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Alleged Russian APT28 Used Spy Tools to Hack Hotels and Steal Info

Russian APT28
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An infamous cyber-espionage group was discovered by security analysts exploiting the same spy tools behind the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks.

Cyber security researchers from FireEye divulged in a blog post that an alleged Russian group is targeting travelers and hotels across Europe and the Middle East to steal data. The post read:

“FireEye has moderate confidence that a campaign targeting the hospitality sector is attributed to Russian actor APT28. We believe this activity, which dates back to at least July 2017, was intended to target travelers to hotels throughout Europe and the Middle East.”

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APT28, also know as Sofacy, Sednit, Pawn Storm, and Fancy Bear, was found attempting

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Online Credit Card Fraud Risk Increases Due to Russian Online Carding Course

Credit card fraud has always been a problem for digital payments. It has become increasingly easy for criminals to obtain credit card information, either by keylogging user information or by hacking online retailers. It now appears Russian hackers have put together a compendium of sorts which allows anyone to abuse stolen credit card information with relative ease. Making card fraud easier for Russian hackers is the last thing the world needs.

Carding is a Serious Problem

It is quite remarkable to see how online crime has evolved over the past few years. Credit card fraud has always been a big problem. It appears this situation only gets worse as time goes by. The number of credit cards stolen from online retailers or through other cyber attacks has risen almost every single year. Putting a stop to the abuse of stolen card information continues to be a very steep uphill battle.

When security researchers

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Russian Deals and Petri-Dish Funds

Russia sanctions.

Yesterday the U.S. Department of the Treasury fined Exxon Mobil Corp. $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions against Russia back when Exxon was run by current U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. So, you know, politically, that’s weird. It’s also quite weird legally! Exxon entered into some deals with Rosneft OAO, an oil company majority-owned by the Russian government whose chief executive officer is Igor Sechin. Rosneft is not subject to sanctions, and U.S. companies are allowed to do deals with it. But Sechin is subject to U.S. sanctions, and U.S. companies are not allowed to do deals with him. Exxon did its deals with Rosneft, so it thought it was fine. But the contracts were signed by Sechin, which the Treasury thinks is not fine.

So Treasury fined Exxon $2 million — the “statutory maximum civil monetary penalty” for the violation, which is a little embarrassing — and issued a https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-21/russian-deals-and-petri-dish-funds

Russian cybercriminal caught with $272000 in $100 bills, $5 million in bitcoin

A Russian hacker in Los Angeles who had extensive business relationships on the dark web and claimed he had 40,000 stolen credit-card numbers was sentenced Monday to more than nine years in prison on wire fraud charges.

Alexander Tverdokhlebov, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges in March. He came to the United States in 2007 and obtained U.S. citizenship. He actively participated in cybercrime since 2008, according to the Dept. of Justice, and claimed he had gained access to nearly half a million computers.

“Tverdokhlebov forged lucrative business partnerships with other Russian-speaking cybercriminals, with whom he exchanged tools, services, and stolen personal and financial information,” the DOJ said.

In October 2015 the North Bay Business Journal published a cover story on the dark web and its shady business operations. The Business Journal also holds an

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Russian cybercriminal caught with $272,000 in $100 bills, $5 million …

A Russian hacker in Los Angeles who had extensive business relationships on the dark web and claimed he had 40,000 stolen credit-card numbers was sentenced Monday to more than nine years in prison on wire fraud charges.

Alexander Tverdokhlebov, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges in March. He came to the United States in 2007 and obtained U.S. citizenship. He actively participated in cybercrime since 2008, according to the Dept. of Justice, and claimed he had gained access to nearly half a million computers.

“Tverdokhlebov forged lucrative business partnerships with other Russian-speaking cybercriminals, with whom he exchanged tools, services, and stolen personal and financial information,” the DOJ said.

In October 2015 the North Bay Business Journal published a cover story on the dark web and its shady business operations. The Business Journal also holds an

Read more at: http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/home/7185526-181/russian-hacker-had-272000-in

Britain must be prepared to fight cyber-wars against Russian ‘mayhem’, says former GCHQ chief

Britain must be ready to fight cyber-wars against the “mayhem” coming from Russia, the former head of GCHQ has warned ministers.

The Government will have to “push back against Russian state activity”, in the same tough way as the leaders of Germany and France have promised, Robert Hannigan said.

Asked if Russia is a threat to Britain’s democratic process, he replied: “Yes, there is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity.

“President Macron and Angela Merkel have called this out recently – attacks on major democratic institutions right through major organised cyber-criminal groups, many of which are based in Russia.”

Mr Hannigan added: “Starting to talk about it is good – calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important.

“But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unacceptable.”

Asked, on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, how this

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Russian Diplomats Visit Accused Cyber Criminal Yuri Martyshev in US Prison

Martyshev was extradited from Latvia to the US sometime in late June or early July to face charges of cyber fraud: he allegedly illegally collected private financial information from bank card holders and ran one of the largest hacker marketplaces on the dark web. 

Handcuffs

Russia takes a dim view of having its citizens prosecuted for crimes in the United States. “We consider this arrest as another case of kidnapping of Russian citizens by US authorities in violation of the current bilateral agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters from 1999. The Embassy demands from the American side unconditional observance of the legitimate rights and interests of the Russian citizen,” the embassy said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

The embassy said Friday that it would continue to provide all consular support to Martyshev while he was imprisoned. They also noted that the conditions Martyshev is being kept in are “normal.”

The prison cell accommodates two people, according to the embassy.

Martyshev has a right to call Russia, and his relatives are expected to wire money to him

Read more at: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201707071055348895-russian-diplomats-visit-martyshev-prison/

The Hacker Hunters Chasing Russian Shadows

In a letter written from prison, Nikulin said that an FBI agent had raised election hacking with him during an interrogation. Lisov told his wife, Darya Lisova, by telephone on a program broadcast in February by RT that he was asked if he had “hacked the Pentagon, FBI, and CIA.” There is no way to confirm either man’s account.

Little was publicly known about Nikulin or Lisov before their arrests. But both men appear to have led very comfortable lives. A now-disabled Instagram account run by Nikulin shows he socialized with the children of Russia’s political elite, including the daughter of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and was a lover of expensive sports cars. Despite living in the small town of Taganrog, near Russia’s border with Ukraine, Lisov’s social media accounts show that he spent a lot of time abroad, with frequent holidays including trips to the Maldives.

Levashov has a more prominent

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Ransomware cyber-attacks by ‘Russian hackers’ could spark WORLD WAR 3, NATO chief warns

The alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said another ransomware attack similar to assaults on the NHS last month could lead Nato to trigger its Article 5 mutual defence agreement.

The section stipulates that an attack against one Nato member state is an attack against them all, invoking joint action to defeat any threat.

Mr Stoltenberg said: “The attack in May and this week just underlines the importance of strengthening our cyber defences and that is what we are doing.

Read more at: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/822570/world-war-three-ransomware-attack-hackers-nato-jens-stoltenberg

Russian senate speaker calls for international cooperation in fight against cyber crime

MOSCOW, June 28. /TASS/. There is a need for international cooperation in the fight against cyber crime, Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.

“Cyber crime poses a very serious threat that no country is capable of combating alone. There is a need to outline an international mechanism to counter these threats,” she said.


The Russian senate speaker added that the Federation Council’s website had not been affected by the Tuesday cyber attack. “The Federation Council’s information system and our website operate as normal, which shows that they are protected well,” Matviyenko added.

“Almost all countries could be vulnerable to cyber attacks,” she went on to say. “Together with terrorism, cyber crime, that targets information systems, is

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