Cyber Criminals News, Articles and Updates

AdultSwine malware helps porn ads and scams invade children's apps

Cyber-criminals have been spiking game apps, including several aimed at children, with malware that displays pornographic ads, pushes fake security apps, and registers users for premium services with permission.

2018 Winter Olympics being used as phishing attack bait

The opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea is still a month away, but cyber-criminals have already started using it as part of their social engineering plans in several phishing attacks.

India's 1.2 billion citizen national database reportedly breached

India's national ID database containing the information of nearly 1.2 billion people was breached with cyber-criminals selling access to the information for US$ 8 (£6), though officials deny the extent of the incident.

Ukrainian software company compromised to spread Zeus banking trojan

Cyber-criminals launched a cyber-attack using the official website of a Ukraine-based accounting software developer to distribute a new variant of Zeus over a Ukrainian holiday.

Cloud-based docs the new frontier for phishing attacks

Ever on the lookout for a new avenue of attack, cyber-criminals have figured out a method of using Google App Scripts to automatically download malware hosted in Google drive to any computer.

CryptoMix ransomware variant carries new .tastylock extension

Cyber-criminals have given CryptoMix ransomware a few minor twists, including adding a new extension name to the encrypted files.

Irish Zoo scammed, approximately €500,000 stolen

Most humans have a soft spot for animals. Cyber-criminals are another breed obviously, as evidenced by the Dublin Zoo's computer system getting breached so the payments due were electronically redirected to a criminal's account.

Criminals spoof scanners and printers by the millions to spread malware

Cyber-criminals are spoofing scanners by the millions to launch attacks containing malicious attachments that appear to be coming from the network printer.

Romanian police arrest five for spreading Cerber, CTB-Locker ransomware

Romanian law enforcement arrested a gang of five men who operated a ransomware distribution organisation that spread Cerber and CTB-Locker.

A deep dive into ransomware -it's about to get serious

Ransomware is a growing threat & continues to offer criminals a high return on investment. But many ransomware attacks are still under-resourced and designed by low-skilled operators - what happens when this changes?

Zeus Panda targeting holiday shoppers

With just a few more shopping days available before Christmas, cyber-criminals are taking advantage of online shoppers' frenzied buying habits by injecting the Zeus Panda banking trojan into a wide range of retail and travel sites.

New MacOS malware steals bank log-in details and intellectual property

Security researchers have discovered a new, invasive OSX.Pirrit adware variant targeting Mac OS X that enables cyber-criminals to take full control of a user's Mac computer.

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

A Russian cyber-criminal group has stolen at least US$ 10 million (£8.5 million) from financial institutions and other organisations in the US, U.K., and Russia, by targeting card processing systems and interbank transfer systems.

Arrested Belarusian identified as significant cyber-criminal figure

The suspect which international authorities arrested in Belarus during an operation to dismantle the Andromeda botnet has been identified with a high degree of certainty as Jarets Sergey Grigorevich, a high-profile cyber-criminal.

Is Bitcoin the new currency of the underworld & why many think It will be

Since no government or organisation regulates Bitcoin, there is no regulatory body that has access to its transaction history and paper trail which means criminals can use it to receive payment anonymously explains Josh Wardini

Russian cyber-criminal targeting European businesses jailed

A Russian hacker who ran a sophisticated computer hacking network that stole over £2 million from UK businesses has been jailed for nine years.

Terror EK spotted using SSL certificates to beat security

Cyber-criminals using the Terror exploit kit have recently starting using SSL certificates to help sneak the EK and its malware passed cyber-security staffers.

AlphaBay spokesperson 'Trappy' arraigned

AlphaBay spokesperson Ronald L Wheeler, aka Trappy, was arraigned in a US federal court for conspiring to commit access device fraud.

Your money or more strife? It never pays to negotiate with cyber-criminals

Paying cyber-criminals to unleash your data from their grip is, ultimately, a futile exercise which breeds opportunities for them to expand, and gain a further advantage over innocent and unsuspecting victims says Daren Oliver.

UK to open second investigation into Equifax breach

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has opened an investigation into the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal information of almost 700,000 British citizens and 145.5 million worldwide.

Russian underground shop selling RDP servers for £11 or less

Russian dark web marketplace Ultimate Anonymity Services (UAS) is selling 35,000 compromised Remote Desktop Protocol servers, which criminals can use to anonymise themselves or access victims' networks.

Iphone iOS 11 QR code scanner provides 'backdoor' exploitable by criminals

Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads contains a Quick Response (QR)-scanning based 'backdoor' that could be used by cyber-criminals.

The evolution of DarkHotel: From Wi-Fi to complex social engineering

Cyber-criminal group and malware variant DarkHotel has changed its tactics, and has been actively infecting political figures through spear phishing techniques, and via peer-to-peer networks explains Bogdan Botezatu.

Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. Attack believed originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.

Darkweb counterfeiters taken down in Europol coordinated joint action

Criminals buying and/or selling counterfeit Euro banknotes on illegal Darknet marketplaces, such as AlphaBay and Hansa Market, have been arrested in a joint operation by seven EU Member States, coordinated by Europol.

Bitcoin's booming valuation is helping attract more cybercriminals

The skyrocketing value of bitcoin and Ethereum has certainly has given cyber-criminals one more good reason to focus their efforts in this area.

Dark web vendors taking precautions after AlphaBay and Hansa takedowns

Some, but not all cyber-criminals are taking precautions to ensure they evade capture in the event of another major sting operation, thereby making law enforcement's job easier.

Defray ransomware demands payment, then taunts victims to backup data

Defray ransomware is making some minor inroads by targeting firms in the healthcare, education, manufacturing and technology fields, and contains a ransom note that taunts the victim's IT department.

Hackers steal nearly £400K from Enigma virtual currency ICO investors

Hackers stole close to £400,000 in Ethereum from Enigma, a cryptocurrency trading platform provider prior to September ICO.