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Phishers jailed for lifting over £300k from student loan applicants

A UK-based phishing fraudster who netted an estimated £300K by targeting students was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Friday, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed. Damola Olatunji, 37, tricked victims into submitting their banking details to bogus websites in response to dodgy emails supposedly related to student loans …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2012
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Microsoft names Zeus ringleaders and notifies FBI

Microsoft has named two individuals who it says are the leaders behind the Zeus botnet and has passed on its dossier on them to the FBI. Redmond fingered Yevhen Kulibaba and Yuriy Konovalenko as the two key players behind the botnet in an amended criminal complaint and told the FBI that the two were key to both the botnet …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2012
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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

A British man has been jailed for a year after hacking into the Facebook account of a US citizen. Gareth Crosskey, 21, of Avon Close, Lancing, in West Sussex, hacked into his unnamed victim's profile on 12 January 2011, gaining access to an e-mail account in the process. The breach was reported to the FBI, which traced the …
John Leyden, 17 May 2012
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Scotland Yard e-cops 'fighting to save Xmas'

UK cybercops have managed to dismantle more than 2,000 fraudulent shopping websites that have ripped off thousands. The Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) hopes smashing the online rogue traders will make online shopping in the run-up to Christmas much safer. The dodgy sites targeted by the action purported to sell a …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2011
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Top cop calls for tougher sentencing of cybercrooks

Cybercrims should get tough sentences, according to the head of Scotland Yard's e-crime unit, who criticised judges for going easy on e-banking fraudsters while throwing the book at the their old-school cohorts in crime. Det Supt Charlie McMurdie expressed frustration that cyber-fraudsters, such as those convicted as the …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2011
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Scotland Yard cyber-crime squad 'saved £140m'

The Metropolitan Police’s e-crime busting squad claims to have saved £140m in its last six months of fighting cybercrime. The figure, based on the theoretical earnings of the ne'er do wells collared by the team of cybercops, is ahead of the unit's full year target and 30 per cent of its four-year £504m goal. The Cabinet …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2011
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Police to get greater web censorship powers

Police will effectively get more powers to censor websites under proposals being developed by Nominet, the company that controls the .uk domain registry. Following lobbying by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Nominet wants to change the terms and conditions under which domain names are owned so that it can revoke …
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Scottish botnet master jailed for 18 months

A Scottish botnet master was this morning jailed for 18 months and ordered to pay £5,000 costs for hijacking many thousands of computers from his mum's front room. Matthew Anderson, 33, from Drummuir, used the global network of compromised machines to send tens of millions of spam emails. The father of five, whose own home was …
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Top cyber crime cop lied under oath, says judge

Exclusive The head of the national police unit set up to tackle internet crime told lies under oath about her involvement in a plot to damage the career of a junior detective, a judge has said. Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie, of the Met's high-profile Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), falsely claimed that conversations she …
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UK cybercops cuff 19 ZeuS banking Trojan suspects

Updated UK police have arrested 19 cybercrime suspects who allegedly used the ZeuS crimeware toolkit to capture online banking credentials before looting victims' bank accounts. A total of 15 men and four women, aged between 23 and 47 years old, were arrested in dawn raids on in London Tuesday by officers from the newly established …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2010
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ICO defends soft Street View probe

The Information Commissioner's Office has defended its handling of the controversy surrounding Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting operation, following questions about its soft-touch investigation. In what a spokesman described as an "update" late yesterday, it protested that it had no powers to investigate Google for alleged …
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Scotland Yard cuffs six in megaquid phish ring probe

Six suspected fraudsters have been arrested in the UK and Ireland over their alleged involvement in a bank and credit card phishing scam that affected tens of thousands of victims and resulted in losses of millions of pounds. Five men and one woman, aged 25 to 40, were arrested in London and County Meath, Ireland on Tuesday …
John Leyden, 4 Aug 2010
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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 …
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Police confirm cybercrime budget cut

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed their budget for battling cybercrime nationally has been slashed by the Home Office. The Register revealed on Friday that central government funding for the Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) had been quietly cut by 30 per cent. A spokeswoman for the Met said the PCeU had been targeted as …
The Register breaking news revamps cybercrime strategy

The government has announced a modest revamp of its strategy for fighting cybercrime. In a low-key statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday, junior Home Office minister Alan Campbell said the strategy aimed to build confidence in the provision of (government and private sector) services via the internet, tackle financial …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2010
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UK police take down fake designer goods sites

UK police have completed a massive take-down operation, after targeting scam websites selling fake designer goods. More than 1,200 counterfeit-slinging UK-registered websites were grounded as part of Operation Papworth - an operation led by the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) - which targeted scam websites in …
John Leyden, 3 Dec 2009
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UK cybercops cuff ZeuS Trojan suspect pair

A Manchester couple have been arrested on suspicion of using the notorious ZeuS Trojan horse to commit banking fraud. The unnamed man and woman, both 20, were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's newly established Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) on 3 November. The pair were arrested for offences under 1990 Computer …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2009
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Anti-filesharing laws revive crypto fears for spooks

The UK's intelligence and law enforcement agencies fear the government's anti-illegal filesharing plans will lead to a rise in encryption, scuppering their own efforts to monitor the internet, it's claimed today. Plans for an enforcement regime to target those who perisitently infringe copyright are set to be brought forward …

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