Espionage: Every nation does it. But for nation-state hacking that targets intellectual property or interference in political affairs, the U.S. has been using criminal indictments against individuals as a diplomatic way of saying: "We see what you're doing, now knock it off." But does it work?
The FIN7 cybercrime gang regularly phoned victims, posing as buyers, to trick victims into opening phishing emails and attachments with malware, federal prosecutors allege. The group's success - 15 million stolen payment cards and counting - is one measure of how difficult these types of attacks are to block.
Attackers have targeted a patched vulnerability to exploit more than 209,000 carrier-grade routers made by Latvian manufacturer MicroTik and infect them with two types of malware - Coinhive and Crypto-Loot - designed to mine for cryptocurrency, security researchers say.
Three Ukrainian men who were allegedly part of a hacking gang that stole more than 15 million payment card records from U.S. businesses, sold the data in underground markets and enabled at least $12.4 million in fraud have been arrested in Germany, Poland and Spain at the request of the U.S.
For years, Brett Johnson dedicated his time to cooking up new ways to defraud individuals and enterprises. Now the convicted felon spends his time recounting his crime story for business and security leaders. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit Aug. 14-15 in New York.
Jon Montroll, the former operator of a bitcoin exchange that was hacked, leading to the theft of 6,000 bitcoins, has pleaded guilty to charges that he obstructed federal investigators and deceived investors by attempting to cover up the losses.
A Greek court has ruled that Russian national Alexander Vinnik will be sent to France to face cybercrime charges. The U.S. has accused Vinnik of laundering $4 billion in bitcoins via the BTC-e exchange, which it said also handled stolen Mt. Gox and Silk Road bitcoins.
Attackers have stolen $23.5 million in cryptocurrency from Bancor, which is developing a decentralized exchange. The cause of the hack may have been a failure by Bancor to protect authentication keys that allowed for changes in its token smart contracts.
Aaron Sherman, who recently made the transition from serving as an FBI agent investigating cybercrime and nation-state threats to working at Braintrace on ways to improve detection and response efforts, shares insights on the career change.
A new kind of cyberattack that targeted financial institutions in Europe and Russia to steal nearly $100 million illustrates how threats are evolving, says Brian Hussey of Trustwave, who discusses mitigation steps.
It's a fair question: Can you trust the fraud advice you're given from a former fraudster? Especially one who's betrayed law enforcement before? Brett Johnson says he's abandoned crime for good, and he shares insight on the types of fraud schemes he once practiced.
The U.K. has approved a plan to build a cutting-edge court complex in London designed to handle cybercrime, fraud and economic crime. The facility is expected to be a growth driver for the country's legal industry, despite the U.K.'s pending withdrawal from the European Union.
To have any hope of keeping up "with the exponential rise in variants in malware," organizations must reduce their attack surface, in part by using technology designed to learn what attacks look like and respond as quickly as possible, says Cylance's Anton Grashion.
Old technology never dies, but rather fades "very slowly" away, as evidenced by there being 21 million FTP servers still in use, says Rapid7's Tod Beardsley. Rapid7's scans of the internet have also revealed a worrying number of internet-exposed databases, memcached servers and poorly secured VoIP devices.