Arrests in a major international cybercrime

Fin7 and the Perfect Phish

For the past twenty years, one of the main pieces of advice our industry gave to people regarding their email was "don't open attachments from people you don't know." But what if your JOB is opening attachments from people you don't know?On August 1st, the US Attorney for the Western ... Read More
Porn  Extortion Email tied to Password Breach

Porn Extortion Email tied to Password Breach

(An update to this post has been made at the end)This weekend I received an email forwarded from a stranger. They had received a threatening email and had shared it with a former student of mine to ask advice. Fortunately, the correct advice in this case was "Ignore it." But ... Read More
Chinese arrest 20 in major Crypto Currency Mining scam

Chinese arrest 20 in major Crypto Currency Mining scam

According to Chinese-language publication Legal Daily police in two districts of China have arrested 20 people for their roles in a major crypto currency mining operation that earned the criminals more than 15 million yuan (currently about $2M USD).The hackers installed mining software developed by Dalian Yuping Network Technology Company ... Read More
Officers arrest 35 in dark web bust, seize guns and drugs.mov

Dark Markets’ Weakness? Cashing out the Bitcoin to USD!

Over the years there has been an on-going battle between law enforcement and those who use technology-based anonymity to perform their illegal deeds. Some of the FBI's tricks to break through the anonymity have created interesting challenges, such as the "Operation Pacifier" case, where the FBI used court orders to ... Read More
Memphis BEC Scammers Arrested and At Large

Memphis BEC Scammers Arrested and At Large

The FBI announced another round of Business Email Compromise arrests this past week. This time, a focus was in Memphis, Tennessee. According to the Western District of Tennessee Press Release, "Eight Arrested in Africa-Based Cybercrime and Business Email Compromise Conspiracy", the individuals involved stole more than $15 Million!The main indictment, ... Read More
Fake Malware Pop-up Example

Fake Malware Pop-up Example

I don't believe I've ever done a video blog, but I wanted to show you what it looks like when we look at a fake malware pop-up. While I was prepping a lecture for a class I'm teaching by looking at something on Encyclopedia Britannica, I experienced a fake malware ... Read More
Operation Wire Wire: the South Florida Cases Part 3

Operation Wire Wire: the South Florida Cases Part 3

In the main DOJ Operation Wire Wire press release, the South Florida cases are described like this:Following an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, 23 individuals were charged in the Southern District of Florida with laundering at least $10 million from proceeds of BEC scams, including eight ... Read More
Operation Wire Wire: the South Florida Cases Part 2

Operation Wire Wire: the South Florida Cases Part 2

The Second South Florida case is linked to the first because this entire conspiracy also is part of the work of Roda Taher, AKA Ressi, AKA Rezi, the top recruiter in the first case. However, in this 30 count indictment, the only one NOT named is Roda Taher.Rezi recruited Eliot ... Read More
Operation Wire Wire: The South Florida Cases, Part 1

Operation Wire Wire: The South Florida Cases, Part 1

Yesterday we started a series of posts about Operation Wire Wire, where the Department of Justice announced charges against 74 people for Business Email Compromise and related scams.The South Florida cases are so huge, we're actually going to break them into three parts as well. In part one, we'll look ... Read More
74 (Mostly Nigerians) Arrested in Business Email Compromise Action

74 (Mostly Nigerians) Arrested in Business Email Compromise Action

Operation Wire Wire Cases Operation Wire Wire was announced June 11, 2018 by the Department of Justice. This Operation led to the arrest of 42 people in the United States and 29 others in Nigeria, Poland, Canada, Mauritius, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Not all of the case details have been made ... Read More
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