14 Dec 2018

State Department Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghanaian Police

“The State Department is purchasing some very specific phone hacking tools that it plans to turn over to the Ghanaian police force to assist the country’s investigations into international crime. The department released a solicitation Dec. 7 for phone hacking tools and hardware that are interoperable with tools used by

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13 Dec 2018

Russian Critical Infrastructure Targeted by Profit-Driven Cybercriminals

“Several critical infrastructure organizations in Russia have been targeted by hackers believed to be financially-motivated cybercriminals rather than state-sponsored cyberspies. An analysis of malicious Word documents led researchers at endpoint security firm Cylance to discover fake websites set up to impersonate the legitimate sites of Russian oil giant Rosneft and

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13 Dec 2018

Colombia’s Gulf Clan crime gang declares holiday ceasefire

Colombia’s largest criminal syndicate has declared a ceasefire for Christmas and New Year, encouraging other organizations to follow suit as well. “We declare a unilateral ceasefire of offensive military action nationally in all of the areas where we are present, between Dec. 8, 2018 and Jan. 10, 2019. We invite

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11 Dec 2018

Europol identifies 1,504 money mules across 30 countries in organized laundering crackdown

A Europol campaign against money laundering recently identified 1,504 money mules across 30 countries and made 168 arrests across 20 countries. The money mules are largely a product cyber criminals who must work to launder their stolen gains. Such mules are often recruited from pools of recent immigrants, the unemployed,

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07 Dec 2018

Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

“Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap. Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some

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07 Dec 2018

Infected WordPress Sites Are Attacking Other WordPress Sites

“WordPress sites are being targeted in a series of attacks tied to a 20,000 botnet-strong army of infected WordPress websites. Behind the WordPress-on-WordPress assault is a widespread brute-force password attack leveraged through a Russian proxy provider and targeting a developer application program interface (API). The attacks, first identified by the

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06 Dec 2018

In Somalia, Businesses Face Triple ‘Taxation’ by Militants

Competition between Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State groups in Somalia is further stifling economic activity across the area through forced taxation. “Business are paying three taxes today, Al-Shabab taxes, Daesh taxes, and the normal government taxes,” according to the former director of the National Intelligence Agency in Somalia. “If they don’t

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04 Dec 2018

Mexico’s New Leader Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Crime

“President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders. Speaking before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation in one of Mexico

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03 Dec 2018

Pegasus Spyware Targets Investigative Journalists in Mexico

“Colleagues of slain Javier Valdez Cárdenas, known for investigating drug cartels, were targeted just days after his death. Of six messages analyzed (though more were received), several contained links shortened with bit.ly that ultimately pointed to known exploit URLs, while others included links directly containing previously–identified NSO Group exploit domains.

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30 Nov 2018

Marriott: Data on 500 Million Guests Stolen in 4-Year Breach

“Hospitality giant Marriott today disclosed a massive data breach exposing the personal and financial information on as many as a half billion customers who made reservations at any of its Starwood properties over the past four years. Marriott said the breach involved unauthorized access to a database containing guest information

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