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Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: August 3: WannaCry Savior Arrested; Ulbricht Hunters More Guilty Than First Admitted

Marcus Hutchins, the man who reportedly brilliantly slowed the WannaCry cyber attack on the U.K.’s National Health Service (and hundreds of thousands of computers around the world) was picked up by the FBI in Las Vegas on August 2. He was apparently leaving the Def Con hacking “conference.”

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Hutchins (above), 22, is a British national who uses the alias MalwareTech on social media.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 12: NSA, “Exploits,” WannaCry and Whistleblowers

According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, the hero-turned-U.S. enemy of the state is out on $30,000 bail:

Hutchins, of Ilfracombe, Devon, is due to appear in court in Milwaukee on August 14, charged with six counts of creating and selling a malware known as Kronos.

While sprung from prison, he was made to wear a GPS monitor and forbidden from using the internet.

The Independent reports this is the culmination of a two-year investigation into Hutchins, whose “Trojan” software (the Kronos) infects computers and then steals banking passwords.

There is an as yet unnamed co-defendant in the case.

Hutchins faced a six-count indictment, which carries a possible 40 years in prison, on August 14 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin court. He pleaded not guilty and was given internet access. The trial is set for October 23.

International Business Times suggested the Feds may go easy on Hutchins given his recent usefulness to society.

Hutchins’ discovery of the “killswitch” for WannaCry, which slowed the spread of the ransom-demanding virus, apparently led to reporters camping out around his house back in May.

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In other “citizens that actually know how to use computers are a threat to national security” big government crackdown news, one of the corrupt Federal agents that shamelessly choreographed a double life sentence for Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht (who was quietly moved to a maximum security prison in Colorado this summer, because nonviolent crime) pleaded guilty to money laundering. Again.

Shaun Bridges, formerly of the Secret Service, worked with former DEA thug Carl Mark Force on the Baltimore task force that took money and Bitcoins from the Silk Road investigation, likely framed Ulbricht for ordering assassinations…all the things good Federal agents add to society.

Rogue Silk Road Agent Admits to Stealing Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals

Bridges, 35, moved 1600 Bitcoins (worth $6.6 million) out of a Federal account. This is even more reprehensible because Bridges had already been sentenced in 2015 to 71 months in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Washington Times reported the taxpayer-funded thief had not even begun the initial sentence, and could get up to another 10 years in prison at his November sentencing.

Force was also arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty to money laundering, obstruction of justice, and “extortion under color of official right.” He was sentenced to 6.5 years.

Ulbricht, who lost the May appeal of his convictions of money laundering, conspiracy to traffic and distribute narcotics, computer hacking and identity fraud, arguing that his investigators were using the case to commit their own crimes, will die in prison.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/08/wannacry-hero-marcus-hutchins-freed-us-jail-ahead-court-appearance/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/marcus-hutchins-arrested-latest-us-authorities-wannacry-cyberattack-nhs-las-cegas-mccaran-a7875761.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/03/fbi-arrests-wannacry-hero-marcus-hutchins-las-vegas-reports/

Security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty, returns to Twitter

FBI Agent Admits to Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/16/shaun-bridges-disgraced-secret-service-agent-plead/

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8q845p/dea-agent-who-faked-a-murder-and-took-bitcoins-from-silk-road-explains-himself

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/silk-road-creator-ross-ulbricht-loses-life-sentence-appeal/

https://www.docketalarm.com/cases/New_York_Southern_District_Court/1–14-cr-00068/USA_v._Ulbricht/183/

Retired, Always Vigilant

Police Officer Indicted for Quadruple Murder Over Cocaine

One of the Federal Government’s most successful social campaigns is the multi-trillion dollar War on Drugs. Certainly, there are no communities wailing to Washington about an opiate epidemic this year.

Unfortunately, just as in the case of Ross Ulbricht, who sits in prison for life following a deeply flawed Baltimore FBI investigation (Google it) of his Bitcoin exchange site Silk Road (operating, per the Federal Government, as the Dread Pirate Roberts) that allowed people to barter drugs, you have to keep your local authorities on the correct side of the law.

Nick Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor police

People and Journal News report that Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, (above, thanks to lohud of USA Today) was collared Monday for several charges including four murders and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is held on unspecified bail for some pretty serious charges (see end of article) relating to the April disappearance of four men (see start of article).

“While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.” –U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York Preet Bhara

Tartaglione (say five times fast) is reportedly a retired Briarcliff Manor, NY police officer who allegedly applied for positions open with the police department in Mount Vernon, NY in the recent months, per Bhara.

Tartaglione is accused in the killings of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez, who all disappeared on April 11.

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On Monday, Tartaglione appeared in federal court in White Plains, New York, after being charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and four counts of murder in furtherance of a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. He entered a not guilty plea, according to The Journal News.

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Per the Journal News, a drug deal went bad in the Likquid Lounge [sic], a bar owned by Tartaglione’s brother, on April 11. The four victims, whose bodies were found in bags on a Tartaglione-linked property (see below), are on surveillance video the night of their disappearance from the adjacent Chester diner.

The charges are summarized below from the U.S. Attorney’s statement.

United States v. Nicholas Tartaglione, S1 16 Cr. 832 (KMK)

 

CHARGES

MAXIMUM PENALTIES

Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Life in prison

Mandatory minimum:
10 years in prison

Murder of Martin Luna in furtherance of a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Life in prison or death

Mandatory minimum:
20 years in prison

Murder of Urbano Santiago in furtherance of a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Life in prison or death

Mandatory minimum:

20 years in prison

Murder of Miguel Luna in furtherance of a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Life in prison or death

Mandatory minimum:

20 years in prison

Murder of Hector Gutierrez in furtherance of a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Life in prison or death

Mandatory minimum:

20 years in prison

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/retired-police-officer-charged-quadruple-200908772.html

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/former-police-officer-charged-white-plains-federal-court-quadruple-homicide

DISCLOSURE: The author attended college with a guy from Briarcliff Manor, who was a real piece of shit.