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Scam at first sight: Criminals using dating websites to offer bogus investments | #relationshipscams | #dating | romancescams | #scams

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More than £15 million has been lost to criminals offering bogus investment opportunities on dating platforms this year, according to Action Fraud. he average loss per victim is £15,936, with […]

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#deepweb | Criminals using ‘Frankenstein identities’ to steal from banks

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans It started out like any other online loan. Notre Dame Federal Credit Union reviewed the application. It did the necessary background checks, and authenticated the applicant’s credit score and background. But it wasn’t until a group of borrowers in Missouri abruptly stopped making payments that the […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Black Friday: Dark web criminals offering shock discount and deals on illegal purchases | UK | News

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The annual discount has become a major event for businesses and it now appears to have filtered down to the darkest depths of the internet, experts claim. Online security firm Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell said common marketing strategies used by regular businesses are now being used by criminals. He claimed: “We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets.

Mr Chappell described how one strategy to provide discounts is to “stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap”.

He added: “We’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse.”

UK criminals make more from selling drugs online than anywhere else in Europe.

It was revealed this week in a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The report claimed there were £24million worth of sales in 2017/18.

Sky News reported how social media contributes to the issue.

The outlet claimed platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are increasingly being used to sell illegal drugs.

National Crime Agency director of investigations Nikki Holland said she wanted to do more to tackle the problem.

JUST IN: France warning: Beaches closed as over 1,000kg of cocaine washes up 

Despite this, the dark web also hosts harmless and legal content.

In the legal world of Black Friday, the consumer rights group warned customers this week many offers were not as good as they seem.

There were claims that some items were much cheaper at other times of the year.

Black Friday is an American celebration on the first Friday following Thanksgiving.

It is used as a method of firing the starting gun for the Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday is increasingly gaining traction in the UK, with many businesses offering Black Friday deals.

The consumer rights group has urged shoppers to do their research before buying any products which appear to be on sale.

The organisation tracked the prices of 83 products which went on sale on Black Friday last year for six months before the big sales day.

It found that all but four (five percent) were cheaper at other times during that period.

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#hacking | Hacking should be taught in schools ‘like sport’ to stop children becoming criminals, says Lauri Love 

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Hacking and other cybersecurity skills should be taught in schools in a similar way to sports, said alleged hacker Lauri Love.

The activist, who won a legal battle in 2018 to block his extradition to the US over allegations that he hacked into computer networks including NASA, the Federal Reserve and the US Army, said schools in the UK need to be more sophisticated in the way they teach technical skills to students.

“We need to treat this a bit like we treat sport,” Mr Love said at an event in London run by cybersecurity business Redscan.

Mr Love said that students should be given a “structured, controlled environment” to learn cybersecurity skills in order to stop them engaging in criminal behaviour….

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#hacking | Simple Yet Effective, Raccoon Malware Making Inroads among Cyber Criminals

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans That’s quite a track record for a piece of malware dismissed by some for having a relatively limited feature set. Despite the reputation issues, Raccoon is a reliable niche weapon that offers a way for nontechnical attackers to get up and running quickly. That’s a big […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

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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Sophisticated criminals victimize millions with technology, online scams

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The KMBZ Cover Story for Thursday is “When Hackers Hit Home,” all about criminals who use technology to steal peoples’ identities and property. One victim in the Kansas City Metro is Scott, who found that he and his family were victimized when he tried to file his taxes. “When we…

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Cyber criminals are targeting users in Thailand who run copied versions of Windows

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Microsoft is warning users in Thailand about the dangers of using copied versions of Windows and other software. The tech giant says cyber criminals are exploiting non genuine versions of software to spread malware. Users running pirated versions of Windows are leaving themselves wide open to a multitude of security…

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Protect your data from cyber criminals

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Cybercrime is one of the greatest threats facing organisations around the world, with its annual worldwide cost estimated at $445bn, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016. While the rise in cybercrime is a global trend, the …

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Cybersecurity Experts Concerned Criminals Will Target Biochips

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Cybersecurity Experts Concerned Criminals Will Target Biochips

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a simple procedure that can be performed by a tattoo artist in just seconds. But it’s not a regular piercing. WBZ-TV cameras were rolling as two Kaspersky Lab employees got implanted with a small chip.
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