Given the volumes of cash swashing around, it’s not a surprise that leisure and gaming industries have become a particular target for cyber-crime and a new report suggests there is growing interest on the Dark Web when it comes to attacks on the gaming industry.
The extent and methods used are described by security provider IntSights in its Gaming and Leisure Cyber Security Benchmarking Report, which outlines the results of a six-month research project anonymously searching the clear and dark webs for threat intelligence on 30 leading gambling resorts.
Attacks include the usual DDoS and phishing, to sector specific hacks on slot machines and casino chips.
Threats from the Dark Web over the last six months specifically targeting the gaming and leisure sector have included 19 DDoS attacks on resorts, 29 on gambling affiliates, 30 on
November 27, 2017 | By Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Last week, Cyber-criminal hackers attacked the Sacramento Regional Transit system (SacRT), erasing computer programs that affected internal operations, including computers that assign bus routes throughout the Sacramento region. More harm was threatened if SacRT failed to meet a ransom demand. The ransom message was sent via Facebook demanding a bitcoin payment, with a value above $8,000 immediately. SacRT officials determined that no data was stolen and steps are underway to secure the system. Transit services were not impacted.
Other recent reports include the security breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major consumer credit reporting agencies. Reportedly, the sensitive financial information of 143 million Americans was compromised, making this one of the largest security breaches in history.
Shortly after being elected to the Assembly, I became aware of a hacking incident at a local hospital. A caller using Voice over Internet
A week after details about a severe Microsoft Office vulnerability came to light, at least one criminal group is now using it to infect users.
The group is not your regular spam botnet, but a top cyber-criminal operation known to security researchers as Cobalt, a hacking outfit that has targeted banks, ATM networks, and financial institutions for the past two years.
CVE-2017-11882 used by Cobalt hacking group
According to Reversing Labs, a UK-based cyber-security firm, the Cobalt group is now spreading RTF documents to high-value targets that are laced with exploits that take advantage of CVE-2017-11882.
Ransomware is being used to hide an elaborate, targeted hacking campaign which went undetected for months before the attackers pulled the plug and encrypted hundreds of machines at once in an effort to remove stolen data while also covering their tracks.
The campaign targeted several Japanese organisations in
“The Financial Conduct Authority announces today that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding a cybersecurity incident that led to the loss of UK customer data held by Equifax Ltd on the servers of its US parent,” the watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This statement is made given the public interest in these matters.”
The announcement follows a letter from Nicky Morgan, chair of the House of Commons’ Treasury Committee to the watchdog, asking if Equifax had violated terms of its license to operate in the country, and whether the regulator had the power to compel the company to provide compensation to UK consumers.
Equifax said it was already working closely with the FCA and other authorities.
“We welcome this opportunity to learn the lessons from
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.
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.