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America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that children who are spending more time online as a result of early school closures face an increased risk of being exploited. In a statement issued on March 23, the FBI wrote: “Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or...
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The FBI on Saturday arrested the alleged owner of Deer.io: a Russia-based marketplace for buying and selling credentials for hacked accounts siphoned off of malware-infected computers, victims’ personally identifiable information (PII), as well as financial and corporate data. According to the arrest warrant, the suspect, Kirill Victorovich Firsov, was arrested at the John F. Kennedy...
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The menace of Business Email Compromise (BEC) is often overshadowed by ransomware but it’s something small and medium-sized businesses shouldn’t lose sight of. Bang on cue, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has alerted US businesses to ongoing attacks targeting organisations using Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite. Warnings about BEC are ten-a-penny...
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The FBI has indicted a man suspected of being responsible for a hack that compromised the accounts of 127 million Ticketfly users. Moulak O. Ishak allegedly hacked into Ticketfly’s systems in 2018. Ticketfly punters who tried to purchase tickets for upcoming live gigs were greeted with a picture of the V for Vendetta character and...
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Criminals are using a combination of server exploitation, email, and voice calls to execute voice phishing attacks, often referred to as vishing. In a session at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, John LaCour, founder and CTO at PhishLabs, and Davey Ware, Special Agent at the FBI, detailed the mechanics of how vishing attacks work to...
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America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a man on suspicion of cyber-attacking the political rival of a former US congresswoman. Arthur Jan Dam was arrested by the FBI on Friday. The 32-year-old is accused of masterminding a series of DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks that targeted an opponent of former congresswoman Katie Hill. Dam is...
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Losses from business email compromise (BEC) attacks soared by hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year, to once again account for half of all cybercrime losses reported to the FBI. BEC scammers made nearly $1.8 billion in 2019, over half the $3.5 billion total, according to the FBI’s 2019 Internet Crime Report. That’s...
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned Americans to be on the lookout for cyber-based romance scams. The Richmond, Virginia, branch of the FBI said criminals used the most romantic day of the year as an opportunity to con victims out of their hard-earned cash or personal data....
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In spite of Apple having turned over the shooter’s iCloud backups in the case of the Pensacola, Florida mass shooting last month, the US government has been raking it over the coals for supposedly not helping law enforcement in investigations. But according to a new allegation, Apple has been far more accommodating than the FBI...
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Apple dropped plans to offer end-to-end encrypted cloud back-ups to its global customer base after the FBI complained, a new report has claimed. Citing six sources “familiar with the matter,” Reuters claimed that Apple changed its mind over the plans for iCloud two years ago after the Feds argued in private it would seriously hinder...
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File this in the “What? They didn’t do this already?” pile: The FBI has announced that it will tell local election officials when hackers try to infiltrate their systems. Now, when state actors rattle the doors on election systems around the country, the people responsible for operating them will get to hear about it. This...
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The FBI has seized the domain for WeLeakInfo.com, a site that sold breached data records, after a multinational effort by law enforcement. Authorities have arrested two 22-year-old men alleged to have operated the site. Based in Fintona, Northern Ireland, and Arnhem in the Netherlands, they are believed to have made over £200,000 (about $260,000) between...
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Donald Trump has hit out at Apple after it refused to unlock the iPhone of a suspected terrorist shooter who killed three sailors last month, setting the firm on another collision course with the authorities over its stance on user privacy. In a developing story reminiscent of the San Bernardino shootings four years ago, Apple...
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