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Two Dublin residents who are believed to be members of a Romanian organized cybercrime gang were imprisoned in Ireland today for credit card fraud. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Daniel Almajanu and Albert Gimy Linul were “considered to be members” of a Romanian criminal gang that had made millions of dollars by running an
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The United States has imprisoned a woman who admitted conspiring with her husband to steal secret research from an Ohio’s children’s hospital and selling the stolen data to China. Hospital researcher Li Chen pleaded guilty in July 2020 to conspiring to commit wire fraud and to stealing scientific trade secrets related to exosomes and exosome isolation from Nationwide Children’s
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Police in Greece are to be issued new devices that will allow them to carry out real-time facial recognition and fingerprint identification while out on the beat.  The plan to disseminate the new technology is part of the 4.5 million euro “Smart Policing” project announced in 2017 that aims to identify and verify the identity of citizens
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An end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company based in Texas has been recognized for achieving workplace equality for a fourth consecutive year. Rackspace Technology announced today that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was named as one of the “Best Places to Work for
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The organizers of an English beauty pageant established over nine decades ago are being held to ransom by cyber-criminals. The Daily Mail reports that malicious hackers targeted the organizers of Miss England on Tuesday night with a sophisticated online scam.  Pageant organizer and former Miss England Angie Beasley was sent what appeared to be an authentic message from the
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A retired Nevada cop who headed up a Cyber Crimes Unit has been charged with burglary, bigamy, and forgery.  Former Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy Dennis Carry was arrested on Tuesday on seven different felony counts following a two-year investigation by the Reno Police Department.  The 46-year-old was previously in charge of the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Washoe County
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by Paul Ducklin If you’re a user of the venerable, powerful and popular open source programming language Perl, you’ll almost certainly have visited its official website at some point, at: https://perl.org. You may very well also have visited its sister site perl.com, which until very recently looked like this: Main page of perl.com on 2021-01-25,
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The United States Department of Justice has launched a global law enforcement action against a cyber-criminal gang that has made millions by selling ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS). A coordinated international law enforcement action to disrupt NetWalker was announced by the Department yesterday. NetWalker ransomware has claimed numerous victims, including companies, municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement departments, emergency services, school districts,
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by Harriet Stone Harriet Stone Hello, Naked Security readers. I’m Harriet Stone, an intern in the Sophos marketing team. Seven months of working (virtually) with cybersecurity professionals has made me realise just how unaware many students are when it comes to their online security. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic drove a switch to online learning,
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by Paul Ducklin Apple, rather unusually in today’s cybersecurity world, rarely announces that security fixes are on the way. There’s no equivalent of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, which is a regular and predictable fixture in anyone’s cybersecurity calendar; there’s no “new version every fourth Tuesday” as there is with Firefox; there’s no predetermined quarterly schedule for
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Multi-cloud and multi-ERP managed cloud services provider Syntax released its first ever “IT Trends Report” today. The report is based on an October 2020 survey of 500 IT leaders and decision makers in the US who were asked to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted their businesses and to share the strategic decisions they plan to make in
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A man from Texas has been convicted of operating a website dedicated to publishing stories detailing the sexual abuse of children. Brewster County resident Thomas Alan Arthur was convicted by a federal jury on January 21 following a trial that lasted three days.  According to trial evidence, the 64-year-old started operating a website called Mr. Double in
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A former home security technician has admitted habitually hacking into customers’ home surveillance cameras to spy on people without their consent.  Telesforo Aviles accessed the accounts of around 200 customers more than 9,600 times over a period of four and half years while employed by security company ADT.  The 35-year-old carried out the cyber-intrusions for
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The European Data Protection Board has issued new advice to hospitals regarding what action to take in the event of a cyber-attack. Currently released in draft form, the new set of recommendations urges healthcare providers hit with ransomware to report the attack even if no patient data is accessed or exfiltrated.  The guidelines state: “The internal documentation
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Fourteen people have been arrested in France as part of a nationwide sweep to combat the sexual exploitation of children online.  The arrests were made by the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie nationale) with the support of Europol as part of an operation that was code-named Horus. All suspects were taken into custody between November 16 and