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India's Cosmos bank raided for $13m by hackers

Cosmos Bank in India says that hackers made off with $13.4m in stolen funds over the weekend. Multiple reports out of the country say that a group of attackers used cloned cards to withdraw cash from ATMs at a set time and perform a fraudulent SWIFT money transfer. Together, the efforts resulted in about Rs 94 crore ($13.4m) …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2018
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Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

A dozen people have been indicted in America for allegedly fencing more than $1m in smartphones and other kit obtained via hacking and fraud. Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel Melendez, the Special Agent in charge of the New York Office of the US Immigration and Customs …
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Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

A self-styled Anonymous hacker who attempted to flee the US in a sailboat has been convicted of two felonies for his role in a 2014 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on a children's hospital. A jury in the Massachusetts US district court found Martin Gottesfeld guilty this week on charges of conspiracy to …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2018
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Bloke accused of netting $5m on inside info about Lattice Semiconductor

A Chinese investor has been charged in America with insider trading after allegedly using Lattice Semiconductor secrets to turn a massive profit on Wall Street. Michael Yin, 45, of Beijing, China, faces 14 felony charges of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud after he allegedly used confidential …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2018
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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

Business email accounts remain a lucrative way for scammers to get into companies and turn a quick buck. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says that attacks using Business Email Compromise (stealing a legit business account and then using it to transfer funds out to criminals) incidents have exploded, with …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018
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Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US

US prosecutors have extradited an Irish man to America, where he will face charges of allegedly overseeing the infamous Silk Road drugs e-souk. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York said that 30-year-old Gary Davis, who went by the handle Libertas on the underground cyber-bazaar, is accused of conspiracy to …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2018
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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

Scumbags are trying to extort money from netizens by threatening to leak to friends and family videos of their marks watching X-rated videos. A Reg reader this week shared their story of being contacted by an extortionist who claimed to have obtained, through hacking our reader's PC, compromising webcam footage of them …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2018
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UK.gov: New London courthouse will focus on crimes of a cyber nature

London is to get a new court building, billed as a legal centre for tackling cyber and online economic crimes. The courthouse, to be built on the site of Fleetbank House, just off the capital's Fleet Street, will have 18 courtrooms and house the Business and Property Court list of the High Court's Chancery Division. In …
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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

A pervert in Wisconsin, USA, surrendered himself to the cops after a plan to secretly take photos under women's skirts blew up in his face, er, ankle. The unnamed creep hobbled into the Madison West District police station earlier this week complaining of a foot injury, and seeking to turn himself in. It turns out the bloke's …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2018
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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

Britain is in the grip of a crime epidemic, the likes of which we have never seen before. Knife crime. Stabbings. And if you're out after dark, make sure your will is written and posted before you close the front door. Or how about the alternative reality of... we've never had it so good. Violent crime was down last year, down …
Jane Fae , 27 Jun 2018
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'Black hat' extortionist thrown back in the clink after Yelp-slamming biz

Sometimes it's best to just let old grudges go. A man previously sent down for trying extort a company with hacking threats has been thrown back behind bars for more than eight years for targeting that same business with negative reviews just weeks after being released. William Stanley was sentenced earlier this month to 97 …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2018
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Jawbone bods allegedly jogged off to Fitbit with secret gadget blueprints

Six former and current Fitbit staffers have been accused of stealing trade secrets from rival gizmo-slinger Jawbone. According to an indictment [PDF] filed Thursday in a Northern California US District Court, each of the six had at one time worked at Jawbone and were hired away by Fitbit. In the process, it is alleged, they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2018
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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

Crime rates in the Australian State of New South Wales have dropped markedly in recent years and researchers think technology might be a big reason why. So says an Australian Institute of Criminology study (PDF) titled “Where have all the young offenders gone? Examining changes in offending between two New South Wales (NSW) …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2018

Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

A pair of married scammers and their fence were sentenced to 71 months, 68 months, and 24 months in prison respectively for defrauding Amazon.com, the US Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District of Indiana said on Monday. Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 38, residents of the Muncie-Anderson area of Indiana, previously …
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It's all true – I bribed big city's IT boss with fat bathroom bungs, admits tech biz chief exec

The owner of an IT supplier has admitted bunging a US city's tech boss cash bribes to bag lucrative service contracts worth millions of dollars. Parimal Mehta yesterday pleaded guilty in an eastern Michigan district court to one count of federal program bribery. He confessed he paid Detroit's director of departmental …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2018
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Yahoo! merc! hacker! Karim! Baratov! gets! five! years! in! the! clink!

The Canadian mercenary hacker who helped Russian agents break into thousands of Yahoo! webmail accounts will be spending up to the next five years behind bars in America. A US district court judge, sitting in northern California, handed the 60-month sentence to Karim Baratov, who last year eventually pleaded guilty to nine …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2018
Big bill

Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

A bloke armed with a fistful of cellphone numbers has been sent down for 30 months for his role in a scam that fleeced folks out of $50m in bogus monthly charges. Christopher Goff was sentenced by a US federal district court in Manhattan after being found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will also …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2018
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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

An American government employee has publicly claimed that a criminal gang used a swarm of drones to fend off an FBI raid. Joe Mazel, the chief of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation’s operational technology law unit, told the AUVSI Xponential conference in Colorado, USA, that a hostage rescue team were driven out of …

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