Articles about Cybercrime

Europol knocks out mobile cybercrime gang in Spain

Europol and la policía española have taken down a gang of alleged cybercriminals engaged in a fraudulent phone calls scam, said to have caused financial damaged estimated at €2m, as part of an operation codenamed "Walker". Coordinated police action in Barcelona on 6 July resulted in the arrest of nine suspects and the …
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Cybercrime taskforce collects huge botnet scalp on first go

A sophisticated botnet has been neutered by a consortium starring the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce. The botnet, known by a number of names, including AAEH and Beebone, was a "polymorphic downloader bot" which installed various forms of malware on victims’ computers. Like an …

Cybercrime forum Darkode returns with security, admins intact

Crime forum Darkode has relaunched with renewed security two weeks after it was obliterated in a global police raid that shut down the site and saw members arrested. The English-speaking forum, established in 2007, was a major player in the cybercrime underground where vetted members could buy and sell zero days, trojans, and …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2015

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
Blackhat

Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen

Film review You don’t expect much from a storyline that reads like a cyber remake of the cheesy classic The Rock – crime happens and only dastardly criminal taken out of lock-up by the Feds can stop it. But director Michael Mann has turned out a pretty decent thriller in Blackhat, even if it does take itself a little too seriously. For a …
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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
Microsoft Cybercrime Center

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

Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

The volume of malware threats is actually on the decline despite the increase in breaches, according to a study from Websense Security Labs. Websense Security Labs logged 3.96 billion security threats in 2014, which was 5.1 per cent less than 2013. Despite this, the number of high-profile breaches increased. Hackers have …
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2015
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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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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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Europol and Barclays shack up for steamy security shenanigans

EU law enforcement body Europol and Barclays have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their cooperation in combating cybercrime targeting the financial sector. The agreement establishes a formal means for Europol and Barclays to "exchange strategic information, information on trends, expertise and statistical …
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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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Europol shuts down darn RAMNIT botnet

Euro cybercrime cops have taken down the RAMNIT botnet, which has infected 3.2 million computers worldwide, including 33,000 in the UK. The National Crime Agency's cybercrime unit worked with cops in the Netherlands, Italy and Germany to shut down command-and-control servers used by the botnet. One of the servers was housed in …
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015

Four Brits cuffed as global cyber-crime forum Darkode busted

Coordinated action from law enforcement and judicial authorities across the world has succeeded in taking down Darkode, an English-language cybercriminal forum. Darkode.com was established in 2007 and was as notable for its size and popularity as for the malicious activities transacted there, which included carding, selling …

The Ruskies are coming for you, NSA director tells City bankers

Defence bigwigs have issued a stern warning to financial companies at the London Stock Exchange that "so-called patriotic hacker groups" may soon embiggen their attacks on the City and Wall Street. The talk, organised by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) along with the FCA and Bank of England, noted how Western banks …

Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

Police have arrested 49 men from Spain, Nigeria, and Cameroon in connection with electronic bank account raids that plundered some €6 million across Europe. The men were arrested as part of Operation Triangle, an effort involving police from Spain, Italy, and Poland together with authorities in Belgium, the UK, and Georgia. …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2015
The NSA Unchained

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
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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

Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

Three Estonians have been sentenced to a cumulative 11 years for their cybercrime activities which infected more than four million computers with malware across more than 100 countries. The three crims, who were sent down by US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan on Thursday, were: Timur Gerassimenko, 35, who received …

Calling all cybercrooks: Ready-made phone attack rig for sale

Cybercrooks are marketing a hardware-based tool for running denial of service attacks on telephone systems. The Telephone Denial of Service attacks (TDoS) rig is being sold by a group of cybercriminals called “TNT” from Eastern Europe via underground cybercrime forums. The tool, called “TNT Instant Up”, features a special …
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2015

We’re in bed together, admit Intel Security, Trend Micro and NCA

The UK's National Crime Agency has enlisted two leading security firms as part of a collaborative intelligence-sharing effort. Intel Security and Trend Micro will be part of the "virtual threat teams" which will provide the police with intelligence on cybercrime threats in the UK and the rest of the world. As both companies …
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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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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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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 …

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

World's worst exploit kit now targeting point-of-sale systems

Trend Micro researcher Anthony Joe Melgarejo says the sophisticated Angler exploit kit popular in cybercrime circles is now targeting point-of-sale (PoS) systems. It appears to be the first time an exploit kit has included PoS in its list of hackable platforms, putting them alongside the likes of Adobe Flash, Reader, Java, and …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015

German gets 4 years in clink for $14 MILLION global ATM fraud

A German man has been sentenced to 50 months in prison and ordered to repay $14m after he hacked into US banks, stealing debit card data and even removed withdrawal limits. Qendrim Dobruna, 29, also known as "closEd" and "cLoz", stole card data and spread it worldwide. The stolen credentials were used to make fraudulent ATM …
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Lizard Squad kid bandit who did 50 THOUSAND HACKS dodges cooler stint

A Lizard Squad teenager won't spend any time in the slammer despite admitting to a Finnish court that he compromised 50,700 systems in a long career of computer crime. He also pleaded guilty to other cyber misdeeds. Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki, 17, received a two-year suspended prison sentence, and will have his internet …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2015

Router creds admin/admin? Lizard Squad thanks you

Console DDoSers Lizard Squad are using insecure home routers for a paid service that floods target networks, researchers say. The service crawls the web looking for home and commercial routers secured using lousy default credentials that could easily be brute-forced and then added to its growing botnet. Researchers close to a …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jan 2015
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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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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

20-yr-old Brazilian births 100 banking trojans

A 20 year-old Brazilian kid has pumped out more than 100 banking trojans selling each for around US$300 a pop, Trend Micro researchers say. The computer science student's extracurricular activities landed him the dishonourable title of his country's most prolific banking malware creator. Researchers say "Lordfenix", his chosen …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015

Papa don't breach: Wannabe singer jailed for hacking Madonna

An aspiring-singer-turned-hacker has been jailed for accessing Madonna's online accounts and stealing her unreleased music tracks. Adi Lederman, 39, had unsuccessfully appeared on Israel’s Kochav Nolad TV talent show before breaking into Team Madonna's email inbox and cloud-based systems last year to steal photographs and …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2015
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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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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 …

Backdoor bot brains snatched after cops, white hats raid servers

Microsoft and Interpol have teamed up to derail a malware infection that compromised more than 770,000 Windows PCs worldwide. Simda is a “pay-per-install” software nasty: fraudsters pay miscreants some sum of money for every 1,000 or so machines they compromise. The hackers effectively earn cash by selling access to the infected …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2015
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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

Tory Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, ex-Tech City supremo, ex-head of Bebo*, ex-head of Facebook Europe and ex-MD of Google EMEA, has been appointed minister for internet safety and security. Shields was awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list and elevated to the peerage the following August. The Telegraph reports that …
Simon Rockman, 18 May 2015
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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

Malvertising campaign hits 10 MEELLION users in 10 days

Cyphort researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says 10 million users may have been infected in as many as 10 days, thanks to a deadly malvertising and exploit kit campaign. The cybercrime investigator says the popular Angler exploit kit is driving the campaign targeting users across Asia, the US, and parts of Europe. It is the latest …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015
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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

A 30-year old man from Aberdovey has been sentenced to two years in prison, thanks to his dark web drug dealing. Cei William Owens, 30, from Ceunant, Aberdovey, was nabbed by the coppers last year as part of an international investigation which targeted the bigger players in the dark net drug-dealing world. Owens, who used …
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Scammers going after iOS as fake crash reports hit UK

Tech support scammers have begun targeting UK iPhone and iPad users, offering to fix problems that don't actually exist. Cold call scams that seek to hoodwink Windows users into paying for useless remote diagnostic and cleanup services have been an issue for years. More recently, scammers have broadened their sights to target …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2015
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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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DDoS attack downs University of London learning platform

The University of London Computer Centre fell victim to a cyber-attack on Thursday. The assault left Moodle – an open-source learning platform – out of action for several hours on Thursday morning before normal service was restored. Technicians initially estimated problems were down to firewall configuration issues, before …
John Leyden, 22 May 2015
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Babar the Elephant: Another malware plague with a cute name

A strain of French-language cyber-espionage malware spotted by infosec researchers shows that the NSA aren't the only spook agency brewing custom nasties to steal sensitive data. Babar was first mentioned in documents from Canadian intel agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) leaked by Edward Snowden. They …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015
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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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Blackhat hack trick wallops popular routers

A cybercrime vigilante known as Kafeine says criminals are hitting thousands of victims with a hacking tool that targets more than 40 router models. The well-known hacker says the novel attacks use cross-site request forgery and exploits against new and old bugs to change router DNS settings. This bypasses the need to target …
Darren Pauli, 26 May 2015
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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
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Cisco and Level 3 team up to squash brute force server hijackers

Cisco and service provider Level 3 have teamed up take down netblocks linked to brute-force hack kingpins SSHPsychos, severely degrading (but not destroying) the group's potential to hack servers in the process. Hacker collective SSHPsychos (AKA Group 93) has been running SSH brute force attacks on an industrial scale since June …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2015