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#cybersecurity | #infosec | Man jailed for using webcam RAT to spy on women in their bedrooms

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A British man has been jailed for two years after police caught him using a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to hijack the webcams of young women, and spy upon them.

27-year-old Scott Cowley, of St Helens, Merseyside, was arrested last November as part of an international investigation into purchasers of the Imminent Monitor RAT.

Imminent Monitor (also known as IM-RAT) had been sold online since 2012, purporting to be a legitimate remote access tool.

Imminent Monitor’s claims of legitimacy, however, are somewhat undermined by some of its abilities – such as the ability to allow remote users to disable a subject’s webcam light while they are being monitored. One version of the software even introduced the ability to mine for cryptocurrency on victim’s PCs.

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks claim that they have observed Imminent Monitor being used in attacks against its customers on over 115,000 unique occasions.

International law enforcement agencies were finally able to dismantle the infrastructure behind Imminent Monitor last November, in an operation that executed 85 warrants, seized 434 devices, and arrested 13 people.

And, of course, when police cracked the IM-RAT’s distribution network they were also able to seize records detailing thousands of purchasers, which resulted in the arrest in Merseyside of Scott Cowley.

At Liverpool Crown Court prosecutors described how the Cowley had used a PayPal account connected to his own name and personal email address to buy the IM-RAT software. Cowley successfully managed to have the software installed on the computers of three women, and seized remote control of their webcams in order to allow him to secretly film them as they undressed and had sex.

Specialist police officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) were able to forensically examine Cowley’s own laptop computer, finding the software as well as furtive video recordings of his victims.

The court found Cowley guilty, and sentenced him to two years imprisonment for computer misuse and sexual offences.

“Today we welcome the sentencing of Scott Cowley who used highly technological methods to obtain private videos and images of innocent victims for his own sexual gratification. This conviction demonstrates that despite the high tech nature of the Cyber Crime, offenders have no place to hide,” said Detective Sergeant Steve Frame from the NWROCU. “We take all reports of cybercrime seriously and are absolutely committed to tackling and undermining this evolving threat. If you have been the victim of a similar crime, or suspect somebody is involved in committing this type of crime please call 101 and report it to your local police force.”

No doubt police investigations into the users of IM-RAT will continue, and we can hope for more successful prosecutions for those who preyed on innocent computer users.


Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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#cybersecurity | More women needed in cyber security to meet high industry demand: Sim Ann, Singapore News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – The Republic needs more women to take up positions in cyber security, a sector that is facing a shortfall of talent.

On Thursday (Oct 3), Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Sim Ann said more women can be encouraged to join the cyber-security industry and thrive in it.

“Given the high demand for cyber security talent, it would be a pity to draw from only half the population,” she said, noting that estimates of the proportion of women in cyber security globally range from as low as 10 per cent to about 25 per cent.

“Effective strategies to tackle cyber security… must integrate the perspectives of all people – both men and women – so that the technologies deployed and the process implemented are practical and inclusive.”

In her opening address to audience members at the Women in Cyber event during the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW), Ms Sim outlined three ways to get more women to join the cyber-security industry and thrive in it.

First, by engaging young people to raise awareness of the opportunities in cyber security. She said this is important as people often make career choices early in life.

One such initiative is the Singapore Cyber Youth Programme, which reaches out to secondary school-level students for boot camps and career mentoring sessions.

The other two ways are for women to constantly update and deepen their skills to take advantage of emerging trends in a fast-paced sector, and to have a strong community network, she added.

“Women support networks shed light on women role models who can inspire young aspiring professionals. They also serve as a comfortable launch pad for women to plug into broader industry and community networks,” Ms Sim said.

Ms Sim’s call for more women to join the industry follows a warning by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in July that the industry potentially faces a shortage of up to 3,400 professionals by 2020.

Ms Alina Tan, 26, was among the many female cyber-security professionals in the audience for the Women in Cyber event.

Combining her twin interests in cyber security and car modifications led Ms Tan to specialise in automotive cyber security.

She started working in the Land Transport Authority’s Cyber Division last month, after spending about two years in cyber-security consulting.

“What I enjoy most about working in cyber security is that I’m always learning something new,” said Ms Tan, who in her free time organises weekly meet-ups for like-minded individuals in the local community to conduct their own research in car cyber security.

“I get a sense of satisfaction from discovering vulnerabilities in a system and then finding ways to secure it. You never know what you’re going to find in there and that’s very interesting for me.”

Held at Suntec City and Convention Centre from Oct 1 to Oct 3, SICW 2019 is the fourth edition of the annual event organised by CSA.

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Online #game designed to #bring more #young women into #cybersecurity #field

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High school girls will soon have a chance to play as “cyber protection agents” in an online game designed to attract more women into the cybersecurity field.

Delaware is one of seven states to partner with the SANS Institute, a for-profit cybersecurity training company, on the pilot of CyberStart. The online game is designed to teach cybersecurity skills to young people through sets of interactive challenges. The first round of the program engaged 358 students in Delaware and 3,300 across all seven states — but just five percent were women.

The latest version, Girls Go CyberStart, is designed to draw more young women to the game and ultimately the fast-growing cybersecurity field.

“The importance of cybersecurity cannot be understated and I encourage young women in Delaware high schools to take advantage of this opportunity to explore career options in this vital field,” Gov. John Carney said. “Delaware needs a pipeline of talent and a strong workforce to remain competitive in the innovation economy.”

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay CEO Anne T. Hogan said the organization will encourage its members to play the game. “This program will allow girls to learn by doing, develop important problem solving and leadership skills, and take the lead on their futures,” she said.

The players must complete 10 levels of challenges based around protecting an “operational base” under threat of cyber attack. The game will provide an agent field manual to help overcome the basic technical challenges of cybersecurity.

Registration will open January 29 and run until February 16. The first 10,000 applicants can play the game from February 20-25. More information is available at GirlsGoCyberStart.com.

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Two #Women #Charged With #Hacking Bucks #Computer #Systems

A Bucks student and her cohort were arrested and charged with hacking the college’s computer system to alter her grades and the grades of other students in a microbiology course.
The two women arrested were Aleisha Morosco, a 30-year-old part-time student, and Kelly Margaret Marryott, a 37-year-old employed at a medical office.

Bucks officials have suspected since July that someone had been meddling with students’ grades, and once it was reported to the police, the suspicion was confirmed.

Police said Marryott used the personal information of a Bucks faculty member she gained from her employment at a medical office. From there Morosco allegedly hacked the school’s computer network to change her own grade and the grades of other students.

Stephanie H. Shanblatt, president of Bucks County Community College, released the following statement about the incident:
“Dear Colleagues: Last week, the Newtown Township Police arrested two women in connection with an attempt to change grades at the college last summer. I wanted to assure you that this was an isolated incident. When the college discovered the problem, we reported it to Newtown Township Police and worked cooperatively with law enforcement to resolve the case. Bucks takes the integrity of our data systems very seriously. All of the grades altered in the breach were restored to their correct level. I would like to thank the Newtown Township Police Department for their professionalism in bringing this investigation to its appropriate conclusion. In addition, our gratitude goes out to the Office of Security and Safety, Information Technology, and Online Learning for their prompt attention to this matter.”

Both women have been charged with unlawful use of computer, computer crimes, computer trespass, identity theft, and criminal conspiracy.

Computer trespassing is a very serious crime. PhiladelphiaCriminal- Attorney.com states that “If you are indicted on federal computer crime charges, you can face being sent to a federal prison for years.” The two women were arraigned before District Judge Mick Petrucci and released on $40,000 unsecured bail.

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Women #allegedly #hack #college #computer system to change #grades

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The Bucks County District Attorney’s office said Aleisha Morosco tried multiple times to change her microbiology grade.

After several failed attempts, she enlisted a friend’s help, orchestrating a security breach at Bucks County Community College.

Authorities said while working at a medical office affiliated with Penn Medicine, Kelly Marryott accessed a faculty member’s personal information and leaked it to her friend, Aleisha Morosco.

Desperate to change her grade, Morosco then used the stolen data to gain unauthorized access to BCCC’s computer system. Officials said while inside the system, Morosco changed not just her grade, but several other student’s grades in her microbiology class.

“The investigators were able to find out the IP address used to access the professor’s account and change the grades,” said Jovin Jose, ADA Bucks County. “That same IP address was used by one of the charged defendants.”

The electronic footprint led investigators to Morosco and to her 37-year-old friend, Marryott.

“They got his personal information, and shouldn’t have obtained the use for that purpose,” said Jose. “We intend to prove at trial that they accessed his information to change grades, which is a crime.”

Bucks County Community College issued this response to Action News:

“BCCC takes the integrity of its data systems very seriously, and all of it the grades altered in the breach were restored to their correct level.”

Students on campus are stunned a classmate would go to these lengths to change a grade.

“It’s crazy. You deserve the grade you get,” said Emily Bombino. “And if you have an issue talk to your professor. Don’t go around changing, stealing his information.”

Both women face felony counts of unlawful computer use and identity theft. A court date is tentatively set for December.

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Hacker Halted Security Conference Complimentary for Women through IBM Security Scholarship

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Today EC-Council and IBM announced a scholarship program for women to attend EC-Council’s Hacker Halted security conference free of charge. Funded by IBM Security, the scholarship is designed to help address the underrepresentation of women in cybersecurity and help women further their skills and expertise in this high-demand field. The…

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Cybersecurity Badge: One Big Step for Girl Scouts, Potentially Giant Leap for Women

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