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Increased dark web interest in hacking the leisure and gaming industries.

Increased dark web interest in hacking the leisure and gaming industries.

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

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Hacking Public Infrastructure

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

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A Hacking Group Is Already Exploiting the Office Equation Editor Bug

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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.

This is a vulnerability in the Office Equation Editor component that allows an attacker to execute code on victims’ computers without user interaction.

You don’t need a grizzled veteran of the infosec community to tell you that a vulnerability with such results would be incredibly valuable for any cyber-criminal

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/a-hacking-group-is-already-exploiting-the-office-equation-editor-bug/

Hacking group targets banks with stealthy trojan malware campaign …

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The Silence malware drops allow attackers to stealthily monitor everything going on the screen of an infected user.


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A previously unknown but highly organised hacking group is carrying out a series of cyber attacks against banks and financial institutions around the world, deploying trojan malware to gain entry into

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacking-group-targets-banks-with-stealthy-trojan-malware-campaign/

This destructive wiper ransomware was used to hide a stealthy hacking campaign

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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

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-destructive-wiper-ransomware-was-used-to-hide-a-stealthy-hacking-campaign/

Equifax hacking: UK financial conduct authority launches investigation into credit check cyber crime

Britain’s markets watchdog said it has opened an investigation into the hacking of US credit reporting agency Equifax, which affected nearly 700,000 UK citizens.

“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

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/equifax-hacking-fca-investigation-cyber-crime-credit-check-customer-data-financial-conduct-authority-a8017396.html

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

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/hacking-the-mind-of-a-hacker-et-decodes-the-psychology-of-a-cyber-criminal/articleshow/61101532.cms

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
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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

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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

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/underground-hacking-forum-admins-having-second-thoughts-about-selling-ransomware/