A cyberespionage campaign that targeted aerospace and defense firms in Europe and the Middle East likely was the work of a hacking group with ties to North Korea, according to security firm ESET. Attackers also attempted a BEC-style scheme.
The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
Europe is targeting financial and economic crime, including fraud and money laundering, via the new European Financial and Economic Crime Center, hosted by the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency Europol. Officials say the launch of such a center during the COVID-19 pandemic is no accident.
Fraudsters have conned Norfund, a private equity investment firm based in Oslo, Norway, out of more than $10 million in what the company calls an "advanced data breach." But the incident bears the hallmarks of a business email compromise scam.
TA505, a notorious cybercriminal group believed to be operating in Russia, is using business email compromise tactics to target a new group of victims - HR departments, according to security researchers, who describe the new scheme.
Federal government agencies certainly are not immune from phishing scams, and Aaron Higbee of Cofense is focused on tackling the unique challenges that government faces in detecting and stopping the crimes.
Visser Precision, a U.S. manufacturer that supplies Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Tesla and SpaceX, appears to have been hit by the DoppelPaymer ransomware gang, which has begun leaking internal data and threatening to leak more unless the victim pays a ransom.
A business email compromise group targeting U.S. businesses is using G-Suite for their scams and collecting money through physical checks instead of wire transfers, according to the security firm Agari.
Cybercrime led to $3.5 billion in losses in the U.S. last year, with a sharp uptick in business email compromise scams - which accounted for nearly half those losses, according to a newly released FBI Internet Crime Report, which is based on complaints the FBI received.
As business email compromise schemes continue to evolve, some cybercriminals are focusing on accessing companies' financial documents, which provide useful information to support the theft of money, according to a new report from security firm Agari.
The FBI and local police are investigating how scammers posing as a contractor for a local bridge project tricked officials in a small Colorado town into electronically transferring over $1 million to a fraudulent account, according to the Denver Post.
Business email compromise scams continue to proliferate. Last week, Japanese media company Nikkei revealed that an employee made a $29 million fraudulent transfer as a result of a scam. And in a separate scam, the city of Ocala, Florida, suffered losses of over $742,000.