Cybercrime


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  • Dragonfly 2.0: Hacking Group Infiltrated European and US Power Facilities

    September 7, 2017

    The notorious hacking group that has been in operation since at least 2011 has re-emerged and is still interested in targeting the United States and European companies in the energy sector. Yes, I am talking about the ‘Dragonfly,’ a well-resourced, Eastern European hacking group responsible for sophisticated cyber-espionage campaigns against the critical infrastructure of energy companies in different ...

  • Hackers Can Silently Control Siri, Alexa & Other Voice Assistants Using Ultrasound

    September 6, 2017

    What if your smartphone starts making calls, sending text messages, and browsing malicious websites on the Internet itself without even asking you? This is no imaginations, as hackers can make this possible using your smartphone’s personal assistant like Siri or Google Now. A team of security researchers from China’s Zhejiang University have discovered a clever way of ...

  • Backdoor Found in Popular Server Management Software used by Hundreds of Companies

    August 15, 2017

    Cyber criminals are becoming more adept, innovative, and stealthy with each passing day. They are now adopting more clandestine techniques that come with limitless attack vectors and are harder to detect. Recently, cyber crooks managed to infiltrate the update mechanism for a popular server management software package and altered it to include an advanced backdoor, which ...

  • WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

    August 3, 2017

    More than $140,000 (£105,000) in Bitcoin has been paid out by victims of the global WannaCrypt ransomware outbreak from May. The money was removed from the online wallets at 4am UTC on Thursday. The Bitcoin activity was noticed by a Twitter bot set up by Quartzjournalist Keith Collins. The attack swept across at least 74 countries, and the UK’s ...

  • Hackers Hijacked Chrome Extension for Web Developers With Over 1 Million Users

    August 2, 2017

    From past few years, spammers and cyber criminals were buying web extensions from their developers and then updating them without informing their users to inject bulk advertisements into every website user visits in order to generate large revenue. But now they have shifted their business model—instead of investing, spammers have started a new wave of phishing ...

  • $39 million cyber heist crooks caught by Omani agency

    August 2, 2017

    Omani forensic specialists helped track down online crooks who stole $39 million from a government bank, the director of the Internet Technology Agency has revealed. A cyber attack on an Oman bank in 2013 sparked a global manhunt across 24 nations that led to the arrests of seven people in the USA, according to Dr Badr ...

  • Virgin America Hacked, Employee Passwords and Personal Information Compromised

    July 28, 2017

    Virgin America has confirmed in a letter sent to employees that its network was compromised by hackers, with data belonging to thousands of workers compromised and possibly stolen by the attackers. While an investigation is already under way, the airline did not provide any specifics about the hackers, saying instead that it’s working with law enforcement ...

  • Attack Uses Docker Containers To Hide, Persist, Plant Malware

    July 27, 2017

    A novel attack vector allows for adversaries to abuse the Docker API to hide malware on targeted systems, and even execute remote code. The proof of concept attack was developed by researchers at Aqua Security, and the technique was first demonstrated today at Black Hat by Sagie Dulce, senior security researcher, with Aqua Security. The attack works ...

  • UniCredit Bank Hacked, 400,000 Accounts Exposed

    July 26, 2017

    UniCredit has just announced in an official statement that its servers were breached by hackers, with details of approximately 400,000 clients said to be exposed. The bank explained that hackers managed to get inside its systems in Italy twice in the last 12 months. The first hack took place in September and October 2016, while the ...

  • Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol

    July 25, 2017

    Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the 12 months to March, Europol reported Tuesday, but specialist tools developed with its partners had helped unlock some 28,000 encrypted devices. “Ransomware has soared since 2012, with criminals lured by the promise of profit and ease of implementation,” the European police agency said in a statement. According ...

  • Medical technology is advancing, but how secure is it?

    July 25, 2017

    We’re fortunate to live in an age when medical technology is hyper-advanced and continuing to innovate rapidly. Today, depending on where you live, you may expect to live to be up to 80 years or older; but just a hundred years ago, most people didn’t make it beyond the age of 50. Obviously researchers, medical professionals, ...

  • Bank of America Customers Under Attack, Phishing Site Hosted on Russian Server

    July 24, 2017

    You might be tempted to believe that hackers are getting tired of using phishing scams to target bank clients across the globe, but as Bank of America customers might find out the hard way, this doesn’t seem to be the case just yet. HackRead has come across a new major phishing attack aimed at BoA clients, ...

  • Massive blow to criminal Dark Web activities after globally coordinated operation

    July 20, 2017

    Two major law enforcement operations, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the support of Europol, have shut down the infrastructure of an underground criminal economy responsible for the trading of over 350 000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware. ...

  • Hacker Uses A Simple Trick to Steal $7 Million Worth of Ethereum Within 3 Minutes

    July 17, 2017

    All it took was just 3 minutes and ‘a simple trick‘ for a hacker to steal more than $7 Million worth of Ethereum in a recent blow to the crypto currency market. The heist happened after an Israeli blockchain technology startup project for the trading of Ether, called CoinDash, launched an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), allowing ...

  • Two New Platforms Found Offering Cybercrime-as-a-Service to ‘Wannabe Hackers’

    July 14, 2017

    Cybercrime has continued to evolve and today exists in a highly organised form. Cybercrime has increasingly been commercialised, and itself become big business by renting out an expanded range of hacking tools and technologies, from exploit kits to ransomware, to help anyone build threats and launch attacks. In past few years, we have witnessed the increase in ...

  • Hackers Attack Trump Hotels, Steal Credit Card Details and Personal Data

    July 12, 2017

    Hackers breached the systems used by 14 different Trump Hotels properties between August 10, 2016 and March 9, 2017, managing to steal sensitive information like guests’ credit card details and other personal information. In a 9-page notification published on the official page, Trump Hotels informs customers that hackers managed to breach the systems of Sabre Hospitality ...

  • Duma passes bill on protection of Russian state data networks

    July 12, 2017

    Russia’s lower house has approved a bill that defines which of the country’s informational infrastructure is to be considered critical, while setting a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment for hackers that attack it. In the final draft of the bill published on the State Duma’s website, critical informational infrastructure is defined as data systems and ...

  • After Windows and Android, Operation Emmental Starts Targeting Apple Users

    July 11, 2017

    Security experts have discovered new malware that is specifically aimed at Apple customers, after previously targeting users running Windows and Android on their devices. Believed to be part of Operation Emmental, which was first spotted in 2012, the new malware is called Dok and is primarily targeting customers of Swiss banks, according to an in-depth analysis ...

  • Private Decryption Key For Original Petya Ransomware Released

    July 7, 2017

    Rejoice Petya-infected victims! The master key for the original version of the Petya ransomware has been released by its creator, allowing Petya-infected victims to recover their encrypted files without paying any ransom money. But wait, Petya is not NotPetya. Do not confuse Petya ransomware with the latest destructive NotPetya ransomware (also known as ExPetr and Eternal Petya) attacks ...

  • MCMC probing cyber attacks on online trading platforms

    July 7, 2017

    The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking into reports of suspected cyber attacks disrupting online trading at several local brokerages. The regulator said it was assisting the stock exchange in investigating the disruption, a report by Nikkei Markets said on Friday. This comes after several brokerages alerted clients that their online broking services had been ...