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A life of cybercrime, a caipirinha and a tan: Fraudsters love a Brazilian

Brazil is the only market that offers training services for cybercriminal wannabes, making it possible to start a new career in cybercrime for just $500. Training modules, hands-on exercises, interactive guides, instructional videos, as well as post-training support are available, according to a new report of the Brazilian …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2014
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Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

European police agency Europol has launched an counter-cybercrime taskforce. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) will coordinate international investigations into malware distribution, hacking and underground cybercrime forums. J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will be based at the European Cybercrime …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2014
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New South Wales' top cybercrime cop talks to Vulture South

AusCERT It seems odd that a veteran hard-nosed, clean-cut cop who cut teeth fighting triads and outlaw bikie gangs across Sydney would apply for a job running the state's cybercrime police division, and even more bizarre that he would get it. But sometime in his younger years before the then champion bodybuilder would oversee …
Darren Pauli, 14 May 2014
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Hey, is that CSI: Hackers on TV? Oh, it's Microsoft's Cybercrime Center

Microsoft has built a new home for its Digital Crimes Unit on its Redmond campus to bring together geeks, lawyers, forensic specialists, and law enforcement in tracking down online crooks around the world. Microsoft Cybercrime Center No fighting in the war room please "The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013
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Hacked and ashamed? C'mon, Brits – report that cybercrime

Internet-enabled frauds reached £670m across the UK in the 12 months running up to the end of August, according to new figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Since the majority of internet-enabled fraud cases still go unreported, the true economic cost to the UK is likely to be significantly higher. The figures …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2014
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Australia ratifies cybercrime convention

Australia's Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced that the government has formally signed the European Convention on Cybercrime. Doing so was the final step in becoming party to the convention, after the Cybercrime Amendment Bill passed through Australia's Parliament in 2012. The A-G said the move will “will help combat …
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Europe's cybercrime fighters get new digs... complete with Faraday room

The EU’s new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be inaugurated at Europol in The Hague later today. The facility will act as the "focal point" in the EU’s fight against cybercrime, against both businesses and private citizens. The centre is designed to provide greater international co-ordination in the fight against online …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2013

ATO casts loving eyes over cybercrime intercept powers

Hot on the heels of the passage of Australia’s Cybercrime Amendment Bill – which expands Australia’s interception regime in an effort to bring it into line with European practices – the Australian Taxation Office is reportedly looking for more interception powers as well. If this report in The Australian is accurate, it appears …
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NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

The NSA operates like a state-sponsored cybercrime gang using much the same tools and techniques as miscreants slinging banking trojans, one cynic has suggested. Anyone following the Snowden revelations knows by now that the NSA uses exploits and malware to spy on the online activities of targets, but ponytailed infosec expert …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013

Monster banking Trojan botnet claims 500,000 victims

Security researchers have uncovered the infrastructure behind one of largest and most voracious banking Trojan networks uncovered to date. The Qbot (aka Qakbot) botnet apparently infected 500,000 systems before sniffing "conversations" – including account credentials – for a whopping 800,000 online banking transactions. More …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2014
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Australia lacks cash for cybercrime study

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) does not have the resources to repeat its 2009 Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security (ABACUS) study into the prevalence of cybercrime in Australia. An AIC spokesperson told The Register that the cost and complexity involved in an ABACUS study is not something the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2012
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Security giants join forces to train cops on cybercrime

Net security firms have lent their support to a new group that is seeking to provide cybercrime training for law enforcement officials as part of a wider fight against cybercrime. McAfee and Trend Micro have both pledged to support the fledgling International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA). The international business …
Team Register, 06 Jul 2011
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Oz cybercrime laws in need of repair

An Australian Senate committee has recommended that law enforcement authorities should only hand information to agencies from other countries if those countries have privacy protection that matches our own. That’s one of the key recommendations made by the bipartisan committee looking into proposed cybercrime legislation, which …
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BILLIONS of digital dollars go AWOL to cybercrooks, says study

Cybercrime costs the world $400bn every year – enough to send three International Space Stations into orbit – according to research commissioned by antivirus software house McAfee. Widely regarded as the most expensive object ever created, the International Space Station has cost the world about $150bn so far. But that's small …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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Oz cybercrime bill passes on the nod, unchanged

While the surface of Australian politics is a roiling maelstrom of spite and hatred, the government and opposition manage to agree on some things – like the need to have spooks and police snooping Internet and telephones with as little hindrance as possible. In spite of a bipartisan committee which recommended changes to the …
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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

Death via internet, online contract killers and crime-as-a-service were just three of the scarier elements discussed by international top cops at the Interpol-Europol cybercrime summit in Singapore last week. The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment, a report prepared by Europol’s cybercrime division, warns that the so- …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Oct 2014
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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

Security researcher Raashid Bhatt has detailed how to bust the security protections of the Zeus banking trojan allowing him to take a webcam photo of the scammer. Bhatt (@raashidbhatt) wrote in a technical blog how he reverse-engineered the malware after a scammer attempted to foist the malware on him through a phishing scam …
Darren Pauli, 07 Aug 2014
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Feds smash international cybercrime ring with Power of Facebook

The FBI have said that with the help of Facebook, they've taken down an international crime gang who went on an $850m botnet spree. The ten suspects are allegedly responsible for multiple variants of the Yahos malware, which is linked to more than 11 million computer takeovers and over $850m in losses using the Butterfly botnet …
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UK still to ratify Euro Cybercrime pact ten years on

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is celebrating the ten year birthday of the Budapest Convention against cybercrime. Speaking in Hungary, she said much had been achieved, but cyber attacks were still increasing. She noted recent attacks against carbon trading systems, and a wider attack on EC email …
John Oates, 13 Apr 2011
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Australia toughens cybercrime laws

Australian carriers and ISPs will be forced to retain customer’s private data such as email and text messages by police and authorities, without a warrant, if it is required for investigations into cybercrime. The requirements are part of legislation introduced to strengthen cyber security laws and enhance Australia’s ability to …

Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

A new cybercrime tool promises to use credit card numbers in a more human way that is less likely to attract the attention of fraud-detection systems, and therefore be more lucrative for those who seek to profit from events like the Target breach. The "Voxis Platform" is billed as "advanced cash out software" that promises to …
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014
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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

A router-to-router bot first detected two years ago has evolved - and now has the capability to reconfigure the firewalls of its victims. The Lightaidra malware captured by security researcher TimelessP (@TimelessP) is an IRC-based mass router scanner/exploiter that's rare because it spreads through consumer network devices …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2014
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UK finally ratifies Cybercrime Convention during Obama visit

President Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron agreed to work more closely on cybersecurity following a meeting between the two government leaders on Wednesday. The UK underlined this commitment with a much-delayed ratification of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. The convention, which embodies a commitment to …
John Leyden, 25 May 2011

Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Cybercrooks are upping the ante by loading malware as an attachment inside another attachment in a bid to slip past security defences. A new variant of the Upatre Trojan comes bundled in spammed messages that imitate emails from known banks such as Lloyds Bank and Wells Fargo. The .MSG file of the malicious emails contains …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2014
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UK banks hook themselves up to real-time cop data feed

UK banks will receive real-time warnings about threats to their customers' accounts as well as the overall integrity of their banking systems from a new financial crime alert system. Financial Crime Alerts Service (FCAS), which is being rolled out by banking industry association BBA, is designed to allow financial crime …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2014
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Euro cops mull crowd-sourced cybercrime data

Crowd-sourcing cybercrime reports could help the fight against online crime, according to a senior European Union official. Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, told a House of Lords sub-committee that plans for a European centre to fight cybercrime would include a facility for members of the public to report security attacks …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2010

Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

Europe's top cyber-cop has called for a shift in focus from the prosecution of online crims to the disruption of their activities. This comes as crooks increasingly make use of the darknet – private peer-to-peer networks such as Tor – to stay hidden and anonymous; cops find it difficult to work out suspects' true identities and …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2014

Carders punch holes through Staples

US office giant Staples is investigating a possible credit and debit card breach of its Northeastern stores. Evidence for the hack, reported by cybercrime and prolific breach blower Brian Krebs, is apparently based on a dozen fraud monitor sources within different US banks. Staples has contacted police and said it was …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2014
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Report: Hacking forum is a cybercrime academy

Certain underground hacking forums are acting as training academies and tech-support networks for cybercriminals as well as creating a marketplace for a vast array of cybercrime tools, say researchers. Database security firm Imperva has been keeping close tabs on an unnamed hacking message board with nearly 220,000 registered …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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Auction fraud complaints prop up declining US cybercrime reports

US complaints about internet fraud dropped 10 per cent last year. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) fielded 303,809 reports of cybercrime in 2010, down from 336,655. The agency – maintained by staff from by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center – said the reduced figures were still the second highest in its …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011
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ZeuS cybercrime cookbook on sale in underground forums

Cybercrooks are offering what purports to be source code for the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit through underground forums. The would-be seller, nicknamed IOO, has lent credibility to the offer by including screenshots of what appears to be portions of the source code for ZeuS to his sales pitch. IOO offers to discuss the sale …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2011
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Teen cybercrime forum boss jailed

A UK teenager who ran a prolific cybercrime forum from home has been jailed for five years. Nick Webber, 19, maintained the Ghostmarket.net market which boasted 8,000 memberships and facilitated a range of crimes including the sale of stolen credit card and personal details. Police recovered the details of thousands of credit …
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2011

Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

Around two in five people who fall victim to CryptoLocker have agreed to pay a ransom of around £300 to recover their files, according to a survey of victims. Researchers from the University of Kent quizzed a total of 48 people who had been affected by CryptoLocker. Of the sample, 17 said they paid the ransom and 31 said they …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014
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EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime

An international cybercrime centre will be able to revoke domain names and IP addresses under new proposals by European governments. The EU Council of Ministers announced the plan yesterday. They want a new body, possibly based at Europol, the EU police agency, to take on an array of tasks to combat cybercrime. The most eye- …
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Three WireLurker suspects arrested in China – reports

Three people suspected of involvement in the WireLurker malware campaign have been arrested in China, according to reports. The suspects – whom the Beijing Public Security "internet" unit named only as Chen, Lee and Wang – were apparently arrested in the Beijing area following an investigation assisted by local security firm …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2014

Elderly zombie Asprox botnet STILL mauling biz bods, says survey

The Asprox botnet was responsible for about 80 per cent of all attack sessions recorded during October 2014, impacting nearly 2,000 different organisations. These figures, from a new report by Palo Alto Networks, provide evidence that the Asprox (AKA Kuluoz) malware family is continuing to plague businesses, despite multiple …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014
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Alleged Muscovite cybercrime daddy hauled in to face US court

A suspected Russian cyber-crook has arrived in the US to face charges of security fraud, computer hacking and ID theft following his deportation from Switzerland. Vladimir Zdorovenin, 54, of Moscow, Russia, is alleged to have masterminded a series of credit card theft and stock manipulation scams in conjunction with his son, …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2012
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Symantec and Snoop Dogg launch cybercrime rap contest

Symantec has teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest. Participants are invited to bust some rhymes on the subject of malware, hacking and botnets for the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to LA to attend a Snoop gig and meet his people, if not the rapper himself. Winners get a Toshiba laptop …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2010
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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

Hackers seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin. The failed extortion attempt back in April was disclosed by Detroit mayor Mike Duggan at the North American International Cyber Summit conference on Monday. The stolen database wasn’t needed by the cash- …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2014
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Scotland Yard cuffs teens for role in cybercrime forum

Two teenagers have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the world's largest English-language cybercrime forum. The pair were detained by appointment in central London on Wednesday by the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), a national unit based at Scotland Yard. An eight-month investigation into the forum, which hasn' …
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Cybercrime figures 'as true as sexual-conquest scores'

Microsoft researchers have rubbished figures from cyber-crime surveys, deeming them subject to the types of distortions that have long bedevilled sex surveys. It's well enough established that men claim to have more female sexual partners in sex surveys than women claim male partners, a discrepancy that can't be explained by …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2011
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Cybercrime talks end in failure

Plans to ratify an updated version of a global treaty against cybercrime have failed. Negotiations on modifying the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime to take into account third world objections and the move to cloud computing floundered after delegates attending an international conference in Brazil last week failed to reach an …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2010
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'Father of Zeus' banking trojan appears at very reasonable price

A banking trojan dubbed the father of the infamous Zeus malware is being flogged on cybercrime marketplaces for a pricey $7000, says fraud specialist Etay Maor. The Kronos malware was sold on a cybercrime forum, pitched particularly to Zeus trojan customers given its capabilities to re-use that trojan's form grabbing templates …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2014
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Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

Miscreants have brewed up a strain of ransomware which functions like the recently dead CryptoLocker - and this one communicates using the Tor browsing anonymization network. Critroni appears geared towards exploiting a gap in the market created by a takedown operation against the CryptoLocker and Gameover ZeuS botnets back in …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2014

Russian botnet suspects cuffed over romantic MMS spyware allegs

Russian cops have arrested two mobile botnet cybercrime suspects as part of an ongoing investigation that's reckoned to be the first of its kind in Russia. The unnamed duo, aged 25 and 24 and both resident in Arkhangelsk (a city in the north of European Russia) were arrested as part of an investigation into attempts to defraud …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
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Bank insiders charged in ZeuS cybercrime smackdown

Six corrupt bank insiders turned ZeuS money mule suspects have been arrested in Moldova. All half dozen of the suspects worked in local banks in the east European country. Investigators reckon the suspects specialised in laundering Western Union and MoneyGram payments received from co-conspirators in the West that can ultimately …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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German cybercrime forum hacked

An underground cybercrime forum has been hacked, with once walled-off information uploaded onto file-sharing networks. The attack on German e-crime site Carders.cc has led to the wider disclosure of stolen credit card details and passwords from victims along with data on the forum's criminal denizens. A database file containing …
John Leyden, 19 May 2010
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Hackers use DRAFT emails as dead-drops for running malware

Sneaky hackers are using Gmail and Yahoo! drafts to control compromised devices, with the tactic designed to make detection of malware-related communications more difficult to pick up in enterprise environments. Attacks occur in two phases. Hackers first infect a targeted machine via simple malware that installs Python onto the …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2014

Most convincing PHISHING pages hoodwink nearly half of you – Google

Nearly half (45 per cent) of those who visit the most convincing phishing pages are tricked into handing over personal information, according to Google. This effectiveness drops to just three per cent in the case of the most obviously scummy phishing sites, while the online giant reports that the account hijackers work quickly, …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2014

Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

Crooks have unsheathed a variant of the Citadel Trojan that targets password managers. The malware is designed to steal a victim's master passphrase, thus unlocking his or her database of website passwords in the process. The software nasty runs a key-logger to intercept what people type into the Password Safe and KeePass open- …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2014