14 Jul 2021

US charges Greek national for selling insider trading subscriptions in the Dark Web

US prosecutors have charged Greek national Apostolos Trovias with offering insider trading services via the Dark Web. Trovias is facing criminal charges for a scheme to solicit and sell stock trading tips, including pre-release earnings and deal information, according to the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange

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30 Jun 2021

Cobalt Strike Usage Explodes Among Cybercrooks

Cobalt strike usage among cybercriminals has increased by 161%, according to researchers at Proofpoint. Cobalt Strike is a legitimate, commercially available tool that is utilized by network penetration testers, however, it is abused by cybercriminals to conduct cyberattacks. Proofpoint tracked the year-over-year increase of the tool by analyzing the number

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30 Jun 2021

This VPN service used by ransomware gangs was just taken down by police

A major international law enforcement operation led by the Dutch National Police has taken down an underground virtual private network (VPN) used by cybercriminals to conceal their activities while conducting harmful cyberattacks such as phishing campaigns, hacking operations, and ransomware attacks. The coordinated takedown also included agencies such as Europol’s

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11 Jun 2021

Police Grab Slilpp, Biggest Stolen-Logins Market

On Thursday, the US Department of Justice announced that a multinational operation had led to the seizure of Slilpp, a massive and popular marketplace for selling online logins and credentials. At the time of the takedown, authorities note that there were more than 80 million login credentials for sale used

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07 Jun 2021

Latvian Woman Charged with Developing Malware for Trickbot

Alla Witte, a 55-year-old Latvian woman, has been charged with multiple counts for her alleged role in developing malware for the notorious Trickbot group. Witte has been charged with 19 counts of a 47-count indictment. Witte was arrested in February in Miami. Trickbot initially started several years ago as a

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01 Jun 2021

Asian cybercrime takedown leads to intercept of $83 million in financial theft

Last week, Interpol announced that over the course of six months, it had successfully intercepted a total of $83 million through Operation Haechi-i. The operation was conducted between September 2020 and March 2021, focusing on combatting romance scams, money laundering linked to illegal online gambling, investment fraud, online sextortion, and

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28 May 2021

Feds Warn DarkSide May Not Stay Dark

DarkSide, a cybercriminal gang that allegedly disbanded following the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, may not stay out of the hacking game for long, according to a new report. Key government cybersecurity and counterintelligence officials stated that while DarkSide may have actually halted its operations, the group could re-emerge under a

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05 May 2021

White House Asked to Increase Crypto Regulation

The Institute for Security and Technology has formed a task force responsible for urging the White House to address and combat the rise in ransomware attacks and make it harder for cybercrimes to be committed through greater regulation of the cryptocurrency industry. Law enforcement agencies, cybersecurity experts, and government entities

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12 Apr 2021

623M Payment Cards Stolen from Cybercrime Forum

According to Group-IB, a database containing stolen payment cards has been hit by hackers, who were able to lift the information off of the Swarmshop cyber-underground card market. The hackers leaked the information online, putting consumers in the US and across globe at risk for identity fraud, theft, and other

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01 Apr 2021

DeepDotWeb dark web admin pleads guilty to gun, drug purchase kickbacks

Tal Prihar, an administrator for the DeepDotWeb portal, has pleaded guilty to receiving gun and drug purchase kickbacks for connecting buyers and sellers of illegal goods on the dark web. Prihar is an Israeli citizen currently residing in Brazil. Prihar has admitted to operating the DeepDotWeb portal alongside Michael Phan.

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