Task Force Seeks to Disrupt Ransomware Payments

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:26:09 +0000

Some of the world’s top tech firms are backing a new industry task force focused on disrupting cybercriminal ransomware gangs by limiting their ability to get paid, and targeting the individuals and finances of the organized thieves behind these crimes.

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Arrest, Seizures Tied to Netwalker Ransomware

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:42:24 +0000

U.S. and Bulgarian authorities this week seized the darkweb site used by the NetWalker ransomware cybercrime group to publish data stolen from its victims. In connection with the seizure, a Canadian national suspected of extorting more than $27 million through the spreading of NetWalker was charged in a Florida court.

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Sealed U.S. Court Records Exposed in SolarWinds Breach

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 23:48:25 +0000

The ongoing breach affecting thousands of organizations that relied on backdoored products by network software firm SolarWinds may have jeopardized the privacy of countless sealed court documents on file with the U.S. federal court system, according to a memo released Wednesday by the Administrative Office (AO) of the U.S. Courts.

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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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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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New Charges, Sentencing in Satori IoT Botnet Conspiracy

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:52:54 +0000

The U.S. Justice Department today criminally charged a Canadian and a Northern Ireland man for allegedly conspiring to build multiple botnets that enslaved hundreds of thousands of routers and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices for use in large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In addition, a defendant in the United States was sentenced to drug treatment and 18 months community confinement for his admitted role in the conspiracy.

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A Light at the End of Liberty Reserve’s Demise?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 18:48:39 +0000

In May 2013, the U.S. Justice Department seized Liberty Reserve, alleging the virtual currency service acted as a $6 billion financial hub for the cybercrime world. Prompted by assurances that the government would one day afford Liberty Reserve users a chance to reclaim any funds seized as part of the takedown, KrebsOnSecurity filed a claim shortly thereafter to see if and when this process might take place. This week, an investigator with the U.S. Internal Revenue service finally got in touch to discuss my claim.

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U.S. Charges 4 Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hack

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:25:52 +0000

The U.S. Justice Department today unsealed indictments against four Chinese officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) accused of perpetrating the 2017 hack against consumer credit bureau Equifax that led to the theft of personal data on nearly 150 million Americans. DOJ officials said the four men were responsible for carrying out the largest theft of sensitive personal information by state-sponsored hackers ever recorded. 

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