Hackers claimed to have breached the systems of the Belgian credit provider Elantis and threatened to publish confidential customer information if the bank does not pay €150,000 (£122,000) before Friday, May 4, they said in a statement posted to Pastebin. Elantis confirmed the data breach on Thursday, but the bank said it will not give in to extortion threats.
It’s not just malicious apps you need to be wary of infecting your smartphone. Now, navigating to poisoned websites are a threat, too.
Adding injury to insult, fraudsters have merged the phenomenon of ransom Trojans with banking malware, producing a hybrid that demands money before attempting to steal user logins.
Noticed by several security firms since the turn of the year, the web drive-by Reveton Trojan tries to coax victims into handing over payments of up to $100 with the warning that they have been found accessing violent and child porn content by the US Department of Justice.
More than 15,000 Australian credit cards worth an estimated $3.75 million in total were salvaged from underground hacker forums in a global police sting.
The cards were held across 36 carding websites that used automated vending carts to sell the accounts in large batches.
The recent arrest of Higinio O. Ochoa III, of Galveston, Texas -- allegedly a member of the Anonymous-linked CabinCr3w --generated considerable amusement (and some unbearably bad puns) when it was reported that the FBI tracked him down using photos he had posted of his girlfriend's breasts (covered somewhat by a bikini top).