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France Rejects Russian Request to Extradite BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Judicial authorities in France have refused to grant the extradition request filed by Russia for Alexander Vinnik. According to the Russian Ombudsman, Vinnik is now ready to start a new hunger strike despite his health deteriorating after spending almost four years in detention. </strong> Court Case Against Vinnik Continues in France The …

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Hacker sells access to hundreds of corporate executives’ email accounts

taa22 via Getty Images Hackers are fond of hijacking email accounts, and one of them may have obtained a motherlode of potential targets. ZDNet and Gizmodo report that a hacker is selling claimed access to “hundreds” of C-suite executives’ Microsoft-based email accounts, including CEOs, vice presidents and directors. The targets include the chief of a …

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Fancy Bear imposters are on a hacking extortion spree

Enlarge Ransomware attacks that tear through corporate networks can bring massive organizations to their knees. But even as these hacks reach new popularity highs—and new ethical lows—among attackers, it’s not the only technique criminals are using to shake down corporate victims. A new wave of attacks relies instead on digital extortion—with a side of impersonation. …

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LockBit, the new ransomware for hire: a sad and cautionary tale

Enlarge Getty Images Ransomware has emerged as one of the top threats facing large organizations over the past few years, with researchers reporting a more than a fourfold increase in detections last year. A recent infection by a fairly new strain called LockBit explains why: after it ransacked one company’s poorly secured network in a …

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