Alleged TrickBot Malware Developer Facing Decades in Jail
Jun10

Alleged TrickBot Malware Developer Facing Decades in Jail

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a Latvian malware developer has been arraigned on a 19-count indictment for her role in the creation and operation of the TrickBot Trojan. The TrickBot Trojan first appeared in 2016 and was initially a banking Trojan used to steal bank account credentials; however, the malware has undergone significant development since and has had many more features added. Latterly, the malware has been...

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United States Data Protection and Privacy Laws
Mar25

United States Data Protection and Privacy Laws

Although not the first state law to address data protection and consumer privacy, the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) made the headlines in 2018 due to being closely modeled on the EU´s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The CCPA requires organizations with revenues of more than $50 million, organizations that buy, receive, or share the personal data of more than 100,000 Californian residents or...

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Verkada Hacker Indicted on 8 Counts of Computer Crimes and Fraud
Mar25

Verkada Hacker Indicted on 8 Counts of Computer Crimes and Fraud

The hacktivist who gained access to the systems of the cloud-based enterprise security camera platform provider Verkada in March 2021 has been indicted on criminal hacking charges and faces up to 27 years in jail. A federal grand jury charged Till Kottmann, 21, for a string of computer intrusion and identity and data theft activities that started in 2019 and continued until the hacking of Verkada in March. Kottmann, who goes by the...

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Retaliation Against Company Over Complaint Sees IT Worker Jailed for 2 Years
Mar24

Retaliation Against Company Over Complaint Sees IT Worker Jailed for 2 Years

It may be satisfying taking retaliatory action against a company that complains about the quality of your work and gets you fired, but consider the repercussions for such an action, as Deepanshu Kher, 32, from Delhi, India will be doing for the next two years while he serves his sentence in Federal prison. Kher worked as an IT contractor for a US IT consulting firm from 2017 to May 2018. His employer won a contract to assist a...

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AMCA Medical Debt Collection Agency Settles Multistate Action over 21 Million-Record Data Breach
Mar15

AMCA Medical Debt Collection Agency Settles Multistate Action over 21 Million-Record Data Breach

A settlement has been reached between a coalition of 41 state Attorneys General and American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) to resolve a case stemming from a data breach involving the protected health information of 21 million Americans. The data breach was the largest healthcare data breach to be reported in 2019. AMCA specializes in small debt collections from patients of medical testing facilities. From August 1, 2018 until March...

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Virginia Signs GDPR-Like Consumer Data Protection Act into Law
Mar09

Virginia Signs GDPR-Like Consumer Data Protection Act into Law

Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia have been given new rights over their personal data now that state Governor Ralph Norman has added his signature to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA). Virginia is the latest state to introduce new privacy legislation. 10 U.S. states introduced their own data protection laws last year, and many more are expected to follow including Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, New York, and...

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US. Department of Justice Indicts 3 Alleged Members of North Korean Lazarus Hacking Group
Feb19

US. Department of Justice Indicts 3 Alleged Members of North Korean Lazarus Hacking Group

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that three North Korean intelligence officials have been indicted for their role in a slew of destructive cyberattacks on U.S. and global organizations spanning many years. The cyberattacks allowed the hackers to steal and extort more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrencies from companies and financial institutions around the world. The three individuals are alleged members...

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BEC Gang Members who Scammed More Than 50,000 Organizations Arrested
Nov26

BEC Gang Members who Scammed More Than 50,000 Organizations Arrested

Image source: INTERPOL Three members of a cybercriminal gang that has attacked more 50,000 organizations have been arrested in Lagos, Nigeria. The arrests come at the end of a year-long investigation into the prolific business email compromise scammers by INTERPOL, Group-IB, and the Nigerian Police Force. The three gang members arrested are believed to be responsible for phishing scams, BEC attacks, and malware distribution on tens of...

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Member of The Dark Overlord Hacking Group Sentenced in the United States
Sep22

Member of The Dark Overlord Hacking Group Sentenced in the United States

A Federal court in Missouri has sentenced a British member of the Dark Overlord hacking group to 60 months in jail and has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution for the role he played in several attacks on organizations in the United States. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, of Wellingborough, UK, who used monikers such as Crafty Cockney and Mas, was indicted by a grand jury in November 2017 for the role he played in cyberattacks on...

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Ransomware Victim Takes Legal Action Against Attackers and ISP Hosting its Stolen Data
Jan03

Ransomware Victim Takes Legal Action Against Attackers and ISP Hosting its Stolen Data

Southwire, one of the largest manufacturers of cabling and wire in the United States, has taken legal action against the unknown individuals behind the attack and an internet service provider hosting a website where its stolen data has been published. The threat actors infiltrated Southwire’s network in December 2019, stole 120 GB of company data, and then deployed Maze ransomware on 878 computers. A ransom demand of 850 Bitcoin ($6...

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Former Facebook Content Moderators Sue Facebook for Psychological Injuries
Dec04

Former Facebook Content Moderators Sue Facebook for Psychological Injuries

Former Facebook content moderators have taken the decision to sue Facebook for psychological injuries and are seeking compensation from the social media network after developing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from viewing extremely disturbing violent content and other graphic material at work. Working for Facebook may seem like a dream job for many people, but not all work that needs to be performed for the social media network...

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