Archive for the ‘Cybercrime’ Category

Student Jailed for Hacking into Email & Snapchat Accounts of Female Classmates

As part of the criminal case against a former student of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), a judge in Puerto Rico sentenced him to serve 13 months in federal prison.  The former student, Iván Santell-Velázquez (aka Slay3r_r00t) was accused of hacking over a dozen of the university’s female classmates’ email and Snapchat accounts. On […]

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New UEFI rootkit Black Lotus offered for sale at $5,000

Black Lotus is a new, powerful Windows UEFI rootkit advertised on underground criminal forums, researcher warns. Cybersecurity researcher Scott Scheferman reported that a new Windows UEFI rootkit, dubbed Black Lotus, is advertised on underground criminal forums. The powerful malware is offered for sale at $5,000, with $200 payments per new updates. The researcher warns that […]

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Refund Fraud-as-a-Service Ads on Hacker Forums Increase by 60%

Research from Netacea reveals that as of September 2022, there are over 1,600 professional refund service adverts on hacker forums. Cybercrime’s continued shift to a service-driven economy has enabled several new professionalized hacking services with Refund Fraud-as-a-Service being one of the latest to rise in popularity over the last few years. This is according to […]

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IT admin gets 7 years for wiping his company’s servers to prove a point

Han Bing allegedly felt undervalued after his security warnings were ignored, and decided to prove his point by trashing four financial servers. An indignant IT admin, seemingly aiming to prove the lax security his employer had hitherto ignored, proceeded to delete a bunch of vital financial databases, and has subsequently been given seven years in […]

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FBI warns of vulnerabilities in medical devices following several CISA alerts

The FBI on Monday warned that hundreds of vulnerabilities in widely used medical devices are leaving a door open for cyberattacks. In a white notice from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the law enforcement agency said it has identified “an increasing number” of vulnerabilities posed by unpatched medical devices that run on outdated […]

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Messaging Apps Tapped as Platform for Cybercriminal Activity

Built-in Telegram and Discord services are fertile ground for storing stolen data, hosting malware and using bots for nefarious purposes. Cybercriminals are tapping the built-in services of popular messaging apps like Telegram and Discord as ready-made platforms to help them perform their nefarious activity in persistent campaigns that threaten users, researchers have found. Threat actors […]

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Cybercriminals Deliver IRS Tax Scams & Phishing Campaigns By Mimicking Government Vendors

Threat intelligence firm Resecurity details how crooks are delivering IRS tax scams and phishing attacks posing as government vendors. Cybercriminals are leveraging advanced tactics in their phishing-kits granting them a high delivery success rate of spoofed e-mails which contain malicious attachments right before the end of the 2021 IRS income tax return deadline in the […]

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Fake Cash Scams Thrive on Facebook and Insta—FTC

Cryptocurrency scammers love social media—especially Meta’s platforms. The Federal Trade Commission says hundreds of millions of dollars were scammed from U.S. consumers in 2021 (and that’s just the scams the FTC knows about). And the problem’s growing incredibly fast—with no hint of a fix in sight. Meta claims to be “tackling” it, but we’ve probably all […]

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North Korea-linked threat actors stole $1.7 billion from cryptocurrency exchanges

North Korea-linked threat actors are behind some of the largest cyberattacks against cryptocurrency exchanges. North Korea-linked APT groups are suspected to be behind some of the largest cyberattacks against cryptocurrency exchanges. According to South Korean media outlet Chosun, North Korean threat actors have stolen around $1.7 billion (2 trillion won) worth of cryptocurrency from multiple […]

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Healthcare – Patient or Perpetrator? – The Cybercriminals Within

With copious amounts of data collected by healthcare facilities, cybercriminals often target such entities. Moreover, the healthcare industry collects unique data, known as Protected Health Information (PHI), which is extremely valuable. Our PHI is engrained within us; medical history cannot get changed. As such, this information can sell for three times as much as Personally […]

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Cybercrime underground flooded with offers for initial access to shipping and logistics orgs

Experts warn of the availability in the cybercrime underground of offers for initial access to networks of players in global supply chains. Researchers from threat intelligence firm Intel 471 published an analysis of current cybercrime underground trends online, warning that initial access brokers are offering credentials or other forms of access to shipping and logistics organizations.  These organizations […]

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FIN7 cybercrime gang creates fake cybersecurity firm to recruit pentesters for ransomware attacks

The FIN7 hacking group is attempting to enter in the ransomware business and is doing it with an interesting technique. The gang space creates fake cybersecurity companies that hire experts requesting them to carry out pen testing attacks under the guise of pentesting activities. FIN7 is a Russian criminal group that has been active since mid-2015, it focuses on restaurants, […]

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Gift card fraud: four suspects hit with money laundering charges

You might be forgiven for thinking that cybercrime is almost all about ransomware and cryptocoins these days. In a ransomware attack, the crooks typically blackmail you to send them cryptocurrency in return for giving you your stolen data back (or for not selling it on to someone else). In a cryptocoin attack, the crooks typically […]

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“Back to basics” as courier scammers skip fake fees and missed deliveries

These scams can take many different forms, including: A fake gift sent by an online “friend” is delayed by customs charges. This is a common ruse used by romance scammers, who sucker you into an online friendship, for example by stealing other people’s profile data from online data sites, courting you online, and then “sending” you a […]

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NSO Group Hacked

There’s a lot to read out there. Amnesty International has a report. Citizen Lab conducted an independent analysis. The Guardian has extensive coverage. More coverage. Most interesting is a list of over 50,000 phone numbers that were being spied on by NSO Group’s software. Why does NSO Group have that list? The obvious answer is that NSO Group provides spyware-as-a-service, and centralizes […]

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Global Scamdemic: Scams Become Number One Online Crime

Threat hunting and adversarial cyber intelligence company Group-IB published a comprehensive analysis of fraud cases on a global scale. Group-IB,  a global threat hunting and adversarial cyber intelligence company specializing in the investigation and prevention of high-tech cybercrime, has published a comprehensive analysis of fraud cases on a global scale.  Group-IB,  a global threat hunting and adversarial […]

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In a huge sting operation, FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat service AN0M for 3+ years to intercept messages between criminals globally

The FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat platform and intercepted secret messages between criminal gang members … The FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat platform and intercepted secret messages between criminal gang members from all over the world for more than three years. Named Operation Ironside, on Monday, law enforcement […]

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Data leak implicates over 200,000 people in Amazon fake product review scam

There is an ongoing battle between the e-commerce giant and dubious sellers, worldwide, who wish to hamstring competitors and gain an edge by generating fake reviews for their products.  This can include paying individuals to leave a glowing review or by offering free items in return for positive, public feedback.  How they operate and stay under Amazon’s […]

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Identifying People Through Lack of Cell Phone Use

But FaĂŻd’s true mentors were the criminals he’d grown up idolizing onscreen. “He had a phenomenal memory,” his brother Abdeslam tells me. “And he was completely immersed in movies.” Abdeslam recalls an eight-year-old RĂ©doine returning home from a matinee of the 1975 French crime film Peur Sur la Ville (released in the U.S. as The Night Caller), starring […]

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Alarming Cybersecurity Stats: What You Need To Know For 2021

The year 2020 broke all records when it came to data lost in breaches and sheer numbers of cyber-attacks on companies, government, and individuals. In addition, the sophistication of threats increased from the application of emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and 5G,  and especially from greater tactical cooperation among hacker groups and […]

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