Law & order

Operation reWired: 281 suspected email scammers arrested around the world

Law enforcement agencies around the world have arrested a total of 281 people suspected of being behind a spate of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams that have stolen millions of dollars from businesses and individuals.


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Smashing Security #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…


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Ex-Amazon worker – suspected of hacking Capital One – faces charges of breaching 30 other companies to mine cryptocurrency

Capital One isn’t the only organisation allegedly to have had its data breached by Paige Thompson, the former Amazon systems engineer.

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


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YouTube joins Facebook and Twitter, disabling accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Good luck to the social media sites playing whack-a-mole as they try to police the activities of state-sponsored groups trying to influence the public’s opinion with co-ordinated campaigns. This isn’t going to be a problem that’s easy to fix.


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20 month prison sentence for British hacker who made fortune helping SIM-swap fraudsters

A teenage British hacker, who previously played a role in the infamous TalkTalk data breach, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling hacking services and stolen personal data for cryptocurrency.

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


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Smashing Security #140: Love, PINs, and 8chan

Is the PIN you use for your bank card secure? How did one woman get duped into giving a romance scammer $200,000? And Cloudflare and other online services take aim at a vile corner of the internet…

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.


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bitdefender.com

AT&T workers bribed to install malware on company network and unlock iPhones

34-year-old Muhammad Fahd has been charged for his part in a criminal scheme that is said to have cost AT&T millions of dollars.

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


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Google contractors told to stop listening to conversations captured on your Home assistant… for now, in Europe at least

Google has agreed to temporarily stop listening to audio captured by its Google Home smart speaker across the European Union… after an investigation was started by German regulators.


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Smashing Security #139: Capital One hacked, iMessage flaws, and anonymity my ass!

Capital One gets hacked, critical vulnerabilities are found in iMessage, and data anonymization may not be as good as we hope. But listen up, we also discuss the Legend of Zelda, a biography of tech giants, offer advice for escaping an angry moose, and are introduced to… Penelope?

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


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bitdefender.com

$1.7 million still missing after North Carolina county hit by business email compromise scam

Money intended for the construction of a brand new high school was instead placed in a bank account controlled by scammers by officials of a North Carolina county.

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


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Woman arrested after Capital One hack spills personal info on 106 million credit card applicants

The FBI has arrested a 33-year-old software engineer in Seattle as part of an investigation into a massive data breach at financial services company Capital One.

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


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Louisiana declares state of emergency after ransomware attacks

Don’t wait until ransomware strikes and then push the button marked “emergency response.” Make sure you take preventative measures in advance, such as making secure offsite backups of anything you cannot afford to lose.


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Smashing Security #138: Logic bombs, brain data exploitation, and Digga D tweets

Logic bombs in Excel spreadsheets, how should we protect our brain data from big companies, and how did bizarre messages about Drill rap end up on the Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account and website?

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 BJ Mendelson.


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Police arrest man after Lancaster University hacking attack

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with a data breach at Lancaster University that saw student records and applicant’s personal details compromised.


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700 million reasons for Equifax to remember to patch its vulnerable IT systems in future

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million in a FTC settlement following its 2017 data breach.


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iCloud account hacker jailed for three years after preying on rappers and sports celebrities

A man, who posed as an Apple customer support representative for three years, has been sentenced to federal prison after breaking into the accounts of rappers, as well as NBA and NFL players.

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


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