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Tor and anonymous browsing – just how safe is it?

byPaul DucklinAn article published on the open-to-allcomers blogging site Medium earlier this week has made for some scary headlines.Written as an independent research piece by an author going only by nusenu, the story is headlined:How Malicious Tor Relays are Exploiting Users in 2020 (Part I)[More than] 23% of the Tor network’s exit capacity has been attack
Publish At:2020-08-13 13:53 | Read:77 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy bitcoin Exit node MITM Scam snooping surveillance To

A week in security (July 20 – 26)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, our Lock and Code podcast delved into Bluetooth and beacon technology. We also dug into APT groups targeting India and Hong Kong, covered a law enforcement bust, and tried to figure out when, exactly, a Deepfake is a Deepfake. Other cybersecurity news Insecure email addresses resulted in big-bucks sporting targets (Sourc
Publish At:2020-07-27 16:58 | Read:158 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security advanced persistent th

Coordinated Twitter attack rakes in 100 grand

“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!” This and similar Tweets asking readers to send US$1,000 to a Bitcoin address with the promise of a double return payment went out yesterday. Too good to be true? Once again,
Publish At:2020-07-16 14:35 | Read:195 | Comments:0 | Tags:Social engineering 2fa bitcoin Social Engineering tweets twi

Hacker stole $250K from decentralized Bitcoin exchange Bisq

Cryptocurrency exchange Bisq stopped trading activities due to a cyberattack, crooks have stolen $250,000 worth of virtual currency from the company. The decentralized exchange (DEX) Bisq rang stopped trading activities late Tuesday night after it uncovered a critical security vulnerability that was exploited by a hacker to steal more than $250,000 worth
Publish At:2020-04-10 10:08 | Read:633 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Digital ID Hacking Bisq Bitcoin in

Coronavirus Bitcoin scam promises “millions” working from home

In the last week, we’ve seen multiple coronavirus scams pushed by bad actors, including RAT attacks via fake health advisories, bogus e-books working in tandem with Trojans, and lots of other phishing shenanigans. Now we have another one to add to the ever-growing list: dubious coronavirus Bitcoin missives landing in your inbox. Reworking a classic spam tact
Publish At:2020-03-26 17:08 | Read:615 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams bitcoin british celebrities scam coronavirus coronavir

From Nigerian Princes to Bitcoin Trading: Online Scams Have Come a Long Way

It would be a challenge to find someone who has not heard of the now-infamous “Nigerian Prince scams,” also known as “419 scams” and “advance-fee scams.” The concept itself dates back to the French Revolution, but it has come a long way due to human gullibility. More recently, it has taken to the internet to deceive scores
Publish At:2020-03-09 07:28 | Read:567 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud Protection Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Fraud Malicious Doma

Threat spotlight: RobbinHood ransomware takes the driver’s seat

Despite their name, the RobbinHood cybercriminal gang is not stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Instead, these ransomware developers are more like big game hunters—attacking enterprise organizations and critical infrastructure and keeping all the spoils for themselves. In 2019, the RobbinHood ransomware creators successfully attacked and receive
Publish At:2020-02-20 17:07 | Read:611 | Comments:0 | Tags:Threat spotlight .enc_robbinhood Anti-Ransomware baltimore b

Police bust alleged operator of Bitcoin mixing service Helix

byLisa VaasThe guy who allegedly wanted to be the Dark Net’s “go-to” money launderer by acting as a “Bitcoin mixer” – soliciting cryptocurrency from crooks, slicing and dicing the coins, and then remixing them in an ultimately futile attempt to obscure their source – has been busted.The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday t
Publish At:2020-02-17 07:49 | Read:711 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptocurrency Law & order AlphaBay bitcoin Bitcoin mixer Bi

Sextortion Scams Delivered by Emotet Net 10 Times More Than Necurs Sextortion — Here’s Why

Recent spam campaigns from Emotet featured sextortion content very similar to emails previously sent by the Necurs botnet. However, Emotet spam ended up netting 10 times the amount that a comparable Necurs campaign did — within a matter of six hours. Why was Emotet so much more successful with the same type of ploy? Two factors played into this. First, Emote
Publish At:2020-02-15 17:18 | Read:560 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware Threat Intelligence Banking Trojan Bitcoin Botnet Cy

The Altsbit exchange will exit in May following a hack

The Italy-based cryptocurrency exchange Altsbit announced that it has suffered a security breach that led to the theft of its customer’s funds. Crypto-currency exchange Altsbit recently disclosed a security breach, the company claimed that hackers have stolen almost all its customers’ deposits.  Dear users,Unfortunately we have to notify
Publish At:2020-02-11 05:23 | Read:670 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Digital ID Hacking Altsbit exchang

Sextortion scammers getting creative

We’ve covered sextortion before, focusing in on how the core of the threat is an exercise in trust. The threat actor behind the campaign will use whatever information available on the target that causes them to trust that the threat actor does indeed have incriminating information on them. (They don’t.) But as public awareness of the scam grow
Publish At:2019-11-26 16:50 | Read:1330 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybercrime Social engineering bitcoin scam sextortion scams

Cybercrime’s Cryptocurrency Gold Rush: Going Strong!

What’s the connection between cybercrime and cryptocurrencies? Perhaps it would suffice to say that the reasons for criminals adopting the cryptocoin are quite obvious. But when did this all start, and what fuels it and gets fueled in return? This blog will go over some of the historical reasons that connect cybercrime and cryptocurrency as well as exa
Publish At:2017-10-04 21:35 | Read:5781 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud Protection Threat Intelligence Bitcoin Bitcoin Mining

Building Digital Trust, One Blockchain at a Time

Since it first appeared in 2009, the bitcoin network has grown significantly. The digital currency’s recent surge in value has sparked discussions within the security space about the benefits of blockchain, a technology that promotes the type of trust that is sorely lacking in some digital transactions. Today, people are exchanging real money for cryp
Publish At:2017-09-22 13:40 | Read:4133 | Comments:0 | Tags:Banking & Financial Services Authentication Bitcoin Blockcha

Was Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Being Sneaky or Creative By Tricking Visitors Into Monero Mining

Users noticed a cryptocurrency miner surfaced on The Pirate Bay, the world’s largest torrenting for a day over the weekend. Pop quiz: would you rather A) see ad banners displayed at the top of the website, or B) mine Monero cryptocurrency when you visit a website? Judging by the number of downloads for ad blocking browser extensions, no one likes banner ads.
Publish At:2017-09-19 13:05 | Read:3722 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Security Bitcoin miner Monero Pirate B

Researchers demonstrate how to steal Bitcoin by exploiting SS7 issues

Hackers have exploited security weaknesses in SS7 protocol to break into a GMail account, take control of a bitcoin wallet and steal funds. In June 2016, researchers with Positive Technologies demonstrated that it is possible to hack Facebook accounts by knowing phone numbers by exploiting a flaw in the SS7 protocol. The technique allows bypassing any securi
Publish At:2017-09-19 13:05 | Read:4625 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Bitcoin mobile SS7 two-factor authenti

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