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Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

British shipping services firm Clarksons has revealed a high profile data breach last year stemmed from a hack on a “single and isolated user account”. shipping container Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today READ MORE Criminal hackers stole employee information from the shipping …
John Leyden, 1 Aug 2018
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Please forgive me, I can't stop robbing you: SamSam ransomware earns handlers $5.9m

The enterprise-focused SamSam ransomware has earned its handlers an estimated $5.9m (£4.5m) since it first appeared in the wild in December 2015. Security software firm Sophos worked with Neutrino to arrive at the estimate, which is based on tracking Bitcoin addresses supplied on ransom notes and sample files. Over the last …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2018

How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

Security researchers at Check Point have lifted the lid on the infrastructure and methods of an enormous "malvertising" and banking trojan campaign. The operation delivered malicious adverts to millions worldwide, slinging all manner of nasties including crypto-miners, ransomware and banking trojans. The researchers told The …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2018
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Font of pwnage: Crims poison well with crypto-jacking code, trickles into PDF editor app

Crooks mounted a crypto-mining scam after hacking into a supplier of an unnamed PDF editor software vendor. Microsoft has reported that as-yet-unidentified hackers compromised some font packages installed by a PDF editor app. The hack was used to push two types of crypto-currency mining app, the cybercrime du jour. Redmond's …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2018

Malware targeting cash machines fetches top dollar on dark web

The market for cyber criminal services on the dark web continues to thrive – demand for malware is running at around three times greater than the supply. Positive Technologies experts analysed over 10,000 hack-for-hire and malware-related postings on dark web markets. The researchers examined the costs of cybercrime services …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2018
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Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router. PIR Bank was looted by the notorious MoneyTaker hacking group, according to Group-IB, the Moscow-based security firm called in by the bank to handle incident response. Funds were stolen on 3 July through the …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2018
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Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

Hackers say they will leak patient and employee records stolen from a Canadian healthcare provider unless they are paid off. The records include medical histories and contact information for tens of thousands of home-care patients in Ontario, Canada, and belong to CarePartners. The biz, which provides home medical care …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2018
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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

Sensitive US Air Force documents have leaked onto the dark web as part of an attempted sale of drone manuals. Threat intel firm Recorded Future picked up on an auction for purported export-controlled documents pertaining to the MQ-9 Reaper drone during its regular work monitoring the dark web for criminal activities last month …
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2018
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Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does

Miscreants have developed the first strain of ransomware worm capable of infecting legacy systems, such as Windows XP and 2003. The infamous WannaCry outbreak, which severely affected the UK's NHS, showed just how much damage ransomware can do. ransomware 74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: …
John Leyden, 9 Jul 2018
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Japanese cryptominer slapped with suspended sentence

A Japanese man has received a suspended sentence for using a cryptominer in a failed attempt to turn an illicit profit. Masato Yasuda, 24, was told he'd be jailed for a year if he reoffended in the next three years over a scam that earned him just £34. The case is thought be the first criminal prosecution over so-called …
John Leyden, 6 Jul 2018
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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

Special report Digital ad fraud is potentially lucrative, difficult to detect, and getting worse. "It is one of the biggest ways bad guys have of pulling money out of the online economy," said Louis-David Mangin, co-founder and CEO of Confiant, a firm that helps publishers mitigate the damage done by hosting bad ads, in a phone interview …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Jun 2018

Hot new application for blockchain: How does botnet control sound?

BSides Tel Aviv Blockchain technologies might be abused to create a takedown-resistant infrastructure for botnets. During a presentation at BSides Tel Aviv on Tuesday, security researcher Omer Zohar demonstrated proof-of-concept code for a fully functional command-and-control infrastructure built on top of the Ethereum network. Zohar was …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2018

Hackers target payment transfer system at Chile's biggest bank, 'take $10m'

Banco de Chile has become the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks targeting the payment transfer systems of banks. The country's largest bank was hit on 24 May and thousands of workstations hobbled. The ransomware attack was well documented locally and the bank has apologised for disruptions, which ran into days. …
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2018
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Dark web souks are so last year: Cybercrooks are switching to Telegram

Underground cybercrime marketplaces are in decline because cybercrooks have begun switching to chat channels to trade illegal goods, according to a new report. The climate of fear and mistrust following the AlphaBay and Hansa takedowns in July 2017 has resulted in crims switching tactics and using less convenient platforms, …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2018
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Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd has launched a crackdown on criminals who exploit the dark web. As part of a £9m fund, law enforcement’s response will be ramped up to tackle those who use the darker recesses of the web for illegal activities, such as the selling of firearms, drugs, malware and people. More than £5m will …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2018
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Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

Hackers have compromised hundreds of e-commerce sites running the popular open-source Magento platform to scrape credit card numbers and install crypto-mining malware. The Magento sites are being compromised through brute-force attacks using common and known default Magento credentials, threat intel firm Flashpoint has warned …
John Leyden, 3 Apr 2018

Exploit kit development has gone to sh$t... ever since Adobe Flash was kicked to the curb

There was a big drop in exploit kit development last year, and experts have equated this to the phasing out of Adobe Flash. In 2017, exploit kit development declined 62 per cent, with only a few kits including AKBuilder, Disdain and Terror showing significant activity, according to a study by threat intel firm Recorded Future …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2018
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Cash-machine-draining €1bn cybercrime kingpin suspect cuffed by plod

European cyber-cops have felt the collar of a bloke suspected of running a network of crims that used malware to pinch €1bn (£874.8m, $1.24bn) from cash machines and other banking systems. The crew developed the software nasty Anunak, later updated to Carbanak, as well as cyber-weapons based on Cobalt Strike's penetration …
Richard Speed, 27 Mar 2018

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