried out swattings or bomb threats against 100 schools and 10 homes.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:31

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:15

In the last few weeks, the ARRL’s Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board’s censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL’s Art...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Helicopter for utility work crashes into Ohio field, killing 2

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:07

A utility company helicopter has crashed into a snowy Ohio field, killing the two people on board.

A witness reported the crash around midday Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County.

The county sheriff's office says the aircraft is affiliated with a utility company surveying power lines in the area and the two people who died aren't from the area.

There's no word on what caused the crash. The Blade newspaper reports Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says there was no sign of fire and no indication the aircraft struck any utility lines.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been alerted.

Categories: Ohio News

ARRL Board of Directors to Meet

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:56

The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut.

The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Fi...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Officials address 'suicide contagion' after 6 deaths in northeast Ohio school district

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:48

Parents in a northeast Ohio town are being asked to watch their children closely after six students in the same district took their lives.

The Perry Local Schools District in Canton along with law enforcement and mental health experts expressed their concern on Friday.

Four high school students, one middle school student and a recent graduate all ended their lives within this school year.

Health experts are calling this a "suicide contagion." It means exposure to suicide can increase suicidal behavior in others.

Police do not believe the suicides are connected nor were they prompted by a certain factor.

The district began a suicide prevention program this school year and they will bring in crisis teams this week.

Suicides are the second leading cause of death for people between the age of 10 and 24.

If you are having issues or know someone who is, reach out to the resources we have listed below.

  • Online: http://suicidepreventionservices.org/site/call-the-hotline/
  • National Suicide Hotline - (800)273-8255 – 24/7
  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline – (614) 221-5445 – 24/7
  • Suicide Text Line (614) 221-5445 – Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Teen Hotline (614) 294-3300 – 24/7
  • Senior Hotline (614) 294-3309 – 24/7
  • Suicide Prevention Services – (614) 299-6600 ext. 2073
  • North Central Mental Health Services – (614) 299-6600
Categories: Ohio News

Passenger with measles flew through Chicago's O'Hare

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:18

CHICAGO — State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn't been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease.

The Illinois Department of Public Heath recommendation comes after a passenger on a flight who flew in and out of the airport that day was confirmed to have the measles. The Chicago Tribune reports that the passenger's flight landed at Terminal 5, which is the international terminal, Wednesday morning, and departed on a domestic flight out of Terminal 1.

The department says the passenger who was "infectious" that day may have gone to other areas of the airport and that people who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday could have been exposed.

Categories: Ohio News

Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:42

Uncharacteristically cold weather in Central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area’s homeless. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon Central Florida, bringing temperatures that hovered around freezing. Such conditions can be especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements. NBAR...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

VFlorida Weak Signal Society 3.4 GHz Beacon Back on the Air

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:13

The Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS) reports that its beacon on 3,456.075 MHz is back on the air and invites reports. The FLWSS said all of its beacons, located in EL98 in the Orlando area, are subject to some drift with temperature; each operates independently with its own crystal reference. “We can’t provide individual frequency accuracy, but we strive to keep them all reasonably close to ...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:20

LONDON — Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.

O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.

Holmes said the singer's family is "devastated" by the news.

Formed in Limerick, Ireland, The Cranberries became international stars in the 1990s with hits including "Zombie" and "Linger" that fused the alternative rock edge with poppy tunefulness.

The band split up in 2003 but reunited several years later. The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($6,600).

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio to widen part of Interstate 70 starting this summer

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:14

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A 3-mile section of the interstate that cuts across Ohio's midsection will be widened in a project expected to start this summer, ahead of schedule.

Scott Schmid, of the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee, tells the Springfield News-Sun that the construction on Interstate 70 in Springfield will start in July.

The $52 million project involves adding a lane on the highway, redoing the existing lanes and replacing six bridges. The first phase was completed in fall 2015.

Schmid says the project will help reduce congestion during rush hour and improve traffic safety.

Schmid says construction originally was supposed to start in 2019, but the state Department of Transportation moved up the schedule.

The project is expected to be complete in 2021.

Categories: Ohio News

Canadian Police Charge Operator of Hacked Password Service Leakedsource.com

Krebs on Security - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:44

Canadian authorities have arrested and charged a 27-year-old Ontario man for allegedly selling billions of stolen passwords online through the now-defunct service Leakedsource.com.

The now-defunct Leakedsource service.

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill, Ontario for trafficking in identity information, unauthorized use of a computer, mischief to data, and possession of property obtained by crime. Bloom is expected to make his first court appearance today.

According to a statement from the RCMP, “Project Adoration” began in 2016 when the RCMP learned that LeakedSource.com was being hosted by servers located in Quebec.

“This investigation is related to claims about a website operator alleged to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling personal information,” said Rafael Alvarado, the officer in charge of the RCMP Cybercrime Investigative Team. “The RCMP will continue to work diligently with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to prosecute online criminality.”

In January 2017, multiple news outlets reported that unspecified law enforcement officials had seized the servers for Leakedsource.com, perhaps the largest online collection of usernames and passwords leaked or stolen in some of the worst data breaches — including three billion credentials for accounts at top sites like LinkedIn and Myspace.

Jordan Evan Bloom. Photo: RCMP.

LeakedSource in October 2015 began selling access to passwords stolen in high-profile breaches. Enter any email address on the site’s search page and it would tell you if it had a password corresponding to that address. However, users had to select a payment plan before viewing any passwords.

The RCMP alleges that Jordan Evan Bloom was responsible for administering the LeakedSource.com website, and earned approximately $247,000 from trafficking identity information.

A February 2017 story here at KrebsOnSecurity examined clues that LeakedSource was administered by an individual in the United States.  Multiple sources suggested that one of the administrators of LeakedSource also was the admin of abusewith[dot]us, a site unabashedly dedicated to helping people hack email and online gaming accounts.

That story traced those clues back to a Michigan man who ultimately admitted to running Abusewith[dot]us, but who denied being the owner of LeakedSource.

The RCMP said it had help in the investigation from The Dutch National Police and the FBI. The FBI could not be immediately reached for comment.

LeakedSource was a curiosity to many, and for some journalists a potential source of news about new breaches. But unlike services such as BreachAlarm and HaveIBeenPwned.com — which force users to verify that they can access a given account or inbox before the site displays whether it has found a password associated with the account in question — LeakedSource did nothing to validate users.

This fact, critics charged, showed that the proprietors of LeakedSource were purely interested in making money and helping others pillage accounts.

Since the demise of LeakedSource.com, multiple, competing new services have moved in to fill the void. These services — which are primarily useful because they expose when people re-use passwords across multiple accounts — are popular among those involved in a variety of cybercriminal activities, particular account takeovers and email hacking.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

2 critical after north Columbus crash; 71 NB closed at 270

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:02

COLUMBUS -- Two people are in critical condition after a multi-vehicle crash closes Interstate 71 northbound at I-270, according to police.

Police say one person was taken to Riverside Hospital. The other person was taken Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

All lanes of I-71 northbound are closed, according to police. The Ohio Department of Transportation said the closure could last hours.

Motorists are advised to use US-23 or SR-315 as a detour.

Stay with 10TV and 10Tv.com on this developing story.

North Side: I-71 NB is closed at I-270 due to a crash. Ramps from I-270 EB & WB to I-71 NB also closed. Expected Duration: Hours pic.twitter.com/14QXaw3c7z

— ODOT Columbus (@ODOT_Columbus) January 15, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:54

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 ser...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:53

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a chance for collegiate club stations t...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Heavy Sea Ice Alters 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team’s Itinerary

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:47

Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has slowed navigation between King George Island and Bouvet Island increased the travel risk for the 3Y0Z DXpedition team. As a result, the 3Y0Z DXpedition team will depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.

“Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days,” team leaders Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Erling Wiig, LA6VM, and Ralph Fedor,...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:40

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.

Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.

The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer in an interview with Babe.net, says she was furious when she saw Ansari was wearing a "Time's Up" pin while accepting a Golden Globe on Jan. 7.

She said it brought back memories of him assaulting her after a date in his apartment.

The next day, the woman texted Ansari letting him know that she was upset with his behavior that night.

Ansari says he was surprised and apologized.

Categories: Ohio News

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