Category Archives: Cyber Criminals

Trojan malware attacks by North Korean hackers are attempting to …

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North Korean hackers are attempting to distribute malware to store Bitcoin, say researchers.


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A prolific cyber criminal gang with links to North Korea is targeting employees at cryptocurrency firms in a bid to steal bitcoin.

The spear-phishing attacks are thought to be the work of The Lazarus Group, a hacking

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/trojan-malware-attacks-by-north-korean-hackers-are-attempting-to-steal-bitcoin/

Hacker targeted Sainsbury’s and Asda then flogged customers’ info online

A HACKER yesterday admitted targeting Sainsbury’s and Asda as he plundered personal info on shoppers to flog to crooks on the dark web.

Argos also fell prey to cyber-criminal Grant West, 25 — as did bookies Ladbrokes and Coral.

 Sainsbury's was among the many hacked by Grant West
Sainsbury’s was among the many hacked by Grant West

Online takeaway service Just Eat had personal data on 165,000 users swiped by him.

Cops found £25,000 of cash when they swooped on his home in Minster-on-Sea, Kent.

He also sold cannabis via his dark web “shop”, London’s Southwark crown court heard.

The crook drummed his fingers in the dock as if typing as he admitted charges including conspiracy to defraud, hacking and money laundering.

The Just Eat attack cost the firm more than £200,000 to fix.

A judge remanded the

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5144136/hacker-shoppers-argos-companies-cyber/

Hacker who put details of 165000 Just Eat customers up for sale on dark web from his caravan then attacked …

  • Grant West got hold of personal data of 165,000 Just Eat users over five months
  • Infiltration left Just Eat with bill of about £210,000 in repair and mitigation costs
  • West pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud Just Eat along with other charges 
  • Other companies attacked included Asda, Ladbrokes, Coral and Nectar

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Over 90 percent of security pros worry about cyber criminals using AI

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While machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming key to cyber security, a new survey shows that a majority of security professionals worry that the technology could be used against them.

The study by cyber security company Webroot reveals that 91 percent are concerned about hackers using AI against companies in cyber attacks.

Among other findings is that the US is an early adopter of AI for cyber security, with 87 percent of US professionals reporting their organizations are currently using AI as part of their security strategy.

Three quarters of cyber security professionals in the US believe that, within the next three years, their company will not be able to safeguard digital assets without AI. Overall, 99 percent believe AI could improve their organization’s cyber security.

Respondents identified key uses for AI including time-critical threat detection tasks, such as identifying

Read more at: https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/cyber-criminal-ai-use/

Greek court orders extradition of Russian Bitcoin suspect to US

Greece’s justice minister will now have the final say on whether to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange for the cyber currency.

He was indicted by a US court in July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to money laundering.

Vinnik has been held in a Greek jail since his arrest on July 25 in the northern Greek tourist resort of Halkidiki. He denies the accusation.

Russia has also filed a demand to extradite Vinnik so he can stand trial on separate fraud charges.

Two Greek courts separately approved both extradition requests in October.

BTC-e, founded in 2011, became one of the world’s largest and most widely used digital currency exchanges.

According to the US indictment, it was “heavily reliant on criminals”.

In addition, BTC-e “was noted for its role in numerous ransomware and other cyber-criminal activity”.

It allegedly received more than $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) worth of Bitcoin over

Read more at: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30333913

Court document points to Kaspersky Lab’s cooperation with Russia’s security service

Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, has long asserted its independence of the Russian government. But a court document posted on the Facebook page of a Russian criminal suspect this year shows what appears to be an unusual degree of closeness to the FSB, Russia’s powerful security service.

The suspect, Konstantin Kozlovskiy, was arrested in summer 2016 in connection with a series of cyber heists of Russian banks, and he is in a Moscow jail awaiting trial. From his cell, he posted documents related to his case.

One of them shows that in April 2015, an FSB agent inside the office of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow gave a company technician a password for a suspected Russian cyber criminal’s computer. The technician gained access to the computer and obtained decrypted documents for the agent.

The agent, A.V. Kutasevich, worked side by side with the Kaspersky technician, Ruslan Sabitov, in the “information retrieval” operation, according

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-kaspersky-russia-20171213-story.html

Court document points to Kaspersky Lab’s cooperation with Russian security service

Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, has long asserted its independence of the Russian government. But a court document posted on the Facebook page of a Russian criminal suspect this year shows what appears to be an unusual degree of closeness to the FSB, the country’s powerful security service.

The suspect, Konstantin Kozlovskiy, was arrested in the summer of 2016 in connection with a series of cyber heists of Russian banks, and he is in a Moscow jail awaiting trial. From his cell, he posted documents related to his case.

One of them shows that in April 2015, an FSB agent inside the office of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow gave a company technician a password for a suspected Russian cyber criminal’s computer. The technician gained access to the computer and obtained decrypted documents for the agent.

The agent, A.V. Kutasevich, worked side-by-side with the Kaspersky technician, Ruslan Sabitov, in the “information

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/court-document-points-to-kaspersky-labs-cooperation-with-russian-security-service/2017/12/13/14ba9450-df42-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html

Greek court orders extradition of Russian Bitcoin suspect to US

Greece’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that a Russian accused of laundering $4 billion using bitcoin digital currency be extradited to the United States, a court source said.

Greece’s justice minister will now have the final say on whether to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange for the cyber currency.

He was indicted by a US court in July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to money laundering.

Vinnik has been held in a Greek jail since his arrest on July 25 in the northern Greek tourist resort of Halkidiki. He denies the accusation.

Russia has also filed a demand to extradite Vinnik so he can stand trial on separate fraud charges.

Two Greek courts separately approved both extradition requests in October.

BTC-e, founded in 2011, became one of the world’s largest and most widely used digital currency exchanges.

According to the US indictment, it was “heavily reliant on criminals”.

In

Read more at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/greek-court-orders-extradition-of-russian-bitcoin-suspect-to-us/article/509898

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

A Russian cyber-criminal group has stolen at least US$ 10 million (£8.5 million) from financial institutions and other organisations in the US, UK, and Russia, typically by targeting card processing systems and interbank transfer systems, according to a new report and corresponding blog post from Group-IB. In some cases, the actors even used money mules to withdraw stolen funds from physical ATM locations.

The previously undisclosed group, named MoneyTaker (after one of its malware tools), has launched more than 20 successful attacks between May 2016 and November 2017, claiming mostly small community banks among its victims, but also a credit union, financial service/software providers, and a law firm. In total, there were 16 attacks on US organisations, three on Russian banks and one against a UK software company, Group-IB reported.

The bad actors stole from its first US bank in May 2016 by gaining access

Read more at: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/news/researchers-expose-russian-cyber-bank-robbers-who-stole-over-10m/article/718186/

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over …

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

A Russian cyber-criminal group has stolen at least US$ 10 million (£8.5 million) from financial institutions and other organisations in the US, UK, and Russia, typically by targeting card processing systems and interbank transfer systems, according to a new report and corresponding blog post from Group-IB. In some cases, the actors even used money mules to withdraw stolen funds from physical ATM locations.

The previously undisclosed group, named MoneyTaker (after one of its malware tools), has launched more than 20 successful attacks between May 2016 and November 2017, claiming mostly small community banks among its victims, but also a credit union, financial service/software providers, and a law firm. In total, there were 16 attacks on US organisations, three on Russian banks and one against a UK software company, Group-IB reported.

The bad actors stole from its first US bank in May 2016 by gaining access

Read more at: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/news/researchers-expose-russian-cyber-bank-robbers-who-stole-over-10m/article/718186/