Meta's popular social media platforms are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, and account takeover complaints rose over 1,000% last year. This social threat is spilling over into banks and government agencies, and experts criticize Meta for moving too slowly to address security issues.
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Data breaches in 2022 hit near-record levels as U.S. organizations issued 1,802 data breach notifications and more than 400 million individuals were affected. But only 34% of breach notifications included actionable information for consumers whose information was exposed.
A North Korean hacking group tracked by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint as TA444 in December unleashed a torrent of spam in a bid to harvest credentials - evidence of a hacking group that mirrors "startup culture in its devotion to the dollar and to the grind."
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When the DOJ announced a "major, international cryptocurrency enforcement action," observers expected to see charges against a well-known firm. Instead, the agency charged a lesser-known figure, Anatoly Legkodymov, the Russian founder of Bitzlato, with facilitating $700 million in illegal activity.
Android malware highlighted by Dutch cybersecurity firm ThreatFabric shows the line between a banking Trojan and advanced spyware. The Trojan, dubbed Hook, can take a screenshot, simulate clicks and input swipe gesture commands. It can also take control of WhatsApp.
Spanish authorities arrested three senior executives of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform Bitzlato, Europol announced. The crime coordination agency says about 46% of the assets exchanged through Bitzlato, worth roughly 1 billion euros, were linked to criminal activities.
Cybersecurity researchers say a Chinese for-profit threat group tracked as 8220 Gang is targeting cloud providers and poorly secured applications with a custom-built crypto miner and IRC bot. The malware can slow system performance, drive up costs and expose systems to security risks.
Competition between rival Russian-language darknet markets remains fierce since police shuttered Hydra last year. The latest to fall dark is Solaris, which controlled an estimated 25% of the darknet drug trade. It got hacked by newcomer rival Kraken. But that wasn't Solaris' only problem.
The total amount of ransom payments being sent by victims to ransomware groups appears to have taken a big dip, declining by 40% from $766 million in 2021 to $457 million in 2022 due to victims simply being unwilling to pay, blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis reports.
The former head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre warns that destructive ransomware targeting large enterprises is likely to surge in 2023, adding that recent attacks on Royal Mail and The Guardian newspaper are examples of these early-stage attacks.
An international sting operation on Tuesday shut down the operations of cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato Ltd. as FBI agents hauled co-founder Anatoly Legkodymov into a Miami jail to face U.S. federal charges of conducting an unlicensed money-transmitting business.
The notorious LockBit 3.0 ransomware group runs just like a business, focusing on recruiting top talent and maintaining an advanced product - which has led to the group's longevity. But the operators' insecurities could be key to the group's undoing, says security researcher Jon DiMaggio.
Authorized payment scams are growing, and regulators, lawmakers and banks are taking note. As some banks look at ways to reimburse customers for Zelle scams in 2023, experts expect technology vendors to focus on creating new solutions to detect scams and prevent such payments from being made.