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bitdefender.com

$100 million GozNym cybercrime network dismantled as suspects charged

The sophisticated conspiracy saw tens of thousands of victims’ computers infected with the GozNym malware in order to steal online banking passwords, and raid accounts.

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


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Smashing Security #128: Shackled ankles, photo scrapes, and SIM card swaps

A bad software update causes big headaches for Dutch police, but brings temporary freedom to criminals. SIM swaps are in the news again as fraudsters steal millions. And does your cloud photo storage service have a dirty little secret?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Rip Off Britain’s David McClelland.


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HMRC to finally erase five million voice records it collected without permission

The biometric voice data had been collected without explicit consent from people calling the HMRC’s telephone hotline for advice.


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Smashing Security #126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

What’s the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man’s Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website’s name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

Find out in the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault, and special guest Mark Stockley from Naked Security.


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Nine men arrested in United States for stealing millions through business email compromise and romance scams

Nine men have been arrested in the United States in connection with a string of scams that allegedly netted them a cool US $3.5 million.


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Smashing Security #125: Pick of the thief!

WannaCry’s “accidental hero” pleads guilty to malware charges, Samsung and Nokia have fingerprint fumbles, the NCSC publishes a list of 100,000 dreadful passwords, and Apple finds itself at the centre of an identity mix-up.

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 John Hawes.


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Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy

British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr gave a passionate speech at the TED conference in Vancouver this week. You should watch it.


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tripwire.com

Man fried over 50 college computers with weaponized USB stick

Vishwanath Akuthota didn’t make it hard for authorities to prove that he was the person who destroyed $58,000 worth of college equipment using a USB stick.

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


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Smashing Security #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

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 special guest Brian Honan.


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bitdefender.com

Bayrob malware gang convicted of infecting over 400,000 computers worldwide, stealing millions through online auction fraud

A US court has convicted two Romanian hackers belonging to the Bayrob malware gang after they infected over 400,000 computers around the world, and stole millions of dollars.

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


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tripwire.com

High-rolling hacker jailed after launching malware attacks via porn websites

A British man has been jailed for over six years after exploiting ad networks on pornographic websites to spread malware onto innocent users’ computers.

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


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Smashing Security #122: The big fat con at Office Depot

Office Depot and OfficeMax are fined millions for tricking customers into thinking their computers were infected with malware, car alarms can make your vehicle less secure, and facial recognition in apartment blocks comes under the microscope.

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.


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Terrorist’s mainfesto used to spread disk-wiping malware

Following mass-shooting in New Zealand, someone has taken a copy of the terrorist’s Word document and weaponised it to download malicious code from the internet.


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Smashing Security #121: Hijacked motel rooms, ASUS PCs, and leaky apps

An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.

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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tripwire.com

Google and Facebook scammed out of $123 million by man posing as hardware vendor

Even the most tech savvy companies in the world can fall for business email compromise.

A Lithuanian man has this week pleaded guilty to tricking Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into a bank account under his control after posing as a company that provided the internet giants with hardware for their data centers.

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


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Smashing Security #120: Silk Road with Deliveroo

Online drug dealers get busted due to poor OPSEC! People are still failing to wipe their USB sticks properly! A potential presidential candidate is outed as a former hacker! Flat Earthers! Pi! Empathy!

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 Paul Ducklin.


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