Who is Tech Investor John Bernard?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0000

John Bernard, the subject of a story here last week about a self-proclaimed millionaire investor who has bilked countless tech startups, appears to be a pseudonym for John Clifton Davies, a U.K. man who absconded from justice before being convicted on multiple counts of fraud in 2015. Prior to his conviction, Davies served 16 months in jail before being cleared of murdering his wife on their honeymoon in India.

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Chinese Antivirus Firm Was Part of APT41 ‘Supply Chain’ Attack

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:03:21 +0000

The U.S. Justice Department this week indicted seven Chinese nationals for a decade-long hacking spree that targeted more than 100 high-tech and online gaming companies. The government alleges the men used malware-laced phishing emails and “supply chain” attacks to steal data from companies and their customers. One of the alleged hackers was first profiled here in 2012 as the owner of a Chinese antivirus firm.

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Two Russians Charged in $17M Cryptocurrency Phishing Spree

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:53:17 +0000

U.S. authorities today announced criminal charges and financial sanctions against two Russian men accused of stealing nearly $17 million worth of virtual currencies in a series of phishing attacks throughout 2017 and 2018 that spoofed websites for some of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

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Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part II

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 16:37:13 +0000

Yesterday’s piece told the tale of Hieu Minh Ngo, a hacker the U.S. Secret Service described as someone who caused more material financial harm to more Americans than any other convicted cybercriminal. Ngo was recently deported back to his home country after serving more than seven years in prison for running multiple identity theft services. He now says he wants to use his experience to convince other cybercriminals to use their skills for good. Here’s a look at what happened after he got busted.

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Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part I

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:39:53 +0000

At the height of his cybercriminal career, the hacker known as “Hieupc” was earning $125,000 a month running a bustling identity theft service that siphoned consumer dossiers from some of the world’s top data brokers. That is, until his greed and ambition played straight into an elaborate snare set by the U.S. Secret Service. Now, after more than seven years in prison Hieupc is back in his home country and hoping to convince other would-be cybercrooks to use their computer skills for good.

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Porn Clip Disrupts Virtual Court Hearing for Alleged Twitter Hacker

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:18:39 +0000

Perhaps fittingly, a Web-streamed court hearing for the 17-year-old alleged mastermind of the July 15 mass hack against Twitter was cut short this morning after mischief makers injected a pornographic video clip into the proceeding.

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Three Charged in July 15 Twitter Compromise

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 21:43:11 +0000

Three individuals have been charged for their alleged roles in the July 15 hack on Twitter, an incident that resulted in Twitter profiles for some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, executives and public figures sending out tweets advertising a bitcoin scam. 

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Twitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLs

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 20:25:30 +0000

The New York Times last week ran an interview with several young men who claimed to have had direct contact with those involved in last week’s epic hack against Twitter. These individuals said they were only customers of the person who had access to Twitter’s internal employee tools, and were not responsible for the actual intrusion or bitcoin scams that took place that day. But new information suggests that at least two of them operated a service that resold access to Twitter employees for the purposes of modifying or seizing control of prized Twitter profiles.

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