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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Opportunistic scammers are preying on coronavirus fears, warn West Yorkshire Police

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Numerous scams have emerged as criminals seek to take advantage of concerns ranging from how to reclaim money lost on holidays to financial support when schools close.

West Yorkshire Police, Action Fraud and others have been using their own social media channels to raise awareness of the tactics being used.

Ramona Senior, the head of West Yorkshire’s Economic Crime Unit, said her team was anticipating an influx in reports of such scams as fraudsters were very good at “diversifying”.

West Yorkshire Police are warning people about coronavirus scams Copyright: jpimedia

Investigators typically see seasonal scams tied into things like Christmas shopping, Hajj pilgrimages or HMRC tax return deadlines.

Tickets scams linked to big events like music festivals are another example of how the criminals will seek to exploit people using whatever is topical.

Ms Senior said fraudsters will also look at big talking points in the news like last year’s collapse of Thomas Cook, using emails, text messages and cold calling to try to lure in potential victims.

“They make up all sorts of things that sound legitimate at the time,” she said. “Everything that’s in the public eye, a news report about something that creates anxiety or people may lose money and want to protect themselves, is a bit of an opportunity for the fraudsters.”

The force’s Cybercrime Team has warned in recent days about the risk of downloading apps claiming to provide information on the spread of the virus, which are being used as a way to get malware onto people’s phones.

It also shared an image of a malicious website which is luring in people searching for coronavirus maps. Visiting the website infects the user’s phone or computer with malware, steals information and accesses sensitive data.

And within days of the news that the UK’s schools would be closing to everyone but the children of key workers, another scam has emerged.

One such email containing fake links and promising funding for families says that if your child’s school is closed and they are entitled to free school meals, then you should click on the link to send your bank details to the school.

Industry body UK Finance advised earlier this week that criminals were using publicity around coronavirus to “pose as genuine organisations, including banks, police officers, government, the World Health Organisation or other health service providers”.

Katy Worobec, managing director of economic crime at UK Finance, said: “We would urge the public to be vigilant against criminals using the publicity around the coronavirus as a chance to target their victims with fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages or social media posts”.

The organisation said criminals have used coronavirus as a cover story to attempt to get victims to “disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware”.

Take Five, the national campaign led by UK Finance and others, is also advising people unable to take planned holidays to be wary as criminals may pose as travel companies or airlines.

It has urged anyone in that situation to contact the organisation they made their booking with directly to enquire about refunds.

Meanwhile, experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit coronavirus, known officially as Covid-19.

Techniques seen since the start of the year include bogus ‘phishing’ emails with links claiming to have important updates, which once clicked on lead to devices being infected.

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As part of GCHQ created to keep the UK safe online, the NCSC has taken measures to automatically discover and remove malicious sites which serve phishing and malware. These sites use Covid-19 and coronavirus as a lure to make victims ‘click the link’.

Director of operations Paul Chichester said: “We know that cyber criminals are opportunistic and will look to exploit people’s fears, and this has undoubtedly been the case with the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails.

“In the event that someone does fall victim to a phishing attempt, they should look to report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible.”

Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of fraudulent emails sent by criminals posing as the WHO.

This followed a warning from the US Federal Trade Commission about scammers spreading phishing ‘clickbait’ via email and social media, as well as creating fraudulent websites to sell fake antiviral equipment.

Elsewhere, cyber criminals have impersonated the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), creating domain names similar to the CDC’s web address to request passwords and even bitcoin donations to fund a fake vaccine.

Individuals in the UK have also been targeted by coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious ‘safety measures.’

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#infosec | Great Britain at Odds over Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

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Great Britain’s three nations are not in agreement over the use of facial recognition technology by police forces.

The technology, which can be legally used by police in Wales, was officially introduced by England’s Metropolitan Police Service in East London yesterday, amid a peaceful protest by Big Brother Watch. 

Use of the technology by English police forces has not been debated in parliament or approved by elected officials. 

By contrast, Police Scotland announced yesterday that its plans to roll out facial recognition technology by 2026 have been put on hold pending a wider debate about the implications of its use. 

Their decision comes in the wake of a report published on Tuesday, February 11, by a Scottish government committee, which concluded that facial recognition technology is “currently not fit for use” by Police Scotland.

The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing informed Police Scotland that the force must demonstrate the legal basis for using the technology and its compliance with human rights and data protection legislation before they can start using it.

In a report that was part of the committee’s inquiry into the advancement of the technology, the committee wrote: “The use of live facial recognition technology would be a radical departure from Police Scotland’s fundamental principle of policing by consent.”

The committee warned that the facial recognition technology was “known to discriminate against females and those from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.”

Committee convener John Finnie said: “It is clear that this technology is in no fit state to be rolled out or indeed to assist the police with their work.

“Current live facial recognition technology throws up far too many ‘false positives’ and contains inherent biases that are known to be discriminatory.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan said it would now conduct a public consultation on the live software and keep a “watching brief on the trialling of the technology in England and Wales.”

In September 2019, Cardiff’s high court ruled that police use of automatic facial recognition technology to search for people in crowds is lawful. The technology is currently being used by South Wales police.

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#deepweb | Police in Midlands praised for bringing down Dark Web paedophile ring

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A SPECIALIST police unit in the West Midlands has been credited with helping bring down one of the most shocking online paedophile rings in recent history. Yesterday (23 Jan) Portuguese police held a press conference praising the cooperation of law enforcement agencies across the world in […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#hacking | International police arrest two after WeLeakInfo takedown

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Search engine for leaked passwords shut down

Police have seized WeLeakInfo.com, an online service that turned selling access to data exposed by breaches into a business.

The site offered subscription-based access to billions of compromised user login credentials, essentially offering a search engine for breached personal data including names, email addresses, phone numbers, IP address, and passwords.

A joint law enforcement action led by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), in collaboration with international law enforcement partners including the FBI and the East Netherland Cyber Crime Unit (Politie), has led to the seizure of the domain and the arrest of two suspects.

A 22-year-old male was arrested in Fintona, Northern Ireland by the country’s police service on suspicion of fraud and serious crime offences before being released on bail, pending further inquiries.

Another man, also 22, was arrested in Vriendin, The Netherlands, by Dutch authorities.

Neither suspect has been named but police allege the duo made £200,000 ($261,000) through the dodgy site they ran together.

The pair became suspects after police traced online payments for hosting and other services linked to the site back to IP addresses used by the two men.

Police also established “links between the purchase of cybercrime tools, such as remote access Trojans (RATs) and cryptors, and weleakinfo.com.”

Robert Ramsden-Board, VP EMEA at Securonix, commented in a press release: “Weleakinfo.com was a useful resource for threat actors.

“Hackers could perform unlimited searches for exposed data for as little as $2 a day.

“Hence, providing them with all the information they would need, such as exposed usernames and passwords, to be able to perform credential stuffing attacks and phishing attacks.”

The FBI took ownership of the WeLeakInfo.com domain name and added a notice stating it was seized.

Prior to the takedown, police allege that the site hosted credentials taken from around 10,000 data breaches. The details were used in subsequent cyber-attacks in an unspecified number of cases.

Although WeLeakInfo.com has been taken out of commission, other similar services exist and may well expand to fill the gap in the market occasioned by a rival’s takedown.

In a blog post, security industry veteran Graham Cluley explains the difference between WeLeakInfo and legitimate services like Troy Hunt’s HaveIBeenPwned. The latter only offers warnings – free of charge – that a person’s email address and associated info has been part of a breach without ever storing or offering access to passwords.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Police to launch cyber security certification scheme

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) will launch a certification scheme for cyber security companies, giving them the weight to vet new products launched by small companies and startups. 

From next month, established cyber security companies can apply to be a part of the new accreditation scheme set up by the security wing of the police force and devised in partnership with the British Standards Institute (BSI). 

The ‘Digital Security Innovator’ certification will be for the benefit of smaller companies seeking to make informed decisions when choosing a cyber security vendor to examine their new products or services. 

This cyber security assessment includes taking a look at elements such as concepts of design. These would, in turn, allow a startup secure investment, or support any applications to an external incubator or mentorship programmes run by industry bodies.

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There are two awards on offer, with each giving cyber security companies police/BSI accreditation for 12 months. Firms that apply to receive either award would have to demonstrate their cyber security tools meet established industry standards.

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“The awards aren’t just about the product or service,” said both techUK’s programme assistant for defence, cyber and justice & emergency services Charlie Wyatt, and programme manager for defence and cyber Dan Patefield. 

“From the experience of working with thousands of SMEs over the past few years, trust is essential in building relationships with vendors that keep SMEs safe from the most common types of cyber-crime. 

“Therefore, in addition to reference checks, the PDSC require all customer-facing staff to undergo police vetting.”

PDSC was established in 2015 by the Mayor of London’s office, in collaboration with the Met Police and the City of London Police, in order to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime. 

This was branded the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) until 2019 at which point it took up a national remit, and began working with industry partners, the government, academia, and other branches of law enforcement.

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This launch can be added to a string of cyber security training and certification programmes targeted at giving cyber security professionals and organisations the tools and expertise to protect themselves against cyber threats.

The PDSC and BSI certification scheme will formally launch on 17 February at an event hosted by trade association techUK, with companies given more further details about how to apply for the awards on offer.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Many ups and downs for Karnataka Police this year- The New Indian Express

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Express News Service The year 2019 saw many ups and downs for the State Police. Early into the year the police faced severe embarrassment when one senior officer complained against another for illegally tapping his phone calls and soon the issue snowballed into a major political […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Police in states across India are relying on private firms and consultants to solve cybercrime cases

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Cyber forensics firms, such as Volon and AVS Labs, are increasingly being asked to crack cases of cybercrime, even as law enforcers build their own teams of cyber intelligence experts. Take this recent instance. A businessman was accused of deceit in a deal, and a court […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Oklahoma police say officer got Starbucks with ‘PIG’ on cups

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on Thanksgiving only to find that the word “PIG” was printed on the cups’ labels. An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Busted! Bitcoin ATM Seized by Police » BitcoinerX

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Police in Australia arrested a man for running an unregistered crypto exchange and seized a Bitcoin ATM that was being used in the criminal operation.


One of the knocks against Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is that they’re used to launder money for criminals or to buy drugs and other illegal things on the dark web. People with a vested interest in the traditional financial system will paint virtual currencies as being used for such a nefarious manner all the time. The reality is that the vast majority of crypto transactions, just like fiat, is done for legitimate reasons. That being said, criminals can use virtual currencies for illicit means, such as running an unregistered financial business. One such operation was recently busted in Australia where a man was arrested and a Bitcoin ATM was seized by police.

Crypto Crime Down Under

A 38-year-old man in Cairnlea was arrested by detectives from the E-Crime Squad due to an ongoing investigation into unregistered cryptocurrency transactions. The investigation began in July when local police were given information by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), a government agency tasked with fighting financial crimes, about a scam activity linked to a Bitcoin ATM.

The police investigated the transactions of the cryptocurrency ATM, which led them to their suspect. When law enforcement arrested the man at his home, they also found a “substantial quantity of cash and false identification documents.” Law enforcement then seized the Bitcoin ATM in question, which was located in a shopping mall in the neighboring community of Braybrook.

The suspect was evidently running an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange via the Bitcoin ATM. He had received a cease-and-desist letter from AUSTRAC back in November 2018, but it seems that the letter did not deter him. He is facing possible charges for operating an unregistered digital currency exchange and dealing with property that is suspected of being the proceeds of a crime.

Bitcoin ATM

Bitcoin ATM Crime

Criminals have used cryptocurrency ATMs before as part of their operation. A money laundering gang in Spain used numerous bank accounts and two Bitcoin ATMs to launder money on behalf of other criminals. The gang would receive money from other criminals, move it through a number of bank accounts, and then withdraw the money to then convert into cryptocurrency via the ATMs.

The seizure of the Bitcoin ATM in Braybrook actually is a pretty big hit to the crypto community in Australia. According to Coin ATM Radar, there are only 27 cryptocurrency ATMs in Australia, with most of them being located in Melbourne (12) and Sydney (11). There are currently 5,963 crypto ATMs worldwide, with the top five countries being the United States (3,954), Canada (716), United Kingdom (283), Austria (191), and Spain (84).


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Clarksville #Police are #searching for #Identity Thief

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Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police are trying to identify a woman who withdrew over $8,000 from a bank which did not belong to her.

On January 5th, 2018, a woman, identifying herself as Brenda Molinet entered a Clarksville bank and requested bank statements for her accounts. The teller requested an ID and was provided a Florida driver’s license with the name and driver’s license number specified on the bank accounts.

The woman claimed to be in town for a funeral. She, then, withdrew over $8,000 from “her” bank accounts.

On January 8th, 2018, the Clarksville bank received a notification from a Miami-Dade bank branch, that a Brenda Molinet was in their branch disputing the withdrawal on her account.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Jobe, 931.648.0656, ext 5269, TIPSLINE, 931.645.8477 , or go online and submit a tip anonymously at P3tips.com/591

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