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  • More ATM “Insert Skimmer” Innovations

    Krebs on Security
    Most of us know to keep our guard up when withdrawing cash from an ATM and to look for any signs that the machine may have been tampered with. But ATM fraud experts say they continue to see criminal innovations with "insert skimmers," wafer-thin data theft devices that fit inside the ATM's card acceptance slot and do not alter the outward appearance of a compromised cash machine.
  • OPM (Mis)Spends $133M on Credit Monitoring

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    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has awarded a $133 million contract to a private firm in an effort to provide credit monitoring services for three years to nearly 22 million people who had their Social Security numbers and other sensitive data stolen by cybercriminals. But perhaps the agency should be offering the option to pay for the cost that victims may incur in "freezing" their credit files, a much more effective way of preventing identity theft.
  • Like Kaspersky, Russian Antivirus Firm Dr.Web Tested Rivals

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    A recent Reuters story accusing Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab of faking malware to harm rivals prompted denials from the company's eponymous chief executive -- Eugene Kaspersky -- who called the story "complete BS" and noted that his firm was a victim of such activity. But according to interviews with the CEO of Dr.Web -- Kaspersky's main competitor in Russia -- both companies experimented with ways to expose antivirus vendors who blindly accepted malware intelligence shared by rival firms.
  • Six Nabbed for Using LizardSquad Attack Tool

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    Authorities in the United Kingdom this week arrested a half-dozen young males accused of using the Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, an online service that allowed paying customers to launch attacks capable of taking Web sites offline for up to eight hours at a time.
  • FBI: $1.2B Lost to Business Email Scams

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    The FBI today warned about a significant spike in victims and dollar losses stemming from an increasingly common scam in which crooks spoof communications from executives at the victim firm in a bid to initiate unauthorized international wire transfers. According to the FBI, thieves stole nearly $750 million in such scams from more than 7,000 victim companies in the U.S. between October 2013 and August 2015.
  • Who Hacked Ashley Madison?

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    AshleyMadison.com, a site that helps married people cheat and whose slogan is "Life is Short, have an Affair," recently put up a half million (Canadian) dollar bounty for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the Impact Team, the name chosen by the hacker(s) who released data on more than 30 million Ashley Madison users. Here is the first of likely several posts examining individuals who appear to be closely connected to this attack.
  • Leaked AshleyMadison Emails Suggest Execs Hacked Competitors

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    Hacked online cheating service AshleyMadison.com is portraying itself as a victim of malicious cybercriminals, but leaked emails from the company's CEO suggests that AshleyMadison's top leadership hacked into a competing dating service in 2012.
  • AshleyMadison: $500K Bounty for Hackers

    Krebs on Security
    AshleyMadison.com, an online cheating service whose motto is "Life is Short, Have an Affair," is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or group of people responsible for leaking the highly personal information on the company's more than 30 million users.
  • Extortionists Target Ashley Madison Users

    Krebs on Security
    People who cheat on their partners are always open to extortion by the parties involved. But when the personal details of millions of cheaters get posted online for anyone to download — as is the case with the recent hack of infidelity hookup site AshleyMadison.com — random blackmailers are bound to pounce on the opportunity. According […]
  • Street Gangs, Tax Fraud and ‘Drop Hoes’

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    Authorities across the United States this week arrested dozens of gang members who stand accused of making millions of dollars stealing consumer identities in order to file fraudulent tax refund requests with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The arrests highlight the dramatic shift in gang activity in recent years from high-risk drug dealing to identity fraud -- a far less risky yet equally lucrative crime.

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