PlugwalkJoe Does the Perp Walk

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:18:38 +0000

One day after last summer’s mass-hack of Twitter, KrebsOnSecurity wrote that 22-year-old British citizen Joseph “PlugwalkJoe” O’Connor appeared to have been involved in the incident. When the Justice Department last week announced O’Connor’s arrest and indictment, his alleged role in the Twitter compromise was well covered in the media. But most of the coverage so far seem to have overlooked the far more sinister criminal charges in the indictment, which involve an underground scene wherein young men turn to extortion, sextortion, SIM swapping, death threats and physical attacks — all in a bid to seize control over highly-prized social media accounts.

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Serial Swatter Who Caused Death Gets Five Years in Prison

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:59:03 +0000

A 18-year-old Tennessee man who helped set in motion a fraudulent distress call to police that lead to the death of a 60-year-old grandfather in 2020 was sentenced to 60 months in prison today.

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Spam Kingpin Peter Levashov Gets Time Served

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:30:00 +0000

A federal judge in Connecticut today handed down a sentence of time served to spam kingpin Peter “Severa” Levashov, a prolific purveyor of malicious and junk email, and the creator of malware strains that infected millions of Microsoft computers globally. Levashov has been in federal custody since his extradition to the United States and guilty plea in 2018, and was facing up to 12 more years in prison. Instead, he will go free under three years of supervised release and a possible fine.

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We Infiltrated a Counterfeit Check Ring! Now What?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 20:34:54 +0000

Imagine waking up each morning knowing the identities of thousands of people who are about to be mugged for thousands of dollars each. You know exactly when and where each of those muggings will take place, and you’ve shared this information in advance with the authorities each day for a year with no outward indication that they are doing anything about it. How frustrated would you be? Such is the curse of the fraud fighter known online by the handles “Brianna Ware” and “BWare” for short, a longtime member of a global group of volunteers who’ve infiltrated a cybercrime gang that disseminates fraudulent checks tied to a dizzying number of online scams.

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Ukrainian Police Nab Six Tied to CLOP Ransomware

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:42:42 +0000

Authorities in Ukraine this week charged six people alleged to have been part of the CLOP ransomware group, a cybercriminal gang said to have extorted more than half a billion dollars from victims. Some of CLOP’s victims this year alone include Stanford University Medical School, the University of California, and University of Maryland.

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How Does One Get Hired by a Top Cybercrime Gang?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:41:26 +0000

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week announced the arrest of a 55-year-old Latvian woman who’s alleged to have worked as a programmer for Trickbot, a malware-as-a-service platform responsible for infecting millions of computers and seeding many of those systems with ransomware. Just how did a self-employed web site designer and mother of two come to work for one of the world’s most rapacious cybercriminal groups and then leave such an obvious trail of clues indicating her involvement with the gang? This post explores answers to those questions, as well as some of the ways Trickbot and other organized cybercrime gangs gradually recruit, groom and trust new programmers.

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Justice Dept. Claws Back $2.3M Paid by Colonial Pipeline to Ransomware Gang

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 23:18:38 +0000

The U.S. Department of Justice said today it has recovered $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin that Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware extortionists last month. The funds had been sent to DarkSide, a ransomware-as-a-service syndicate that disbanded after a May 14 farewell message to affiliates saying its Internet servers and cryptocurrency stash were seized by unknown law enforcement entities.

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Boss of ATM Skimming Syndicate Arrested in Mexico

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 28 May 2021 14:47:46 +0000

Florian “The Shark” Tudor, the alleged ringleader of a prolific ATM skimming gang that has stolen hundreds of millions from tourists visiting Mexico over the past eight years, was arrested in Mexico City on Thursday in response to an extradition warrant from a Romanian court.

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