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Ransomware HQ: Moscow’s Tallest Tower Is a Cybercriminal Cash Machine

The crown jewel of Moscow’s business district, a 97-story glass tower known alternately as Federation Tower East or Vostok, is a tribute to Russia’s post-Soviet economic influence and national strength. Promotional materials for the building, which was the tallest in Europe when it was completed in 2017 and is now… Read More

Facebook says it just uncovered one of the largest troll farms ever — run by the government of Nicaragua

One of the most sweeping state-run “troll” operations was taken down this week after researchers uncovered hundreds of accounts linked to the Nicaraguan government that were focused on slandering its political opposition, Facebook announced on Monday. By Charles Davis, Business Insider, 1 November 2021 Read more at Business Insider… Read More

Cyber-attack hits UK internet phone providers

An “unprecedented” and co-ordinated cyber-attack has struck multiple UK-based providers of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services, according to an industry body. Industry body Comms Council UK said several of its members had been targeted by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in recent weeks. Read more at BBC… Read More
27th October 2021
Police forces across the world have arrested 150 alleged suspects involved in buying or selling illicit goods on the dark web as part of a coordinated international operation involving nine countries. More than €26.7 million (USD 31 million) in cash and virtual currencies have been seized in this operation, as… Read More
26th October 2021
Ransomware is the current king of the cybersecurity threat landscape, in part because of a demonstrated willingness by criminal groups to escalate to real-world damage to infrastructure. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas thinks that things are poised to go a step further in that direction in the… Read More
26th October 2021
Tesco’s website and app are up and running again after a hack, which left thousands of customers unable to shop online at the weekend. The outage, which meant customers were unable to unable to book deliveries or amend existing orders, began on Saturday morning and continued into… Read More
18th October 2021
The University of Cambridge has broken off talks with the United Arab Emirates over a record £400m collaboration after claims about the Gulf state’s use of controversial Pegasus hacking software, the university’s vice-chancellor has said. By Richard Adams, Georgia Goble and Nick Bartlett, The Guardian, 14 October 2021 Read more… Read More
22nd September 2021
The Biden administration plans a fresh campaign against ransomware attacks through sanctions to cut off criminals’ cryptocurrency pipelines, and it urged companies to report extortion attempts and better protect themselves from them. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told reporters that the sanctions would be imposed on Suex, a cryptocurrency transferring… Read More
19th September 2021
Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts computers and keeps them “locked” until a ransom is paid, is the world’s fastest-growing cyber threat, according to Coinfirm. Recent attacks on critical national infrastructure, like the Colonial Pipeline incursion that crippled oil and gas deliveries for a week along the U.S. East Coast, have… Read More
15th September 2021
Australia reported on Wednesday a 13% jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and services as working from home during the pandemic made more people vulnerable to online attacks. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) received one cybercrime report every… Read More
13th September 2021
By Martin Laine, OCCRP, 9 September 2021 OCCRP — In October 2020, Maxim Karpenko, an independent Russian mobile game developer, was sitting on a train about to go on vacation when a friend messaged him with troubling news. Stavrio Ltd., a little-known company in the U.K., had… Read More
8th September 2021
According to a report by Yle, the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) has increased efforts to monitor illegal trafficking of drugs and other substances online, in collaboration with other authorities. As per the 2019 Global Drugs Survey (GDS), Finland was the country with the most amount… Read More
1st September 2021
A hacker has returned $336,000 to a British collector after he tricked him into buying a fake NFT advertised through the artist’s official website. A link to an online auction for the NFT was posted on a now-deleted page of banksy.co.uk. The auction ended early after the man offered 90%… Read More