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Teenager charged over $50 million SIM-swap cryptocurrency theft

Samy Bensaci, an 18-year-old living in Montreal, Canada, has been charged in connection with the theft of over $50 million worth of cryptocurrency in a SIM-swapping scam.

Find out what a SIM swap scam is, and read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Ubisoft takes DDoS-for-hire website to court over attacks on video game servers

Video game maker Ubisoft gas filed a lawsuit against the alleged operators of a DDoS-for-hire website, claiming they are “well aware of the harm” the service has caused for the company, after its Rainbow Six: Siege servers were disrupted.

WeLeakInfo, the site which sold access to passwords stolen in data breaches, is brought down by the FBI

Law enforcement agencies have seized control of the domain of WeLeakInfo, a website offering cheap access to billions of personal credentials stolen from approximately 10,000 data breaches.

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PlanetDrugsDirect reveals security breach, warns customers their data may have been exposed

Canadian online pharmacy PlanetDrugsDirect.com has contacted customers warning them that their data might have been exposed in what they euphemistically describe as a “data security incident”.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Smashing Security #161: Love, lucky dips, and 23andMe

The man who hacked the UK National Lottery didn’t end up a winner, Japanese Love hotel booking tool suffers a data breach, and just what is 23andMe planning to do with your DNA?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Thom Langford.

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Man who hacked National Lottery for just £5 is jailed for nine months

Lottery operator Camelot says that responding to the hacking attack in 2016 cost it £230,000.

How much did the hacker Anwar Batson make out of it? A mere £5.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Man jailed for using webcam RAT to spy on women in their bedrooms

A British man has been jailed for two years after police caught him using a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to hijack the webcams of young women, and spy upon them.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Smashing Security #159: Rap, robbery, and IoT holiday hell

A rapping bank worker is accused of stealing from the vault, the devices that can hide your car’s true mileage, and why it may be a case of “No No No” rather than “Ho Ho Ho” when it comes to IoT toys this Christmas.

And as Carole sups the mulled wine, Graham has problems with his internet connection…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

Smashing Security #158: The man behind The Missing Cryptoqueen

We’re joined by special guest Jamie Bartlett of “The Missing Cryptoqueen” podcast in this bumper episode where we discuss his investigation into the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, the Russian cybercriminals behind Evil Corp, and the mysterious leaks about the NHS that have turned oh-so-political…

All this and much much more can be found in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast, hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

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1&1 Telecom GmbH hit by almost €10 million GDPR fine over poor security at call centre

1&1 Telecom GmbH has been hit with one of the largest fines dished out so far under European GDPR legislation, Germany’s federal privacy watchdog has announced.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security #157: A biometric knuckle duster

What is Kaspersky’s ugly ring for? Is there something suspicious about how NordVPN lets you stream Disney+? And why did a hacker impersonate a music producer?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Jail for bomb hoaxer who targeted Super Bowl, Houses of Parliament, and schools for Jewish children

Andreas Dowling used accounts and text-to-speech software to hide his identity as he caused 35,000 pupils to be evacuated from their schools.

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Smash-and-grab car thieves use Bluetooth to target cars containing tech gadgets

For a long time it has been regarded as one of the security industry’s urban myths, but now law enforcement agencies have confirmed that they are investigating whether thieves have been identifying which cars might be carrying high tech gadgets through the use of Bluetooth scanners.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

VIDEO: “Not All Cybercriminals Are Evil Geniuses”

Check out the talk I gave in Dublin about whether we should really consider cybercriminals to all be evil geniuses…

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Man who made $542,925 renting out DDoS services sentenced to prison

A 21-year-old man who made half a million dollars running DDoS-for-hire services has been sentenced to prison for 13 months.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Only after running out of hard disk space did firm realise hacker had stolen one million users’ details

Yet another company has been found woefully lacking when it comes to securing consumers’ data.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.