Iranian Hackers Left Five Hours’ Worth of Hacking How-Tos Chilling on the Open Web

There’s a lot of intrigue and ~mystery~ surrounding the public conception of hacking, but the truth is, even the most elite hackers are regular people. And just like regular people, they screw up on the job more than you might think. We’ve seen cybercriminals screw themselves over in some of the daftest ways imaginable over the years, but for some reason, we still see the same mistakes made time and time again. Read More >>

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MoD Launches First Military Division Aimed at Cyber Warfare

An ancient military regiment with roots stretching back to WWI has been reformed and told to tackle various modern cyber crimes, with the 13th Signal Regiment now online with no doubt the best and newest computers currently in service. Read More >>

Teenager Accused of Leading Ring of ‘Evil Geniuses’ on £19.3 Million ‘Cybercrime Spree’

Yesterday, the prominent bitcoin investor Michael Terpin announced that he’d filed suit against the ringleader of a “SIM swap gang” that he’d been chasing down since 2018, following the theft of roughly a collective $24 million (£19.3 million) in bitcoin from his digital wallets. And it turns out the culprit, in this case, wasn’t a criminal mastermind, but a teenager. Read More >>

GCHQ Wants You to Forward Your Coronavirus Phishing Scam Emails to Crack Down on Cybercrime

Coronavirus has opened up a new revenue stream for scammers who have been flogging fake products to (presumably) combat the virus, as well as the usual phishing sites and general fraud, but the government wants you to stay vigilant and forward all that nonsense onto it, stat. Read More >>

Look Upon and Fear the Man Who Attempted to Blackmail Apple for Over £77,000 in iTunes Gift Cards

A 22-year-old boss backed by a gangster cabal of “internet buddies” has been thwarted and convicted in their attempt to blackmail Apple, Britain's National Crime Agency reports. In 2017, London-based Kerem Albayrak made Apple an offer they couldn’t refuse: deliver $100,000 (£77,283) in iTunes gift cards or $75,000 (£57,962) in cryptocurrency or kiss 319 million iCloud accounts goodbye. On Friday, a court sentenced him to a two year suspended jail term. Tim Cook will live to see another day. Read More >>

Ransomware Goons Had a Great 2019, With At Least 948 Reported Attacks

Ransomware operators are closing out a year of extorting local governments, hospitals, and schools with a bang, with at least four more U.S. cities falling victim to sophisticated scams this month alone and a recent report tallying the total number of incidents at nearly a thousand. Read More >>

German Police Raid Data Centre and Alleged Cybercrime Hub Based Out of Former NATO Bunker

German authorities raided a data centre based out of “former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities", the Associated Press reported on Friday, resulting in seven arrests. Read More >>

Busted: £8 Million Tech Support Scam That Preyed on the Elderly

Two individuals were arrested this week in connection with a fraud scheme that manipulated thousands of victims into paying for invented tech services that they didn’t need. Read More >>

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Dozens Charged Over Massive £4.8 Million Internet Romance Scam

Eighty people have been charged in a massive international fraud scheme that sought to steal tens of millions of pounds from victims globally, including both businesses and individuals – some of whom prosecutors say were elderly. Read More >>

Amazon Says ‘Extensive’ Fraud Allowed Cybercriminals to Siphon Cash From Seller Accounts

UK legal documents obtained by Bloomberg show that e-commerce titan Amazon fell prey to “extensive” fraud that allowed cybercriminals to obtain access to around 100 seller accounts and transfer cash into their bank accounts, with the company confirming to the news agency that it had completed an investigation into the incident. Read More >>

Report: The SamSam Ransomware Has Extorted £4.5 Million, and One Person Might Be Behind It

A recent review by British cybersecurity firm Sophos in partnership with cryptocurrency firm Neutrino has concluded that the crew—or possibly one extremely proficient black hat hacker—behind the SamSam ransomware attacks have rolled in at least $5.9 million (£4.5 million) in ransom payments, according to BleepingComputer. Read More >>

Identity Theft Is Exploding in Developing Countries

New data reveals the global circulation of stolen identities is leading to major shifts in cybercrime worldwide, with developing countries cultivating newly formed internet-based economies responsible for a generous amount of fake and stolen account activity. Read More >>

Lord & Taylor and Saks Have Been Hacked to the Tune of Five Million Payment Card Accounts

Cybercriminals who ran off with info on five million payment cards from Saks Fifth Avenue (including its discount brand) and Lord & Taylor databases appear to be preparing to sell them on the dark web, according to a Sunday report from Gemini Advisory. Read More >>

Russian Accused of Hacking LinkedIn Extradited to US After 15-Month Detention in Prague

A Russian national accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, and possibly compromising the personal information of more than 100 million users, has been extradited to the United States, The New York Times reported on Friday. Read More >>

Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks

Former and current Equifax and Yahoo executives appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the major consumer data breaches that occurred under their watch. An executive at Verizon, which acquired Yahoo this summer, was also called as a witness. Read More >>