Category Archives: FBI Cyber Most Wanted

The Least Significant Pawn in the Yahoo Hack Pleads Guilty

Yahoo headquarters

Karim Baratov, a 22-year-old Canadian national, pleaded guilty to charges related to the FBI’s investigation into the Yahoo 2014 data breach.

The US Department of Justice charged four hackers in this investigation in March 2017. Two are well-known cyber-criminals, while two are high-ranking Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agents.

According to court documents, the two FSB agents —Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, and Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33— contracted the two hackers and offered money and/or protection for their services.

Baratov was not the one who hacked Yahoo

The one who carried out the actual Yahoo hack is 29-year-old Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, aka “Magg,” a Russian national still at large.

According to the FBI’s investigation, Belan most likely spear-phished a Yahoo employee and gained access to a section of Yahoo’s internal network, including Yahoo’s User Database (UDB) and an administrative tool called the Account

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/the-least-significant-pawn-in-the-yahoo-hack-pleads-guilty/

Cybercrime as a local phenomenon

Nicolae Popescu was born in the small city of Alexandria, a two-hour bus ride south of Bucharest. After organising a digital scam to sell hundreds of fictitious cars on eBay, and pocketing $3 million, he was arrested in 2010 but eventually was released on a technicality. He is currently a fugitive from justice and the American reward for any information leading to his capture is $1 million.

While Popescu occupies a prominent place on the FBI’s ‘Cyber’s Most Wanted List’, he is just one of a number of high-profile cybercriminals hailing from Romania. In common with numerous other Romanians in this business, his expertise is ‘online auction fraud’. This form of activity began largely with the exploitation of eBay customers, but has now migrated to other platforms as well. It is built around the sale or rental of fictitious goods and services. This type of activity might

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Il responsabile alla sicurezza di Facebook confessa: “non siamo abbastanza protetti”

Il responsabile alla sicurezza di Facebook confessa: non siamo abbastanza protetti

Grazie ad file audio fatto trapelare da un dipendente del social network di Zuckerberg si ascoltano tutte le preoccupazioni di Alex Stamos capo della sicurezza di Facebook: “Ci sono problemi tecnici e culturali in azienda che ci impediscono di aumentare la rete di cybersicurezza”



Alex Stamos

ROMA Il capo della sicurezza di FacebookAlex Stamos, si è lasciato andare ad una confidenza di troppo, qualche parola che non doveva dire, durante una riunione con dei colleghi   e tutto è finito in una registrazione “segreta” diventata molto presto di dominio pubblico. Stamos ha affermato che la rete aziendale del social network fondato da  viene “gestita come quella

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FBI’s Wray says nat’l security, crime all have cybersecurity element

FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate committee that the bureau faces numerous cyberchallenges.

Every security and criminal threat that the FBI faces has a cyber or tech component that is increasing in frequency and sophistication, presenting tremendous challenges for FBI investigators, the bureau’s director, Christopher Wray, told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Wednesday.

We face sophisticated cyber threats from foreign intelligence agencies, hackers for hire, organized crime syndicates, and terrorists. Threat actors—foreign intelligence agencies, organized groups, terrorists and hackers for hire—“constantly seek to access and steal our nation’s classified information, trade secrets, technology, and ideas—all of which are of great importance to our national and economic security,” Wray said in his opening statement, noting that critical infrastructure and the U.S. economy are in their crosshairs. “The frequency and impact of cyberattacks on our nation’s private sector and government networks have increased dramatically in the past

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US Jails Man For Laundering Millions In Hacking Scheme

A Pakistani citizen was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for laundering US$ 19.6 million as part of an international computer hacking and telecommunications fraud scheme, the US Department of Justice announced.

Landline (Photo: Garvid, CC BY 3.0)Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, 49, laundered proceeds from a hacking operation that targeted the unused telephone extensions of numerous businesses and organizations in the US and reprogrammed them to make unlimited calls to premium phone numbers such as adult entertainment, and psychic hotlines, which were ultimately paid for by the companies.

The massive fraud scheme is responsible for total losses exceeding US$ 70 million. It was allegedly led by Noor Aziz from Karachi, Pakistan who is on the FBI Cyber’s Most Wanted List.

Qasmani, who had operated a money laundering and smuggling business in Thailand, agreed to launder proceeds of the scheme for Aziz in 2008. He funneled the illegal money into multiple

Read more at: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6652-us-jails-man-for-laundering-millions-in-hacking-scheme

US Jails Man For Laundering Millions In Hacking Scheme – occrp

A Pakistani citizen was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for laundering US$ 19.6 million as part of an international computer hacking and telecommunications fraud scheme, the US Department of Justice announced.

Landline (Photo: Garvid, CC BY 3.0)Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, 49, laundered proceeds from a hacking operation that targeted the unused telephone extensions of numerous businesses and organizations in the US and reprogrammed them to make unlimited calls to premium phone numbers such as adult entertainment, and psychic hotlines, which were ultimately paid for by the companies.

The massive fraud scheme is responsible for total losses exceeding US$ 70 million. It was allegedly led by Noor Aziz from Karachi, Pakistan who is on the FBI Cyber’s Most Wanted List.

Qasmani, who had operated a money laundering and smuggling business in Thailand, agreed to launder proceeds of the scheme for Aziz in 2008. He funneled the illegal money into multiple

Read more at: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6652-us-jails-man-for-laundering-millions-in-hacking-scheme

$71 Million Restitution Owed for Hacking, Fraud Scheme

Convicted money launderer Muhammad Sohail Qasmani is sentenced to 4 years in prison, and will share the hefty payout with other co-conspirators convicted in the conspiracy.

Pakistani citizen Muhammad Sohail Qasmani has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for laundering $19.6 million on behalf of other actors in an international computer hacking and telecommunications fraud scheme, the DoJ reports. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The massive fraud scheme, which led to losses exceeding $70 million, was allegedly led by Noor Aziz of Karachi, Pakistan, a FBI Cyber Most Wanted suspect who remains at-large. The scheme involved unauthorized access to PBX systems that ran through the internal phone networks of several organizations across the United States.

Hackers targeted victims’ phone systems, which were illegally reprogrammed to make calls to long-distance locations and premium numbers to generate revenue. Qasmani laundered proceeds for

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Loss from cybercrime exceeded $1.3B in 2016, FBI report

The “2016 Internet Crime Report” examined the most prevalent and most damaging forms of cybercrimes.

The financial loss from cybercrime in the U.S. exceeded $1.3 billion in 2016, a rise of 24 percent, according to a new report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The “2016 Internet Crime Report,” examined the most prevalent and most damaging forms of cybercrimes today – like business email compromise (BEC), ransomware, tech support fraud, and extortion. It based its findings on nearly 300,000 complaints filed with the IC3, which compiles data from public complaints in order to refer cases to the appropriate law enforcement agencies as well as to identify trends.

It noted that though the statistics show a significant rise, the actual tally is much higher as only an estimated 15 percent of the nation’s fraud victims report their crimes to law enforcement. One security expert commented that if

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