New Charges Derail COVID Release for Hacker Who Aided ISIS

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:39:30 +0000

A hacker serving a 20-year sentence for stealing personal data on 1,300 U.S. military and government employees and giving it to an Islamic State hacker group in 2015 has been charged once again with fraud and identity theft. The new charges have derailed plans to deport him under compassionate release because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Joker’s Stash Carding Market to Call it Quits

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:50:01 +0000

Joker’s Stash, by some accounts the largest underground shop for selling stolen credit card and identity data, says it’s closing up shop effective mid-February 2021. The announcement came on the heels of a turbulent year for the major cybercrime store, and just weeks after U.S. and European authorities seized a number of its servers.

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All Aboard the Pequod!

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:18:49 +0000

Like countless others, I frittered away the better part of Jan. 6 doomscrolling and watching television coverage of the horrifying events unfolding in our nation’s capital, where a mob of President Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists was incited to lay siege to the U.S. Capitol. For those trying to draw meaning from the experience, might I suggest consulting the literary classic Moby Dick, which simultaneously holds clues about QAnon’s origins and offers an apt allegory about a modern-day Captain Ahab and his ill-fated obsessions.

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Bomb Threat, DDoS Purveyor Gets Eight Years

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:01:14 +0000

A 22-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for conducting bomb threats against thousands of schools in the U.S. and United Kingdom, launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and for possessing sexually explicit images of minors.

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Convicted SIM Swapper Gets 3 Years in Jail

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:05:15 +0000

A 21-year-old Irishman who pleaded guilty to charges of helping to steal millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies from victims has been sentenced to just under three years in prison. The defendant is part of an alleged conspiracy involving at least eight others in the United States who stand accused of theft via SIM swapping, a […]

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Body Found in Canada Identified as Neo-Nazi Spam King

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 04:58:19 +0000

The body of a man found shot inside a burned out vehicle in Canada three years ago has been identified as that of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a prolific spammer and neo-Nazi who led a failed anti-government march on Washington, D.C. in 1999, according to news reports.

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Two Charged in SIM Swapping, Vishing Scams

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 18:30:54 +0000

Two young men from the eastern United States have been hit with identity theft and conspiracy charges for allegedly stealing bitcoin and social media accounts by tricking employees at wireless phone companies into giving away credentials needed to remotely access and modify customer account information.

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