Malware service operators arrested; offered antivirus bypassing tools

By Deeba Ahmed
The malware encryption service run by a Romanian duo helped hackers embed malicious code in legit software to bypass antivirus tools.
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Police arrest 2 in connection with CyberSeal, Dataprotector crime services

Romanian police have arrested two people for allegedly distributing malicious software designed to evade anti-virus protections to more than 1,560 accused cybercriminals, Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said Friday. The international crackdown, which Europol and the FBI supported, targeted a decade-long scheme that provided crooks with relatively cheap access to victim computers, which they used to carry out information-stealing and ransomware attacks. The two Romanian suspects, whom authorities did not identify, allegedly ran “crypting” services designed to sneak malicious code past anti-virus software. The services, dubbed CyberSeal and Dataprotector, sold for between $40 to $300, according to Europol. The two suspects also allegedly offered cybercriminals access to a platform to test their malware against anti-virus software for as little as $7. It’s the latest effort by global law enforcement agencies to strike at the heart of infrastructure used by people accused of facilitating costly hacking schemes. Europol and Australian police […]

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Authorities bust hacker group planning to hit hospitals with ransomware

By Deeba Ahmed
PentaGuard Hackers Crew was operating from Romania.
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Romanian police bust hackers allegedly plotting ransomware attacks on hospitals

Romanian authorities said Friday they had disrupted a cybercriminal group that planned to conduct ransomware attacks on hospitals in the country. The hackers intended to pose as government officials and send malicious emails to public health institutions that purported to contain information on the coronavirus, according to the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), one of Romania’s top law enforcement agencies. Such ransomware attacks could disrupt the IT systems of hospitals, DIICOT said. But before that could happen, police and security officials said they searched the suspects’ properties in Romania and neighboring Moldova. All four suspects were arrested, ZDNet reported. The hackers planned to threaten hospitals to protest Romania’s state of emergency, which has restricted public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Romanian news outlet Stirile Pro Tv. The threat of attacking hospitals would be a much more serious crime than the website defacements and other low-skill digital mischief usually […]

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European police nab 26 suspects in SIM swapping dragnet

Police in Europe have arrested 26 people in an effort against two gangs of scammers who would take over victims’ phones, then steal financial and personal data from the devices. Law enforcement in Spain and Romania, in coordination with Europol, arrested 12 and 14 people, respectively, in actions against two distinct groups of SIM swappers, Europol announced Friday. SIM swapping occurs when thieves convince phone companies to give them access to an individual’s phone number, often by impersonating the victim during a call with a customer service representative. This grants attackers access to incoming phone calls, text messages and credentials like one-time codes that various sites send via text as part of the two-factor authentication process. The group in Spain stole more than €3 million ($3.34 million) in a series 100 attacks, Europol said. In each instance, the group walked off with between €6,000 ($6,700) and €137,000 ($153,000) from hacked bank […]

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20 years prison for Romanian hackers who infected 400,000 computers

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Two Romanian hackers will be spending 20 and 18 years respectively in prison for infecting 400,000 computers.
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18 Members of ATM Skimmer Gang Arrested — Mostly Romanian

DOJ Press Release: 18 Members of International Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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U.S. jury finds two Romanians guilty of stealing credit card info, infecting 400,000 computers

A federal jury on Thursday convicted two Romanian nationals of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud, among other charges, for using malware to steal credit card information and sell it on underground websites. A 12-day trial found Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus guilty on 21 counts. In addition to wire fraud and identity theft, they were convicted on money laundering and counterfeit charges. The men were accused of infecting and controlling over 400,000 computers, most of which were in the U.S., as part of the long-running fraud scheme that included cryptocurrency mining. The scheme also involved robbing people of millions of dollars by duping them into making fraudulent purchases on supposed auction sites. Prosecutors described a methodical enterprise that used stolen credit card numbers to rent server space, register domains, and pay for virtual private network services. Nicolescu and Miclaus, who are both in their 30s and from the Romanian […]

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