Rob Ross freaked out. One minute, the San Francisco man’s investment accounts added up to a million dollars; the next moment they had a zero balance. "I was devastated," he said. “It was about 90 percent of my net worth.” Ross was a victim of the “SIM Swap Scam.” His story is a warning for everyone. If you have a mobile phone, you are a potential target in this fraud. Extreme Weather Photos: 2nd Cyclone Sweeps Over Mozambique Saviano Abreu/United Nation OCHA via AP Thieves have hacked this extra layer of protection known as two-factor authentication. You’ve probably seen "2FA" in the form of a message from your bank account, social media, or email provider suggesting something along the lines of “adding a phone number adds security.” But thieves have hacked it. First, they hijack your mobile phone number. At that point, your email, social media, and financial password reset codes go to them. And that's all they need to take … [Read more...] about Man’s $1M Life Savings Stolen as Cell Number Is Hijacked
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Mark Bowden, The Washington Post Published 7:22 am PDT, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Police searched the basement of this home in Hyattsville, Md., where Lloyd Lee Welch's father, Lee, and his wife, Edna, had lived. Police searched the basement of this home in Hyattsville, Md., where Lloyd Lee Welch's father, Lee, and his wife, Edna, had lived. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Sarah L. Voisin Photo: Washington Post Photo By Sarah L. Voisin Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 Police searched the basement of this home in Hyattsville, Md., where Lloyd Lee Welch's father, Lee, and his wife, Edna, had lived. Police searched the basement of this home in Hyattsville, Md., where Lloyd Lee Welch's father, Lee, and his wife, Edna, had lived. … [Read more...] about The Lyon sisters vanished four decades ago. Here’s how the case was finally solved.
By Karen Brown The Washington Post Fri., March 1, 2019 My 20-year-old son and I followed our GPS into a gritty, deserted part of Chicopee, Massachusetts. The apartment building for which we were looking was across the street from a funeral parlour and a few doors down from a liquor store. Trash was strewn on the sidewalk; the door to the building was locked. We double-checked the address from the Craigslist ad. Then we got a text telling us to meet in a nearby alley. A man with a heavy Spanish accent nodded at us, pointed at a 2007 Toyota Yaris, and said, “Twenty two hundred dollars. Here’s the title. It’s signed over.” “But that’s not your name on the title?” I said. (It was a woman’s name.) “No. I buy and sell cars.” There were no plates on the vehicle, which was not registered. Article Continued Below “Where did you get the car?” “I buy and sell cars.” “Can you tell us … [Read more...] about How much to intervene when life gives your grown son a lemon
Let’s just say it: When compiling a record of the tech industry’s blunders this year, it’s tempting to zoom in on Facebook and leave it at that. The company had an annus horribilis so rich in scandal, embarrassment, and turmoil that it’s tough to keep track of them without a scorecard. Still, limiting this list to any one company—even Facebook, even this year—would leave so many unfortunate incidents uncommemorated. From history-making data leaks to bizarre little moments, a bevy of players gave us even more reasons than usual to disabuse ourselves of the notion that technology is synonymous with progress. Herewith, a month-by-month account of what went wrong in 2018. January A sensitive exploration of a tragic situation. YouTube superstar Logan Paul blithely shares a jokey video of him stumbling across a dead body in a Japanese forest known for suicides. People take offense, he apologizes, and YouTube demonetizes his videos (but later brings … [Read more...] about The 60 dumbest moments in tech 2018
Amy B. Wang, The Washington Post December 19, 2018 9:29 am Mark Rober’s muse was a package thief. Two package thieves, to be exact, both of whom had made off with a delivery from his California porch one day in broad daylight, about seven months ago. Indignant, Rober – a former NASA engineer who runs a popular YouTube channel documenting his many quirky science experiments – started thinking about how he could apprehend the porch pirates. Though he had caught the thieves on his security cameras, Rober said police had told him it was not worth their time to look into. “So you also feel powerless. And I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this,” Rober said in a YouTube video posted Monday. “And then I was like, hold up.” Rober explained he had spent nine years working for NASA, including designing hardware for the Mars Curiosity rover that is, well, currently roving Mars. “If anyone … [Read more...] about An engineer created a special package to coat porch pirates in glitter and fart spray