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Guy Who Pulled Gun, Maced A Guard At A Jewelry Store Wanted By Natick Police

NATICK, MA It was before lunch on a Tuesday when this man chose to head into a jewelry store in Natick, look at watches for 20 minutes, brandish a handgun, mace a security guard, and run off into the street. It was Tuesday, March 15, around 11 a.m. in 2016. This white male, about six feet tall, medium build, with a brown jacket, T-shirt, jeans and brown shoes, pulled this crime. In his escape, the suspect put the gun in a brown paper bag and maced the store’s security guard on the way out. Natick Police and Mass State Police K-9 tracked a scent northeast toward the rear of the building to end near the Cochituate State Park on Route 30, but lost him.

Anyone who knows the identity or the whereabouts of the this person can notify the Natick Detectives a at 508-647-9520.

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Originally published June 25, 2017.

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Delaware man with history of cyber theft under FBI scrutiny

Delaware Man With History Of Cyber Theft Under FBI Scrutiny

A Delaware programmer is being investigated by the FBI.(Photo: Brian A. Jackson, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A Delaware hacker, connected to high-profile, multimillion-dollar cyber thefts during the past decade, is a target of the FBI evidenced by federal agents’ recent seizure of a new BMW coupe and nearly $40,000 in cash from his Wilmington-area home. Justin David May s notoriety or fame, depending on one’s perspective began seven years ago after he was arrested at a video game convention, accused of pirating $6 million worth of game code that had origins as a CIA training simulator . Four years later, an Australian hacker alleged that May was linked to the online theft of more than $100 million of video game code belonging to Xbox and other companies.

The hacker, who was a defendant in the case, told a Canadian newspaper that May[1] was the unnamed accomplice listed in a criminal indictment brought by Delaware prosecutors an accusation May reportedly denied and one that was not corroborated by authorities. While federal officials declined to comment, a document made public this week shows that bureau agents in April seized a 2017 BMW M2 Coupe valued at $41,360, and $38,595 in cash that was stashed throughout the 27-year-old Brandywine Hundred native’s home. On Tuesday, an individual at May s residence in the Tallyville neighborhood near U.S. 202, according to Delaware s voter database declined to speak with The News Journal.

To justify the seizure, FBI officials spoke of laws preventing money laundering, unlicensed money transmissions and of the illegal movement of cash that was illicitly gained. Spokespersons from both FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which is overseeing the case, said they could not disclose details about when officials may file a civil suit against the seized assets.

I can’t speak to the forfeiture matter in question, said Carrie Adamowski, spokeswoman for the FBI in Philadelphia. No criminal indictments have been filed against May, and he is not listed as an inmate in any federal prison.

The Twitter account, @enMTW, reportedly belongs to May, according to the long history of conversations listed on the social media site. On Wednesday, the user of the account told the News Journal, sorry, can t talk. Conversations between @enMTW and others on social media swing from nuanced exchanges about software to posts about hackers who leak personal information for money or interfere with elections. Steve Troughton-Smith, an Irish iPhone programmer, said he chats frequently with @enMTW on Twitter, about the iPhone operating system and games that run on it.

I don t really know anything beyond that, he said in a Twitter message.

The theft in Boston

David Tractenberg remembers vividly the moments in March 2010 after May was seen with his laptop plugged into an Ethernet cord linked to the Atomic Games promotional booth at the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston. May had downloaded 14 megabytes of the yet-to-be-released video game, Breach, which was an unclassified incarnation of a CIA training program, said Tractenberg, a public relations professional, whose client Atomic Games was the producer of the game.

The CIA had made a simulator to help their agents train in getting through combat situations and the company that made it said, Hey, can we turn it into a video game? We ll take out the sensitive parts,’ he said. It was an unbelievable commotion that erupted, recalled Tractenberg, describing how May, at 5 feet 10 inches tall and a slim 110 pounds, fled through a sea of gamers after he was spotted and chased by four Atomic employees, dressed in camouflage.

Tractenberg had directed the Atomic team at the convention to dress like CIA commandos to promote their game, he said.

I mean, I m a PR guy, it was fun, he said. What he stole was vulnerable code, so he could have used that in a sense to try and recreate the game, if he had managed to copy the entire thing.”

The pursuers caught up with the 20-year-old from Brandywine Hundred just before he was able to slip out of the main entrance. There, a security guard watched, initially puzzled, before stepping in to help, Tractenberg continued.

He didn t know what to make of it because you ve got four guys in camouflage screaming at some kid with a laptop and saying that he stole code, he said.

STORY:Delaware JobLink site hack puts 200,000 at risk
STORY:Xbox video game stolen from Dover home[2][3]

Delaware Man With History Of Cyber Theft Under FBI Scrutiny

A mug of Justin May taken after his 2010 arrest in Boston. (Photo: File photo)

After the encounter ended and Boston police had arrested May, Tractenberg thought the Delawarean’s code pirating days would come to an end. Company officials at Atomic suspected May was not a ringleader who organized the theft and, consequently, they had little appetite to demand a harsh sanction, Tractenberg said.

I was led to believe the kid would get a slap on the wrist, he was going to go back to community college, he said. The idea that he was caught with a BMW and 40 grand, I can t tell you how outside the realm of possibility I thought that would be. Peter Tamte, who was president of the now-defunct Atomic Games, said it was possible that May was just one player on a larger team. Code theft often is perpetrated by online groups who have little face-to-face contact, he said in a Linkedin message to The News Journal.

Months after the arrest, May agreed to a Boston judge s offer for pretrial probation in exchange for a dismissal of his case. Terms of probation included a requirement to stay in school and to stay off the Xbox Live gaming website for 18 months. May had told police after his arrest that he was a student at Delaware Technical and Community College, according to news reports. Yet, a spokesperson at the college this week said there are no records of May s enrollment. The Boston Police Department did not respond to multiple requests for information about the incident.

After the theft, federal intelligence officials had questions for Atomic, Tractenberg said.

We literally had government contacts going, What happened? Where s the code? Is everything OK? said Tractenberg, who assured them the theft had been thwarted and all was safe. But he s not a Russian spy trying to get code for one of our training things. This is a game,” he said. If Russia had wanted it, they can have it for $14.99.”

Another multimillion dollar cybertheft

Four years after the incident in Boston, Australian hacker Dylan Wheeler, who was part of a team of programmers who prosecutors say stole more than $100 million worth of Xbox gaming code, told news outlets that May was a member of his group. U.S. federal prosecutors in Delaware had filed charges in 2013 against four members of Wheeler s team, who all pleaded guilty.[4] The criminal indictment described an unidentified Person A from Delaware, who aided the heist. Wheeler said that person was May.

May denied those charges, telling the Toronto Star I don t know why Dylan s saying that. [5]

Kimberlynn Reeves, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney s Office in Delaware said officials could not disclose the identity of Person A. Yet, May did acknowledge to the Canadian newspaper that he knew the indicted individuals, noting they thought the criminal investigation would have been less in-depth.

It s a hard thing when you have this level of access, when you know everyone s secrets and in some cases have playable versions of everyone s secrets, it s hard giving that up, May told the Star, referring to one of the indicted individual s penchant for hacking into secret sites. Another defendant in the case, Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, also admitted that he had developed a software exploit that allowed him to generate millions of coins for the FIFA soccer games, available on the Xbox Live system. These coins are virtual, in-game currency used to build a FIFA Ultimate Team in the games, which can be sold on online black markets, according to federal prosecutors.

We see not just rampant hacking and data theft, but the subsequent exploitation of stolen intellectual property to generate illicit funds online, Delaware’s former-U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly said in a statement in 2015.[6]

There is no evidence publicly available in court documents or elsewhere that link the case with the FBI’s renewed interest in May.

Still, it is “sad” to see that the Delaware 20-something has again run into some kind of trouble with the law, said Tamte, the Atomic president.

“We could have been much more aggressive in pursuing punitive actions against him back then,” he said. “Frankly, I hoped the incident would have scared him enough to prevent future activities like this.”

Contact Karl Baker at or (302) 324-2329. Follow him on Twitter @kbaker6.[7]

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References

  1. ^ told a Canadian newspaper that May (www.thestar.com)
  2. ^ Delaware JobLink site hack puts 200,000 at risk (www.delawareonline.com)
  3. ^ Xbox video game stolen from Dover home (www.delawareonline.com)
  4. ^ who all pleaded guilty. (www.delawareonline.com)
  5. ^ telling the Toronto Star I don t know why Dylan s saying that. (www.thestar.com)
  6. ^ Charles Oberly said in a statement in 2015. (www.justice.gov)
  7. ^

‘We’ll Catch You Honey’: Teenage Girl Rescued After 25-Foot Fall Off Amusement Park Ride

Park guests and employees at Six Flags Great Escape[1] park in upstate New York became unlikely heroes when they stepped in to rescue a teenage girl dangling from a gondola ride, working together to catch her as she fell 25 feet into their arms.

The 14-year-old girl, who has not been publicly identified, did not sustain any serious injuries in the Saturday incident, according to local authorities[2]. She was riding the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York when she slipped out of the gondola chair.

Video captured at the scene shows her dangling from the two-person gondola as park guests gather below her. The girl’s neck initially appeared to be stuck in the gondola, but she was able to untangle herself before dropping 25 feet.

Loren Lent, a mail handler from Glenville, New York who was in the park during the incident and captured the scene on video, said he was waiting for his children to finish at the Sky Ride when he heard screaming and saw a rider dangling.

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'We'll Catch You Honey': Teenage Girl Rescued After 25-Foot Fall Off Amusement Park Ride

“I just pulled my phone out and turned it into video because I was amazed it’s not something you’ve ever seen or would want to see,” he told TIME.

He videotaped for about 20 seconds, he said, and he and half a dozen men began strategizing how to catch the girl when the ride was completely stopped. One man climbed up a tree to push the branches out of the way.

(For licensing or usage, contact [email protected])Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them. Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way.

Posted by Loren Lent[3] on Saturday, June 24, 2017

As she began to drop, someone in the crowd that had gathered below her can be heard yelling, “We’ll catch you honey!”

“I think it was an impulsive coordination,” Lent said. “It was a bunch of strangers coming together to help out a person in an emergency situation.”

Lent was frustrated though; he said not one park employee was on the scene initially. When they did arrive, he began yelling at them, because he thought they weren’t moving quickly enough. A security guard asked him to remove himself from the scene, so he ultimately shot video of the girl’s rescue.

The footage shows her hitting a tree as she fell, but cheers erupt as the girl is caught.

(For licensing or usage, contact [email protected])Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them. Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way.

Posted by Loren Lent[4] on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Six Flags said in a statement that the girl was caught by “guests and security personnel.”

Emergency medical services were sent to the scene, and she was transported to a local hospital, before being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Albany[5]. She remains there, authorities said, in stable condition and with no serious injuries.

Authorities said a 47-year-old man was also hospitalized when he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released.

The Sky Ride, listed under “Family Rides” on the park’s website,[6] is described as “a roundtrip ski-lift style gondola ride.”

Lent, who says he is a season pass holder, says this incident won’t infringe on his visits to the park, but he won’t be sending his family on the Sky Ride anytime soon.

The Warren County Sheriff’s office said they inspected the ride with park personnel and found that everything was working correctly.

Six Flags said that the New York State Department of Labor cleared the ride to operate, but it is remaining closed while the park conducts an internal review.

“We are in the process of gathering more information,” Six Flags Queensbury said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family.”

References

  1. ^ Six Flags Great Escape (time.com)
  2. ^ according to local authorities (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ Loren Lent (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ Loren Lent (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ Albany (time.com)
  6. ^ park’s website, (www.sixflags.com)
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