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12 year jail sentence for man who hacked Los Angeles Superior Court to send two million phishing emails

A Texas man has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison after being found guilty of hacking into the computer system of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and then using it to send two million phishing emails.

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

Action Fraud? Inaction Fraud

In recent months serious questions have been raised about whether victims of cybercrime are getting the support they deserve from the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

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Alleged “Psycho” hacker in court over EtherDelta cryptocurrency robbery

An alleged hacker has appeared in a US federal court to answer charges related to the theft of at least $1.4 million in cryptocurrency from the EtherDelta cryptocurrency exchange platform in December 2017.

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

Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

An obsessed fan assaulted J-Pop star Ena Matsuoka after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes.

Smashing Security podcast #149: Falling in love with fraudsters

We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting Match.com’s profits.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Ran Levi of “Malicious Life.”

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Former Yahoo employee admits he hacked 6000 users’ accounts, stole nude photos and videos

A former Yahoo software engineer has admitted hacking into thousands of Yahoo users’ accounts in a search for naked images and videos of young women.

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

A short history of hacked billboards and road signs

Hacked roadside billboards are in the news again, so here is a look back on some of the more notable incidents that have caught the media’s attention in the past…

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FBI: Don’t pay ransomware demands, stop encouraging cybercriminals to target others

The FBI has some unambiguous advice for organisations on how they should handle ransomware demands:

Don’t pay.

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

Smashing Security podcast #148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, we take a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has… uh… deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon’s announcement about new Alexa integrations.

All this, an annoying goose, 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 Maria Varmazis.

Teenage TalkTalk hacker accused of $800,000 cryptocurrency theft in the United States

Elliott Gunton – aka “Glubz” – is charged in relation to the December 2017 security breach of cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta.

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World of Warcraft’s suspected DDoS attacker has been arrested

Blizzard, the developers of World of Warcraft Classic, has revealed that a person suspected of orchestrating a disruptive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the games’ servers has been arrested.

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

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.

Smashing Security podcast #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.

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.