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Hacking the mind of a hacker: ET decodes the psychology of a cyber criminal

Alok (name changed on request) is in his early teens, not the age when he should be making thousands of dollars. Alok is a hacker who lives on the dangerous by-lanes of the internet—the dark web. Accessible only through browsers designed to promote anonymity and confuse law enforcement, the dark web is where the nefarious elements of the internet hang out.

The baby-faced Alok has been working with a hacker collective on the dark web for nearly three years now. In those three years, he has been party to several instances of theft and trading, particularly of credit card information, on the dark web and its marketplaces. He was never a leader, but one of the foot soldiers, yet he managed to earn bitcoins that are now worth thousands of dollars. Alok hides his wealth from his parents.

These days, Alok is

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Do you know who’s hacking into your details? The scourge of cyber crime is trapping thousands

Police need more resources to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime following a huge spike in incidents across the North East, a security expert has warned.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show Northumbria Police received 3,384 reports of the crime in 2016, compared to just 318 two years earlier.

Durham Constabulary also saw a sharp rise from 118 reported crimes in 2014 to 3,045 two years later – a 2,480.5% increase.

While cyber crime has become one of the biggest challenges police are facing, both forces said they have specialist teams working hard to protect victims.

Dr Alastair Irons

Dr Alastair Irons
(Image: NNP)

However, Dr Alastair Irons, an academic dean of computer science at the University of Sunderland, said: “The guys in the police do a wonderful job but they need to have more resources.

“The number of police people involved

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/you-know-whos-hacking-your-13757080

Do you know who’s hacking into your details? The scourge of cyber …

Police need more resources to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime following a huge spike in incidents across the North East, a security expert has warned.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show Northumbria Police received 3,384 reports of the crime in 2016, compared to just 318 two years earlier.

Durham Constabulary also saw a sharp rise from 118 reported crimes in 2014 to 3,045 two years later – a 2,480.5% increase.

While cyber crime has become one of the biggest challenges police are facing, both forces said they have specialist teams working hard to protect victims.

Dr Alastair Irons

Dr Alastair Irons
(Image: NNP)

However, Dr Alastair Irons, an academic dean of computer science at the University of Sunderland, said: “The guys in the police do a wonderful job but they need to have more resources.

“The number of police people involved

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/you-know-whos-hacking-your-13757080

Underground Hacking Forum Admins Having Second Thoughts About Selling Ransomware

Ransomware

Administrators of various underground hacking forums hosted on both the public Internet and Dark Web are having serious discussions about the ethics of allowing the sale of ransomware via their platforms.

According to research by threat intelligence firms Anomali and Flashpoint, shared with Bleeping Computer before publication, several such discussions have taken place on these forums since the start of 2016, and have regularly come up again and again.

Notable talks occurred after the infamous ransomware infection at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, but also after the WannaCry and NotPetya incidents.

Forum admins supportive of ransomware ban

While regular users sharing their opinions in various controversial discussions is a regular occurrence, you rarely see forum admins participating in such topics.

When forum admins talk, users listen, as their opinions usually end up becoming forum policy later down the road.

According to Travis

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Hacking for the government: Germany opens ZITiS cyber surveillance agency

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere opened a new cyber security agency in Munich on Thursday as part of a centralized attempt to tackle cyber-crime and digital espionage via mass telecommunication surveillance, data encryption, and mass data collection.

However, the German government’s own data protection commissioner has complained publicly that she was not consulted as promised about the new “central office for information technology in the security sphere” (ZITiS).

Data protection commissioner Andrea Vosshoff complained to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper that she was unable to offer a “serious or valid assessment or evaluation of this project” even though the government had promised “official participation” last summer.

“Of course data protection is a central element of such a huge project,” Vosshoff’s predecessor Peter Schaar told DW. “It would be extremely unfortunate if the relevant data protection commissioner wasn’t sufficiently involved.”

Read more: Selling on the darknet? The BKA is buying

ZITiS is a serious investment: some

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Bashware hacking technique puts 400 million Windows 10 PCs at risk

Some 400 million PC running Windows 10 around the world could be vulnerable to a fresh cyber attack technique called Bashware.

Discovered and dubbed by cyber security firm Check Point, Bashware exploits the built-in Linux shell in Windows to allow malware to bypass common antivirus and other security software.

And given the Linux shell, known as Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), makes up the core build of Windows 10, all machines running Microsoft’s operating system could be open to hack attacks that exploit the technique.

“Bashware is so alarming because it shows how easy it is to take advantage of the WSL mechanism to allow any malware to bypass security products,” said Check Point threat researchers Dvir Atias and Gal Elbaz. “We tested this technique on most of the leading anti-virus and security products on the market, successfully bypassing them all.”

WSL is usually used to make it easier for software

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Bashware hacking technique puts 400 million Windows 10 PCs at …

Some 400 million PC running Windows 10 around the world could be vulnerable to a fresh cyber attack technique called Bashware.

Discovered and dubbed by cyber security firm Check Point, Bashware exploits the built-in Linux shell in Windows to allow malware to bypass common antivirus and other security software.

And given the Linux shell, known as Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), makes up the core build of Windows 10, all machines running Microsoft’s operating system could be open to hack attacks that exploit the technique.

“Bashware is so alarming because it shows how easy it is to take advantage of the WSL mechanism to allow any malware to bypass security products,” said Check Point threat researchers Dvir Atias and Gal Elbaz. “We tested this technique on most of the leading anti-virus and security products on the market, successfully bypassing them all.”

WSL is usually used to make it easier for software

Read more at: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/bashware-threatens-windows-10-pcs-3286410

Interpol: Dark web hacking tools are fuelling cybercrime

Hacking tools made readily available through dark web markets are making cyber crime as a service increasingly popular, according to Interpol’s head of cyber strategy.

Cyber security professionals have warned of an increasing number of malware authors and hackers who, rather than attacking victims themselves, are instead acting as cyber arms dealers, selling toolkits that can be used by anyone to launch cyber attacks on targets. 

Because this allows even non-technical users to mount attacks, researchers have noticed a marked rise in the number of cyber attacks being carried out, Christophe Durand told IT Pro. “Definitively, we have a proliferation of attacks thanks to the availability of tools,” he said.

“It’s so easy, especially for basic attacks. It’s so easy to find tools, to find RATs, to find everything you need. I’m a father – I’m sometimes afraid of what my children could do if they came across these kind of tools.”

While these

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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

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

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/