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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Men paid $100K by Uber to hush up hack plead guilty to extortion scheme

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Two hackers face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to their involvement in a scheme which saw them attempt to extort money from Uber and LinkedIn in exchange for the deletion of stolen data.

Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Meacre, 23, entered guilty pleas this week at a federal court in San Jose, California in relation to the theft of records related to 57 million of Uber’s passengers and drivers.

According to the US Department of Justice, the duo stole personal information from databases on AWS cloud servers in a criminal scheme which ran from October 2016 to January 2017. They then audaciously contacted the concerned companies, claiming they had found vulnerabilities in employees’ use of the systems and demanding payment for the erasure of the confidential data.

Controversially, Uber’s security team acceded to the hackers’ demands and paid them $100,000 in Bitcoin in December 2016 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.

After making the payments, Uber subsequently identified Glover as one of the hackers who had extorted money from them. However, rather than passing information to the authorities, Uber astonishingly met with both Glover and Meacre and convinced them to sign a confidentiality agreement with the hope that the news of the breach would not become public.

It was not until November 2017 that millions of Uber users and drivers found out their personal information had fallen into the hands of criminals.

Dara Khosrowshahi, who became CEO of Uber after the security breach and the payment to the hackers, said in November 2018 that “none of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

At the same time, Uber’s security chief Joe Sullivan was ousted from the company alongside one other employee involved in the handling of (Read more…)

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Man who #hacked #nude photos of #Jennifer Lawrence, #Kate Upton, pleads #guilty

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to hacking into the iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and others so he could steal personal information, including private photographs and videos.

Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old George Garofano, of North Branford, pleaded guilty Wednesday to unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

The charge stemmed from the investigation into the 2014 scandal in which the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others were made public.

Prosecutors say Garofano sent emails that appeared to be from Apple encouraging victims to disclose usernames and passwords. He then used the information to illegally access nearly 250 iCloud accounts.

Garofano, who remains free on $50,000 bond, faces up to five years in prison at sentencing at a date to be determined.

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Yahoo #hacker feels he’s ‘doing the #right thing’ after #pleading #guilty, #lawyer says

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After eight months of maintaining his innocence in a massive data breach at Yahoo, Karim Baratov feels like he’s now, his lawyer says, doing the right thing by pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role as a hacker.

Baratov, who is from Hamilton, is scheduled for sentencing in February, after pleading guilty, in a U.S. court on Tuesday, to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

“He’s feeling like he’s doing the right thing … he’s happy that he’s doing the right thing, he’s happy that he’s opening up, and he’s not holding back,” said Amedeo DiCarlo, one of Baratov’s lawyers. “I think that’s what the justice system expects of him.”

Authorities say the hack affected at least a half billion user accounts, and was directed by two Russian intelligence agents. U.S. law enforcement officials call the 22-year-old Baratov a “hacker-for-hire” and say he was paid by members of Russia’s Federal Security Service to access more than 80 accounts.

DiCarlo wouldn’t say if Baratov turned over information on the two Russians linked to the case, but did say he has been “very forthcoming with his information” and “very transparent.”

“He told them everything they needed to know,” DiCarlo said.

Another one of his attorneys, Andrew Mancilla, echoed that sentiment outside of court after the guilty plea was made. “He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” Mancilla said.

The Russian agents, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, used the information they stole from Yahoo to spy on Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses, according to prosecutors.

Dokuchaev, Sushchin and a third Russian national, Alexsey Belan, were also named in the indictment filed in February, though it’s not clear whether they will ever step foot in an American courtroom since there’s no extradition treaty with Russia.

Yahoo user accounts began being compromised at least as early as 2014. Prosecutors say Dokuchaev and Sushchin turned to Baratov after learning that one of their targets had accounts at webmail providers other than Yahoo.

After Baratov’s arrest, his parents said that their son was a “scapegoat.” DiCarlo said they are now finally seeing some sense of closure.

“It’s a big strain on everybody — it’s kind of like you’re biting your fingernails, waiting for the result. Now, here is a final result in their opinion … they see an end in the future.”

Baratov’s sentencing is set to happen in February, and the threshold for how much jail time he could face ranges from zero to 20 years, DiCarlo said — though he would not disclose what sentence the defence will submit as appropriate. It’s also not clear if Baratov would serve a sentence in Canada or the United States.

“We’ve got our ranges to work with, and that’s where the lawyering takes place,” DiCarlo said.

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Russian cyber hacker pleads guilty in identity theft case

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A Russian cybercriminal identified as a leader of a $50 million identity theft and credit card fraud ring has pleaded guilty in Atlanta to helping to steal millions of debit card numbers and swiftly loot accounts in cities around the world, federal authorities said. Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pleaded guilty Thursday…

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2 more members of ATM skimmer ring plead guilty

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NEWARK– Two men who were among 13 people accused of using secret card readers and pinhole cameras attached to ATMs to obtain banking information pleaded guilty Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Florin Mares, 49, and Gabriel Mares, 44, of College Point, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank…

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Saylorsburg man pleads guilty to sex trafficking minor

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Ex-school governor guilty of importing child sex doll through Stansted Airport

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Nick Philippoussis pleads ‘not guilty’ on charge of molesting two 9-year-old girls

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ TENNIS instructor Nikolaos “Nick” Philippoussis has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of sexually assaulting two nine-year-old girls he was privately coaching and faces a 210-year sentence if found guilty. The 68-year-old Australian appeared in handcuffs…

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Babysitter pleads guilty to giving infant fatal dose of Benadryl

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — A Reynoldsburg babysitter could be sentenced to as many as 17 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to causing the overdose death of an 8-month-old boy by giving him an adult dose…

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Target Gift Card Thief Spent Over $150,000, Pleads Not Guilty, OCDA Says

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A Stanton woman pleaded not guilty to racking up over $150,000 in purchases over seven months has pleaded not guilty to identity theft. LAKE FOREST, CA — Sure. Everyone loves shopping at Target. But could you spend over $150,000 there in seven months? A 28-year-old Stanton woman is facing charges…

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