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The Black market For Stolen Books

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Japanese author Haruki Murakami is known worldwide for his novels. However, in Toronto he’s better known as the most popular author among literary thieves, at least according to the city’s bookstore owners. An entire shelf dedicated to Murakami books disappeared in December at the Roncesvalles store A Good Read.

Owner Gary Kir told CBC Toronto said he lost 800.00 “They’re very easily converted into cash, because they’re very high in demand and they don’t turn up that often used.”

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Gary Kirk, the owner of A Good Read in Roncesvalles, had his complete collection of Haruki Murakami books stolen twice in December. (Tyna Poulin/CBC News)

The Japanese novelist’s best-known works include Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and more recently, 1Q84.  All of them Stolen

“They took my Norwegian Woods, my Sputniks, all of them,” Kirk said, adding that he doubts his book thief has ever cracked open a Murakami.

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Haruki Murakami’s books have sold millions of copies around the world. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

These days he says Murakami’s popularity among millennial readers is driving the most recent theft ring.

“There’s like a ton of university students who don’t have tons of money and are happy to pay five bucks for a book regardless of where it came from.”

Canadian Bitcoin Banks Get Hacked

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A Canadian bank specializing in bitcoins had to close after computer hackers stole its digital currency.

The closure of the Flexcoin bank comes just a week after the collapse of Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange. The Japan-based Mt. Gox also linked its demise to an electronic heist.The twin failures of Mt. Gox and Flexcoin will likely raise more doubts about bitcoin’s ability to establish itself as an alternative currency.In a notice Tuesday, Flexcoin says 896 bitcoins were stolen from its online vault. That translates into a loss of about $600,000, based on bitcoin’s current trading value.Unlike banks dealing in government-backed currencies, Flexcoin’s losses aren’t covered by deposit insurance. The Alberta bank says it is unable to recover from the setback. Bitcoins that Flexcoin kept offline, or in “cold storage,” remain secure, according to the bank. Although Flexcoin didn’t provide details, bitcoins stored this way are often documented on paper certificates or on a hard drive that’s not connected to the Internet.The Mt. Gox collapse represents a far bigger blow to bitcoin’s credibility. That downfall wiped out about 750,000 bitcoins, or about six per cent of the currency’s total circulation. Mt. Gox has filed for bankruptcy protections while it sifts through its financial mess.

Supporters are touting the five-year-old currency as a way to lower transaction fees by cutting out banks and payment processors that collect billions of dollars annually by serving as financial middlemen. Skeptics, including government leaders around the world, deride bitcoins as a currency suitable only for speculators.

Likened To A Bitcoin Is Canada’s Mint Chip

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 MintChip was first launched in April 2012, just days after federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the penny’s days were numbered, and introduced as a potential way for consumers to digitally exchange money in small denominations, in transactions of about $10 or less.

It could be used instead of cash to buy a coffee or fast food, and online it was envisioned to enable easy transactions for things like buying music, news articles, or add-ons for video games.

Consumers could use MintChip with a mobile device at a cash register or send money with a text message, email or potentially a social media message.

Marc Brule, the Royal Canadian Mint’s chief emerging payments officer said “We call it a digital cash-like product and we like to dub it as a product that’s been architected for the 21st century” .

“I think one of the target markets or demographics for a product like MintChip is the digital native, the millennials who grew up with the Internet and grew up with digital-type products.

“This will be just another arrow in their quiver in terms of ways of paying (for their purchases) that will be easy and fast.”

It seems that he rise of BitCoin, a digital currency system still in its infancy is gaining in popularity, and has helped, not hurt, MintChip’s chances of getting fully developed. The next step for MintChip is further testing of implementation within the Royal Canadian Mint. External testing is expected to be launched later in the year.

 

The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

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The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) will launch in  September in the US and South Korea and in other countries, possibly including the UK, at a later time.

The purpose is to create a degree of standardisation across multiple disciplines and countries, defining the legal, ethical and technical demands of the profession into a single qualification that will help employers.

The subject matter and exam was deliberately international, with input from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the UK and US.

Digital forensics professionals are becoming more and more essential to the security  of any organisation. A decade ago such skills were contained by a relatively small number of specialists that had developed their skills on the job, usually working for police forces. Establishing a global standard of competence were essential given that crimes were increasingly being investigated across multiple jurisdictions.

Criteria: Applicants for CCFP the must hold a four-year Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) and have three years or more of full time digital forensics or IT security experience in half of the six defined skill areas (legal and ethical, investigations, forensics, digital forensics, app forensics, and hybrid and emerging technologies). Those not holding a Baccalaureate must have six years full time experience.

Statistics On Published Books

United States (2010) 328,259 (new titles and editions)
United Kingdom (2005) 206,000 
China (2010) 189,295 (328,387 total)
Russian Federation (2008) 123,336 
Germany (2009) 93,124
Spain (2008) 86,300 
India (2004) 82,537 (21,370 in Hindi and 18,752 in English)
Japan (2009) 78,555 
Iran (2010) 65,000 
France (2010) 63,690 (67,278 total) 
South Korea (2011) 44,036 
Taiwan (2010) 43,309 
Turkey (2011) 43,100 
Netherlands (1993) 34,067 
Italy (2005) 33,641 (59,743 total) 
Poland (2010) 31,500 
Vietnam (2009) 24,589 
Indonesia (2009) 24,000+ 
Argentina (2010) 22,781 (26,387 total) 
Canada (1996) 19,900 
Brazil (2010) 18,712 (54,754 total)
Malaysia (2011) 17,923 
Romania (2008) 14,984 
Ukraine (2004) 14,790 
Hong Kong (2005) 14,603 
Belgium (1991) 13,913 
Finland (2006) 13,656 
Thailand (2009) 13,607 
Belarus (2009) 12,885 
Denmark (1996) 12,352
Colombia (2010) 12,334 (13,294 total)
Switzerland (2001) 12,156 
Singapore (2007) 12,000+ 
Czech Republic (1996) 10,244
Hungary (1996) 9,193 
Mexico (2010) 9,075 (25,348 total)
Egypt (2000) 9,022 [
Australia (2004) 8,602 
Austria (1996) 8,056 
Portugal (1996) 7,868 
Israel (2006) 6,866 
Greece (2002) 6,826 
South Africa (1995) 5,418 
Chile (2011) 5,326 (5,720 total) 
Sri Lanka (1996) 4,115
Peru (2006) 4,101 
Sweden (2010) 4,074 (30,857 total)
Saudi Arabia (1996) 3,900 
Lebanon (2005) 3,686 
Myanmar (1993) 3,660 
New Zealand (2003) 3,600 
Ecuador (2010) 2,854 (4,164 total)
Afghanistan (1990) 2,795 
Venezuela (2003) 2,061
Luxembourg (2001) 2,000
Latvia (1996) 1,965
Iceland (2007) 1,533 
Philippines (1996) 1,507 
Cuba (2003) 1,488 
Costa Rica (2003) 1,315 
Nigeria (1991) 1,314 
Kazakhstan (1996) 1,226 
Syria (2004) 1,138 
Pakistan (2005) 1,036 
Uzbekistan (1996) 1,003 
Cyprus (1996) 930 
Morocco (1996) 918 
Tunisia (1996) 720 
Dominican Republic (2003) 705 
Algeria (1996) 670 
Uruguay (2003) 605 
Bolivia (2003) 584 
Georgia (1998) 581 
Azerbaijan (1996) 542 
Jordan (1996) 511 
Panama (2003) 506 
Turkmenistan (1994) 450 
Guatemala (2003) 446 
Kyrgyzstan (1998) 420 
Malta (1995) 404
Fiji (1994) 401 
Armenia (1996) 396 
Paraguay (2003) 390 
Albania (1991) 381 
Nicaragua (2003) 306 
Kenya (1994) 300
United Arab Emirates (1993) 293 
Honduras (2003) 290 
Uganda (1996) 288 
Mongolia (1992) 285 
El Salvador (2003) 250 
Ethiopia (1991) 240 
Zimbabwe (1992) 232 
Vatican City (1996) 228 
Qatar (1996) 209 
Kuwait (1992) 196 
Tanzania (1990) 172 
Botswana (1991) 158 
Tajikistan (1996) 132 
Papua New Guinea (1991) 122 
Madagascar (1996) 119 
Malawi (1996) 117
Palestine (1996) 114 
Namibia (1990) 106 
Eritrea (1993) 106 
Brunei Darussalam (2009) 91 
Laos (1995) 88 
Benin (1994) 84 
Mauritius (1996) 80 
Réunion (1992) 69 
Democratic Republic of the Congo (1992) 64 
Andorra (1994) 57
Suriname (1996) 47
Guyana (1996) 42 
Monaco (1990) 41
Bahrain (1996) 40 
Ghana (1992) 28 
Libya (1994) 26
Angola (1995) 22 
Mali (1995) 14 
Gambia (1996) 14
Burkina Faso (1996) 12
Oman (1996) 7

TOTAL: approximately 2,200,000

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