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

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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.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #meat, #revil-hacking-group, #shutdowns-institutional

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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

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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.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #wall-street-journal

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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

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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.

#bitcoin-currency, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #putin-vladimir-v, #ransomware, #russia

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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.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #health-service-executive-ireland, #hospitals, #ireland, #politics-and-government

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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

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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.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shutdowns-institutional, #southeastern-states-us

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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.

#american-automobile-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #east-coast-us, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #national-security-council, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shortages, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #pipelines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.”

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency, #extortion-and-blackmail, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines

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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.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #united-states

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #extortion-and-blackmail, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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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

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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

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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.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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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.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #rodriguez-martinez-miriam-elizabeth, #zetas

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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.

#extortion-and-blackmail, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #park-geun-hye, #samsung-group, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

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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

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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

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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.

#baltimore-county-md, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #extortion-and-blackmail, #local-government, #privacy

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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

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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

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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.

#assaults, #extortion-and-blackmail, #football, #national-football-league, #new-york-giants, #robberies-and-thefts, #seattle-seahawks

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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.

#albany-ny, #bronfman-clare, #extortion-and-blackmail, #human-trafficking, #mack-allison, #nxivm, #raniere-keith, #sex-crimes

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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.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #extortion-and-blackmail, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #roads-and-traffic, #taliban

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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

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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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‘Or I Will Stab You Right Now’: A Family’s Prison Extortion Nightmare

While serving time, Ryan Rust was beaten, stabbed and threatened with hot oil if his relatives didn’t pay up. After disturbing calls and texts, they bought guns for protection.

#alabama, #cellular-telephones, #extortion-and-blackmail, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rust-ryan

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Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams

Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion.

#australia, #china, #extortion-and-blackmail, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Black Forest ‘Rambo’ Eludes German Police 3 Days Into Hunt

A squatter armed with bow and arrow, spear and gun overpowered four officers and fled into the Black Forest on Sunday. Despite a huge search effort, he is still at large.

#black-forest-germany, #extortion-and-blackmail, #search-and-seizure, #squatters

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

Six former employees were recently named in federal charges that were an indication of the lengths some companies will go to hit back at detractors.

#detectives-private, #ebay-inc, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hewlett-packard-company, #tesla-motors-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home

A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-commerce, #extortion-and-blackmail, #homeland-security-department, #internet-research-agency-russia, #justice-department, #kgb, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #symantec-corporation

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