Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Convicted for His Role in a $4 Billion Fraud

Roger Ng is most likely the only person who will face trial in the United States in connection with a scheme to fleece the loot billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

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Sarah Lawrence Cult Leader Convicted of Trafficking and Extortion

In 2010, Lawrence V. Ray moved into his daughter’s dormitory, gathered a circle of young followers around himself and began years of domination.

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Accused Leader in Sarah Lawrence Cult Case Is Set to Stand Trial

For about 10 years, Lawrence V. Ray abused and extorted a group of his daughter’s classmates at the college, prosecutors say.

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Justice Dept. Announces Raft of Changes Meant to Deter Cyberthreats

The moves came a week after the department made its largest financial seizure ever, confiscating over $3.6 billion worth of Bitcoin stolen in a 2016 hacking.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #monaco-lisa-o

Ransomware Group REvil Dismantled in Raids, Russia Says

Moscow said the ransomware group REvil “ceased to exist” after raids and arrests. It is not clear if the operation will ease tensions with Washington.

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Companies Linked to Russian Ransomware Hide in Plain Sight

Cybersecurity experts tracing money paid by American businesses to Russian ransomware gangs found it led to one of Moscow’s most prestigious addresses.

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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups, General Acknowledges

Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.

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Karim Benzema, French Soccer Star, Is Convicted in Sex Tape Scandal

The Real Madrid striker was found guilty of being part of an attempt to blackmail a fellow player, charges that had led to his being dropped from his national team for more than five years.

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Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in Ransomware Attacks

The department said it had charged a Russian national in one attack and recovered $6.1 million in ransom. It also arrested a Ukrainian man for another attack.

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A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware

A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals’ mistakes to quietly help victims recover their data.

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U.S. Holds Global Meeting to Fight Ransomware, Minus the World’s No. 1 Culprit

Russia, the biggest source of the problem, was not invited to the 30-nation conference, which sought to engage allies in efforts to disrupt cybercrime.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #united-states-international-relations

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.

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There’s a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks

We’re not tackling the problem at its root.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #virtual-currency

Michael Avenatti Is Granted a Mistrial in Federal Fraud Case

A U.S. District Court judge found that federal prosecutors had withheld financial data from Mr. Avenatti, the former lawyer for the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. He faces a retrial.

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Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

Hacking, like war, is the continuation of politics by other means, but without the inevitable sacrifice of lives.

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Biden Warns Putin to Act Against Russian Ransomware Group

Mr. Biden’s phone call appeared to be a pointed ultimatum to stop the hackers, who have attacked computer networks in the United States with relative impunity.

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How Should We Handle Ransom Payments to Hackers? Very Carefully.

Efforts to reclaim extorted money must go hand in-hand with regulations on insurers.

#computer-security, #extortion-and-blackmail, #insurance, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Bitcoin’s Many Flaws

Its value is volatile. Its users aren’t as anonymous as they think. It might be a threat to the environment. And it could be exacerbating inequality.

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JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #crime-and-criminals, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #search-and-seizure, #start-ups, #virtual-currency

Who is Hacking the U.S. Economy?

In the past few weeks, cyberattacks have taken major industries hostage. Who are the perpetrators and why are the infiltrations becoming so common?

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U.S. Seizes Share of Ransom From Hackers in Colonial Pipeline Attack

Investigators traced 75 Bitcoins worth more than $4 million through nearly two dozen cryptocurrency accounts.

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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” He didn’t want to be right.

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F.B.I. Director Compares Ransomware Danger to 9/11 Threat

The Biden administration is taking steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks on U.S. businesses, and encouraging companies to do more to protect themselves.

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Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business

Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #jbs-sa, #jean-pierre-karine, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #poultry, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union

Secret Chats Show How Cybergang Became a Ransomware Powerhouse

As the ransomware industry exploded, a Russian-speaking outfit called DarkSide offered would-be computer crooks not just the tools, but also customer support. We got an inside look.

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Irish Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, Forcing an I.T. Shutdown

Hospitals in Ireland, New Zealand and Scripps Health in San Diego are reeling from digital extortion attacks.

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Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

DarkSide, Blamed for Colonial Pipeline Attack, Says It Is Shutting Down

The hacking group, which the F.B.I. has said was responsible for the ransomware attack, said it had received “pressure” from the U.S.

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

The payment clears the way for gas to begin flowing again, but it risks emboldening other criminal groups to take American companies hostage by seizing control of their computers.

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Colonial Pipeline paid 75 Bitcoin, or roughly $5 million, to hackers.

Colonial pre-emptively shut down its pipeline operations on Friday. President Biden did not rule out a retaliatory strike on those responsible.

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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a “wake-up call.”

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How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel

Growing domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast, increasing the reliance on fuel sent from Texas.

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Biden Plans an Order to Strengthen Cyberdefenses. Will It Be Enough?

A hack of a major pipeline, the latest evidence of the nation’s vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, prompted questions about whether the administration should go further.

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Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline

The operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it had halted systems for its 5,500 miles of pipeline after being hit by a ransomware attack.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #east-coast-us, #extortion-and-blackmail, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

When the Mafia Serves Coffee in the Courthouse

Investigators in a small southern Italian city say they discovered a criminal network that expanded all the way to a cafe at the judicial building.

#basilicata-italy, #extortion-and-blackmail, #organized-crime

D.C. Police Department Data Is Leaked in a Cyberattack

The department appears to be the third police force to be targeted in a ransomware attack in six weeks, and the 26th government agency hit this year.

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‘Please, Give Me Back My Daughter’

The remarkable story of one mother’s implausible quest to bring a cartel to justice for the murder of her child.

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Jay Y. Lee, Chief of South Korea’s Samsung Empire, Is Sent to Prison

Lee Jae-yong was convicted of bribing Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea who was impeached in 2017.

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Acechó a los asesinos de su hija por todo México, uno a uno

Armada con una pistola, tarjetas de identificación falsas y disfraces, Miriam Rodríguez se convirtió en un escuadrón de detectives que desafiaba a un sistema en el que suele prevalecer la impunidad criminal.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One

Armed with a handgun, a fake ID card and disguises, Miriam Rodríguez was a one-woman detective squad, defying a system where criminal impunity often prevails.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

Ransomware Attack Closes Baltimore County Public Schools

The attack, first discovered late Tuesday, disrupted the district’s websites and remote learning programs, as well as its grading and email systems, officials said.

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Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After Cyberattack

A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments. “I have no idea what to do,” one said.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hospitals, #vermont

Cho Joo-bin Gets 40 Years in South Korean Prison for Sexual Exploitation

Cho Joo-bin was convicted of blackmailing young women into making sexually explicit video clips that he sold online.

#child-pornography, #cho-joo-bin, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extortion-and-blackmail, #pornography, #south-korea

Florida Lawyer Charged With Extorting N.F.L. Player in Robbery Case

William Dean was charged with trying to extort nearly $800,000 from former New York Giant DeAndre Baker in exchange for his clients’ recanting allegations. On Monday, charges against Mr. Baker were dropped.

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Nxivm’s Leader Is Guilty of Ugly Crimes. These Die-Hards Stand by Him.

Keith Raniere has been convicted on sex trafficking, fraud and other crimes, yet some ardent followers maintain his innocence.

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On Afghan Highways, Even the Police Fear the Taliban’s Toll Collectors

As the U.S. retreats and peace talks stall, the Taliban have increasingly taken over Afghanistan’s highways, raising millions in unofficial taxes and strengthening their hand at the negotiating table.

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

No patients were affected, but the incident was another reminder of the risks in the increasingly common assaults on computer networks.

#clinical-trials, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hospitals

Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

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