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Three days ago, members of Anonymous went public regarding the recent, brutal killing  of unarmed Phillip White by a Vineland, New Jersey K-9 unit.

Officers involved claimed that White was out of control at the time of his death, but video evidence revealed otherwise, showing the man laying on the ground, compliant in every sense of the word. The officers allowed the German Shepard with them to maul the African American to death just a few yards from his home.

Below is how the local news reported the incident. Notice the break from the usual “cops got to do what cops got to do” mantra. Instead, real reporting takes place, even gaining the shocked commentary of a cop far senior to any of those involved, who gave them cause to say:

Our law enforcement says that demand [for the cell phone capturing the murder] was inappropriate and police have no right to take anyone’s cell phone because they are recording uniformed police officers making an arrest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lonwenKVEv0

You Should Have Expected Us

Though many throughout the security and technology communities have in recent times chalked Anonymous up to a very bad joke due to things like its bullying of the BBC, the following video could be seen as a return to the hacktivist group’s roots. In this case, they got results, with some of their demands being met.

Also read: Police Are Using Radar Devices To See Inside Homes

As you can see, the group makes plain what will become of the department if it does not comply. Not only will all of the personal information of every officer involved be released, but:

For every hour these names are not released, we will release a name and all personal information, beginning with the Cumberland County Prosecutor, to the last member hired by the Vineland Police Department. We will also begin cyber attacks on your websites & your databases until our demands are met.

anonWithin a few days, the public would have all the information it needed to exact justice on its own. But, the by the time the deadline came, the police had decided not to comply. That was when, on Tuesday, the names, addresses, and phone numbers of Officer Louis Platania and Officer Jeffrey Travaline were released via a known Anonymous hacking dump. Platania is the one you see holding the dog’s leash, clearly able to call him off before the fatal blows occur. Travaline is the one who tries to destroy evidence.

The local police union lawyer, Stuart Alterman, told the local news that the dead man had been demonstrating “super human strength.” He must have taken a page from the case of Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot and killed an 18-year-old Mike Brown last year and was cleared by a Grand Jury of wrongdoing. One of the hallmarks of the case was Wilson’s post-court statement to the news media that Brown “looked like a demon.”

The dispatch recordings of the events tell a convoluted story, and we will leave it up to the readers to make sense of them from here. One thing is clear: the video shows the man under control while the audio demonstrates the police trying to convince their superiors that they were under duress. Overuse of deadly force by police in this country is at an all-time high, and it’s nice to see Anonymous make a comeback, however minor, to push events in justice-minded direction.

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  1. RJF

    April 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Not saying anything for or against the actors in the incident but, I don’t see the Police Dog doing anything that would have killed a full grown human male. Perhaps I’m missing something but, where does that occur in the video? And, to the author of the article, many drugs can produce the appearance of “super human strength” especially PCP. Not saying drugs were involved but, just generalizing that the FACTS in this incident are not yet quantified.

    • Underbridge

      April 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      It’s not shown on the NBC clip, of course…

      You can see the fatal injuries from 0:30 – 0:50 in the actual video on youtoob. He seems to become unconscious and there’s certainly enough of a mauling to kill him through loss of blood, although I suspect immediate first aid might have kept him alive.
      Needless to say, the cops don’t bother with first aid.

  2. oakmaster

    April 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Ya this how police have policed for years and nobody would listen now that the video proof is becoming available IT’S O MY GOD when the officers behind the bade start acting and be treated like they are not above the law that’s when change will still if a cop goes to jail they are protected from the general population well they are not a cop put them in the cage just like any of the rest of us if anything they should get more time for doing what they took a oath to up hold I

    • DougNJ

      April 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      And that was all one sentence.

      • DCmehome

        April 16, 2015 at 1:58 am

        A sentence requires completion with a period. It appears that the author perhaps speaks out loud while he types and ran out of air after the personal pronoun, “I”. Alternatively, he was using this literary technique to offer the reader the opportunity to run-on thinking as the first person.
        In either case, this is the finest example of a run-on incomplete thought I’ve seen in some time.

        • Underbridge

          April 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          “…to offer the reader the opportunity to run-on thinking as the first person.”

          Is there a missing verb here? Because when you criticise someone else’s (on-topic!) sentence structure you really need to be squeaky-clean yourself.

          • DCmehome

            April 17, 2015 at 3:20 am

            You are correct. And, you are wrong. The verb, thinking, was there. The tense, present progressive, was inappropriate.

          • DCmehome

            April 17, 2015 at 3:22 am

            I believe I responded to the person criticizing the on-topic comment in the same vein that you criticized me. The irony is hard to miss.

          • Underbridge

            April 17, 2015 at 8:18 am

            Oh. My bad, and my apologies. I thought you were snarking Oakmaster.

          • DCmehome

            April 21, 2015 at 7:19 am

            Actually, your point is well taken. It was a good article and I could have brought the conversation back on-topic more skillfully.

  3. Jim Brown

    April 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Another (victimless) crime stopped .
    (although, that guy on the ground looks like a victim of crime to me)
    Well, wait a minute ….. what’s wrong with this picture? Who are the criminals here?

    All slaves around the world should be grateful that our masters care enough
    about our well-being to provide these “proud boys-in-blue” to protect us from ourselves .

    “To Protect and Serve” …… WHO???

    The “good Cops” are leaving their profession in record numbers,
    leaving behind nothing but a big gang of insane sociopaths with guns.
    Any cop who does NOTHING to stop this type of incident needs to be
    shot dead on the spot with no warning, no hesitation, no discussion.

    They are obviously brainwashed beyond any hope of recovery.

    If you think this is “Hate Speech” you are brainwashed too. YEAH, THAT MEANS YOU.

    This is very simply a situation of killing a 6-foot long rattle snake where your children play.
    The snake doesn’t know he’s doing anything wrong,
    but you can’t plead with the snake to not bite your children,
    he’s not responsible for his actions,
    just like these Cops will tell you that they are “just following orders”,
    I’m not personally responsible in any way.
    I CAN LEGALLY KILL YOU BECAUSE I HAVE A SHINY BADGE.

    Welcome to the New World Order.
    Jim
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EOS Price Forecast: EOS/USD Heading for Another 300% Move?

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  • EOS/USD price action via the 4-hour chart view has formed a bullish flag pattern.
  • The price is moving around levels seen back end of March to early April, before a bull run of over 300%.

The past six sessions for EOS/USD have been erratic to say the least. It has been subject to a high amount of volatility, swinging aggressively in both directions. There has been a lack of commitment from either the bear or bull camps of late. As the market continues to trade with such behavior, it appears to be trying to find its feet, ahead of a potential chunky firm trend.

EOS DApp Hacked Again

An EOS based gambling DApp, EOSBet has been hacked, with $338,000 being reported as stolen. This isn’t the first time; just back in September, hackers managed to get away with a reported 40,000 worth of EOS, which at the time had a value of $200,000. It has been said that they were able to exploit their smart contracts, having found security vulnerabilities.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

EOS/USD 4-hour chart

EOS/USD price action has formed a bullish flag pattern, which began taking shape on 15th October, after the aggressive price behavior stabilized. The bulls at the time ran the price well up into $6 territory. Consequently, it then met the breached ascending trend line, failing to move back above this area. This followed the sharp breakthrough to the downside, which occurred on 11th October. As a result, a drop of over 15% was seen, forcing EOS/USD to retreat in a demand area, within the $5.0000 level proximity.

Looking to the upside, small near-term resistance is seen at around $5.6100, which is the upper trend line of the mentioned bull flag pattern. A breakout will likely open the doors to a retest of the broken ascending trend line, tracking around $6.1100. Support can be eyed at $5.4600, which marks the lower trend line of the flag. Furthermore, should this fail to hold, EOS/USD could likely fall back down to the serving demand area, within the lower $5.0000 territory.

April 2018 Bull Run

EOS/USD April bull run

In April of this year EOS/USD entered a chunky bull run, gaining over 300%. From the back end of March until 11th April, the price had been stuck within consolidation mode. Resulting in the price trading within a tight range, at levels of where the price is currently seen today.

Something quite astonishing started to unfold. Between the period of 11th April to the 29th April, a bull run of around 290% was seen. Over this time frame EOS/USD went from $5.9500 up to a high of around $23.0811. The price is currently demonstrating a similar behavior to that of what was seen during the mentioned period. It is interesting to note that the price did have historical levels to break through, as it had already run higher during the period of December 2017 and came back down. Finally, this is not to say EOS/USD will observe the same bull run. However, it is an interesting observation to be aware of.

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Crypto Market Development: South Korea’s National Policy Committee Chair Calls For ICO Legalization

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  • A member of South Korea’s governing Democratic party and the chairman of Korea’s National Policy Committee, Min Byung-Doo, is urging to ease the current regulations on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
  • Min Byung-Doo wants to introduce necessary regulatory framework, allowing ICOs in the country.

Allow ICOs In South Korea

The South Korean National Policy Committee Chief, Min Byung-Doo, is calling for a regulatory framework to be explored. This would be to allow for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to take place within the country. He stated that the current prohibiting of ICOs weakens the industry’s competitiveness appeal with foreign markets. Further boldly adding, this would be preventing growth.

In his statement at to lawmakers, Byung-Doo said, “We can see that the flow of investment is clearly changing compared to ICO and angel fundraising. The ICO has raised $1.7 billion for Telegram and $4 billion for Block.One, it is getting bigger and bigger.”

Further in the statement, Min Byung-Doo said, “Let the government, the National Assembly and the blockchain association quickly create a working group to block fraud, speculation, money laundering and develop the block-chain industry,”. However, he acknowledged the government’s reluctance to create the needed framework.

In September 2017, the Financial Services Commission in South Korea announced a ban on ICOs. The law has not yet been enacted.

Crypto Market Reaction

A lack of reaction has been observed for now, despite this determination to help further legitimize the digital currency market in South Korea. Crypto market developments in the country are always watched very carefully. This is given their large crypto market participation. It was reported in December 2017 that South Korea accounted for as much as 17% of all Ethereum trades occurring in cryptocurrency markets.

Market Reactions To South Korean Related News

Ripple (XRP) crashed in January, following CoinMarketCap’s decision to remove XRP price data from Korean exchange desks. This as a result largely brought down the total average.

XRP/USD Coinmarketcap update triggered drop

On 11th January, Korean crypto exchange Coinrail was hacked, and over $40 million in tokens were stolen. Bitcoin initially dropped over 11% on this.

BTC/USD Coinrail hack triggered drop

One final example, UPbit, a South Korean exchange, was investigated by authorities for illicitly moving customer funds to the account of its executives. Bitcoin initially dropped over 7% on the news.

BTC/USD UPbit investigation triggered drop

Given the above mentioned, one should keep an eye on any developments coming out of South Korea, for the foreseeable future.

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Crypto Market Update: Japan’s Self-Regulatory Group (JVCEA) Readying Tighter Rules on Digital Assets

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  • A group of cryptocurrency exchange operators in Japan is readying to tighten up measures following recent cyber breach.
  • Action follows reported hack earlier in the month; cryptocurrency exchange Zaif lost an estimated $59.67 million.

Self-Regulatory Group Set To Tighten Rules

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) is exploring new rules to safeguard against cyber theft, including setting a cap on the amount of digital currencies managed online. This is citing informed sources, being reported by local news outlet, the Japan Times.

Informed sources detailed that the cap will likely to be around 10 – 20% of customer deposits. The JVCEA are said to be soon revising its rules, which were originally drawn up in June following multiple cyber attacks. These will be implemented once all has been approved by the Financial Services Agency. This is as part of the payment services law process in the country.

The move likely received large motive due to the reported hack earlier in September. The Japanese start-up Tech Bureau said that its cryptocurrency exchange, known as Zaif, had been hacked. Losses were estimated around $59.67 million of Bitcoin and two other digital currencies -Bitcoin Cash and Monacoin.

Market Reaction

No initial reaction was observed across the cryptocurrency market on this latest update, coming out of Japan as of Sunday 30th September. Despite this, however, Japan and crypto sell-off are not uncommon to have been used in the same sentence over the past years and even months. This means volatility could be in store for digital assets in the short term.

Back in January of this year, the largest reported hack on a Japanese exchange took place with Coincheck losing $530 million worth of NEM in a coordinated attack. This incident massively spooked the market, and was  a heavy contributor to the large sell-off in January. As we’ve observed over the past eight months, the market has yet to reclaim January’s peak (although this can’t be solely attributed to the theft). At the time, South Korea’s Attorney General had already spooked investors with FUD related to the possible banning of digital currencies in the country.

Against this backdrop, investors are advised to pay attention to Japan-related volatility.

BTC/USD weekly chart

Most recently, looking in the month of June, another sell-off was seen. This one came after Japan’s financial regulator ordered several cryptocurrency exchanges to improve their practices against money laundering. The action led bitFlyer — the country’s largest crypto exchange — to suspend new account creation. This was initiated to improve internal processes in order to curb money laundering and terrorist financing.

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