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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 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 attack menaces users with tainted love

Update Security researchers have uncovered a malvertising attack run over ad networks and aimed at users of dating site The tainted ads are mainly targeting UK users, security firm Malwarebytes warns.'s servers themselves have not been breached. The latest attack follows a similar assault against Match's sister …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2015

Hey Scandos, missed that parcel? Here’s some ransomware instead

Spam emails disguised as messages from local post offices – but actually packing the latest variant of the CryptoLocker ransomware – are being flung at surfers in Scandinavia. Heimdal Security reports that emails referring to an undelivered package and written in local languages are actually attempts to trick prospective marks …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2015

Screenshot malware targeted innocent online poker players

Spyware is targeting users of the Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars online games – and it is said to allow cheats to get a sneaky advantage over honest players. The malware, named Odlanor, first checks if PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker is running before taking screenshots of the infected player’s virtual poker hand and their …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2015

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

US braces for WW3 with Cyber Command 'Vision' of integrated cyberops

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, commander of the United States' Cyber Command, has released his vision statement for the US's warfighting arm in cyberspace, coincidentally advocating a much larger role for his command and agencies in the national defence apparatus. Rogers, who is also head of the NSA and the Central Security …
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Chinese fraudsters hitch a ride on Uber accounts

Uber accounts of US-based customers are apparently being fraudulently abused in China. Kirby Bittner was one of a number of users to complain to Uber late last month about fraudulent fares in China. She, along with others, blamed account hacking. Uber reportedly told SC Magazine that weak passwords or password reuse were to …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 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

Tits and ads: Malware-riddled banners stiff X-rated websites

An ongoing malvertising campaign that began in August by targeting, and other websites visited by millions of people has expanded to hit smut sites as well. Many porn websites have been fingered with tainted advertisements via an ad network called TrafficHaus, a big player in supplying ads to adult networks …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2015

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

Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

A Londonderry man has been handed a four-year sentence – of which half will be spent in custody – as a result of an online piracy operation he ran from his bedroom at his parents' house between 2008 and 2013. Paul Mahoney, 29, of Carnhill, made almost £300,000 in advertising revenue, which was generated across a series of …
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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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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

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

Dating gets even more dangerous after PlentyOfFish suffers tainted ads

Miscreants managed to squirt malware at users of dating site PlentyOfFish after planting malicious code in tainted ads. Users of PlentyOfFish are targeted by an array of fake adverts via the site’s ad network ( This malvertising serves up content from booby-trapped sites. The Nuclear Exploit Kit hosted on …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 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

RIG exploit kit scum pop 27,000 machines a day

The authors of the RIG exploit kit have bounced back after a source code leak and are now again happily infecting computers at the rate of around 27,000 machines a day. The exploit kit, widely available at underground cybercrime markets, had its source code leaked in February. Trustwave Spiderlabs researchers say that since …
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 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 …

Aviva phone hacker jailed for 18 months over revenge attack

A senior techie has been jailed for 18 month after he was convicted of hacking into hundreds of phones at insurance firm Aviva, an act of sabotage designed to extract revenge against a firm that supplied security services to the insurance giant. Richard Neale, 40, pleaded guilty to a hack against Aviva designed to cause …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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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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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

Alleged Anonymous-aiding journo's brief tells jury nowt's been proven

The lawyer representing a journalist accused of aiding Anonymous hackers informed a jury on Tuesday that the prosecution "had not proven the criminal charges it filed over the incident". Matthew Keys, the journalist, was indicted on three criminal charges in 2013, alleging (PDF) that he had provided Anonymous hackers with …
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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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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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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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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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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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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted Monday that the May scam in which criminals tried to use stolen data on more than 114,000 people to collect tax information was far larger than it originally thought. Uncle Sam's taxman now claims that on top of the 100,000 or so people whose data had been used to collect tax …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015

Carders fleece $4.2 million from Victoria's MyKi transport agency

Scammers have inflicted some AUD$4.2 million in damages of damage to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) by buying and selling MyKi travel cards loaded with cash stolen from credit cards. The agency in the southern Australian state coughed up the dough to international credit card holders whose cards were fleeced. MyKi cards are …
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2015
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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 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

Top QLD sex shop cops Cryptowall lock; cops flop as state biz popped

Cryptowall attackers are smashing businesses in the Australian state of Queensland, according to the owner of a Townsville sex shop which has paid $1,058 to ransomware attackers to have its files unlocked. The third iteration of the dangerous ransomware hit Sweethearts, which describes itself as Queensland's oldest sex shop, …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2015
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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 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
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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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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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Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'

Chechen rozzers have reportedly arrested a trio of jihadi-baiting women who flirted with ISIS fighters online before conning them out of money they sent to pay for a non-existent rendezvous in Syria. Terrorists pledging allegiance to the self-declared caliphate – almost as contentious in name as deed – have made a concerted …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2015
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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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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
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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 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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'Self-deleting' Mexican ATM malware let sneaky miscreants slurp cash

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a new ATM malware strain, dubbed GreenDispenser, which gives crooks the ability to walk up to a compromised machine and drain its cash. When installed, GreenDispenser displays an “out of service” message on the ATM – but attackers who enter the correct pin codes can then drain the …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2015

Listed US tech provider bribed Oz bank worker say cops

Updated A former banking industry IT executive has been arrested in Sydney for bribery over the handling of "lucrative" contracts. Police in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) made the arrest, but have provided scant detail about the matter. But the contract must have been big: as the boys in blue say “To date, more than US$1 …

Bitcoin blackmail gang start hurling DDoSes at Scandinavia

Bitcoin extortionists DD4BC have begun targeting Scandinavian companies with complex DDoS attacks. DD4BC is blackmailing targets by asking them to pay 40 bitcoins or more to avoid their central services being subject to DDoS attacks. Extortionate demands typically appear in emails around an hour after targets are blitzed off the …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2015

Victims of US gov't mega-breach still haven't been notified

Nearly three months after the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered its databases had been compromised by Chinese hackers, the government still hasn't notified the employees and contractors affected by the breach. On Tuesday, the OPM said it planned to start the process of informing victims "later this month," and …
Neil McAllister, 02 Sep 2015
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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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Banking trojan scourge gallops on, despite more fences

RSA 2015 Banking botnets persist as a threat despite recent high-profile takedowns which only achieve a temporary calming effect, according to a new study from Dell SecureWorks. Between mid-2014 and early 2015, coordinated efforts involving law enforcement and private-sector industry disrupted three of the most active banking botnets ( …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2015

Pentagon 'network intruder', dozens more cuffed in British cops' cyber 'strike week'

A "strike week" against suspected hackers by the UK's National Crime Agency has resulted in 57 arrests. Those arrested are suspected of being involved in a wide variety of cybercrimes such as fraud and virus writing. The suspects – arrested in 25 operations across the UK – face charges including network intrusion and data theft …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2015
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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

Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

The TeslaCrypt ransomware gang raked in $76,500 in around 10 weeks, according to new research into the scam. TeslaCrypt, which was distributed through the widely-used Angler browser exploit kit, was first spotted in February 2015 by security researchers at Dell SecureWorks. After encrypting popular file types on compromised …
John Leyden, 20 May 2015
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Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

A UK voyeur who hacked webcams to spy on victims has avoided going to prison for his crimes. Stefan Rigo, 33, of Leeds, used the Blackshades malware to infect systems and spy on victims. He was arrested in November 2014 as part of an international operation targeting low-skilled crooks using Blackshades, which gives hackers …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2015