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FTC, FBI issue alerts on bitcoin blackmail scams

first_imgThe Federal Trade Commission released an alert on bitcoin blackmail scams. In these schemes, scammers threaten victims with public revelation of their “secret” unless they send a payment in Bitcoin.The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center encouraged users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and a related FBI press release for more information.The FTC alert provides recommendations for evading the blackmail scam. Cristina Miranda with the division of consumer and business education, FTC, described how the scam works. The scammers first send a letter containing something like, “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin.”The letter also explains how to use bitcoin to make the payment. “This is a criminal extortion attempt to separate people from their money,” the FTC warned. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Altercation leads to stabbing; 3 wounded

first_imgILOILO City – Three persons were hurt ina stabbing incident in Barangay Ilaya Poblacion, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The suspects were arrested and now detainedin lockup cell of the Barotac Nuevo police station, facing charges./PN Teologia and Lachica allegedly attackedthe victims after a heated argument ensued between them. But it was notimmediately established what triggered the altercation. According to the police, the incidenthappened around 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14. center_img The 29-year-old Jannie Dosano, his 28-year-oldbrother Aurelio and 26-year-old Robert Jocson were recuperating at the Don JoseS. Monfort Medical Center in Barotac, Nuevo. They all sustained stabwounds on the body, police said. Tagged suspects were Aljohn Teologia,28, of Barangay Tubungan, Barotac Nuevo and Archie Lachica of Barangay Licu-an,Barotac Nuevo.last_img read more

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HalfLife 3 appears on Gamescom list launching this week

first_imgGamescom, a popular video games conference held in Cologne, begins tomorrow and it’s sure to offer a glimpse of a few new games we’ll all be wanting to play this coming holiday season. And one of those games might be Half-Life 3.Yes, we’re all sick of Half-Life 3 rumors and then subsequent non-appearance of the game for years, but this time I feel safe in getting my hopes up.Gamescom produces its own, official list of all the titles that will be on display for the six days that it runs. The list is 3 pages long and includes well over 100 games, but there’s one name on there I doubt anyone expected to see. On page three, six places from the bottom, is listed “Half-Life 3.”Let’s just reiterate here that this is the official product list for the Gamescom show. It’s available on the official site in PDF form, which you can view for yourself. If this is a mistake it’s one either Valve has made for telling the organizers they would be there to show it off, or someone at Gamescom is misinformed and added it by accident or as a (bad) joke.I’m hoping it’s neither, and Valve fully intend to demonstrate and launch Half-Life 3 before the week is over.As for other notable new games we can expect to see during Gamescom, there are plenty. A few standout titles worth mentioning include BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6, Crysis 3, and top of many a gamer’s list, Dragon Age 3.via Xperience Gaminglast_img read more