Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Default ATM codes net free money -- Gaithersburg, MD

A scam involving factory pre-set PIN numbers for ATMs has cost a Kansas marketer the contents of his cash dispenser in a matter of seconds, Oil Express reports.

The marketer, who never changed the ATM's original code, said the loss was preventable.

"If we had just read the manual that came with the ATM, we would have known to change the code, but we didn't," he said.

Oil Express reports the theft could signal a trend, as marketers buy and sell stores and inherit older ATMs.

"We would advise anyone with a legacy ATM that's more than five years old to check whether the PINs were ever changed and to make sure that they have the test software installed," said James Phillips, a spokesman for ATM manufacturer Triton told the news source. ATM vendors offer free software that helps prevent ATM thefts.

New ATMs contain a PIN that allows owners to access the machine's menu. While it does not provide access to the cash vault, it does allow thieves to change the denomination of the bills that the ATM dispensed.

In the Kansas case, while the manager loaded the ATM with $20 bills, the thieves, accessing the ATM menu, changed the denomination of the bills to $1. As a result, the thieves received 20 times the amount that the ATM actually calculated that it had dispensed.

"They swiped an ATM card . . . three times and emptied our ATM," the marketer told Oil Express. "We have the crooks on video and the authorities are investigating. The crooks are believed to travel up and down the Interstate, searching for certain brands of ATMs. If you have ATMs, make sure all the codes have been changed from the factory defaults.”

ATM vendors learned of the scam several years ago. As a result, machines manufactured today force operators to change the PIN before the machine can be used. However, the older systems are still vulnerable, the reason that Triton and other vendors produced a free software fix.

"Customers should work with their equipment distributor or processor to put in the software as soon as possible," Phillips told the news source.


Fuck your 'sacred' spectacle -- Yardley, PA

Even a memorial honoring the loss of 2,973 lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 is not immune to vandalism.

It is estimated that at some point between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, vandals drove over the grass areas of the Garden of Reflection, knocking over an evergreen tree, and destroying several of the bushes that surround the flag pole near the entrance to Memorial Park. Several tire tracks can be seen on the grass near the parking lot and where the foliage has been wrecked.

“It’s disturbing to the committee and I’m sure it is disturbing to the people who lost a loved one on 9-11, or even to anyone who supports what the park stands for,” said Skip Gittens, Garden of Reflection Committee member. “It’s a very sacred place, and it’s a shame when anything like this happens.”

On Thursday afternoon, Lower Makefield Township Police detectives investigated the incident, but there are no cameras at Memorial Park, which is expected make finding the culprit more difficult.

“It’s a disgrace that anybody would damage such a sacred site in our township,” said Lower Makefield Township Police Chief Ken Coluzzi. “If anybody has any information about who may have committed the crime or saw cars in the area, please call the department.”


Molotov destroys Wal-Mart forklift -- Vineland, NJ

Police seek the public's help to identify whoever used a homemade explosive to destroy a forklift at Walmart Supercenter.

City police and firefighters responded to the West Landis Avenue store at 12:51 a.m. Sunday. The forklift was outside at the rear of the building, and firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Police reported Monday a "homemade Molotov cocktail" was placed on the forklift's propane tank and ignited. The explosion destroyed the forklift, which was valued at $25,000.

The building was not damaged and no injuries were reported, police said.
A Walmart manager declined to comment Monday.


Rock in a firetruck's window -- Vancouver, WA

A group of Vancouver firefighters avoided injury Saturday after a large rock was thrown at a fire truck returning from a 911 call.

A Vancouver Fire Department spokesman said Ladder Truck 6 was heading south in the 4100 block of Northeast 112th Avenue when the rock was thrown at the apparatus. The rock struck the lower portion of the front windshield and caused significant damage.

"The driver did a fantastic job of keeping the 31-ton ladder truck under control," said Jim Flaherty, a fire department spokesman.

There were four firefighters on the truck at the time and they were not injured. It's unknown who threw the rock.

The vandalism will keep the truck out of operation until at least Tuesday. In the meantime, the fire department will have only one truck because the back-up ladder truck is also out for repairs.

"We have 92 square miles and 200,000 plus people serviced by one ladder truck," Flaherty said. "We're absolutely frustrated and angry that this has happened."

The damage is estimated to cost about $2,500 to repair. Firefighters hope a witness will come forward with a tip for police.


Robbery at Michigan Treasury Office -- Sterling Heights, MI

Sterling Heights police today are investigating the theft of more than $9,000 from the Michigan Treasury Office during a break-in between Saturday and Monday.

Employees arriving for work on Monday discovered the burglary at the office, 43100 Dequindre, police said. They said the incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Monday.

The suspects entered the office by breaking a window. A section of wall was removed, allowing them access to the cash room where a safe was located, police said.

The suspects forced open the door to the safe and took the money, police said.

The office -- where people can pay back taxes, state agency debt and make other payments – will remain closed until further notice.


Six church arsons for the new year -- Tyler, TX

Investigators of a string of east Texas church fires say they've determined arson caused three more of the fires.

Thomas Crowley is a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Dallas. He said Thursday that fires at two Tyler churches and one Wednesday in nearby Lindale brings to six the count of east Texas church fires since Jan. 1 blamed on arson.

The three other fires are in the Athens area, about 70 miles southeast of Dallas and 35 miles southwest of Tyler. Crowley said two other east Texas church fires remain under investigation — one in Corsicana late last year and another in nearby Kerens (KURNZ).

ATF agents from Houston also are investigating a fire earlier this week that devastated the First Baptist Church in Temple.

No injuries have been reported.


Creative and expensive school vandalism -- Worcester, MA

A Worcester school has been closed while crews work to clean up what's being described as the worst case of school vandalism in city history.

Police say several people broke into the Belmont Street Community School over the weekend and left a path of destruction in classrooms, corridors, the library and cafeteria. The vandals overturned desks, chairs and bookshelves; smashed computer screens and windows; threw paint on floors and walls; and flooded floors by leaving faucets in bathrooms and janitor's closets running.

Police Sgt. Gary Quitadamo tells The Telegram & Gazette the destruction was "beyond malicious" and could amount to several hundred thousand dollars.

The school will be closed at least through Tuesday.

The school has about 425 students in grades K through 6.


Monday, January 11, 2010

A Statement

Due to the recent publication of a loose smattering of straw man arguments and other logical fallacies, also known as the CrimethInc. article, “Say You Want an Insurrection,” which both critiques insurrectionary anarchist thought and misrepresents the purpose of Social Rupture, I feel it necessary to step outside of my usual posting format and talk briefly about why this blog exists. This statement is neither meant to be a scathing critique of the article or CrimethInc. in general, as other people have already begun dissecting the article and I'm sure that anyone familiar with the anarchist milieu in the United States has already heard their fair share of criticism related to CrimethInc.

Social Rupture was conceived by a dear friend of yours truly during a time when a handful of other blogs (Bombs and Shields, AntiCiv, Center for Strategic Anarchy) were regularly updated with news of anti-capitalist, anti-exploitation, and anti-authoritarian struggles and attacks from around the world. Social Rupture was created in order to show that right beside the swelling militant anarchist activity, there were non-political attacks on normality in the United States every day in the form of anti-social actions such as bank robberies, high-end vandalism, cop killings, prison breaks, sabotage, various expropriations, and the occasional smashed bank window or two. In the midst of these other blogs, Social Rupture was conceived to explore the illegalist activity and creative destruction which runs rampant in the United States. The blog has never existed to publish explicitly anarchist action, although I do not hesitate to talk about the exploits of our comrades.

Now, a point of contention arises with the CrimethInc. article: in the section entitled “Not Just Insurrection, but Anarchist Insurrection,” the authors make the egregious claim that Social Rupture “hail[s] all sorts of antisocial crime as manifestations of social war, without knowing the motivations of the protagonists.” Au contraire, never has such a notion been expressed and to suggest that every action reported on Social Rupture is being billed as a staunchly anti-authoritarian attack on state and capital is a gross misrepresentation of this blog's purpose. The truth of the matter is, the majority of the people who commit these anti-social acts which are not explicitly anarchist were probably not reflecting upon the ideas of negation, potentiality, the totality, or even insurrection or anarchy while they stole an ATM, torched a church, or shot four cops sitting in a cafe. It is important to recognize that assaults on daily life occur frequently, but often have little to do with politics or the negation thereof.

Social Rupture, contrary to the assertions of “Say You Want an Insurrection,” does not push for a particular party program or a desire for an anarcho-specialist revolt against capitalism. Let us hope instead for a widening of the chasm which snakes in and about society--a fissure of social malaise which continues to threaten the banality of everyday life. May the spread of illegalism and the gratification of destruction further infect all passersby.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Two men attack deputy -- Olympia, WA

Two Olympia men were booked into the Thurston County Jail today after they allegedly assaulted a Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy this morning.

The deputy, Jeff Wilkerson, was treated for a minor back injury at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and released, patrol Sgt. Tim Rudloff said.

According to Rudloff:

About 2 a.m. today, Wilkerson was dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Larkspur Drive, responding initially to a fight between a father and son. When he arrived, Wilkerson found several people fighting in the front yard. He attempted to break up the fight but was assaulted by two men and fell, injuring his back. Wilkerson later chased the two men into the residence and made the arrest.


Cop commits string of bank robberies -- Minneapolis, MN

A Minneapolis police officer has been charged in federal court in the armed robbery of an Apple Valley bank, and police say he is likely the masked gunman in at least four other robberies across the southern suburbs.

The officer, a member of the police department's highly trained SWAT team, is suspected of carrying out the armed bank, store and street robberies in a ski mask shortly after working his overnight police shift.

Local law enforcement officials said the charges against Timothy E. Carson, 28, of Rosemount, cast a shadow on a profession that works hard to protect citizens.

"This is a very, very shocking case," Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said. "It does tarnish the badge."

Minneapolis Police Federation President John Delmonico called the incidents "disgusting."

"Trust, ethics, respect, responsibility — everything law enforcement stands for, this goes against," Delmonico said.

Apple Valley police arrested Carson on Wednesday night in connection with the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Pilot Knob Road earlier in the day, police said. He was later transferred to federal custody.

Carson made his initial court appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul before Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham, said Jeanne Cooney, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. He was charged with one count of bank robbery. Graham appointed a public defender to Carson, noting a report that said he was carrying "quite a bit of debt."


Courthouse shooting over loss of Social Security benefits -- Las Vegas, NV

A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing one court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death.

The gunfire erupted moments after 8 a.m. at the start of the work week and lasted for several minutes. Shots echoed around tall buildings in the area, more than a mile north of the Las Vegas Strip. An Associated Press reporter on the eighth floor of a high-rise building within sight of the building heard more than 20 shots during the sustained barrage of gunfire.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the victims included a deputy U.S. marshal and a court security officer. The 48-year-old deputy marshal was hospitalized, and the 65-year-old security officer died.

Law enforcement officials say the suspect in the Las Vegas shooting at a federal building was upset over losing a lawsuit over his Social Security benefits.

The two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, say Johnny Lee Wicks is the man who opened fire at a security checkpoint Monday morning and was shot dead in a gunfight with deputy U.S. marshals.

While the investigation is still under way, the officials say the early evidence points to the man's anger over his benefits case as the motive for the shooting.

Court records show Wicks had sued the Social Security Administration in 2008, but the case was thrown out and formally closed in September 2009.


Two men climb out of prison -- Oklahoma City, OK

Authorities are searching for a pair of inmates who escaped from an Oklahoma City prison late Sunday night.

The escape happened at the Oklahoma City Community Correctional Center. Twenty-seven-year-old Jimmy Turk and 37-year-old Roy Killian escaped at about 11 p.m. Sunday night while being escorted to their cells at the end of an exercise period.

Police say the men climbed over a fence near Interstate 44.

Prison records show Turk has previous firearms and burglary convictions while Killian's convictions include grand larceny, burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon.


Early morning cop ambush -- Anchorage, AK

An Anchorage police officer was ambushed without provocation by unknown gunmen early Saturday as he sat in his patrol car working on an apparently unrelated assault case, police said, and city officials vowed to catch those responsible.

"We are shocked, we are outraged, we are angered," Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said at an afternoon press briefing. "This officer was doing what he does every day and that is keeping the community safe. When somebody attacks a police officer, they're attacking our entire community."

Officer Jason Allen, who is expected to recover, was parked in his marked cruiser in a residential neighborhood near downtown after taking a domestic violence report on an incident that had occurred in the past. Anchorage patrol officers generally work alone.

Several men pulled up next to the driver's side in a dark-colored sedan shortly before 2 a.m. and the front passenger fired some rounds. Allen was struck possibly five times in both arms and his torso, said Lt. Dave Koch.

Police said none of the men in the car said anything and their motive is unknown. But police do not believe the officer was a target chosen at random.

"He was sitting in a police car, he was in a police uniform. He was shot because he was a police officer," Koch said. "There's nothing random about it."