A group of six has been charged in the latest scam to defraud bank customers through the use of skimming devices, a trend that has seen a noticeable uptick in arrests and prosecutions over the past year. In this case, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Friday that at the behest of Joseph Woods, 32, five people who were employed at Chicago restaurants, including some at Wrigley Field, swiped cards through small readers to steal the numbers. Woods then used that information to create fake cards and make some $200,000 in purchases. Each defendant was booked on conspiracy to commit a financial crime, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Some were hit with additional charges.
In August, Twitter confirmed that an API vulnerability fixed in January led to data exposure, but the company said there was “no evidence” that it was exploited. Now over 5.4 million stolen user information have been shared for free on a hacker forum. On top of that, a security researcher warned that there is an even larger data dump using the same vulnerability.