Articles about Cybercrime

Darkode VXer handed three years' probation

A malware writer and one time FireEye intern hauled in during massive global raids of cybercrime forum Darkode has been handed three years' probation, ducking a possible 16-month sentence. US District Judge Arthur Schwab ordered Morgan Culbertson, 22, to perform 300 hours of community service. The sentence took into account …
Darren Pauli, 7 Feb 2017

Reports claim Spanish police have arrested hacker Phineas Fisher

Spanish cops investigating an attack on a Catalan police union last May have arrested three suspects, including a hacker alleged to be behind high-profile attacks against spyware-for-cops firms Hacking Team and Gamma International. Phineas Fisher claimed responsibility for the hack and subsequent leak of sensitive information …
John Leyden, 1 Feb 2017

Suffered a breach? Expect to lose cash, opportunities, and customers – report

More than a third of organisations that experienced a breach last year reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss. The finding is one of the key takeaways from the latest edition of Cisco's annual cybersecurity report, which also suggests that defenders are struggling to improve defences against a growing …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2017
A Ransom Note

We see you, ransomware flingers, testing out your baddest stuff on... Germany?

A security firm has floated the theory that malware authors are using German firms as a testing ground for their wares prior to wider distribution. Four in five (81 per cent) of ransomware detected in corporate environments occurred in North America. Germany is the second-most impacted country by ransomware, leading …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2017
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Ransomware avalanche at Alpine hotel puts room keycards on ice

A top Austrian hotel coughed up thousands in ransom to cybercrooks, who hacked its computer system and locked guests out of their rooms until the money was paid. The Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt went public with its problems as a warning to other hotels. This is the second time the four-star destination has been hit. The …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2017
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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

Prague has become the centre of cyber cold war intrigue with both Russia and the US seeking the extradition of a Russian hacker. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, is the target of extradition requests from both countries weeks following his arrest last October by Czech police during a holiday to the country. Local authorities acted on an …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2017

Linux nasty kicks weak, hacked gadgets when they're already down

Several thousand Linux devices have been infected with a new Linux-based trojan, Russian security software firm Doctor Web warns. The Linux-Proxy-10 Trojan infects network devices running Linux, turning them into a platform for cybercrime that allows crooks to remain anonymous online. Black hats run freeware code called the …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2017
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Kaspersky cybercrime investigator cuffed in Russian treason probe

A top cybercrime investigator at Kaspersky Lab has been arrested by Russian police investigating alleged treason. Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the investigation unit at the Kaspersky Lab, is under investigation for a period predating his employment at the security software firm. "This case is not related to Kaspersky Lab," the …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2017

UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load

The total cost of fraudulent activity in the UK surpassed a billion pounds for the first time in five years, reaching £1.137bn in 2016 compared to £732m the year before. Fraud against businesses was up sevenfold last year, with inside jobs committed by employees and management the most common method, as measured by alleged …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2017
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I don't care what your eyeballs tell you. Alternative fact is, we've locked up your files

Two in five large UK businesses have fallen victim to a "bluff" ransomware attack, according to a new survey. "Bluff" ransomware attacks involve cybercriminals falsely claiming that malicious software has successfully infected an organisation's network before demanding an extortionate payment in return for the "encryption key …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2017

Lloyds Bank outage: DDoS is prime suspect

A DDoS attack was reportedly behind online outages at Lloyds Bank a fortnight ago. As previously reported by El Reg, the banking group suffered several interruptions to its online service on 11-12 January that it initially blamed on "unspecified technical glitches". Customers were unable to check their account balances or make …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2017

Shocking crime surge – THE TRUTH: England, Wales stats now include hacking and fraud

Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase. Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time. In a report published this week, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reckoned there were 6.2 million reported incidents of crime in the 12 …
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2017
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'Beeeellion-dollar' mastercrooks in hotel, restaurant blitzkrieg

The Carbanak cyber criminal gang is abusing Google’s infrastructure as a conduit for botnet control. The gang became notorious when it was blamed for the theft of one billion dollars from more than 100 banks across 30 countries back in 2015. Fast-forward two years and Carbanak is now infecting users via a script that will send …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2017
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Credential-stuffers enjoy up to 2% attack success rate – report

Hackers achieve a success rate of 0.1 to 2 per cent when reusing stolen credentials to access other sites, according to a new study by Shape Security. More than three billion credentials were reported stolen worldwide in 2016, with 51 companies admitting a breach. These stolen credentials are routinely abused by cybercriminals …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2017

UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

Malware has infected hospital computers at the UK’s biggest NHS trust. Barts Health, which runs six London hospitals, shut down parts of its network on Friday to prevent the spread of the as-yet-unidentified software nasty. The organization oversees Mile End Hospital, Newham University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, St …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2017

Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy's bigwigs

A hacking operation featuring the EyePyramid trojan successfully compromised the systems of numerous high-profile Italian targets, including two former prime ministers, say Italian police. High-profile targets were targeted by a spear-phishing campaign that served a remote-access trojan codenamed "EyePyramid" as a malicious …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2017
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Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

Cybercrooks are targeting UK schools, demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware. Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are cold-calling schools claiming to be from the Department of Education and asking for the head teachers’ email addresses. Crooks then send booby-trapped emails with …
John Leyden, 6 Jan 2017
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New Android-infecting malware brew hijacks devices. Why, you ask? Your router

Hackers have brewed up a strain of Android malware that uses compromised smartphones as conduits to attack routers. The Switcher trojan does not attack Android device users directly. Instead, the malware uses compromised smartphones and tablets as tools to attack any wireless networks they connect to. Switcher brute-forces …
John Leyden, 3 Jan 2017

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