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How a one man hacking operation was able to infiltrate international firms

An international hacking campaign targeting thousands of oil, mining and construction firms sounds like the work of a sophisticated criminal operation. The scale of such an endeavour suggests it would need extensive resources and manpower, potentially even nation-state backing.

But a newly

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How a one man hacking operation was able to infiltrate international …

An international hacking campaign targeting thousands of oil, mining and construction firms sounds like the work of a sophisticated criminal operation. The scale of such an endeavour suggests it would need extensive resources and manpower, potentially even nation-state backing.

But a newly

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-a-one-man-hacking-operation-was-able-to-compromise-international-firms/

Ex-GCHQ officer warns cyber crooks have same hacking tools as Western intelligence

Johnston Press Investigations: Cahal Milmo, Aasma Day, Don Mort, Chris Burn, Ruby Kitchen, Paul Lynch, Oli Poole, Gavin Ledwith, Ben Fishwick, Philip Bradfield and Deborah Punshon

The five-year advantage that Britain once enjoyed over organised criminals and state hackers in combatting cyber attacks has been wiped out by the disclosure of a powerful armoury of hacking tools developed by America’s spies, a former GCHQ officer has told i.

The so-called “Vault 7” theft of at least 16 different types of software developed by the National Security Agency (NSA), the body in charge of Washington’s covert eavesdropping operations, has already caused havoc after the authors of the “WannaCry” ransomware attack in May used the stolen code to vastly increase the potency of their weapon.

Offensive software

But a leading expert on defence against cyber crime has warned that such attacks “will only increase” as the offensive software – known as an ‘exploit’ –

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/cyber-crime-ex-gchq-officer-warns-bad-guys-capability-western-intelligence-leak/

Ex-GCHQ officer warns cyber crooks have same hacking tools as …

Johnston Press Investigations: Cahal Milmo, Aasma Day, Don Mort, Chris Burn, Ruby Kitchen, Paul Lynch, Oli Poole, Gavin Ledwith, Ben Fishwick, Philip Bradfield and Deborah Punshon

The five-year advantage that Britain once enjoyed over organised criminals and state hackers in combatting cyber attacks has been wiped out by the disclosure of a powerful armoury of hacking tools developed by America’s spies, a former GCHQ officer has told i.

The so-called “Vault 7” theft of at least 16 different types of software developed by the National Security Agency (NSA), the body in charge of Washington’s covert eavesdropping operations, has already caused havoc after the authors of the “WannaCry” ransomware attack in May used the stolen code to vastly increase the potency of their weapon.

Offensive software

But a leading expert on defence against cyber crime has warned that such attacks “will only increase” as the offensive software – known as an ‘exploit’ –

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/cyber-crime-ex-gchq-officer-warns-bad-guys-capability-western-intelligence-leak/

Hacking of WeChat accounts worry users

The recent hacking of WeChat accounts has distressed users in the country. It is reported on social media sites that hackers breach into WeChat accounts and share obscene videos and photographs.

WeChat is a free messaging and calling application with its server based in China. Many Bhutanese use this application.

To prevent hacking, Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT) with the information and communications ministry urges WeChat users to check for updates periodically, set a unique WeChat ID, to disable features that enables strangers to find users such as Drift Bottle, People Nearby, Shake and Find Me.

For compromised accounts BtCIRT recommends users to freeze their account by choosing WeChat Help Center available at the bottom of the login screen and following the instructions of the Freeze Account option.

BtCIRT officials in an email interview said, “We have encountered 58 websites that were defaced, 23 machines being infected by malware, one phishing site launched

Read more at: http://www.kuenselonline.com/hacking-of-wechat-accounts-worry-users/

Foisting Blame for Cyber-hacking on Russia

Exclusive: Cyber-criminal efforts to hack into U.S. government databases are epidemic, but this ugly reality is now being exploited to foist blame on Russia and fuel the New Cold War hysteria, reports Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter

Recent hearings by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees reflected the rising tide of Russian-election-hacking hysteria and contributed further to it. Both Democrats and Republicans on the two committees appeared to share the alarmist assumptions about Russian hacking, and the officials who testified did nothing to discourage the politicians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

On June 21, Samuel Liles, acting director of the Intelligence and Analysis Office’s Cyber Division at the Department of Homeland Security, and Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy under secretary for cyber-security and communications, provided

Read more at: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/02/foisting-blame-for-cyber-hacking-on-russia/

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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