Category Archives: FBI Cyber Most Wanted

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

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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

Read more at: http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/$71-million-restitution-owed-for-hacking-fraud-scheme/d/d-id/1329249

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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Is the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted List really helping catch bad guys?

In the days before the internet, television and radio spread information like wildfire, putting up a wanted poster was the only method law enforcement had to let the public know it was hunting for someone.

This technique is still used today. The FBI retains and active Ten Most Wanted list along with another web page that is probably not as well known nor as effective called Cyber’s Most Wanted.

Like the Top Ten, the Cyber list contains headshots of known cybercriminals describe their general appearance, hometown, birthday, but unlike the better known criminal list the cyber gangsters are unlikely to be spotted using the supplied information. Which was designed so someone taking a trip to the supermarket could spot a bad guy and call the police. But now, unless that supermarket is located in Beijing, Syria or Moscow this information is worthless.

This is the 21st Century, help wanted posters

Read more at: https://www.scmagazine.com/is-the-fbis-cyber-most-wanted-list-really-helping-catch-bad-guys/article/668921/

Hacker "Sagade" Extradited to the US for Role in Scareware Scheme

Peteris Sahurovs, a Latvian hacker known as “Sagade,” was extradited to the US and appeared in Minneapolis court today in regards to accusations of running a scareware operation that pocketed the crook and his partners over $2 million.

Sagade’s alleged crimes go back to 2010, when together with Marina Maslobojeva, aka “Aminasah,” had bought ad space on various online websites, posing as representatives for a fake advertising company named RevolTech, interested in listing ads for the Best Western hotel chain.

Sagade performed the old ad switcheroo trick

US authorities say the duo initially showed legitimate ads, but after a certain period of time would switch the original ads with malverts. These malicious ads would then redirect users to a server in the Netherlands, and then to another in Latvia, “which began downloading malware onto the visitors’ computers.”

According to the FBI — who investigated the case — this malware would freeze or slow down

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hacker-sagade-extradited-to-the-us-for-role-in-scareware-scheme/

Don’t believe what Putin is saying about ‘patriotic’ Russian hackers


Security instructors at IBM simulate cyberattacks. (John Mottern/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

The last two days have seen two major developments regarding Russian hacking. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin tacitly admitted that Russian hackers might have influenced the U.S. election, but claimed that any hackers were just patriots, acting independently of the Russian government. Then The Intercept published a leaked NSA report stating that Russian military intelligence had tried to penetrate U.S. voting systems. Tim Maurer co-directs the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and is the author of the forthcoming Cambridge University Press book “Cyber Mercenaries.” I asked him a series of questions about these dramatic events.

President Putin, in an interview, suggested that patriotic Russian hackers had perhaps acted entirely independently of the Russian government. He also claimed that state hackers have never interfered with foreign elections.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/07/dont-believe-what-putin-is-saying-about-patriotic-russian-hackers/

How Germany’s foreign intelligence agency recruits young hackers

Amid concerns of high-profile cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns ahead of key parliamentary elections in September, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has made a concerted effort to recruit young hackers.

The BND’s mission includes obtaining intelligence as mandated by the federal government on key areas pertaining to foreign information, and it effectively aims to protect Germany and its interests. One of the tasks is to recognize and assess potentially-damaging espionage activities and prevent or minimize the fallout.

As Western nations rush to modernize their cyber defense policy, the BND is prominently soliciting applications on its website for digital and computer forensics experts, with the catchline “Sherlock Holmes in cyberspace: BND seeks digital forensics analysts.”

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Amid concerns of high-profile cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns ahead of key parliamentary elections in September, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) has made a concerted effort to recruit young hackers.

The BND’s mission includes obtaining intelligence as mandated by the federal government on key areas pertaining to foreign information, and it effectively aims to protect Germany and its interests. One of the tasks is to recognize and assess potentially-damaging espionage activities and prevent or minimize the fallout.

As Western nations rush to modernize their cyber defense policy, the BND is prominently soliciting applications on its website for digital and computer forensics experts, with the catchline “Sherlock Holmes in cyberspace: BND seeks digital forensics analysts.”

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How Germany’s domestic intelligence agency recruits young hackers

Amid concerns of high-profile cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns ahead of key parliamentary elections in September, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has made a concerted effort to recruit young hackers.

The BND’s mission includes obtaining intelligence as mandated by the federal government on key areas pertaining to foreign information, and it effectively aims to protect Germany and its interests. One of the tasks is to recognize and assess potentially-damaging espionage activities and prevent or minimize the fallout.

As Western nations rush to modernize their cyber defense policy, the BND is prominently soliciting applications on its website for digital and computer forensics experts, with the catchline “Sherlock Holmes in cyberspace: BND seeks digital forensics analysts.”

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Germany’s equivalent of the CIA, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been given a new set of tasks – three years too late. But whether or not they

Read more at: http://www.dw.com/en/how-germanys-domestic-intelligence-agency-recruits-young-hackers/a-38056408