Law & order

Smashing Security #169: Burglaries, breaches, and bidets

How one guy’s exercise routine made him a burglary suspect, how multi-factor authentication can cause headaches as well as stop hacks, and how Virgin Media got itself in a pickle over its sloppy data security.

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.

Smashing Security #168: The Bitcoin fraud factory

Fraudsters steal millions from those hoping to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon, Twitter verifies a fake US politician, and it’s another face palm for facial recognition.

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 The Cyberwire’s Dave Bittner.

Smashing Security #167: Coronavirus scams and an exaggerated lion

Scammers from Africa are preying on US businesses, a drug dealer makes a mistake when hiding his Bitcoin fortune, and the Coronavirus pandemic is causing scams to soar and raising questions about facial recognition.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Naked Security’s Anna Brading.

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China denies it was behind the Equifax hack, as four men charged for data breach

China has denied that it was behind the hack of Equifax in 2017, which saw the personal data of hundreds of millions of individuals stolen – including the names, birth dates and social security numbers for nearly half of all American citizens.

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

Prison inmates’ sensitive data left exposed on leaky cloud bucket

A completely-avoidable data leak has exposed prescription records, mugshots, and other sensitive information related to an unknown number of prison inmates.

Smashing Security #164: A bitter pill to swallow

A gallery is tricked into giving millions to a fraudster, software tells doctors to push opioids onto patients, and an artist finds a novel way to trick Google Maps into thinking there’s a traffic jam.

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

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Man admits hacking Nintendo, leaking details of Switch games console

Despite a previous brush with the law, Ryan Hernandez went on to hack and hack again.

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

€13 million Maltese bank cyber-heist – six men arrested in UK

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) have arrested a total of six men as part of an investigation into the hack of a Maltese bank in February 2019.

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ProtonMail and StartMail blocked as Russia hunts for bomb threat spammers

ProtonMail is the second encrypted email provider in the last week to find itself blocked from its Russian users, after authorities in the country said threats had been spammed out claiming that bombs had been planted in public places.

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

Smashing Security #163: Russian heists and Ring wrongs

Should possessing malware be illegal in itself? How did a Russian cryptocurrency exchange millionaire lose his fortune? And what on earth are Amazon Ring doorbell cams up to now?

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 Lisa Forte, and Adrian Sanabria from Thinkst Canary.

A Magecart hacking gang may have been caught by police for the first ever time

Police in Indonesia, working alongside Interpol, have arrested three men suspected of being part of a gang engaged in Magecart attacks that skimmed payment card information from online shoppers.

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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.