G7 leaders ask Russia to hunt down ransomware gangs within its borders

G7 (Group of 7) leaders have asked Russia to urgently disrupt ransomware gangs believed to be operating within its borders, following a stream of attacks targeting organizations from critical sectors worldwide. The G7 member states also expressed their commitment to Read More …

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

Late last week, FBI International Operations Division legal attaché for Australia Anthony Russo added another important piece of information: speaking to Australian newspapers he said one reason for discontinuing use of AN0M was that it produced too much intelligence. “The Read More …

How the FBI and AFP accessed encrypted messages in TrojanShield investigation

The US Department of Justice has unsealed a warrant detailing how law enforcement agencies accessed and used the encrypted communications of criminals as part of its TrojanShield investigation, a global online sting operation. The warrant reveals that the Federal Bureau Read More …

Russian dark web marketplace Hydra cryptocurrency transactions reached $1.37bn in 2020

An investigation into the Hydra marketplace has revealed surging transaction volumes and a thriving — albeit illicit — cryptocurrency ecosystem. On Tuesday, Flashpoint and Chainalysis jointly released a report into Hydra, a marketplace in the dark web. At its inception Read More …

Russian to be deported after foiled Tesla ransomware plot

A Russian man was sentenced Monday to what amounted to time already served in U.S. government custody and will be deported after pleading guilty to trying to pay a Tesla employee $500,000 to install computer malware at the company’s Nevada Read More …

Europol: New Major Interventions To Block Encrypted Communications Of Criminal Networks

Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Belgium, France and the Netherlands have in close cooperation enabled major interventions to block the further use of encrypted communications by large-scale organised crime groups (OCGs), with the support of Europol and Eurojust. The Read More …

Cracking of encrypted messaging service dealt major blow to organised crime

The cracking of a previously-unbreakable encrypted messaging service popular with criminals involved in drug trafficking and organised crime delivered a major victory for the justice system on Tuesday. The cracking of the expensive messaging app, called “Sky ECC,” was what Read More …

U.S. Accuses North Korean Hackers of Stealing Millions

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted three North Korean computer programmers for their alleged participation in widespread, destructive cyberattacks as part of the advanced persistent threat (APT) known as Lazarus Group. The indictment broadens the scope of crimes that Read More …

Egregor ransomware members arrested by Ukrainian, French police

A joint operation between French and Ukrainian law enforcement has reportedly led to the arrests of several members of the Egregor ransomware operation in Ukraine. As reported first by France Inter, on Tuesday, law enforcement made the arrests after French Read More …

British cyber gang ‘stole large amounts from US sports and music stars after accessing their phones’

Eight Britons have been arrested for hacking into the phones of US celebrities to steal money and personal information – even posing as them online. Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said sports stars, musicians and their families had been targeted Read More …