Octo Tempest cybercriminal group is “a growing concern”—Microsoft

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Tags: RaaS

Tags: LOTL

Tags: social engineering

Tags: SIM swapping

A group of cybercriminals known for advanced social engineering attacks has joined one of the biggest ransomware groups as an affiliate.

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Kroll Employee SIM-Swapped for Crypto Investor Data

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2023 18:05:10 +0000

Security consulting giant Kroll disclosed today that a SIM-swapping attack against one of its employees led to the theft of user information for multiple cryptocurrency platforms that are relying on Kroll services in their ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. And there are indications that fraudsters may already be exploiting the stolen data in phishing attacks. Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi and the now-collapsed crypto trading platform FTX each disclosed data breaches this week thanks to a recent SIM-swapping attack targeting an employee of Kroll — the company handling both firms’ bankruptcy restructuring.

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U.K. Cyber Thug “PlugwalkJoe” Gets 5 Years in Prison

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2023 19:44:03 +0000

Joseph James “PlugwalkJoe” O’Connor, a 24-year-old from the United Kingdom who earned his 15 minutes of fame by participating in the July 2020 hack of Twitter, has been sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison. That may seem like harsh punishment for a brief and very public cyber joy ride. But O’Connor also pleaded guilty in a separate investigation involving a years-long spree of cyberstalking and cryptocurrency theft enabled by “SIM swapping,” a crime wherein fraudsters trick a mobile provider into diverting a customer’s phone calls and text messages to a device they control.

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Hackers Claim They Breached T-Mobile More Than 100 Times in 2022

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 16:14:57 +0000

Three different cybercriminal groups claimed access to internal networks at communications giant T-Mobile in more than 100 separate incidents throughout 2022, new data suggests. In each case, the goal of the attackers was the same: Phish T-Mobile employees for access to internal company tools, and then convert that access into a cybercrime service that could be hired to divert any T-Mobile user’s text messages and phone calls to another device.

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Hacked Ring Cams Used to Record Swatting Victims

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:24:10 +0000

Two U.S. men have been charged with hacking into the Ring home security cameras of a dozen random people and then “swatting” them — falsely reporting a violent incident at the target’s address to trick local police into responding with force. Prosecutors say the duo used the compromised Ring devices to stream live video footage on social media of police raiding their targets’ homes, and to taunt authorities when they arrived.

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SIM swapper jailed for 18 months over crypto heist

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Tags: SIM swapping

Tags: cryptocurrency heist

Tags: Bitcoin

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Tags: Nicholas Truglia

Nicholas Truglia from Florida has been sentenced to 18 months for aiding threat actors in a crypto heist against a popular cryptocurrency personality.

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