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Want to earn $10 million? Snitch on a cybercrook!

by Paul Ducklin Just over a week ago, we wrote about the REvil ransomware gang’s latest braggadoccio. As you probably know, ransomware operators like REvil, Clop and others don’t generally work on the front line themselves by conducting the actual network intrusions that deliver the final ransomware warhead. Instead, they . . . Read more

S3 Ep37: Quantum crypto, refunding Bitcoins, and Alpaca problems [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin [03’22”] Will quantum cryptography mean the end of encryption?   [10’30”] How was the FBI able to get bitcoins back in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware case?   [25’00”] What is the ALPACA attack, and does it make your browsing less secure?   [25’00”] Oh! No! of the week. With Kimberly Truong, Doug Aamoth . . . Read more

S3 Ep36: Trickbot coder busted, passwords cracked, and breaches judged [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin [04’24”] Alleged malware coder from the Trickbot gang arrested.   [15’36”] 5500 passwords cracked and salaries stolen by “credential stuffing” crook.   [29’28”] We answer a listener’s question about just how tough to be when judging a company that’s had a breach.   [34’37”] Oh! No! of the week. With Kimberly Truong, Doug . . . Read more

S3 Ep34: Apple bugs, scammers busted, and how crooks bypass 2FA [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin Apple patches a raft of serious security holes. Police arrest eight suspects in an online scamming ring. We explain how WhatsApp messages from hacked accounts are helping cybercrooks bypass 2FA. With Kimberly Truong, Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin. Intro and outro music by Edith Mudge. LISTEN NOW . . . Read more

Tempted by cryptocoins? Fake trading apps get personal…

by Paul Ducklin Remember how ransomware started? It was all about volume. The CryptoLocker gang, for example, raked in millions of dollars, perhaps even hundreds of millions, by scrambling your files and then extorting you for $300 to unscramble them again. These days, however, the big-money ransomware gangs take a . . . Read more

S3 Ep30: AirDrop worries, Linux pests and ransomware truths [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin We investigate whether AirDrop is really as dangerous as researchers claimed. We discuss the pestiferous problem of fake Linux bugs submitted as an academic exercise. We review the latest Sophos Ransomware Report and uncover uncomfortable truths about paying up. With Kimberly Truong, Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin. . . . Read more