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Scammers Clone Exec's Voice, Steal $35M From Bank

Dubai investigators say deepfake technology fooled bank manager

(Newser) - The crimes of the future are here today, according to a court document connected to a $35 million bank heist in the United Arab Emirates. Per the document, investigators in Dubai say a bank manager "received a phone call that claimed to be from the company headquarters. The caller...

The Publishing World Has Been Battling a Truly Bizarre Thief

Someone has been working to access manuscripts for years, but not for profit

(Newser) - Reeves Wiedeman has spent years trying to unravel a literary-world mystery, and his lengthy recap of his digging for New York Magazine is confounding at times. As is the mystery. In simplest terms, for the past four years someone has been using somewhat sophisticated measures to try to steal book...

'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw Led to Massive Xbox Fraud
'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw
Led to Massive Xbox Fraud
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'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw Led to Massive Xbox Fraud

Microsoft engineer was able to generate millions in fake gift-card codes and sell them

(Newser) - The crime was audacious, lucrative, and relatively simple—and the mastermind might have gotten away with it had he not gotten too greedy, too fast. Last year, a Microsoft engineer was imprisoned over fraud related to Xbox gift cards, and Bloomberg now offers an in-depth look at Volodymyr Kvashuk's...

Feds Charge Russian in Plot to Sow Distrust

They say he was part of 'Project Lakhta'

(Newser) - The Trump administration has charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process and imposed sanctions against a Russia-linked Ukrainian lawmaker accused of interfering in the US presidential election. Those actions on Thursday, combined with a Microsoft announcement on hacking attempts targeting US...

Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
Working From Home During
Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
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Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'

FBI warns that hackers are 'hijacking' videoconferencing app

(Newser) - As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that's become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual...

Brazil Accuses Glenn Greenwald of Cybercrimes

Prosecutors allege the US journalist was involved in hacking phones of officials

(Newser) - "The reporting will continue." So tweeted American journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday as federal prosecutors in Brazil accused him of cybercrimes. They allege he "helped, encouraged, and guided" phone hackers who accessed messages sent between prosecutors and other officials who were involved in a corruption investigation, reports...

Visa Issues Warning About Buying Your Gas Like This

Using cards at gas pumps can be risky, Visa says

(Newser) - Ever wonder about the safety of using credit cards at gas pumps? Well, Visa has issued two recent security alerts ( here and here ) about cybercrime groups that have hacked North American fuel dispensers, installed malware, and culled out what appears to be unencrypted card data, ZDNet reports. Seems...

Johansson Talks Deepfake Porn
Johansson Talks 
Deepfake Porn

Johansson Talks Deepfake Porn

The actor laments a seedy Internet practice

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson is throwing in the towel: How can deepfake porn be stopped? For the uninitiated, deepfakes are AI-generated videos that place one person's face on another's body to simulate them doing something they'd likely never do, per Business Insider . Deepfakes can be fairly harmless fun—like...

FBI Warns New 'ATM Cash-Out' Scheme May Be Imminent

An alert was sent to banks on Friday

(Newser) - "ATM cash-out." It's a phrase that has the ring of a game show but the reality of a nightmare, at least according to the FBI, which has issued a warning about the scheme. Per Krebs on Security , the FBI has been on the receiving end of "...

The World's Biggest Digital Heist Is Ongoing
The World's Biggest
Digital Heist Is Ongoing
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The World's Biggest Digital Heist Is Ongoing

The Carbanak gang continues, even after a major arrest

(Newser) - A typhoon was winding down in Taipei on July 10, 2016, but two men braved the rain to make a surprise withdrawal from First Commercial Bank: stacks of bills that the ATM spat out without either man touching a button. They were two of 15 "mules" stealing the equivalent...

Security Breach Hits Delta, Sears Customers

Malware exposed customers' credit card details

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines' payment-card information for about "several hundred thousand" airline customers may have been exposed by a malware breach last fall that also hit Sears and other companies. The airline says that the malware attack may have exposed customers' names, addresses, credit card numbers, card security codes, and...

'Jackpotting' Thieves Hit US ATMs for First Time

Sophisticated cybercrime lets criminals steal cash with the press of a button

(Newser) - With just the press of a button, "cash out crews" have been attacking ATMs around the world, and now apparently in the US. Reuters reports that two big ATM makers, Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corp., have issued warnings about the so-called "jackpotting" scheme, which has made its way...

Equifax Security Chief's Degree Was in Music

She is one of 2 senior execs stepping down

(Newser) - Two senior Equifax execs have stepped down as the investigation of what may be the biggest data breach in US history continues. The credit-reporting firm says security chief Susan Mauldin and chief technology officer David Webb are retiring effective immediately, the New York Times reports. After the leak that exposed...

3 Equifax Execs Sold $1.8M in Stock Days After Hack Discovered

Company says they didn't know about intrusion

(Newser) - Days after Equifax discovered a massive security breach affecting 143 million Americans, three senior executives sold off almost $2 million in shares. The company says it discovered the intrusion, which was only made public Thursday, on July 29. Records show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble; Joseph...

HBO Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom

Data dump so far has included 'Game of Thrones' script

(Newser) - A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information," says it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a...

Nude Photos Leaked After Plastic Surgery Clinics Hacked

Hackers tried to blackmail clients

(Newser) - Police in Lithuania say personal data and more than 25,000 private photos—including nude pictures—were made public Tuesday following the hacking of a chain of plastic surgery clinics. Police said a hacking group called Tsar Team broke into the servers of Grozio Chirurgija clinics earlier this year and...

2 Russian Spies, 2 Hackers Behind Yahoo Hack: Reports

Sources say they're to be indicted Wednesday by Justice Department

(Newser) - The Justice Department is set to make a big announcement Wednesday about the massive 2014 Yahoo data breach, which affected 500 million users : the indictment of Dmitry Dokuchaev and his boss Igor Sushchin, both Russian spies from the Federal Security Service intelligence agency, as well as Russia-hired hackers Alexsey Belan...

Hollywood Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Hackers

They demanded bitcoins to unlock computer systems

(Newser) - A Hollywood hospital faced with an alarming 21st-century dilemma caved in and paid a $17,000 ransom to hackers holding its computer systems hostage. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Allen Stefanek says hackers infected the private 434-bed hospital's systems with malware and wouldn't restore them until they received...

Abu Dhabi Jails Aussie Woman Over Facebook Post
Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for
Facebook Picture of Car
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Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for Facebook Picture of Car

Jodi Magi has 'zero idea' why she's in trouble for post about parking

(Newser) - They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Australian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia's ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap-parking...

IRS to 104K Taxpayers: Thieves Stole Your Data on Our Site

Agency shuts down 'Get Transcript' service temporarily

(Newser) - More than 100,000 people are about to get an unpleasant letter from the IRS, but it doesn't involve the word "audit." Instead, think cyber-theft. The agency said today that online criminals tapped into the information of 104,000 people though the IRS' popular "Get Transcript"...

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