Cybercrime victims report $2.71 billion in damages to the IC3 in 2018

Cybercrime victims report $2.71 billion in damages to the IC3 in 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a cybercrime-focused division of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), registered over 350,000 complaints of suspected Internet crime in 2018 that cost the complainants upwards ...
Ransomware Takes Weather Channel Live Broadcast Offline

Ransomware Takes Weather Channel Live Broadcast Offline

The FBI is investigating a ransomware attack that shut down the Weather Channel’s program for an hour on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. The early morning live broadcast was interrupted ...
A Forged “From” Address

A Forged “From” Address

To the left we see part of a malicious email. The author brags about how the From address is the same as the To address. This is supposed to mean that the ...
Bogus Bomb Threats Demand Bitcoin Disrupt Businesses

Bogus Bomb Threats Demand Bitcoin Disrupt Businesses

Bogus bomb threats created a scare across the country. A quick note here that I'll dive into more deeply next week. The big question at this time -- with MANY of the ...

Latin America Report Q4 18 – Mexico

The following is an extract from our quarterly Latin America Report. To receive the report in full, click here. CRIME This reporting period was characterised by an increase in crime within tourist ...
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 ...

Reasonably Clever Extortion E-mail Based on Password Theft

Imagine you've gotten your hands on a file of e-mail addresses and passwords. You want to monetize it, but the site it's for isn't very valuable. How do you use it? You ...
Extortionists demand millions from Liberty; threaten to release ‘sensitive data’ of ‘top clients’

Extortionists demand millions from Liberty; threaten to release ‘sensitive data’ of ‘top clients’

Ransomware and extortion aren’t going away in 2018. A group of hackers has threatened financial services provider Liberty with the leak of “top client” data if they refuse to pay a ransom ...

Bomb hoax targeting schools

More than 400 schools were targeted with a bomb hoax, seemingly to harass the apparent sender ...
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Brace for Hybrid Threats and Extortion-Fueled Attacks Next Year

There’s no end in sight for ransomware and, based on what we’ve seen this year, these threats will become even more aggressive. Worse still, hackers have started incorporating extortion into other types ...