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.
A Romanian court has ruled that the notorious hacker "Guccifer," who discovered the existence of Hillary's Clinton's private email server, will be extradited to the U.S. to serve a 52-month prison sentence after he finishes serving a seven-year sentence in his home country.
The issue of access management and vulnerable software applications has come back to haunt the Unique Identification Authority of India which manages the Aadhaar database containing biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians.
The British Airways breach, in which up to 380,000 website and mobile users' payment card details were stolen, traces to card-scraping code injected into a script on the airline's website by the cybercrime group called Magecart, says security firm RiskIQ.
Russian national Andrei Tyurin, who's been accused of hacking into JPMorgan Chase's network in 2014 and stealing personal information on more than 83 million customers, has been extradited to the U.S. He was allegedly part of a group that hacked into brokerages, news firms, a risk intelligence company and others.
Organizations should be on guard for attacks involving an apparent variant of Hermes ransomware - dubbed Ryuk - that attempts to encrypt network resources. It has already victimized several global organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to a federal alert, which offers mitigation advice.
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.
So far, police have not found evidence that a major organized hacking group was responsible for the Cosmos Bank heist, which involved the theft of $13.5 million through ATMs and unauthorized SWIFT transactions. What steps should banks take to avoid becoming the next cyber heist victim?
Although fraud schemes continue to evolve, social engineering remains a critical element, says Brett Johnson, a former fraudster who now advises organizations on how to fight cybercrime. He explains how new attacks are often tweaks of much older schemes.
The March SamSam ransomware attack in Atlanta is reported to have cost the city $17 million to resolve. The attackers had asked for a $51,000 bitcoin ransom, which the city refused to pay. But Gartner Research analyst Avivah Litan stresses that paying ransoms has more cons than pros.