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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

Dark web marketplace AlphaBay's closure last week followed an international law enforcement operation and multiple raids, it has emerged. It has also been reported that a key suspect who was arrested in the raids has died in custody. The world’s biggest online drug bazaar dropped offline on 5 July, sparking fears that its …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2017

Dial S for SQLi: Now skiddies can order web attacks via text message

Hackers are touting a tool that allows any idiot with a smartphone to conveniently order up mass SQL injection attacks against websites. From what we can tell, you can either rent an instance of the crooks' Katyusha Scanner Pro for $200 per month, or install a copy on your own system for $500. This software uses the Anarchi …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2017
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Breached Bitcoin Bithumb bosses blame bod's BYOD

South Korean cyber-cops are probing a hacking attack on Bithumb, one of the world's biggest Bitcoin exchanges. Miscreants were able to get hold of personal information – email addresses, names, and cellphone numbers – of roughly 32,000 Bithumb users, or three per cent of the exchange's user base. The website is a pretty big …
John Leyden, 6 Jul 2017
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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

All the Bitcoins paid by victims of the NotPetya ransomware attack were withdrawn overnight. Some paid the equivalent of $300 in Bitcoin even though there were no real means to recover their data. Just over 3.96 Bitcoins ($10,382) were drained from a wallet tied to NotPetya early on Wednesday morning, according to a Twitter …
John Leyden, 5 Jul 2017
malware

For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

Ransomware dominated the threat landscape last year even though file-encrypting nasties made up less than one in a hundred examples of different Windows malware during 2016. The mode of action and damage created by file-encrypting trojans makes them a much greater threat than implied by a consideration of the numbers, …
John Leyden, 4 Jul 2017

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries. Check out our full analysis of the software nasty, here. Early analysis of the attack points towards a variant of the known Petya ransomware, a strain of malware that encrypts the filesystem tables and …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure. Incidents affecting sales tills and payment systems increased to 31 per cent in 2016, according to research by security firm Trustwave, while incidents affecting e-commerce environments fell to …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2017
Angry Judge

Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

A UK hacker who stole £100,000 from his bank after spotting a loophole in its systems has been jailed for 16 months. Unemployed James Ejankowski, 24, of Bridlington, squandered his ill-gotten gains by splurging on a BMW and a Range Rover, and getting his face tattooed (as shown in a story in the Teeside Evening Gazette here). …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2017

Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

A UK-based computer hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of usernames and email addresses from a US military communications system. Sean Caffrey, 25, of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system and of about …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2017
Office Space

If you haven't already obliterated your Jaff-infected comp, there is an antidote available

Security researchers have developed a free decryption tool for victims of the ‪Jaff‬ ransomware, meaning they can regain access to files without paying crooks. The utility – developed by boffins at Kaspersky Lab – works on all variants released to date. Of course there is still the possibility that the criminals behind Jaff …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2017
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Mac ransomware author is giving away malicious code to script kiddies

Security researchers have discovered a ransomware variant that targets Macs rather than Windows PCs. Although technically inferior to most current ransomware targeting Windows, it still encrypts or prevents access to victim's files, thereby causing real damage, according to researchers at Fortinet. MacRansom uses symmetric …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2017
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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

Analysis Opposition is growing over demands that digital forensics labs comply with ISO 17025 – an international checklist for laboratory testing. Essentially, the UK government and Brit police chiefs want computer forensics labs serving Blighty's criminal justice system to be ISO 17025 compliant by October 2017. That means IT experts …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2017
Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

Russia's control of cybercrime groups that have come to play a part in its espionage activity is crumbling, according to Cybereason. The security intelligence outfit reached this conclusion after reviewing the latest tactics and procedures associated with high-profile cyber-espionage pops blamed on the Kremlin. Russia has made …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017

Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht denied bid for new trial

Ross Ulbricht has lost his bid to set aside his life sentence for selling illegal drugs through the now defunct underground website Silk Road. Ulbricht, who operated Silk Road from 2011 through 2013 under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2015 on charges of …

Plastic surgery patients face extortion in wake of clinic data breach

Thousands of private photos have been leaked by cybercriminals following the hack of a Lithuanian cosmetic surgery clinic. A hacking group, using the nickname "Tsar Team", leaked images it claims came from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic servers. The group spaffed the data after targeted health facility's customers failed to meet …
John Leyden, 31 May 2017

Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

The supposed "Pirates hack" was only ever a hoax, according to Disney chief exec Bob Iger. Earlier this month the Disney's boss said that hackers were threatening one of its movies unless it paid a ransom. This film was widely assumed to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Hackers had supposedly obtained the …
John Leyden, 26 May 2017
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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

The ‪WannaCry‬pt extortion notes were most likely written by Chinese-speaking authors, according to linguistic analysis. WannaCry samples analysed by security outfit Flashpoint contained language configuration files with translated ransom messages for 28 languages. All but three of these messages were put together using Google …
John Leyden, 26 May 2017
Mark Wahlberg and his come-to-life teddy bear in bed in the movie Ted. Copyright: Universal Pictures

Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery. RoughTed can deliver a variety of payloads including exploit kits and malware. Hackers are leveraging fingerprinting and adblocker-bypassing techniques in a bid to ensure that marks are served content from RoughTed- …
John Leyden, 25 May 2017

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