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#deepweb | Stolen credit card data from Singapore banks worth more on Dark Web, Tech News & Top Stories

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Stolen credit card data from Singapore banks is valued higher on the Dark Web than that from other countries because of the robust cyber security measures protecting it and the difficulty in obtaining such data, according to new research from cyber security firm Group-IB.

The Singapore-based firm yesterday said that for cards from the United States, the average price for raw payment card data, which includes credit card number, expiration date, cardholder name and CVV number, is between US$8 (S$11) and US$10 on Dark Web shops.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | White-Hat Hacker Swipes 26M Stolen Credit Cards

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Data from more than 26 million credit and debit cards was stolen from BriansClub, an underground marketplace for stolen credit card information, KrebsOnSecurity reported Tuesday (Oct. 15).

The hacked records were lifted from online portals as well as brick-and-mortar retailers over the past four years. The hacked info includes almost 8 million records added to BriansClub in 2019 alone.

KrebsOnSecurity was contacted in September by someone who said he had a “full database of cards” that were either currently for sale on BriansClub or had been in the past. The site mimics the website of journalist Brian Kreb.

“All of the card data stolen from BriansClub was shared with multiple sources who work closely with financial institutions to identify and monitor or reissue cards that show up for sale in the cybercrime underground,” the article said.

According to the leaked data, card information for sale on BriansClub showed a steady increase of inventory. In 2015, the website added 1.7 million card records for sale. By 2018, the site added data for 9.2 million cards.

BriansClub mostly offers “dumps” — an unauthorized digital copy of the information contained in the magnetic strip of an active credit card — that hackers use to buy high-ticket merchandise at big box stores.

It’s not clear if any of the 26 million-plus cards for sale at BriansClub are legitimate, but cards with future expiration dates tally over 14 million.

As an average baseline, each stolen credit card is valued at $500 when prosecuting cyber thieves.

Flashpoint, a New York City-based security intelligence firm, did an “extensive analysis of the database” and said stolen card information for sale on BriansClub tallies about $414 million.

Card dumping sites like BriansClub mostly resell cards stolen by other cybercriminals who earn a percentage from each sale.

Card skimmers today are largely invisible to the eye, but many contain wireless Bluetooth technology, making it easy for thieves to wirelessly download the stolen data. These skimmers can also connect to magnetic readers and keypads to swipe authenticating information like PINs and ZIP codes.

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A new #way to #spread #malware and #problems with a #programmable #credit #card

A new way to use Microsoft Office to spread malware, hackers move fast to leverage another Adobe Flash exploit, and problems with a programmable credit card.

Criminals often try to trick users into infecting themselves by opening a zipped Microsoft Office document attached to an email. The document has a link to a malicious website. Barracuda Networks said this week the latest scam is to disguise that link so it fetches the website not through a web browser but through a communications protocol called Samba. Then malicious code is downloaded. Often it starts with victims get a message with something like ‘Your bill is attached.’

One thing you can do it beware of web page links in messages that start with “file://” rather than the expected “http://”

Barracuda says employees also should be regularly trained and tested to increase their security awareness.

Adobe Flash has long been a favoured way for attackers to get malware onto your computer. You download what’s supposed to be a Flash update or a Flash-based presentation, and instead you’re infected. A new hole was just discovered and patched by Adobe. However, Security Affairs reports that a researcher has discovered the popular ThreadKit exploit kit used by hackers is already now trying to use that exploit.

What can you do? A lot of these exploits are spread through email, so you’ve got to be wary of opening messages with attachments. Savvy criminals may target you, so don’t assume that because a message is from your boss, a friend or a relative that it’s valid. Many people disable Flash as a precaution. Those who don’t make sure their Flash is updated from a reputable site.

Finally, a California company named BrilliantTS has a problem with its Fuze Card, a smart card with a programmable security chip that looks like a credit card. The idea is you program the chip with data from several of your credit cards so you only carry the Fuze Card. However, Ars Technica reports two researchers have discovered a way that uses Bluetooth to impersonate the Android app that loads credit card data onto the smart cards. BrilliantTS says a fix will be released April 19th.

I don’t know if the card can be used in Canada. Your local bank or organization behind credit and debit cards has to approve its use for their processes. But it’s another lesson that there’s no quick fix for any problem in your wallet.

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5 #Reasons Why a #Credit Freeze Isn’t Enough to Help Protect #Against #Identity Theft

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When a data breach happens, it’d be great if you could simply prevent identity theft with a credit freeze. The truth is, nothing can prevent identity theft, although there are things you can do to help protect against it.

Still, with identity thieves taking aim at everything from tax refunds to bank accounts, it’s worth asking the question: “Is a credit freeze a good idea?

It can be. But it may not be enough. Here’s why.

When your personal information is exposed in a data breach, you could face a greater chance of becoming a victim of identity theft. More of your information could be out there. And if it is, it might be for sale on the dark web for criminals to acquire.

Consider this statistic: You are 11 times more likely to be a victim of identity fraud if you are notified of a breach. That’s according to the 2017 Identity Theft Study by Javelin Strategy & Research.

No one wants their personal information stolen in a data breach. But if it happens to you, you’ll probably want to do whatever you can to help protect yourself against identity theft.

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Cash #Converters is #HACKED: Cyber #criminals hold UK #customer #credit card numbers, addresses and #passwords to #ransom after major #security breach

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Hackers who attacked the now defunct website of second hand goods store Cash Converters may have access to the account details of thousands of customers.

Usernames, passwords, delivery addresses and potentially partial credit card numbers are among the data believed to have been stolen.

The culprits are said to be holding the information to ransom while the firm works with law enforcement authorities to investigate the incident.

It is not known exactly how many customers were impacted in the hack or when it happened.

 

Cash Converters operates high street stores where customers can trade items like jewellery and electronics for money.

The affected website, which was put out of action in September 2017 and replaced with an updated version, lets people purchase these products online.

As well as cash trade ins, the company offers small financial loans to its customers.

The data breech is only believed to affect customers of the Perth-founded firm who are based in the UK.

In a breach notification email sent to customers, a Cash Converters spokesman said: ‘Please be reassured that, alongside the relevant authorities, we are investigating this as a matter of urgency and priority.

‘We are also actively implementing measures to ensure that this cannot happen again.

‘Although some details relating to the cybersecurity breach remain confidential while Cash Converters works with the relevant authorities, we will continue to provide as much detail as possible as it becomes available.

‘The current webshop site was independently and thoroughly security tested as part of its development process.

‘We have no reason to believe it has any vulnerability, however additional testing is being completed to get assurance of this.

‘Our customers truly are at the heart of everything we do and we are both disappointed and saddened that you have been affected.

‘We apologise for this situation.’

Cash Converts reportedly received an email from hackers who claiming to have gained access to the data.

They threatened to release the data if they were not paid, which means anyone who used the old site before September 22 could be at risk.

Customers have been to advised to change their passwords and the firm has forced a reset for all UK webshop users.

Speaking about the breach, Jon Topper, CEO of UK webhosting firm The Scale Factory, said: ‘When migrating away from old solutions it’s important to bear in mind that old digital assets will still be running and available online until such time as they are fully decommissioned.

‘As a result they should still be treated as ‘live” which means maintaining a good security posture around them, keeping up with patching and so forth.

‘In their customer notification, Cash Converters were quick to point out that the old site was operated by a third party, possibly intending to deflect responsibility for this breach.

‘This definitely won’t fly under General Data Protection Regulation regulations coming into force next year.

‘Companies running server infrastructure that handles customer data should be engaging with experts to review their security posture ahead of that, in order to avoid being slapped with a large fine.’

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MP police #cyber cell busts #Indo-Pak gang involved in #credit card fraud

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MP police #cyber cell busts #Indo-Pak gang involved in #credit card fraud

Busting an international gang of credit card hackers, the cyber wing of Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested two persons on Monday who are accused of making large-scale online purchases by hacking information on credit cards. The two accused, both residents of Mumbai, are suspected to be associated with a gang of international cyber criminals, run by Pakistani citizen Shaikh Afzal aka Shozi.

Speaking after the arrest of credit card hackers, Superintendent of Police (SP) of State Cyber Cell of Indore unit, Jitendra Singh said that two Indian members of this gang, identified as Ramkumar Pillai and Ramprasad Nadar, were arrested following a complaint made by a bank official from Agar Malwa district.

“We have learnt that Shozi is a native of Lahore and got married only last year. Shozi visits different countries across the world. He was in Uzbekistan when Nadar and Pillai talked to him last time through Skype. We are trying to confirm these details,” the Superintendent of Police said.

The duo purchased hacked credit card details from some websites on the dark web and later paid for the information through Bitcoin. “If this payment is measured in terms of Indian currency, it costs only Rs 500 to Rs 800 to buy details of every credit card,” Singh added.

The gang members bought air tickets and travel packages of Bangkok, Thailand, Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia by using this information of hacked credit cards. They also shopped costly items online using the hacked details, said the official.

Singh said the accused also used to send half the amount, they spent by misusing the credit card details, to Shozi by secret online methods.

The accused also used to select the online e-commerce website, where they do not need a one-time password (OTP) to make a purchase. So, the holders would get the information about the misuse of credit cards only after the payment.

Singh said initial investigation revealed that both the accused have made purchases of about Rs 20 lakh by misusing the details of 17 credit cards so far. However, this figure may go up after further investigation.

He said that the police have been searching for a resident of Jabalpur, who is also learnt to be connected with this gang.

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NETFLIX PHISHING CAMPAIGN STEALS CUSTOMERS’ CREDIT CARD DETAILS

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Netflix customers are being targeted by hackers posing as employees of the video streaming website in order to steal their credit card details. Researchers at the cybersecurity firm PhishMe uncovered the phishing campaign, which sent out Netflix-branded emails claiming to be from the company’s support team. Emails in the campaign…

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5 Ways to Protect or Freeze Your Credit After Identity Theft

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In the wake of the Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of up to 143 million Americans — nearly half of the U.S. population, according to NBC News — many Americans are looking to prevent potential identity theft. The Equifax breach is just the latest in a string…

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Scammers Are Constructing Fake People to Get Real Credit Cards

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On a warm day in May, agents from the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service descended on a leafy neighborhood in South Carolina and raided the home of a DJ suspected of using fake identities to obtain 558 credit cards from Capital One Financial Corp. Outside the house in…

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Watertown Police seeking suspects in credit card theft

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The Watertown Police Department is currently seeking information to help them locate two individuals suspected of credit card fraud. The Watertown Police Department has active arrest warrants for Erica Saucier, 27, and Christopher Main, 26; both of a last known address of 33 Oak Stree in Thomaston. According to police,…

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