Why Your VPN May Not Be As Secure As It Claims

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 06 May 2024 14:24:47 +0000

Virtual private networking (VPN) companies market their services as a way to prevent anyone from snooping on your Internet usage. But new research suggests this is a dangerous assumption when connecting to a VPN via an untrusted network, because attackers on the same network could force a target’s traffic off of the protection provided by their VPN without triggering any alerts to the user.

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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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Fake Lawsuit Threat Exposes Privnote Phishing Sites

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2024 14:12:16 +0000

A cybercrook who has been setting up websites that mimic the self-destructing message service Privnote.com accidentally exposed the breadth of their operations recently when they threatened to sue a software company. The disclosure revealed a profitable network of phishing sites that behave and look like the real Privnote, except that any messages containing cryptocurrency addresses will be automatically altered to include a different payment address controlled by the scammers.

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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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Mozilla Drops Onerep After CEO Admits to Running People-Search Networks

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2024 19:02:41 +0000

The nonprofit organization that supports the Firefox web browser said today it is winding down its new partnership with Onerep, an identity protection service recently bundled with Firefox that offers to remove users from hundreds of people-search sites. The move comes just days after a report by KrebsOnSecurity forced Onerep’s CEO to admit that he has founded dozens of people-search networks over the years.

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Calendar Meeting Links Used to Spread Mac Malware

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:56:43 +0000

Malicious hackers are targeting people in the cryptocurrency space in attacks that start with a link added to the target’s account at Calendly, a popular free calendar application for scheduling appointments and meetings. The attackers impersonate established cryptocurrency investors and ask to schedule a video conference call. But clicking the meeting link provided by the scammers prompts the user to run a script that quietly installs malware on macOS systems.

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Fla. Man Charged in SIM-Swapping Spree is Key Suspect in Hacker Groups Oktapus, Scattered Spider

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2024 19:07:18 +0000

On Jan. 9, 2024, U.S. authorities arrested a 19-year-old Florida man charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiring with others to use SIM-swapping to steal cryptocurrency. Sources close to the investigation tell KrebsOnSecurity the accused was a key member of a criminal hacking group blamed for a string of cyber intrusions at major U.S. technology companies during the summer of 2022.

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