Cybercrime

Exploring the digital underworld: Botnets, zero day threats and phishing

Organizations continue to face the ongoing challenges of securing a continually evolving network perimeter. Organized crime has shifted to the digital underworld.

Brigham Young University-Idaho student hacks transcript, earns $7k in scholarships

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Jacob Mahonri Espinal hacked into his school's computer system to bring his grades up from academic probation status to straight As.

FTC shuts down operations of computer repair scammers

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Two telemarketing operations conned thousands of customers by tricking them into buying into tech support services for computer problems that didn't exist.

State Department offers reward for arrest of Romanian fugitives

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Nicolae Popescu and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu are wanted for organizing an international crime scheme that led to millions of lost dollars.

Israeli, Thai police arrest eight in credit card extortion scam

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Israeli police arrested eight former Leumi employees in a scheme to extort millions of shekels.

'Carder.su' crime ring participant sentenced to 115 months in prison

'Carder.su' crime ring participant sentenced to 115 months in prison

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Cameron Harrison, 28, posessed more than 260 compromised credit and debit card numbers at the time of his arrest and is one of 55 people facing charges pertaining to their association with "Carder.su."

Man charged with installing malware in his former company's network

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Arturas Samoilovas allegedly illegally accessed the computer network of Eaton Corporation and installed malware after he was denied a position at the company.

Tor network moderators unsure how feds discovered and shut down Silk Road 2.0

Tor network moderators unsure how feds discovered and shut down Silk Road 2.0

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The anonymity software's moderators aren't entirely sure how up to 50 illicit websites were discovered and shut down this past week.

Mobile fraud report notes reliance on OTPs as top concern

Mobile fraud report notes reliance on OTPs as top concern

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One-time passwords (OTPs) sent via SMS are increasingly the target of Android malware, the report by Javelin revealed.

Seoul police arrest student for hacking 104 websites

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A college student showing off his technical prowess hacked into websites of malls, hospitals and universities.

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

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Seventeen suspected members of online marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0's alleged operator, have been arrested.

John Gordon Baden arrested in Tijuana

John Gordon Baden arrested in Tijuana

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After months of looking for him, Baden was nabbed in Tijuana when tips began coming in about his whereabouts.

Last Pirate Bay co-founder nabbed at Thai border

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Fredrik Neij was arrested at the Thai-Laos border earlier this week on copyright violation charges.

Report: Dutch gov't OKs Drinkman extradition to U.S.

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Vladimir Drinkman, who was charged for his involvement in the Heartland breach, is currently in the Netherlands.

Android app piracy group member pleads guilty

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Scott Walton served as a lead member of the SnappzMarket Group, which conspired to illegally reproduce and distribute more than one million copyrighted Android apps.

Debate: Should you pay a cyber ransom?

Industry experts debate whether organizations should or should not pay a cyber ransom to miscreants.

Another day, another data breach

Another day, another data breach

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Tracking down threat actors is no easy feat, and requires an immense amount of research and collaboration.

ShellShock vulnerability exploited in SMTP servers

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Researchers at Trend Micro found that attackers were targeting Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers to execute malicious code and an IRC bot.

Pirate Bay co-founder found guilty for hacking IT service provider

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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking an IT service provider in Denmark. This is his second court case for illegally accessing data.

Hacker Lacroix apologizes, gets four years in federal prison

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Christian Lacroix, who famously hacked Paris Hilton's phone and Burger King's Twitter account was sentenced for breaking into Bristol Community College computers.

WorldPay hacker sentenced to 11 years for role in $9.4M scheme

WorldPay hacker sentenced to 11 years for role in $9.4M scheme

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An Estonian man, Sergei Tsurikov, was sentenced Friday after helping to steal over $9.4 million from payment processor RBS WorldPay in 2008.

Google employee arrested over sextortion ruse

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Nicholas Rotundo was taken into custody by federal agents for blackmailing a female college student by threatening to post her nude images on a revenge porn website.

Court shutters NY co. selling security software with "no value"

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A federal court shut down Pairsys at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.

Bulgarian national sentenced 30 months for role in ID theft ring

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Aleksi Kolarov was a vendor on Shadowcrew.com, an online cybercrime marketplace that sold stolen credit and bank cards and caused millions of dollars in damages.

ISA president urges state AGs to expand understanding of cybercrime

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Speaking at a National Association of State Attorneys General conference, ISA's Larry Clinton asked the AGs to step up efforts to get more resources.

Woman charged with using spyware on former cop

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Kristin Nyunt of Monterey, Calif., is charged with two counts of illegal wiretapping and possession of illegal interception devices and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Online fraud detection: Three recommendations

Online fraud detection: Three recommendations

Fraud managers have the thorny task of safeguarding their organizations and its customers against fraudsters. New best practices in online fraud detection (OFD) have emerged that advocate a "five layer model."

Pennyslvania man sentenced after 'swatting' prank

Pennyslvania man sentenced after 'swatting' prank

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David Barnhouse was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he hacked into a neighbor's Verizon FiOS router to post a bomb threat on a Pennsylvania mall's website.

Hacker sentenced to 30 months in prison and $300k restitution

Hacker sentenced to 30 months in prison and $300k restitution

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Lamar Taylor was sentenced in New Jersey this past week for allegedly participating in a cybercrime scheme that accounted for more than $15 million.

FireEye pegs top Java exploits and EKs using them

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A report details the three most commonly exploited Java bugs affecting users.

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