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SEC: Ukrainian hackers' investment fraud ring raked in millions in 'unprecedented' hack

Analysis The computer hacking and securities fraud ring that was broken up by US authorities this week was "one of the most intricate and sophisticated trading rings that we have ever seen," the US Securities and Exchange Commission has said. Some 32 people were charged on Monday with offenses related to the scheme, which the SEC …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2015
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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

A New York City Police Department auxiliary deputy inspector faces charges of hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other law enforcement databases, including a system maintained by the FBI. Yehuda Katz, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly used the databases to obtain information about local traffic accident victims …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, Suffolk, is charged with one count of computer hacking and a further charge of aggravated identify theft over an alleged attack on Federal Reserve computer systems between October …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014
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'Warpigs' VXer pleads guilty

A veteran Scottish virus writer faces a likely spell behind bars after pleading guilty to computer crime offences. Matthew Anderson aka Warpigs, 33, a franchise manager from Drummuir, Aberdeenshire, admitted his key role in a malware for profit scam at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on Friday. Anderson distributed spam …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2010
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Man cops to botnet-fueled pump-and-dump scheme

An Arizona computer specialist has admitted taking part in a conspiracy that used large networks of compromised computers to inflate the value of stocks so they could later be sold at a profit. James Bragg, 41, of Chandler, Arizona, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and fraud, prosecutors …
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2010
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McKinnon's UK trial bid rejected by DPP

UK prosecutors has rejected the opportunity to prosecute Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon in Britain, despite his signed confession to hacking offences. As part of his long-running fight against extradition to the US on hacking charges, McKinnon handed prosecutors a signed confession through his lawyers back in December. However …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2009
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Rogue admin faces court delay

Terry Childs, the rogue San Francisco administrator, must wait until Friday for his day in court. Childs is accused of locking city officials out of their own network after a dispute. He only relented and handed over the passwords when visited in prison by city mayor Gavin Newsom. He appeared briefly in court yesterday but …
John Oates, 10 Feb 2009
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Kiwi botmaster escapes conviction despite guilty plea

An NZ teenager who became notorious for masterminding the creation of one of the largest cybercrime networks has escaped conviction, despite admitting computer hacking and fraud offences. Owen Thor Walker (AKA AKILL), 18 and from Whitianga, pleaded guilty to six cybercime offences in late March, but Justice Judith Potter …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2008
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Thieves take out Cable & Wireless centre

Updated Cable and Wireless's Watford network site went offline at 1am this morning, after thieves apparently stole vital equipment. Several Reg readers emailed us to report the outage when websites hosted at the Watford centre suddenly went kaput. They were told robbery or vandalism caused the downtime. The outage has been blamed for …
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French police bust 22 youths in alleged hacking network

Police in Dijon, France have detained 22 youths suspected of being members of a domestic network of hackers. According to the French daily Le Monde, sixteen of the alleged hackers are minors, and at least one is reported to be 14 years-old. The oldest detained was 25 years-old. They were apprehended yesterday near Paris and …
Austin Modine, 29 May 2008
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Rival malware gangs wage turf war

Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a turf war between rival criminal enterprises connected to two of the most sophisticated malware toolkits in current use. Like competing gangs in the Mafia - for those who followed the HBO series The Sopranos, think the New York-based Lupertazzi crime family and its sometimes …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jul 2007
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Is that YouTube clip you just watched booby trapped?

Video clips from YouTube might come booby-trapped with malware, security watchers warn. A fake video file containing the Zlob Trojan has been planted on the video-sharing site. If selected, the Trojan bombards infected users with ads. It might also be used to upload other forms of malware onto compromised PCs. According to the …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2007

Cyber crooks hijack 10,000 websites

More than 10,000 websites have been infected by a sophisticated and fast-acting Trojan downloader that attempts to install malware on visiting PCs. At least one security firm, Trend Micro, is working with the FBI to contain the damage and track down the perpetrators. The attack is noteworthy for the number of sites it has …
Dan Goodin, 18 Jun 2007
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Dutch police arrest 111 West Africans in 419 clampdown

Dutch police have arrested 111 suspected 419 scammers. The arrests on Saturday follow the end of a seven-month investigation - dubbed Operation Apollo, AFP reports. Eight of those detained were carrying false papers. Many others among the group of West African (mainly Nigerian) suspects are reckoned to have entered the …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2007
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Spyware hackers raid Calif. city coffers

Hackers attempted to swipe $450,000 after stealing login credentials associated with bank accounts run by the city of Carson, California. Police are working on the theory that the password for the general fund account was stolen after miscreants planted key-logging spyware onto a PC used by city treasurer Karen Avilla. All but …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2007
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John Awesome's porn crime-spree busted

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely, but too well — Shakespeare, Othello: Act 5 A former New York city maintenance worker was arraigned Saturday for stealing thousands of dollars for internet pornography under the alias "John Awesome". …
Austin Modine, 9 Apr 2007

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