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U.S. indicts four Chinese military members over Equifax breach

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with nine criminal counts, accusing them of orchestrating and carrying out the 2017 hack of credit reporting agency Equifax. An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Atlanta and unveiled today by the DOJ alleges that Beijing residents Wu…

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Hacker pleads guilty to stealing Nintendo secrets

A California hacker pleaded guilty last Friday in federal court to one count of computer fraud and abuse, for stealing and leaking sensitive information related to the Nintendo Switch gaming console and various Nintendo game titles. Ryan Hernandez, 21, of Palmdale, Calif., also pleaded guilty to one charge of possess of children pornography. A Department…

Lawyers: Facebook is prepared to pay $550M to settle facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook has agreed to set aside $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by users who allege the social media company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), attorneys for the plaintiffs announced on Wednesday. San Francisco Federal District Court Judge James Donato must still approve the settlement, which the lawyers claim is…

Equifax class action suit settled

A Georgia court gave final approval for Equifax’s $380.5 settlement in response to a class action suit brought for the September 2017 data breach that exposed the PII of 148 million customers. Judge Thomas W. Thrash of the Northern District of Georgia ordered Equifax to place the money in a fund from which victims can…

Three GozNym members sentenced domestically, internationally

A three-year-old investigation and prosecution of cybercriminals aligned with the multinational GozNym network resulted last week in the sentencing of a Bulgaria resident in a Pittsburgh federal court. In a related action, a Tbilisi, Georgia court handed down prison sentences of seven and nine years to two Georgian members of the group, following a lengthy trial. In…

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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