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Google takes CryptBot to the wood shed

Google is in the midst of a legal campaign designed to take down the creators of a very persistent piece of malware called CryptBot. This malware, which Google claims compromised roughly 670k computers, set about infecting users of the Chrome browser. Unfortunately for the malware campaign operators, Google's not impressed. This legal campaign focuses o
Publish At:2023-05-03 22:02 | Read:132237 | Comments:0 | Tags:News CryptBot malware chrome download package packages googl

Former Ubiquiti dev pleads guilty to trying to extort his employer

Nickolas Sharp, a former Ubiquiti employee who managed the networking device maker's cloud team, pled guilty today to stealing gigabytes worth of files from Ubiquiti's network and trying to extort his employer while posing as an anonymous hacker and a whistleblower."Nickolas Sharp's company entrusted him with confidential information that he exploited and he
Publish At:2023-02-02 16:14 | Read:162964 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

WhatsApp fined €5.5 million by Irish DPC for GDPR violation

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined WhatsApp Ireland €5.5 million ($5.95m) after confirming that the messaging service violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The authority has ordered WhatsApp to bring its data processing operations into compliance within six months, or it faces a new fine.On May 25, 2018, the DPC initia
Publish At:2023-01-22 16:13 | Read:276725 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

New York man defrauded thousands using credit cards sold on dark web

A New York resident has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud using stolen credit cards purchased on dark web cybercrime marketplaces.Trevor Osagie, a 31 year old man from the Bronx, admitted to playing a key role in the operation of a credit card conspiracy group that caused over $1,500,000 in damages to 4,000 account holders.Osa
Publish At:2023-01-18 16:13 | Read:169135 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

TikTok slapped with $5.4 million fine over cookie opt-out feature

France's data protection authority (CNIL) has fined TikTok UK and TikTok Ireland €5,000,000 for making it difficult for users of the platform to refuse cookies and for not sufficiently informing them about their purpose.This design behavior was deemed a violation of Article 82 of France's data protection laws (DPA), a national regulation that conforms w
Publish At:2023-01-15 16:13 | Read:539430 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

Russians hacked JFK airport’s taxi dispatch system for profit

Two U.S. citizens were arrested for allegedly conspiring with Russian hackers to hack the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) taxi dispatch system to move specific taxis to the front of the queue in exchange for a $10 fee.The taxi dispatch system is a computer-controlled system that ensures that taxis are dispatched from the airport’s holding l
Publish At:2022-12-21 16:12 | Read:268454 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal hack

Epic Games to pay $520 million for privacy violations, dark patterns

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, will pay $520 million to settle allegations of violating children's privacy laws and using dark patterns to trick millions of gamers into making unintentional in-game purchases.While Fortnite is free to download and play, Epic charges players for in-game items like dance moves and cos
Publish At:2022-12-19 12:14 | Read:218683 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gaming Legal

Woman gets 66 months in prison for role in $3.3 million ID fraud op

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have announced today that a 24-year-old woman from Melbourne, arrested in 2019 for her role in large-scale, cyber-enabled identity theft crimes, was sentenced to five years and six months in prison.The woman pleaded guilty to her crimes on November 26, 2021.According to the AFT, she was part of an international crime syndi
Publish At:2022-12-16 16:12 | Read:213428 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

Suspects arrested for hacking US networks to steal employee data

Four men suspected of hacking into US networks to steal employee data for identity theft and the filing of fraudulent US tax returns have been arrested in London, UK, and Malmo, Sweden, at the request of the U.S. law enforcement authorities.The suspects identified in four recently unsealed U.S. indictments are Akinola Taylor (Nigeria), Olayemi Adafin (United
Publish At:2022-12-06 16:11 | Read:272325 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal hack

Police arrest 55 members of 'Black Panthers' SIM Swap gang

The Spanish National Police have arrested 55 members of the 'Black Panthers' cybercrime group, including one of the organization's leaders based in Barcelona.The gang was operating four specialized activity cells dedicated to social engineering, vishing (voice phishing), phishing, and carding, having a very organized structure.The arrested leader coordinated
Publish At:2022-12-02 12:13 | Read:274438 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

Australia will now fine firms up to AU$50 million for data breaches

The Australian parliament has approved a bill to amend the country's privacy legislation, significantly increasing the maximum penalties to AU$50 million for companies and data controllers who suffered large-scale data breaches.The financial penalty introduced by the new bill is set to whichever is greater:AU$50 millionThree times the value of any benefit ob
Publish At:2022-11-30 16:12 | Read:260811 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

US bans sales of Huawei, Hikvision, ZTE, and Dahua equipment

The United States government, through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has banned the sale of equipment from Chinese telecommunications and video surveillance vendor Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua due "unacceptable risks to national security".“The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules prohibiting communica
Publish At:2022-11-28 12:13 | Read:344650 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

U.S. charges Russian suspects with operating Z-Library e-Book site

Anton Napolsky (33) and Valeriia Ermakova (27), two Russian nationals, were charged with intellectual property crimes linked to Z-Library, a pirate online eBook repository.The defendants were arrested on November 3, 2022, in Argentina by the country's authorities at the request of U.S. law enforcement.A day later, Z-Library's clearnet domains (z-lib.org, b-o
Publish At:2022-11-17 12:12 | Read:499607 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal

Influencer 'Hushpuppi' gets 11 years in prison for cyber fraud

An Instagram influencer known as 'Hushpuppi' has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to launder tens of millions of USD from business email compromise (BEC) scams and various cyber schemes.The 40-year-old Nigerian's real name is Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,732,841 to two confirmed victims, a law firm in the
Publish At:2022-11-08 12:12 | Read:349362 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal cyber

Russia labels Meta an 'extremist' org, sends legal threats to users

Rosfinmonitoring, Russia's Federal Financial Monitoring Service, has added Meta, the owner of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, to its list of terrorists and extremists.Meta was officially designated as a terrorist organization for the first time in Russia in March 2022, when a Moscow court claimed the world's most popular social media platform hosted what
Publish At:2022-10-11 12:46 | Read:356716 | Comments:0 | Tags:Technology Government Legal


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