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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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White-hat hackers who had control of internal Apple network get $288,000 reward

Enlarge Nick Wright. Used by permission. For months, Apple’s corporate network was at risk of hacks that could have stolen sensitive data from potentially millions of its customers and executed malicious code on their phones and computers, a security researcher said on Thursday. Sam Curry, a 20-year-old researcher who specializes in website security, said that, …

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Russia’s Fancy Bear hackers likely penetrated a federal agency

Enlarge / SONY DSC Boris SV | Getty Images A warning that unidentified hackers broke into an agency of the US federal government and stole its data is troubling enough. But it becomes all the more disturbing when those unidentified intruders are identified—and appear likely to be part of a notorious team of cyberspies working …

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Cryptojacking: A Rising Threat to All Internet Users

The cryptocurrency revolution steadily marches on. While it has yet to completely reshape the financial and other systems of everyday life, crypto acquisition and usage grow yearly. There is so much to love about cryptocurrency. From its decentralized and democratic nature to the higher levels of security it can provide through the blockchain, crypto is …

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US Indicts 2 People Stealing $17M in Bitcoin and Ether From Binance, Poloniex, Gemini Users

Two people have been charged in the U.S. for allegedly using “a sophisticated market manipulation scheme” to defraud and steal $17 million in bitcoin and ether from users of three cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide. The targeted exchanges were Binance, Poloniex, and Gemini. Binance, Poloniex, Gemini Users Targeted Globally The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week …

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US Charges 3 With Vast ‘Crypto Jacking’ Computer Fraud Scheme

U.S. prosecutors charged three Chinese nationals with allegedly mounting a global hacking campaign to steal sensitive corporate data from over 100 companies and installing a mass network of crypto-mining malware. According to an indictment dated May 2019 and unsealed Wednesday, Jiang Lizhi, Qian Chuan and Fu Qiang ran their multi-year front out of the purportedly …

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Yubico’s latest security key uses NFC and USB-C for authentication

Yubico Yubico, the company that wants you to drop passwords and use a physical hardware key instead, has unveiled a new product that works with just about any device and authentication protocol. The YubiKey 5C NFC uses both USB-C and NFC, so it supports Windows, macOS and Linux PCs, along with Android and iOS smartphones …

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The FBI botched its DNC hack warning in 2016—but says it won’t next time

Enlarge / By notifying hacking victims sooner and at higher levels, the FBI hopes to avert another high-impact communications breakdown. Drew Angerer | Getty Images On April 28, 2016, an IT tech staffer for the Democratic National Committee named Yared Tamene made a sickening discovery: A notorious Russian hacker group known as Fancy Bear had …

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Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

Enlarge Tesla Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory was the target of a concerted plot to cripple the company’s network with malware, CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The plan’s outline was divulged on Tuesday in a criminal complaint that accused a Russian man of offering $1 million to the employee of a Nevada company, identified only …

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Hacker Stole 1,000 Traders’ Personal Data From Crypto Tax Reporting Service

A hacker has stolen data on more than 1,000 users from CryptoTrader.Tax, an online service used to calculate and file taxes on cryptocurrency trades. The hacker broke into a CryptoTrader.Tax marketing and customer service employee’s account on a support center platform, according to a source who came across the hacker on a dark web forum. …

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