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Three Charged in $2 Million Unemployment Fraud Scheme – Darknetlive

words. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California charged three California residents for their roles in a conspiracy to file fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment benefit claims using stolen information purchased on the dark web. Court documents disclosed that Ratha Yin, 34, his wife Amanda Yin, 31, and their accomplice, Stephen Mavromatis, 26, fraudulently obtained up to $2 million from the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The trio’s

Week in Lithuania: Vilnius Airport building to be torn down, Achema furloughs 400 workers – Baltic News Network – personal data leaks

Last week, the top news stories in Lithuania were the decision to demolish the building of the Vilnius Airport, the initiative to lower age limit for running for parliament to 21 years and labour issues in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer Achema. Lithuanian firms report difficulties in trade ties with Chinese firms At least 20 Lithuanian companies with trade ties to China have been experiencing difficulties lately, Vidmantas Janulevičius, president of the

High-Severity RCE Flaw Disclosed in Several Netgear Router Models – Hacker News

Networking equipment company Netgear has released patches to remediate a high-severity remote code execution vulnerability affecting multiple routers that could be exploited by remote attackers to take control of an affected system. Traced as CVE-2021-40847 (CVSS score: 8.1), the security weakness impacts the following models – R6400v2 (fixed in firmware version 1.0.4.120) R6700 (fixed in firmware version 1.0.2.26) R6700v3 (fixed in firmware version 1.0.4.120) R6900 (fixed in firmware version 1.0.2.26)

Does Your Organization Have a Security.txt File? – Krebs on Security – Krebs on Security

It happens all the time: Organizations get hacked because there isn’t an obvious way for security researchers to let them know about security vulnerabilities or data leaks. Or maybe it isn’t entirely clear who should get the report when remote access to an organization’s internal network is being sold in the cybercrime underground. In a bid to minimize these scenarios, a growing number of major companies are adopting “Security.txt,” a

Hackers Hit 2 Eyecare Groups; Data Breaches at Simon Eye and USV Optical Affect 324K Individuals – data hack

Two eyecare provider groups have been hit with data breaches affecting a total of 324,000 individuals. A breach at Simon Eye Management in Delaware was reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights on Sept. 14. Over 144,000 individuals were affected by the the hacking incident involving email. According to to a notice from Simon Eye, “Our investigation revealed that the unauthorized third party attempted

Thailand is turning plastic waste into personal protective equipment – leak hack

Millions of discarded plastic bottles in Thailand have found a new purpose amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a factory near Bangkok, plastic bottles are being shredded and turned into thread, which is woven into fabric that is treated to become waterproof. That fabric is then used to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for people working at hospitals and monks who are cremating COVID-19 victims. “What was trash is now valuable,”

Freedom Hosting Admin Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison – Darknetlive

The administrator of the darkweb hosting service Freedom Hosting was sentenced to 27 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Eric Eoin Marques, age 36, of Dublin, Ireland, to 27 years in prison followed by lifetime supervision. Marques, the creator of the darkweb hosting service Freedom Hosting, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to advertise child pornography. Marques leaving a High Court in Dublin after an extradition hearing Marques

Week in review: Kali Linux 2021.3, how to avoid cloud configuration breaches, hybrid digital dexterity – personal data leaks

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news, articles and interviews: Apple fixes “zero-click” iMessage zero-day exploited to deliver spyware (CVE-2021-30860)Apple has released security updates for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and Safari that patch two vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-30860, CVE-2021-30858) that are being exploited in attacks in the wild. Kali Linux 2021.3 released: Kali NetHunter on a smartwatch, wider OpenSSL compatibility, new tools, and more!Offensive Security has released Kali

Malware Attack on Aviation Sector Uncovered After Going Unnoticed for 2 Years – Hacker News

A targeted phishing campaign aimed at the aviation industry for two years may be spearheaded by a threat actor operating out of Nigeria, highlighting how attackers can carry out small-scale cyber offensives for extended periods of time while staying under the radar. Cisco Talos dubbed the malware attacks “Operation Layover,” building on previous research from the Microsoft Security Intelligence team in May 2021 that delved into a “dynamic campaign targeting

Trial Ends in Guilty Verdict for DDoS-for-Hire Boss – Krebs on Security – Krebs on Security

A jury in California today reached a guilty verdict in the trial of Matthew Gatrel, a St. Charles, Ill. man charged in 2018 with operating two online services that allowed paying customers to launch powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Internet users and websites. Gatrel’s conviction comes roughly two weeks after his co-conspirator pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to running the services. The user interface for Downthem[.]org. Prosecutors for

Law Firm Says It Lacked Duty To Tell Hiscox About Breach – data hack

By Ben Kochman (September 16, 2021, 9:08 PM EDT) — Kansas City personal injury firm Warden Grier LLP has told a Missouri federal judge that it did not have a fiduciary duty to tell its client Hiscox Insurance about a December 2016 data breach, because it believed that keeping the episode quiet would convince hackers not to publish stolen data. The law firm is aiming for a late-stage dismissal of

Epik Hack Reveals Owners of Most Notorious Far-Right Sites – leak hack

A large-scale breach of the domain registrar and web hosting company Epik has exposed a massive trove of data, including the names of individuals behind some of the far-right’s most notorious websites. The data, as first reported by independent journalist Steven Monacelli on Monday, was released as a torrent this week by the hacking collective Anonymous. In a press release on the hack, dubbed Operation EPIK FAIL, Anonymous claimed that

Stolen Credential Vendor “Mars” Extradited to the U.S. – Darknetlive

words. A Ukrainian man has been extradited to the United States for allegedly stealing and selling thousands of credentials on the darkweb. Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, 28, of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, has been extradited to the United States where he faces four charges related to fraud. Authorities in Poland arrested the defendant on October 3, 2020. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida filed a four-count indictment against Ivanov-Tolpintsev on

A Journey in Organizational Cyber Resilience Part 1: The Human Factor – personal data leaks

Organizational resilience is key to good business. Sometimes confused with enterprise resilience, we use the former term instead because it applies to a business or agency of any size. Let’s take a look at how to improve employees’ cybersecurity posture by providing practical ideas they can add to their everyday habits. The result: cyber resilience and keeping your data safer.  This series will guide you in your journey through organizational

Moving Forward After CentOS 8 EOL – Hacker News

The Linux community was caught unprepared when, in December 2020, as part of a change in the way Red Hat supports and develops CentOS, Red Hat suddenly announced that it’s cutting the official CentOS 8 support window from ten years – to just two, with support ending Dec 31, 2021. It created a peculiar situation where CentOS 7 users that did the right thing and upgraded quickly to CentOS 8

KrebsOnSecurity Hit By Huge New IoT Botnet “Meris” – Krebs on Security – Krebs on Security

On Thursday evening, KrebsOnSecurity was the subject of a rather massive (and mercifully brief) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The assault came from “Meris,” the same new botnet behind record-shattering attacks against Russian search giant Yandex this week and internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare earlier this summer. Cloudflare recently wrote about its attack, which clocked in at 17.2 million bogus requests-per-second. To put that in perspective, Cloudflare serves over 25 million HTTP

Voting machines, data and information regulation, and an influence campaign. – data hack

At a glance. Voting machines with improved security aren’t expected in the US until 2026. Proposed UK data and ICO changes. A Chinese influence campaign. More secure election machines aren’t due for the US midterms. The Washington Post says voting machines designed to meet updated Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) probably won’t be rolled out until 2026, according to a status report this week from election equipment vendors. Issued in

Sony Reveals Teaser Trailer For Marvel’s Wolverine For The PS5 – Leak Herald – leak hack

Sony has revealed a new teaser trailer for its upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive, Marvel’s Wolverine from Insomniac Games. Back in 2018, Insomniac Games blew away gaming fans and critics with its first superhero game, Marvel’s Spider-Man. The game currently holds an 87 Metacritic score and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The company followed this up with Spider-Man: Miles Morales which, as of this writing has sold over 6.5 million

Two Bavarians Arrested for Buying Counterfeit Xanax – Darknetlive

Two Arrested For Reselling Drugs Purchased on the Dark Web Authorities in Germany arrested two men suspected of distributing drugs purchased on the darkweb. The police headquarters in Middle Franconia disclosed in a press release that two 21-year-old men from Bavaria have been purchasing drugs on the darkweb and reselling them for at least two years. The suspects allegedly purchased and resold large quantities of counterfeit Xanax pills. The men

Vivek Singh’s research aimed at addressing practical problems of industry – personal data leaks

Vivek Singh, an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Technology at UMSL, has studied different aspects of cloud computing including cost, security and operations and has expanded his research to incorporate machine learning as applied in a cloud environment. (Photo by August Jennewein) Vivek Singh had been working as a software engineer in research and development at Alcatel-Lucent in India when he decided to pursue an academic career. He