Accused Russian RSOCKS Botmaster Arrested, Requests Extradition to U.S.

Accused Russian RSOCKS Botmaster Arrested, Requests Extradition to U.S.

A 36-year-old Russian man recently identified by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely proprietor of the massive RSOCKS botnet has been arrested in Bulgaria at the request of U.S. authorities. At a court hearing in Bulgaria this month, the accused hacker requested and was granted extradition to the United States, reportedly telling ... Read More
SIM Swapper Abducted, Beaten, Held for $200k Ransom

SIM Swapper Abducted, Beaten, Held for $200k Ransom

A Florida teenager who served as a lackey for a cybercriminal group that specializes in cryptocurrency thefts was beaten and kidnapped last week by a rival cybercrime gang. The teen's captives held guns to his head while forcing him to record a video message pleading with his crew to fork ... Read More
Botched Crypto Mugging Lands Three U.K. Men in Jail

Botched Crypto Mugging Lands Three U.K. Men in Jail

Three men in the United Kingdom were arrested this month after police responding to an attempted break-in at a residence stopped their car as they fled the scene. The authorities found weapons and a police uniform in the trunk, and say the trio intended to assault a local man and ... Read More
Say Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers

Say Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers

A number of financial institutions in and around New York City are dealing with a rash of super-thin "deep insert" card skimming devices designed to fit inside the mouth of an ATM's card acceptance slot. The card skimmers are paired with tiny pinhole cameras that are cleverly disguised as part ... Read More
Wormable Flaw, 0days Lead Sept. 2022 Patch Tuesday

Wormable Flaw, 0days Lead Sept. 2022 Patch Tuesday

This month's Patch Tuesday offers a little something for everyone, including security updates for a zero-day flaw in Microsoft Windows that is under active attack, and another Windows weakness experts say could be used to power a fast-spreading computer worm. Also, Apple has also quashed a pair of zero-day bugs ... Read More
Transacting in Person with Strangers from the Internet

Transacting in Person with Strangers from the Internet

Communities like Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace and others are great for finding low- or no-cost stuff that one can pick up directly from a nearby seller, and for getting rid of useful things that don't deserve to end up in a landfill. But when dealing with strangers from the Internet, ... Read More
A shooting at a residence in West Chester, Pa, on Jan. 2, 2022.

Violence-as-a-Service: Brickings, Firebombings & Shootings for Hire

A 21-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with stalking in connection with a federal investigation into groups of cybercriminals who are settling scores by hiring people to carry out physical attacks on their rivals. Prosecutors say the defendant recently participated in several of these schemes -- including ... Read More
How 1-Time Passcodes Became a Corporate Liability

How 1-Time Passcodes Became a Corporate Liability

Phishers are enjoying remarkable success using text messages to steal remote access credentials and one-time passcodes from employees at some of the world's largest technology companies and customer support firms. A recent spate of SMS phishing attacks from one cybercriminal group has spawned a flurry of breach disclosures from affected ... Read More
PayPal Phishing Scam Uses Invoices Sent Via PayPal

PayPal Phishing Scam Uses Invoices Sent Via PayPal

Scammers are using invoices sent through PayPal.com to trick recipients into calling a number to dispute a pending charge. The missives -- which come from Paypal.com and include a link at Paypal.com that displays an invoice for the supposed transaction -- state that the user's account is about to be ... Read More
When Efforts to Contain a Data Breach Backfire

When Efforts to Contain a Data Breach Backfire

Earlier this month, the administrator of the cybercrime forum Breached received a cease-and-desist letter from a cybersecurity firm. The missive alleged that an auction on the site for data stolen from 10 million customers of Mexico’s second-largest bank was fake news and harming the bank’s reputation. The administrator responded to ... Read More