Alleged Extortioner of Psychotherapy Patients Faces Trial

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2023 19:59:14 +0000

Prosecutors in Finland this week commenced their criminal trial against Julius Kivimäki, a 26-year-old Finnish man charged with extorting a once popular and now-bankrupt online psychotherapy practice and thousands of its patients. In a 2,200-page report, Finnish authorities laid out how they connected the extortion spree to Kivimäki, a notorious hacker who was convicted in 2015 of perpetrating tens of thousands of cybercrimes, including data breaches, payment fraud, operating a botnet and calling in bomb threats.

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It’s Still Easy for Anyone to Become You at Experian

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2023 17:59:07 +0000

In the summer of 2022, KrebsOnSecurity documented the plight of several readers who had their accounts at big-three consumer credit reporting bureau Experian hijacked after identity thieves simply re-registered the accounts using a different email address. Sixteen months later, Experian clearly has not addressed this gaping lack of security. I know that because my account at Experian was recently hijacked, and the only way I could recover access was by recreating the account.

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Who’s Behind the SWAT USA Reshipping Service?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2023 13:51:31 +0000

Last week, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that one of the largest cybercrime services for laundering stolen merchandise was hacked recently, exposing its internal operations, finances and organizational structure. In today’s Part II, we’ll examine clues about the real-life identity left behind by “Fearless,” the nickname chosen by the proprietor of the SWAT USA Drops service.

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Russian Reshipping Service ‘SWAT USA Drop’ Exposed

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2023 19:55:34 +0000

One of the largest cybercrime services for laundering stolen merchandise was hacked recently, exposing its internal operations, finances and organizational structure. Here’s a closer look at the Russia-based SWAT USA Drop Service, which currently employs more than 1,200 people across the United States who are knowingly or unwittingly involved in reshipping expensive consumer goods purchased with stolen credit cards.

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.US Harbors Prolific Malicious Link Shortening Service

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2023 13:26:55 +0000

The top-level domain for the United States — .US — is home to thousands of newly-registered domains tied to a malicious link shortening service that facilitates malware and phishing scams, new research suggests. The findings come close on the heels of a report that identified .US domains as among the most prevalent in phishing attacks over the past year.

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NJ Man Hired Online to Firebomb, Shoot at Homes Gets 13 Years in Prison

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2023 13:08:27 +0000

A 22-year-old New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for participating in a firebombing and a shooting at homes in Pennsylvania last year. Patrick McGovern-Allen was the subject of a Sept. 4, 2022 story here about the emergence of “violence-as-a-service” offerings, where random people from the Internet hire themselves out to perform a variety of local, physical attacks, including firebombing a home, “bricking” windows, slashing tires, or performing a drive-by shooting at someone’s residence.

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Hackers Stole Access Tokens from Okta’s Support Unit

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 18:39:23 +0000

Okta, a company that provides identity tools like multi-factor authentication and single sign-on to thousands of businesses, has suffered a security breach involving a compromise of its customer support unit, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Okta says the incident affected a “very small number” of customers, however it appears the hackers responsible had access to Okta’s support platform for at least two weeks before the company fully contained the intrusion.

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The Fake Browser Update Scam Gets a Makeover

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 14:03:28 +0000

One of the oldest malware tricks in the book — hacked websites claiming visitors need to update their Web browser before they can view any content — has roared back to life in the past few months. New research shows the attackers behind one such scheme have developed an ingenious way of keeping their malware from being taken down by security experts or law enforcement: By hosting the malicious files on a decentralized, anonymous cryptocurrency blockchain.

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