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A gambling investigation triggered a raid at a Moreno Valley Internet cafe where deputies arrested the owner and two other men, sheriff’s officials say.

The search warrant was served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Cyber Zone Internet Cafe along the 24900 block of Sunnymead Boulevard.

Deputies seized 20 computers, a server, a router and a firewall device as evidence of illegal gambling, Sgt. Brian Holmes said in a written statement.

The cafe’s owner — 43-year-old Victor Drake, of Moreno Valley — was booked and released on a written promise to appear in court to answer misdemeanor charges of possessing slot machines, according to the statement.

Arrested for investigation of possessing more than 200 pirated DVD movies was 46-year-old Quincy Parks, of Riverside.

“Parks is currently on probation for the same offense,” Holmes wrote. “A probation search was conducted at his residence, and officers located an additional 132 pirated DVDs, a laptop computer, and a DVD burner.”

Arrested and booked on two felony drug warrants and a felony fraud warrant was 29-year-old Gabriel Guerrero, of Moreno Valley.

Anyone with additional information may call 951-486-6700.

Article source: http://blog.pe.com/breaking-news/2014/02/27/moreno-valley-gambling-investigation-prompts-internet-cafe-raid/

Victor Drake Victor Drake Quincy Parks Quincy Parks Gabriel Guerrero Gabriel Guerrero

A gambling investigation triggered a raid at a Moreno Valley Internet cafe where deputies arrested the owner and two other men, sheriff’s officials say.

The search warrant was served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Cyber Zone Internet Cafe along the 24900 block of Sunnymead Boulevard.

Deputies seized 20 computers, a server, a router and a firewall device as evidence of illegal gambling, Sgt. Brian Holmes said in a written statement.

The cafe’s owner — 43-year-old Victor Drake, of Moreno Valley — was booked and released on a written promise to appear in court to answer misdemeanor charges of possessing slot machines, according to the statement.

Arrested for investigation of possessing more than 200 pirated DVD movies was 46-year-old Quincy Parks, of Riverside.

“Parks is currently on probation for the same offense,” Holmes wrote. “A probation search was conducted at his residence, and officers located an additional 132 pirated DVDs, a laptop computer, and a DVD burner.”

Arrested and booked on two felony drug warrants and a felony fraud warrant was 29-year-old Gabriel Guerrero, of Moreno Valley.

Anyone with additional information may call 951-486-6700.

Beijings New Swanky Internet Cafe Has Insane Fees

Internet cafe's in China are a dime a dozen. However, as China has grown more affluent with the times, so has its, well, internet cafes. One newly opened club in Beijing might be the most ridiculous one yet. Ridiculous in an expensive way.

Recently opened in Beijing's Sanlitun entertainment district, the new Cuz Club sports some some crazy high membership fees. Tencent's gaming channel was swell enough to send a reporter down to the location to take a few photos and learn more about the pricing scheme of things.

Beijings New Swanky Internet Cafe Has Insane Fees

Now, many internet cafes in China offer membership options. My local internet cafe offers a base membership for the equivalent of about $85. Becoming a member lowers my hourly fees from about $0.60 to about $0.30 an hour, and the money is deducted from my account balance. This kind of membership scenario is common across net cafes in China as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Some cafes might be more expensive, others might be cheaper. However Cuz Club's prices are just outlandish.

Beijings New Swanky Internet Cafe Has Insane Fees

According to Tencent, Cuz Club requires all patrons to have a membership with membership starting at $820. That's just the be base membership. Every hour in the club costs a whopping $11—that's a 270 percent increase from the average price of an hour at an internet cafe.

On top of the base membership, members are allowed to bring in guests if they choose to pay more. One guest requires a membership level of around $1,600, while a three guest pass requires a commitment of close to $5,000! All guests will supposedly experience the base level $820 service.

Beijings New Swanky Internet Cafe Has Insane Fees

Tencent reports that the PC equipment in the Cuz Club are all brand names (names such as Alienware). On top of just computers, the club also seems to feature a tea room. Tencent's unclear about the level of food and beverage or whether smoking is allowed or not. There's one way to find out for sure, and it involves lots and lots of money.

北京最土豪网吧:进门费5000元 每小时69元 [Tencent Games]
Photos taken from Tencent via Sina Weibo

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Article source: http://kotaku.com/beijing-new-swanky-internet-cafe-has-insane-fees-1529523086

A teenager in Hunan Province attacked his father with a knife on Tuesday, after the man tried to stop him playing video games, and do his schoolwork instead.

The man collapsed and died shortly afterwards. The boy ran away and police later found him at another Internet cafe, where he was arrested, according to ifeng.com.

The boy had been at the Internet cafe for seven hours by the time his father found him. However, he refused to return home, and so the father hit him in the face several times, leading to the knifing incident.

The boy’s mother said he had been a very good child. His parents had to leave him with his grandparents when he was three, so that they could move to the city to earn a living. His mother came back when he was 10 to gave birth to his brother.

She said he used to do chores around the house, respected his grandparents, and took care of his little brother, who is almost five now, but cannot walk or talk, because he has cerebral palsy.

She could not understand how he managed spend seven hours in the Internet cafe, with a sign at the entrance saying “adults only.”

According to his cousin, the boy did not have a good relationship with his father. The father did not talk much, but would get very angry, and beat his son with whatever object was at hand.

An Internet user commented via Weibo on the problem of games addiction : “From this tragedy, we can see that addiction to video games is as bad as drug addiction. In today’s China, business people only think about making money, but they have destroyed the younger generations! The government is accountable too. It has created a new generation of “sick East Asian people.” I call for business people to stop making games that destroy youths! I call for a healthy environment where our children to grow!”

Child psychology professor Guo Ping at Central South University in Changsha, Hunan Province, pointed to the wider issue of people moving to cities from the countryside in search of work. He was quoted by state mouthpiece Xinhua as saying, “The children left behind while their parents leave town to find jobs are bombs waiting to explode. These children did not have enough time with their parents. They lack parental love, and tend to be more violent.”

Research by Sophia Fang.



A teenager in China is alleged to have stabbed his own father to death at an internet cafe after he was confronted for playing violent video games instead of going to school.

The 14-year-old, who is known to have a serious addiction to gaming, was playing video games at a local internet cafe when he was supposed to be at school.

When his father went to fetch him from there, a heated argument ensued. Then, the boy drew a knife from his pocket and fatally stabbed his father.

The boy’s mother, Hua Mai, said that her son’s addiction to violent video games was the cause of her husband’s tragic death: “When my husband spotted that he had once again skipped his studies to go with his friends and play video games, my husband Lu had gone to get the boy,” she said.

The victim bled to death on the floor outside the internet cafe while his son fled from the scene on foot. Police caught up with the boy at another internet cafe and arrested him.

When it comes to incidents like this, the Chinese police react very strongly. They ordered every internet cafe in the immediate area of the murder to close so that the stabbing could be investigated.

Due to the fact that the boy’s mother blamed her son’s behavior on the violent video games that he plays, the police are looking into which game he was playing just before the stabbing took place.

A police spokesman said: “The boy’s mother has blamed the violent video games and we are investigating whether this could indeed be the case. Experts are checking the video game content and the boy has been interviewed.”

The suspect is being held in a psychiatric unit and is under observation.

Article source: http://www.inquisitr.com/1141778/father-killed-by-teenage-son-at-internet-cafe-over-violent-video-games/

Under a settlement announced Thursday, this Excelsior business will close soon.

Under a settlement announced Thursday, this Excelsior business will close soon.

An Internet cafe in the Excelsior District that drew the attention of neighbors and city officials for the criminal element it was attracting has agreed to close its doors within 60 days as part of a lawsuit settlement announced Thursday.

Net Stop, located on the 4400 block of Mission Street, billed itself as a “business center” that offered online access as well as printers, fax machines and other services. But city officials said it was actually an internet cafe that catered to people who were gambling illegally online, and in November the city filed suit. City Attorney Dennis Herrera accused Net Stop of violating state and local gambling laws and creating a public nuisance, in part by driving up crime in the area.

Under the terms of the settlement, Net Stop will close its doors within 6o days and will not operate a similar establishment in San Francisco for five years. Another company, Figure 8, which supplied Net Stop with its gambling software, agreed to stop selling or maintaining gambling software in California for five years and to pay San Francisco $25,000.

“We will move aggressively to protect neighborhoods from anyone who isn’t following the law,” Herrera said in a written statement, adding that the police department’s work documenting the problems at Net Stop helped the city build its case, and Supervisor John Avalos‘ community work also assisted the city attorney’s office.

– Marisa Lagos

Article source: http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2014/01/30/excelsior-internet-cafe-suspected-of-being-gambling-business-agrees-to-close-its-doors/

How safe is your Internet cafe? Special

London - Let me say at the very start that this is a non-scientific survey; it is based on a sample of slightly over a dozen Internet cafés over a period of just over one year - from the end of 2012 to date. It is also parochial, relating primarily to Central London but also to South East London and one or two other areas. That being said, I am fairly confident one can extrapolate from this to the rest of the UK and quite likely to the rest of the world. Indeed, some countries are likely to be considerably worse. Nigeria has a particularly bad reputation; even though the legal authorities clamped down on Internet fraud there over a decade ago, it persists. That being said, if you trace the phish e-mails you receive today, you will very likely find that not a few emanate from behind the former Iron Curtain. if you are surfing from your home computer you will - or should have - the latest anti-virus package. My personal preference is AVG; this altruistic company even offers a free version; my advice is to buy a subscription. There are other anti-virus companies out there like Norton, there are also other free anti-virus packages, but if you download one of these, do your homework first. One would imagine that Internet cafés use anti-virus protection, imagine being the word. It is not unlikely you will find that your local caff does not use AVG, Norton or any regular package. Something I have found is computers exhibiting the message: your protection is not up to date. Most Internet cafés in the UK appear to use a program called DeepFreeze, which claims to reboot the system and eradicate all changes and rogue programs at the end of a user's session. I am not qualified to comment on the efficacy of this program, I will say only that in my experience, this is not true. I have on occasion found more than one Trojan on a machine. In the old days when we all used the now all but forgotten floppy disk, we were warned about the dangers of picking up a virus on another machine and transferring it to our own. That is still the case with memory sticks. If you use a memory stick in the caff, next time you use it on your own machine, scan it first. There is no little chance than a file, especially an .EXE file, will be infected. Maybe more than one. Some Internet cafés are blocked by gaming sites, and if you try to edit Wikipedia from one, you may find that facility blocked too. The latter may be because someone using that IP address has vandalised pages or posted obscene comments, but the former is because these addresses are recognised as "dodgy". It was probably on account of a "dodgy" caff that my e-gold account was emptied the day after a $200 purchase. If you are not familiar with e-gold, it is the self-styled better money since 1996. Whether or not that was ever the case, you can be sure that right now some creep somewhere is working on a way to empty your Bitcoin account - this wonderful, untraceable virtual currency. Virtual because it does not really exist, and untraceable by you when you are robbed. If you use an Internet café for a transaction of this nature, or for a debit transaction, be aware that the risk is far greater than doing so from your home computer. If you need to use an Internet café, there are things you can do to protect yourself against this sort of abuse. For one, you can use a disposable e-mail address, or simply an alternative one. Your ISP will probably allow you to set up alternative addresses, so if you want to send only and not read your e-mails, make sure you use one of these rather than your main one, then if the password is compromised, you will have lost nothing, and you can reset it later. Facebook allows you to use a one-time password; doubtless innovations like this will continue to be rolled out in future. You can also set up a Yahoo! seal in a couple of minutes to ensure you are actually logging into Yahoo! All the above applies not only to Internet cafés but to shops, hotels, indeed anywhere someone else controls the hardware. There is no need for us to become paranoid, but you should always be aware that there are predators out there. Try not to become their prey.

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How safe is your Internet cafe? Special

London - Let me say at the very start that this is a non-scientific survey; it is based on a sample of slightly over a dozen Internet cafés over a period of just over one year - from the end of 2012 to date. It is also parochial, relating primarily to Central London but also to South East London and one or two other areas. That being said, I am fairly confident one can extrapolate from this to the rest of the UK and quite likely to the rest of the world. Indeed, some countries are likely to be considerably worse. Nigeria has a particularly bad reputation; even though the legal authorities clamped down on Internet fraud there over a decade ago, it persists. That being said, if you trace the phish e-mails you receive today, you will very likely find that not a few emanate from behind the former Iron Curtain. if you are surfing from your home computer you will - or should have - the latest anti-virus package. My personal preference is AVG; this altruistic company even offers a free version; my advice is to buy a subscription. There are other anti-virus companies out there like Norton, there are also other free anti-virus packages, but if you download one of these, do your homework first. One would imagine that Internet cafés use anti-virus protection, imagine being the word. It is not unlikely you will find that your local caff does not use AVG, Norton or any regular package. Something I have found is computers exhibiting the message: your protection is not up to date. Most Internet cafés in the UK appear to use a program called DeepFreeze, which claims to reboot the system and eradicate all changes and rogue programs at the end of a user's session. I am not qualified to comment on the efficacy of this program, I will say only that in my experience, this is not true. I have on occasion found more than one Trojan on a machine. In the old days when we all used the now all but forgotten floppy disk, we were warned about the dangers of picking up a virus on another machine and transferring it to our own. That is still the case with memory sticks. If you use a memory stick in the caff, next time you use it on your own machine, scan it first. There is no little chance than a file, especially an .EXE file, will be infected. Maybe more than one. Some Internet cafés are blocked by gaming sites, and if you try to edit Wikipedia from one, you may find that facility blocked too. The latter may be because someone using that IP address has vandalised pages or posted obscene comments, but the former is because these addresses are recognised as "dodgy". It was probably on account of a "dodgy" caff that my e-gold account was emptied the day after a $200 purchase. If you are not familiar with e-gold, it is the self-styled better money since 1996. Whether or not that was ever the case, you can be sure that right now some creep somewhere is working on a way to empty your Bitcoin account - this wonderful, untraceable virtual currency. Virtual because it does not really exist, and untraceable by you when you are robbed. If you use an Internet café for a transaction of this nature, or for a debit transaction, be aware that the risk is far greater than doing so from your home computer. If you need to use an Internet café, there are things you can do to protect yourself against this sort of abuse. For one, you can use a disposable e-mail address, or simply an alternative one. Your ISP will probably allow you to set up alternative addresses, so if you want to send only and not read your e-mails, make sure you use one of these rather than your main one, then if the password is compromised, you will have lost nothing, and you can reset it later. Facebook allows you to use a one-time password; doubtless innovations like this will continue to be rolled out in future. You can also set up a Yahoo! seal in a couple of minutes to ensure you are actually logging into Yahoo! All the above applies not only to Internet cafés but to shops, hotels, indeed anywhere someone else controls the hardware. There is no need for us to become paranoid, but you should always be aware that there are predators out there. Try not to become their prey.

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

One person was arrested in connection with illegal gambling after two Internet cafes in Connecticut were raided Tuesday morning.

The Connecticut State Police Organized Crime Investigative Task Force executed a search warrant at the Mouse Pad Business Center and Tech Solutions, which is located at 483 Enfield St., around 11 a.m. 

The Mouse Pad Business Center, which is supposedly a computer repair store, allows its customers to participate in "sweepstakes contest." People can purchase Internet time to play casino-style games with the chance of winning money.

The owners of these businesses argue they're running a sweepstakes, which would be legal. However, police said the Mouse Pad appears to be violating the Connecticut General Statute in regards to online gambling by having this "sweepstakes contest."

"It is anticipated that criminal arrests will be forthcoming," said Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance. "But as we speak right now, this is an open, active criminal investigation."

During the raid at the Mouse Pad, more than 200 items were seized.

The Bloomfield Business Center, which advertises its sweepstakes games, is also in the center of a police investigation into illegal gambling.

Bloomfield police arrested 32-year-old Derieka Henry, of Manchester, in connection with illegal gambling at the Bloomfield Business Center and its storage units on Old Windsor Road.

Henry, who was released on a $2,500 bond, was charged with a second-degree breach of peace and interfering with police.

The Bloomfield Business Center was closed on Tuesday afternoon when Eyewitness News visited it.

Police said the investigation into the Bloomfield Business Center is ongoing, but it was not clear if any more arrests would be made.

"The raids carried out today by the State Police send a clear message that these parasitic sweepstakes gambling dens are not welcome in Connecticut," state Sen. Dante Bartolomeo said in a statement Tuesday.

Bartolomeo has submitted a bill to help stop the sweepstakes games from being operated in Connecticut.

"I hope that legislative action taken alongside the work being done by state police will run the sweepstakes cafés out of Connecticut before they take root any further in our communities," Bartolomeo said.

To read the full bill being submitted by Bartolomeo, click here.

For the customers of the Internet cafes, they told Eyewitness News now that the quick option for a gaming fix is gone, they'll be returning to the established locations.

"(I'm) going to the Mohegan (Sun Casino), (it) is better," said customer Harry Tai, who added that he did not know that the "sweepstakes contest" could be illegal.

Copyright 2014 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Article source: http://www.wfsb.com/story/24693141/police-execute-search-warrant-at-internet-cafe-in-enfield

ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State Police are investigating an internet cafe on Route 5 in Enfield Tuesday morning.

Authorities said they executed a search warrant at the Mouse Pad Business Center and Tech Solutions, which is located at 483 Enfield St., around 11:30 a.m. No arrests have been made at this time, police said.

The Mouse Pad Business Center is a computer repair store, however customers told Eyewitness News that people have been seen playing online video games and winning money.

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