Someone has recently created a large number of fake LinkedIn profiles for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles at some of the world’s largest corporations. It’s not clear who’s behind this network of fake CISOs or what their intentions may be. But the fabricated LinkedIn identities are confusing search engine results for CISO roles at … Continue reading Fake CISO Profiles on LinkedIn Target Fortune 500s
A 36-year-old Russian man recently identified by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely proprietor of the massive RSOCKS botnet has been arrested in Bulgaria at the request of U.S. authorities. At a court hearing in Bulgaria this month, the accused hacker requested and was granted extradition to the United States, reportedly telling the judge, “America is looking … Continue reading Accused Russian RSOCKS Botmaster Arrested, Requests Extradition to U.S.
This week I discuss true ownership of our communications including phone numbers, email addresses, domains, and monikers, and present two OSINT updates including a new open people search database available for download. Direct support for this podcast comes from our privacy services, online training, and new books for 2022: Extreme Privacy (4th Edition) and Open … Continue reading 279-Comms Ownership & Open Databases
A Florida teenager who served as a lackey for a cybercriminal group that specializes in cryptocurrency thefts was beaten and kidnapped last week by a rival cybercrime gang. The teen’s captives held guns to his head while forcing him to record a video message pleading with his crew to fork over a $200,000 ransom in … Continue reading SIM Swapper Abducted, Beaten, Held for $200k Ransom
Three men in the United Kingdom were arrested this month for attempting to assault a local man and steal his virtual currencies. The incident is the latest example of how certain cybercriminal communities are increasingly turning to physical violence to settle scores and disputes. Shortly after 11 p.m. on September 6, a resident in the … Continue reading Botched Crypto Mugging Lands Three U.K. Men in Jail
This week I explain how breach assumptions are vital for our online hygiene (while offering comfort when bad things happen), present a strategy for multiple Signal accounts, and provide several OSINT updates. Direct support for this podcast comes from our privacy services, online training, and new books for 2022: Extreme Privacy (4th Edition) and Open … Continue reading 278-Breach Assumptions Offer Comfort
A number of financial institutions in and around New York City are dealing with a rash of super-thin “deep insert” skimming devices designed to fit inside the mouth of an ATM’s card acceptance slot. The card skimmers are paired with tiny pinhole cameras that are cleverly disguised as part of the cash machine. Here’s a … Continue reading Say Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers
This month’s Patch Tuesday offers a little something for everyone, including security updates for a zero-day flaw in Microsoft Windows that is under active attack, and another Windows weakness experts say could be used to power a fast-spreading computer worm. Also, Apple has also quashed a pair of zero-day bugs affecting certain macOS and iOS … Continue reading Wormable Flaw, 0days Lead Sept. 2022 Patch Tuesday
Communities like Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace and others are great for finding low- or no-cost stuff that one can pick up directly from a nearby seller, and for getting rid of useful things that don’t deserve to end up in a landfill. But when dealing with strangers from the Internet, there is always a risk … Continue reading Transacting in Person with Strangers from the Internet
A 21-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with stalking in connection with a federal investigation into groups of cybercriminals who are settling scores by hiring people to carry out physical attacks on their rivals. Prosecutors say the defendant recently participated in several of these schemes — including firing a handgun into a … Continue reading Violence-as-a-Service: Brickings, Firebombings & Shootings for Hire
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