Tag: crime

Passwords

Bank Attacks Put Password Insecurity Back in the Spotlight

Two separate attacks on banks in the United States and Pakistan revealed this week highlight once again the inherent weakness of a security practice that relies on passwords or knowledge-based credentials to protect critical information.

Fist Full 'o Money

Podcast Episode 88: Inside Russia’s DragonFly Group and How Cyber Crooks Launder Money

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:30 — 39.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast (#88) we do a deep dive with researcher Vikram Thakur of the firm Symantec on “Dragonfly,” the Russian hacking group whose actions prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to issue a joint statement last week warning of intrusions into critical infrastructure in the US. Also: how do cyber criminals cash out all the loot they make from online scams? In our second segment we’ll talk to researcher Mike McGuire of the University of Surrey, who has been studying that question.

Cyber Criminals Launder Billions with Bitcoin, In-game Loot

Cyber criminals are laundering billions of ill-gotten gain using crypto currencies like Bitcoin and Monero and in-game currencies for popular online games like World of Warcraft, FIFA Soccer and Grand Theft Auto. 

Touch interface on smart kitchen appliance

Smart Homes May Hide Crypto Mining Schemes

Loosely attended smart home appliances may be platforms for cryptocurrency mining scams, a researcher with the firm IOActive warns.

Mirai Botnet Authors Plead Guilty | Krebsonsecurity

Three men have pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court for their role creating and renting out the Mirai botnet, which launched damaging denial of service attacks against the U.S. firm Dyn and other online properties, the website Krebs on Security reports.