Barriers to getting into the business email compromise - aka CEO fraud - game continue to fall, with security vendor Digital Shadows finding that compromised email accounts for a company's finance department can typically be purchased via the black market for just $150 to $500.
Scan4You, a notorious cornerstone of the cybercrime-as-a-service economy that allowed malware developers to more easily create code to bypass anti-virus defenses, has been dismantled, and its Latvian technical administrator has been slammed with a 14-year U.S. prison sentence.
One mystery with the recently discovered payment card sniffing attacks against such organizations as British Airways and Newegg has been how attackers might have first gained access to the victims' networks. But a number of cybercrime markets sell such access, in some cases for as little as 50 cents.
Criminals operating online continue to target cryptocurrencies, leverage phishing and other social engineering attacks, as well as tweak age-old scams - including Nigerian prince emails - for the modern age. So warns Europol in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
Coordinated police raids in Germany and Sweden have resulted in the arrest of two Syrian nationals suspected of running a cyber fraud operation that purchased stolen card data to book hundreds of airline and train tickets to help smuggle people from the Middle East into Europe.
Russian national Peter Levashov, who was arrested in Spain last year and extradited to the U.S., has admitted to a two-decade crime spree that included running multiple botnets that harvested online credentials while also pumping out spam, banking Trojans and ransomware.
A cybercrime gang called "Silence," which appears to have just two members, has been tied to attacks that have so far stolen at least $800,000, in part via ATM jackpotting or "cash out" attacks, warns cybercrime investigation firm Group-IB.
Ransomware creators, having already created "themes" for their crypto-locking malware ranging from Pokemon and horror movies to princesses and Donald Trump, have now debuted "Barack Obama" ransomware. In a sign of the times, the ransomware doubles as a monero cryptocurrency miner.
Much of the attention around Chinese hacking is directed toward advanced threat groups suspected to have links to China's government. But a new report shows that the nation's hacking goes far deeper, and there's a thriving scene that has adapted to an internet heavily controlled by the government.
The cost of the city of Atlanta's mitigation and subsequent IT overhaul following a massive SamSam ransomware infection in March could reach $17 million, of which $6 million has already been budgeted for new devices, security enhancements as well as upgrades, according to news reports.
Three Ukrainian men who were allegedly part of a hacking gang that stole more than 15 million payment card records from U.S. businesses, sold the data in underground markets and enabled at least $12.4 million in fraud have been arrested in Germany, Poland and Spain at the request of the U.S.
A Greek court has ruled that Russian national Alexander Vinnik will be sent to France to face cybercrime charges. The U.S. has accused Vinnik of laundering $4 billion in bitcoins via the BTC-e exchange, which it said also handled stolen Mt. Gox and Silk Road bitcoins.
Patch management problem: Organizations must identify and fix all new vulnerabilities in their software and hardware as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, on average, attackers keep exploiting flaws faster than they're being patched, says Tenable's Gavin Millard.
If 2017 was the year of ransomware innovation, 2018 is well on its way to being known as the year of cryptocurrency mining malware. Numerous studies have found that the most seen malware attacks today are designed for cryptojacking. But while ransomware campaigns may be down, they're far from out.