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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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Find QuadrigaCX’s missing $190 million, and you could win a $100,000 bounty

There has been another twist in the curious case of QuadrigaCX, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange whose CEO unexpectedly and suddenly died without telling anyone else his password.

And it sounds like more troubling news for investors.


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Unable to remember his password, man sent letter bomb to Bitcoin exchange

A man has been jailed for six and a half years after sending a letter bomb to Bitcoin exchange Cryptopay. Why would anyone do such a horrendous thing? Police believe it was because he couldn’t remember his password.


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StatCounter web analytics script poisoned to steal Bitcoins

Security researchers at ESET discovered that hackers managed to compromise StatCounter and change the analytics script used by hundreds of thousands of websites.


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Another wave of Elon Musk bitcoin scams spread by verified Twitter accounts

The cryptocurrency giveaway scammers are up to their tricks again on Twitter, and it seems that Twitter simply can’t keep up with them.

My advice to Twitter? Make Login Verification compulsory for verified accounts.


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Twitter thought Elon Musk’s bizarre tweets were evidence he’d been hacked

It’s an odd state of affairs when the bogus Elon Musk accounts offering bitcoin giveaways appear more legitimate than the real Elon’s tweets.


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Smashing Security #089: Data breaches, ransomware, Bitcoin robberies, and typewriters

Ransomware rears its head again, Dixons Carphone reveals its data breach was almost 1000% worse than they previously thought, a man is accused of stealing five million dollars worth of cryptocurrency through hijacking mobile phones, and a Canadian guy called Norman is rushing to get the typewriters out of storage.

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 journalist Geoff White.


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bitdefender.com

Here’s why Twitter will lock your account if you change your display name to Elon Musk

There’s bad news if your name really is “Elon Musk”.

You’re going to have to jump over some additional hurdles to convince Twitter that you should be allowed to change your display name to the one you share with the boss of Tesla and SpaceX.

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


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Elon Musk retracts vile Twitter accusation against cave rescuer

Tesla chief Elon Musk retracts his unfounded allegations against man who helped boys escape from a Thai cave, but scammers are given another opportunity to strike.


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Thai Cave rescue scammers pose as Elon Musk

Time and time again, crypto scammers are creating accounts in the names of known Twitter users and using devious tricks to fool their followers into believing they are reading a genuine message from the likes of Elon Musk.


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Smashing Security #082: World Cup cybersecurity, crypto crashes, and a bang of a password fail

Coinrail cryptocurrency exchange goes offline after hack, Russia appears to be ‘live testing’ cyber attacks, and Florida stopped running background checks on gun buyers because of forgotten password.

All this and much 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 football-mad John Leyden from The Register.


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Bitcoin price takes a dive after another cryptocurrency exchange hack

There’s bad news if you’re a cryptocurrency investor. Billions of dollars worth of wealth were wiped out this weekend after a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange was hacked.


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tripwire.com

How a Bitcoin phishing gang made $50 million with the help of Google AdWords

A cybercrime gang based in Ukraine is estimated to have made as much as $50 million after tricking Bitcoin investors into handing over the login credentials for their online wallets.

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


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Russian nuclear scientists arrested for allegedly hijacking supercomputer to mine Bitcoins

Scientists were allegedly using one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins.


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Smashing Security #063: Carole’s back!

Fitness trackers breaching your privacy, how anyone can create convincing celebrity porn, and how ransomware authors are getting ripped off by scammers.

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, who are joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.


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A real-life armed robbery of an online Bitcoin exchange

The criminals left empty-handed. Which, let’s face it, is probably the likely outcome for many Bitcoin investors too.


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