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Tech: The online fundraiser for WannaCry ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins had to block $150,000 in donations

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Security researcher Marcus Hutchins.

An online legal defence fund for Marcus
Hutchins, the 23-year-old British security researcher who halted the
WannaCry cyberattack and was arrested in the US by the FBI, is refunding anyone who donated by credit card.

The refunds come after Tor Ekeland, the New York-based defence lawyer
who hosted the fundraiser, spotted that multiple payments had been made
using fake or stolen credit card details.

Ekeland didn’t say how much had been raised to date, but told
Business Insider his payment processor had blocked “at least” $150,000
(£116,000) in suspicious-looking donations.

Ekeland returned from a three-week trip to Norway on Thursday night
and went through all the payments to find any remaining suspicious
donations. He caught a further $4,900 (£3,800) in fake-looking transfers
and decided it was easier just to give back all the money.

“It felt safer just to refund everybody,” he said. “The payment
processor blocked about 95%, and when I went through last night, I found
a few more. Like this one guy’s card got charged eight times — I don’t
think he was making eight donations over two days of $400.”

The fundraiser was launched earlier in August by two security researchers,
Tarah Wheeler and Andrew Mabbs, after Hutchins was unexpectedly
arrested by the FBI after the DefCon security conference in the US. He
has been charged on six counts of creating the malware that would
eventually become the Kronos banking trojan. He has denied the charges
and, while normally based in Devon, he remains in the US while he
fights his case. Hutchins was widely hailed as a hero after halting the
devastating WannaCry attack earlier this year.

BuzzFeed reported last week that his fundraiser would be shut down
after a flurry of fake credit card donations. The original plan had
been to sort the fake donations from the real ones, and use the genuine
funds to pay for Hutchins’ legal fees and donate to the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, which campaigns for digital rights.

But Ekeland said: “I didn’t want the chance that we had taken money someone didn’t donate.”

Anyone who has been refunded but still wants to contribute to
Hutchins’ defence fund will now need to wait for a second fundraiser,
which is being organised by security researcher Tarah M. Wheeler and
Fidus Security founder Andrew Mabbs.

Wheeler tweeted: “The new @MalwareTechBlog crowdfunding campaign will start next week; @MabbsSec & I thank you for your patience as we do this right!”

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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