How Did Authorities Identify the Alleged Lockbit Boss?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 13 May 2024 11:26:27 +0000

Last week, the United States joined the U.K. and Australia in sanctioning and charging a Russian man named Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev as the leader of the infamous LockBit ransomware group. LockBit’s leader “LockBitSupp” claims the feds named the wrong guy, saying the charges don’t explain how they connected him to Khoroshev. This post examines the activities of Khoroshev’s many alter egos on the cybercrime forums, and tracks the career of a gifted malware author who has written and sold malicious code for the past 14 years.

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U.S. Charges Russian Man as Boss of LockBit Ransomware Group

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 07 May 2024 17:36:14 +0000

The United States joined the United Kingdom and Australia today in sanctioning 31-year-old Russian national Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev as the alleged leader of the infamous ransomware group LockBit. The U.S. Department of Justice also indicted Khoroshev as the gang’s leader “LockbitSupp,” and charged him with using Lockbit to attack more than 2,000 victims and extort at least $100 million in ransomware payments.

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Man Who Mass-Extorted Psychotherapy Patients Gets Six Years

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2024 13:34:32 +0000

A 26-year-old Finnish man was sentenced to more than six years in prison today after being convicted of hacking into an online psychotherapy clinic, leaking tens of thousands of patient therapy records, and attempting to extort the clinic and patients.

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FCC Fines Major U.S. Wireless Carriers for Selling Customer Location Data

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2024 20:56:42 +0000

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today levied fines totaling nearly $200 million against the four major carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — for illegally sharing access to customers’ location information without consent.

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Russian FSB Counterintelligence Chief Gets 9 Years in Cybercrime Bribery Scheme

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 20:07:56 +0000

The head of counterintelligence for a division of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) was sentenced last week to nine years in a penal colony for accepting a USD $1.7 million bribe to ignore the activities of a prolific Russian cybercrime group that hacked thousands of e-commerce websites. The protection scheme was exposed in 2022 when Russian authorities arrested six members of the group, which sold millions of stolen payment cards at flashy online shops like Trump’s Dumps.

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Who Stole 3.6M Tax Records from South Carolina?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:26:55 +0000

For nearly a dozen years, residents of South Carolina have been kept in the dark by state and federal investigators over who was responsible for hacking into the state’s revenue department in 2012 and stealing tax and bank account information for 3.6 million people. The answer may no longer be a mystery: KrebsOnSecurity found compelling clues suggesting the intrusion was carried out by the same Russian hacking crew that stole of millions of payment card records from big box retailers like Home Depot and Target in the years that followed.

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‘The Manipulaters’ Improve Phishing, Still Fail at Opsec

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2024 13:16:25 +0000

Roughly nine years ago, KrebsOnSecurity profiled a Pakistan-based cybercrime group called “The Manipulaters,” a sprawling web hosting network of phishing and spam delivery platforms. In January 2024, The Manipulaters pleaded with this author to unpublish previous stories about their work, claiming the group had turned over a new leaf and gone legitimate. But new research suggests that while they have improved the quality of their products and services, these nitwits still fail spectacularly at hiding their illegal activities.

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Thread Hijacking: Phishes That Prey on Your Curiosity

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2024 23:56:13 +0000

Thread hijacking attacks. They happen when someone you know has their email account compromised, and you are suddenly dropped into an existing conversation between the sender and someone else. These missives draw on the recipient’s natural curiosity about being copied on a private discussion, which is modified to include a malicious link or attachment. Here’s the story of a recent thread hijacking attack in which a journalist was copied on a phishing email from the unwilling subject of a recent scoop.

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