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Company sued for allegedly hijacking Facebook accounts to serve ads

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Facebook is accusing a Hong Kong-based company of infecting individuals with malware in order to hijack their Facebook ad accounts and run malicious advertisements at their expense. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company filed the legal documentation in a San Francisco federal court against ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd.,…

U.S. charges alleged members of “Evil Corp” cybercrime group for Zeus and Dridex campaigns

The U.S. today announced legal and regulatory action against the powerhouse cybercriminal group Evil Corp, filing hacking and bank fraud charges against two of its suspected members. Authorities are also offering a $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest or conviction of one of the group’s alleged masterminds, 32-year-old Maksim Yakubets of Moscow,…

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Target files $74 million suit against Chubb over breach coverage

The Target has filed a lawsuit against Chubb with the retailer claiming the insurance carrier did not properly compensate it for costs incurred following the 2013 data breach. In the lawsuit Target said the requirement for its banks to replace its customers physical payment cards that were compromised “Constitutes ‘loss of use of tangible property…

Russian who allegedly ran illegal Cardplanet site extradited to U.S.

The alleged operator of a website that sold payment card numbers stolen from hacked entities was hauled into a Virginia federal courtroom yesterday after Israel extradited the defendant, despite reported efforts by Russia to prevent the prisoner from reaching American soil. Russian national Aleksei Burkov, 29, is accused of running Cardplanet, which offered visitors the…

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Two guilty pleas in Uber and Lynda.com hacking case

Two men reportedly face a up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to hacking into Uber’s and Lynda.com’s databases and holding their contents for ransom. According to reports, Brandon Glover of Winter Springs, Florida and Vasile Mereacre of Toronto, Canada, admitted to hacking into the GitHub accounts of Uber…

Facebook sues surveillance tool provider and hosts of hacking websites

Facebook this week filed a lawsuit against a reputed spyware provider that allegedly exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability to enable smartphone hacking, and also pursued legal action against the domain hosts of multiple websites that allegedly offer tools for hacking the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook and its encrypted messaging subsidiary WhatApp filed a complaint against…

Georgia Supreme Court rules that collection of vehicular data requires warrant

The Georgia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before pulling data from an automobile as part of a crash investigation, overturning a verdict previously rendered and later upheld by lower courts. The decision stems from the criminal case Mobley v. State, in which defendant Victor Mobley was convicted of two…

Court doc: Equifax allegedly used insecure password ‘admin’ to protect portal

Failing to patch a critical vulnerability in its Apache Struts software was not the only major security oversight committed by Equifax in the lead-up to a highly damaging data breach in 2017, according to a document filed as part of a securities fraud class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year. An order and opinion filed last…

U.K. man arrested for allegedly hacking musicians, selling their songs

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. for allegedly hacking into musicians’ websites and cloud accounts, then stealing and selling their unreleased songs. The investigation actually commenced “across the pond,” in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which ultimately partnered with the City of London Police upon learning that a suspect was based in…

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