Monthly Archives: August 2017

CYBER CRIME: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of people looking to rent quality accommodation at a decent price. AASMA DAY finds out how fraudsters are targeting students in particular with accommodation scams.

If something looks like it’s too good to be true, chances are it probably is.

Fraudsters are using the Internet to dupe people into thinking they can rent a flat or house for a cut-price deal and entice them with attractive photographs of the property and its rooms.

But in reality, the rental room or property doesn’t actually exist – or if it does, it isn’t owned by the scammer whose only aim is to trick victims from parting with their cash.

Dr Richard Clayton, director of Cambridge Cybercrime Centre who gave a talk at a cybercrime conference held at the University of Central Lancashire, says there are many variations of accommodation scams.

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Read more at: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/cyber-crime-if-it-looks-too-good-to-be-true-it-probably-is-1-8707275

MtGox, BTC-e, and the Missing Coins: A living timeline of the greatest cyber crime ever

7 February 2014 — MtGox halted all BTC withdrawals from the exchange, citing a transaction malleability bug in the core Bitcoin software. When withdrawals had still not resumed after 2 weeks, users began to suspect that MtGox may not be able to pay its customers. This lack of confidence resulted in the price dropping to below 20% of that on other exchanges.

24 February 2014 — MtGox suspended all trading, then went offline completely, returning a blank page. News outlets reported on a leaked “crisis strategy draft” plan, which declared MtGox’s insolvency after losing 744,408 BTC of customer funds (valued at over $2 billion USD at today’s prices) as well as 100,000 of its own bitcoins.

28 February 2014 — Blaming hackers and technical issues for the missing BTC, MtGox filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo, and in the US two weeks later,

Read more at: https://bravenewcoin.com/news/mtgox-btc-e-and-the-missing-coins-a-living-timeline-of-the-greatest-cyber-crime-ever/

Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoins

The former Secret Service agent already serving a six-year sentence for stealing bitcoins while investigating online black market Silk Road has confessed to pocketing even more sacks of the digital currency.

In 2015, Shaun Bridges admitted that he funneled 20,000 bitcoins worth more than $820,000 to his personal account through a series of “complex” transactions in May 2013. Bridges was part of a task force investigating the dark net market along with former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force, who also pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice and extortion.

Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoinsBridges left the Secret Service after pleading guilty to money laundering and obstruction charges. A month later, federal authorities said the former agent transferred over 1,600 of seized bitcoins from the digital wallet—which he had access to—to an account in

Read more at: https://calvinayre.com/2017/08/17/bitcoin/ex-secret-service-agent-fess-stealing-silk-road-bitcoins/

Global Hunt for Nigerian Cyber Criminal Spreading Malware

A Nigerian working alone around Abuja has stirred a global hunt as he orchestrated numerous malware infection campaigns targeting more than 4,000 organisations globally over the past four months, a cyber security company has claimed.

www.Securityweek.com quoting Check Point security researchers said the attacks targeted various companies and industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, banking, and construction, in an attempt to steal data and commit fraud.

Many of the companies are leading international names and some have had their defences breached by the attacks, the security researchers reveal.

According to Check Point, at least a dozen companies confirmed

Read more at: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/08/17/global-hunt-for-nigerian-cyber-criminal-spreading-malware/

Former boyfriend blackmails Jadavpur University girl

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Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/former-boyfriend-blackmails-jadavpur-university-girl/articleshow/60095647.cms

Sextortion cases in Wilson County prompt meeting with parents, homeland security

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Wilson County School District is tackling the issue of crimes against children Wednesday night.

The Department of Homeland Security will educate parents on the newest tactics that predators are using to reach teenagers and children.

The director of Wilson County Schools, Dr. Donna Wright, told News 2 to it has become aware of cases involving sextortion that impact students within the district.

“Trying to prompt or get, and it doesn’t always have to be a girl it can be a boy, to provide nude pictures. If you don’t, this is what I’m going to do. So they literally blackmail youngsters, students, kids, that if you don’t do this is what I’m going to expose,” explained Dr. Wright.

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She told News 2 in one case that the district is aware of, the a predator then

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2017/08/16/sextortion-cases-in-wilson-county-prompt-meeting-with-parents-homeland-security/

Dozens Take Anti-Cyber Bullying Pledge at City Hall – KTSA

By Pilar Arias

Dozens took the anti-cyberbullying pledge on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, just two weeks before David’s Law is set to go into effect.

“The David’s Law pledge, although intended for youth, allows folks to take ownership of their online identities by promising that they will not cause harm to others through bullying, especially through their digital devices,” David Molak’s mother, Maurine, said during a press conference.

David’s Legacy Foundation revealed a sticker in hopes people will put it on their digital devices to remind them not to use it as a weapon for bullying.

Anti-bullying advocate Kara Weld shared her own personal experience with bullying.

“This cyberbully used vile and hateful language to attack me and the cyberbully frequently urged me to kill myself. I endured this online harassment for seven long months and the laws at the time did

Read more at: http://www.ktsa.com/dozens-take-anti-cyber-bullying-pledge-city-hall/

Dozens Take Anti-Cyber Bullying Pledge at City Hall

By Pilar Arias

Dozens took the anti-cyberbullying pledge on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, just two weeks before David’s Law is set to go into effect.

“The David’s Law pledge, although intended for youth, allows folks to take ownership of their online identities by promising that they will not cause harm to others through bullying, especially through their digital devices,” David Molak’s mother, Maurine, said during a press conference.

David’s Legacy Foundation revealed a sticker in hopes people will put it on their digital devices to remind them not to use it as a weapon for bullying.

Anti-bullying advocate Kara Weld shared her own personal experience with bullying.

“This cyberbully used vile and hateful language to attack me and the cyberbully frequently urged me to kill myself. I endured this online harassment for seven long months and the laws at the time did

Read more at: http://www.ktsa.com/dozens-take-anti-cyber-bullying-pledge-city-hall/