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Ontario man charged over huge cyber crime selling stolen identities

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Police believe they’ve nabbed a Toronto area-man responsible for one of the largest cyber crimes in recent memory.

Jordan Bloom, 27, of Thornhill, is accused of selling stolen personal identities through the website LeakedSource.com, a huge online database which apparently made three billion pieces of stolen data available for purchase.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Maurizio Rosa says a lot of the information was obtained through previous well-publicized breaches.

“He was able to then purchase or access those username and credentials that had been stolen, basically, illicitly from those legitimate websites.”

Rosa says people may still be at risk.

“That password if it has been compromised in the past due to illegal or criminal activity may still be used to compromise sites and services that they are still accessing by re-using the same password and/or username.”

Online security expert Dominic Vogel with Cyber SC says one way to protect yourself is to avoid using

Read more at: http://www.news1130.com/2018/01/15/ontario-man-charged-cyber-crime-selling-billions-stolen-identities/

Ontario man charged with operating site that pedalled stolen credentials

Canadians don’t think this country as a major source of computer crime, but criminal charges laid against an Ontario man have changed that.

Police charged a Thornhill, Ont. man with allegedly selling stolen personal identities online through the website Leakedsource.com, which allegedly was being hosted in Quebec. The site was raided and closed earlier this month.

Jordan Evan Bloom, 27, made his first court appearance today in a Toronto court to face the charges.

The RCMP said the charges include

  • Trafficking in identity information
  • Unauthorized use of a computer (s. 342.1 of the Criminal Code)
  • Mischief to data
  • and possession of property obtained by crime.

The RCMP said Leakedsources.com alleged had a database of 3 billion pieces of stolen digital information belonging to people around the world, including online user names and passwords.

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Fake email, stolen log-ins opened door to widespread hack on Mecklenburg County

A foreign-based hacker gained access to at least one government employee’s computer network log-in ID to launch a “ransomware” attack last week in Mecklenburg County, officials said Tuesday.

The cyber-attack knocked multiple data servers and many public services offline and caused widespread outages across Mecklenburg County systems. The county’s “IT (information technology) Incident Response Team” first learned of the problem early in the morning of Dec. 5, said IT chief, Keith Gregg.

By mid-morning, the county began shutting down parts of its network to isolate damage.

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A week later, 17 of 200 affected systems have been restored, Gregg said. Those include the court system’s jury management application, an employee payroll platform and several programs

Read more at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article189428824.html

Undercover operation reveals how hackers profit off stolen data

An undercover operation on the dark web has shed light on how hackers sell stolen data — and how much it’s worth.

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An RSA cybercrime intelligence team went undercover in the dark web to identify trends of cyber-criminal behavior. The researchers discovered new tactics hackers are using and the new industries they are targeting.

RSA’s director of fraud, risk intelligence and identity management shared the findings exclusively with FOX Business, saying hackers are getting creative and looking for more ways to profit off personal data.

“The dark web is actually a full economy, a full market, and it’s all about buying and selling goods and diversifying goods that are being bought and sold,” RSA’s Angel Grant told FOX Business.

During the operation, researchers found the most lucrative and valuable info hackers can get their hands on is any information tied to a financial institution.

Cyber criminals are willing to pay up to $15

Read more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/11/27/undercover-operation-reveals-how-hackers-profit-off-stolen-data.html

Undercover operation reveals how hackers profit off stolen data …

An undercover operation on the dark web has shed light on how hackers sell stolen data — and how much it’s worth.

Continue Reading Below

An RSA cybercrime intelligence team went undercover in the dark web to identify trends of cyber-criminal behavior. The researchers discovered new tactics hackers are using and the new industries they are targeting.

RSA’s director of fraud, risk intelligence and identity management shared the findings exclusively with FOX Business, saying hackers are getting creative and looking for more ways to profit off personal data.

“The dark web is actually a full economy, a full market, and it’s all about buying and selling goods and diversifying goods that are being bought and sold,” RSA’s Angel Grant told FOX Business.

During the operation, researchers found the most lucrative and valuable info hackers can get their hands on is any information tied to a financial institution.

Cyber criminals are willing to pay up to $15

Read more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/11/27/undercover-operation-reveals-how-hackers-profit-off-stolen-data.html

A rare painting is stolen… then it appears for sale on the dark web

At around 03:30 on April 1, 2017 a van smashed into the window of the International Art Centre in New Zealand. The crash was no accident. Those inside the vehicle entered the gallery and stole two rare paintings by artist Gottfried Lindauer.

One of the stolen pieces, which was completed in 1884, has now appeared for sale on the dark web. The seller claims the listing is for the original, 133-year-old Chief Ngatai-Raure painting. Questions have been raised about the listing’s authenticity, but one thing is clear: the auctioning of one-of-a-kind artworks is pretty new territory for dark web criminals.

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Read more at: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/painting-stolen-new-zealand-sale-gottfried-lindauer-chief-ngatai-raure

Uber paid hackers a $100000 cyber bribe to destroy stolen data

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi posted a blog yesterday saying hackers downloaded the names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the United States — and some personal information of 57 million Uber users around the world.

The data theft, which occurred a year ago, included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, according to Khosrowshahi.

The Associated Press released a story, which appeared in Newsday today, saying Uber paid a $100,000 bribe to the hackers in order to ensure the stolen data was destroyed.

It’s hard to know what’s most troubling about this news:

IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud.

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he’s doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams.

That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security

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Susan Tompor: IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud.

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said last week he’s doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security number are already in the hands of criminals and act accordingly,” Koskinen said in a press briefing.

Equifax has reported that hackers had access to information,

Read more at: http://www.theledger.com/news/20171025/susan-tompor-irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-of-that-equifax-stolen-data

IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/