Tagged: hack

London Crypto Extortionist Who Worked for Russian Crime Group Sentenced to Six Years

A 24-year-old hacker who used malware-disseminating ads on porn sites to lock millions of computers and extort cryptocurrency ransoms received a six-year prison sentence this week in London, The Register reports. According to The Birmingham Mail, the accused, Zain Qaiser, “worked for an international Russian… Read More

North Korea Using Crypto Scams and Hacks to Fund Its Nuclear Program

North Korea has added to its standard program of hacking banks in the developing world by launching computer-borne attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges, Wired reports. To further complicate matters, at least part of the billions of dollars so far garnered in these hacks is being used… Read More

Insurer Beazley: Healthcare Industry Most Targeted by Cyber Attacks

41% of cyber attacks are deployed against healthcare entities, Canadian Underwriter reports, whereas only 20% of attacks are leveled at financial firms. The information comes from specialist insurer Beazley in its Beazley 2019 Breach Briefing. The reason healthcare targets are preferred, says Beazley, is because unlike… Read More

Hackers Hijacking Smart Fridges, TVs and Laptops in UAE to Mine Cryptocurrency

“(Cryptomining) Attackers are following the money to the UAE,” says Hussam Sedani, Middle East manager for the cybersecurity firm Symantec. And according to UAE media outlet The National, instances of malware-based cryptojacking, in which personal devices are “zombified” and forced to mine cryptocurrencies, are twice… Read More

Ukraine Cyberpolice Accuse Man of “CryptoJacking” a Million People

Cyberpolice in Ukraine say they have arrested a 32-year-old Bukovina resident accused of using “cryptojacking” software against a million individuals without their consent. Police allege the man deployed the software surreptitiously to the computers of individuals visiting websites run by the man. The sites reportedly… Read More

Two US Chemical Firms Hobbled by Same Ransomware as Norsk Hydro

Operations at the American chemical firms Hexion and Momentive were disrupted March 12th when company computer systems were locked up by LockerGoga ransomware, Motherboard reports. LockerGoga is the same ransomware experts believe was used to cripple operations at American and European aluminum smelters run by… Read More

Hack on UK’s Police Federation Could Affect 120 000 Police Officers

Hackers have compromised the personal data of up to 120 000 police officers working in England and Wales, and are believed to be demanding a ransom of cryptocurrencies for the data’s safe return, UK news outlet The Sun reports. Data affected by the breach include… Read More

Young Man Prosecuted in Japan for $134 000 Monappy Crypto Theft

An 18-year-old young man in Japan has been turned over to prosecutors to face allegations he hacked 15 million yen ($134 ooo USD) worth of Mona cryptocurrency from a “digital currency storage website,” Japan Today reports. Police claim this is the first time charges have… Read More

Hacker Sells Elite College Admissions Files for Bitcoin

A hacker has attempted to sell hacked elite college admissions files to teenaged hopefuls waiting to find out if they have made it into their colleges of choice, Consumer Affairs reports. The hacker originally offered to sell files for 1 Bitcoin ($3800 USD)  in a… Read More

North Korea Hacked $670 Million from Crypto Exchanges

Expert panelists have informed the UN Security Council’s North Korea Sanctions Committee that the tiny country has been hacking global cryptocurrency trading platforms to obtain capital, Nikkei Asian Review reports. This is the first time the panel has addressed the UN Security Council regarding cyberattacks… Read More

Bitfinex Returns $105,000 in Stolen Bitcoins Aided by US Law Enforcement

In a blog post earlier this week, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex reported that 27.66270285 BTC (approximately $105,000) have been returned to customers due to the efforts of US law enforcement. The returned Bitcoins were part of a theft that took place in 2016. Bitfinex reported that it… Read More

Beware the Ransomware-Laden Romantic Email

Be careful: that romantic email from an unknown suitor could end up grabbing your data. So say cybersecurity researchers at the Mimecast Threat Labs, who warned the public this week that random emails offering gifts, flowers or other friendly gestures may contain infectious links designed… Read More

Hacker Now Selling 747 Million People’s Data on Dark Net, Including Data of 450 000 Coinmama Crypto Exchange Users

A hacker that posted 620 million individual’s data for sale earlier this week on the Dark Net marketplace “Dream Market” has now added the private data of an additional 127 million people, including 450 000 users of the Israel-based crypto exchange, Coinmama, TechCrunch reports. The… Read More

Monero Crypto Network Plans Fork to Buck ASIC Miners Once and For All

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Developers of the privacy-cryptocurrency Monero have announced they’ll be “forking” (making code changes to) their network, changes that will reportedly make it impossible for “miners” using powerful ASIC-chip-laden machinery to process transactions on the network, Blockchain Reporter states. The change, which is scheduled to take… Read More

Hackers Inexplicably Destroy Confidential VFEmail Service- No Ransom Demanded

In a “complex ‘hack and destroy’ assault,” hackers have dealt a catastrophic blow “privacy-focused” email provider VFEmail. According to Bleeping Computer: “The hackers did not leave a ransom note and, given the extent of the destruction, the service will most likely go offline to never… Read More

Hacktopia: Report Indicates Cryptopia May Re-Open as High Tech Crime Group Gives Permission

Hacked cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopioa has been given a green light to re-open its platform, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald. Authorities of the local Police’s High Tech Crime Group are quoted on the permission. Detective Inspector Greg Murton stated: “We have finished the… Read More

New Zealand Police Say They’re Making “Excellent Progress” Investigating Hack on Cryptopia Exchange; Experts Question Those Claims

Police in New Zealand have issued a press release stating their investigation of a prolonged hack on the Cryptopia cryptocurrency exchange, “is progressing well and advancing on several fronts.” But according to online publication Stuff, Auckland University associate professor of commercial law, Alex Sims, has contradicted those… Read More

BitGrail Exchange Operator Who Lost $170 Million in Crypto Ordered to Return Lost Funds to Investors

An Italian court has ordered the owner of the BitGrail cryptocurrency exchange, Francesco Firano, to declare bankruptcy and forfeit assets so they can be used to reimburse investors harmed when Firano “lost” 17 million Nano tokens (worth $170 million), a post by affected investors claims…. Read More

First Convicted SIM-Swap Hacker Agrees to 10-Year Sentence

Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old California college student, has accepted a plea deal and has agreed to a sentence of 10 years for stealing $5 million in cryptocurrencies from victims he robbed via SIM-swap hack, Motherboard reports. Ortiz will be sentenced on March 14, and it… Read More

Chainalysis: Two Professional Groups Behind Majority of Lucrative Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacks

In its latest “Crypto Crime Report,” blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis says that two groups are responsible for 60% of hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, the most lucrative types of crypto hacks by far: “Hacking dwarfs all other forms of crypto crime, and it is dominated by… Read More

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