Sextortion scam leverages Nest video footage to fool victims into believing they are being spied upon everywhere

A bizarre sextortion scam is attempting to trick victims that not only has their smartphone been hacked to spy upon their private lives, but also every other device they have encountered which contains a built-in camera.
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Travelex extorted by ransomware gang, services still offline a week after the hit

On the last day of 2019, foreign exchange company Travelex was hit by cyber attackers wielding the Sodinokibi (aka REvil) ransomware. More than a week later, the company’s websites and online services are still offline despite the company’s… Continue reading Travelex extorted by ransomware gang, services still offline a week after the hit

2020 Prediction: Ransomware to become more dangerous than ever

In November, cyber crooks told services company Allied Universal that they would make its files public if the company didn’t pay a ransom. Allied refused and the hackers stuck to their threat, releasing a portion of the data onto the open interne… Continue reading 2020 Prediction: Ransomware to become more dangerous than ever

Hacker wants $300 for 250,000 records stolen from sex worker site

In spite of prostitution being legal in the Netherlands, this could lead to the same type of blackmail attempts/suicide from Ashley Madison. Continue reading Hacker wants $300 for 250,000 records stolen from sex worker site

GPS tracker from stalked woman’s car led to indictment of 20 mobsters

Girlfriend found it, girlfriend popped it onto a city bus, gadget got found, multiyear investigation got launched, 20 got indicted. Continue reading GPS tracker from stalked woman’s car led to indictment of 20 mobsters

Extortion and alleged ISIS threats: A Saudi embassy learned the hard way about email security

When Saudi Arabia contacted security researcher Chris Kubecka to investigate an apparent intrusion into its Dutch embassy’s secured email accounts, she knew it was not going to be a simple case. Local laws in the Hague did not apply, since the embassy is considered Saudi soil. And it only got more complicated after Kubecka got to work: Once the email account was secured, the attacker — who claimed ISIS affiliation — left a trail suggesting an insider was responsible and then threatened to kill hundreds of innocent people if certain demands weren’t met. The escalations sent Kubecka, the Saudis, the Dutch and dozens of other diplomats scrambling on an international whodunnit — a hacking case that emphasized the high-stakes challenges and troublesome gray areas that come with securing diplomatic communications. The particular account that was compromised — the Saudi ambassador’s secretary’s email — was on its secure embassy system, according to Kubecka, whom the Saudi government brought in […]

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