US prosecutors have charged two members of a Russia-based hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp with masterminding a global banking fraud scheme that netted the unsubtly named gang more than $100m. Two leading members of Evil Corp, Maksim Yakubets of Moscow and Igor Turashev from the Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, were charged with bank fraud and also sanctioned by the treasury department for developing and distributing the Dridex malware which stole swiped banking credentials from more than 40 countries. In a statement, US treasury officials called Evil Corp “one of the biggest hacking groups ever”. The US also entered Evil Corp, which also called itself the “Dridex Gang”, into its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. The Dridex malware developed by the group was spread through a massive phishing operation, where targets were infected after clicking on internet links. “Treasury is sanctioning Evil Corp as part of a sweeping action … [Read more...] about US charges Russian ‘Evil Corp’ hackers with $100m banking scheme
When a chubby Birmingham teenager went on trial in 2012 for hacking Tony Blair’s personal address book, and taking down an anti-terror hotline, defence lawyers described him as “shy and unassuming” and dismissed the online exploits as a childish prank. “They weren’t terrorists in any way, shape or form,” his barrister argued in court. Less than two years later, Junaid Hussain was in Syria, apparently on his way to join Isis, one of its most dangerous new recruits. The group transfixed the world with its ultraviolent ideology, as it swept through Syria and Iraq in a frenzy of bloodshed and destruction. But its leaders’ enthusiasm for medieval barbarity is matched by an equally fervent embrace of modern technology. They know that a hacker like Hussain, behind his laptop, is as intimidating to some of their distant enemies as the gunmen terrorising people on the ground. “Isis has been recruiting hackers for some time now. Some are virtual … [Read more...] about Could Isis’s ‘cyber caliphate’ unleash a deadly attack on key targets?
Labour has branded Russian hackers' alleged involvement with the leaked NHS 'for sale' dossier as a "ridiculous distraction". It comes amid claims the 451-page unredacted report were linked to a Russian fake news campaign. At a press conference last week, Labour said the document was proof of a Tory plot to sell off the NHS. The official papers exposed the full scale of Donald Trump ’s wish-list as Britain goes begging for a post-Brexit deal. The uncensored dossier revealed the US wants “total market access” to all sectors of the NHS after the UK leaves the EU. Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News this morning, Labour's Laura Pidcock said claims the documents were leaked by Russia is a "massive distraction". Kay Burley continued to speculate the dossier was leaked by Russia and asked Ms Pidcock if she knew where the documents came from. The Labour candidate replied: "Honestly, this is absolutely ridiculous. I am telling you these are official government documents." … [Read more...] about Labour blast links between NHS dossier and Russia as ‘ridiculous distraction’
In director Tim Story’s last collaboration with Kevin Hart, Think Like a Man Too, the diminutive, anarchic comedian brought mayhem and merriment as he ran like a lunatic through the faux-elegant hotels of Las Vegas: the perfect setting for the closest thing we’ve got right now to Jerry Lewis. With Ride Along 2, he’s back with a great straight man in Ice Cube, though detective James Peyton is hardly a Dean Martin smooth crooner. In 2014’s Ride Along, Ice Cube’s emotionally cold Peyton and Hart’s anarchic-but-well meaning Ben Barber ended up joining forces to take down a ring of baddies. In Ride Along 2, pretty much the exact same thing happens. Unlike the first time, in which Barber was training at the academy and hoping to prove himself to his girlfriend’s brother, now he’s a first year beat cop weeks away from marriage – but still very much hoping for acceptance. With years of experience on the force, Peyton is guided by muscle … [Read more...] about Ride Along 2 review – the buddies are back but laughs are sparse
The US military launched a cyber-attack on Iranian weapons systems on Thursday, according to sources, as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional strike in response to Iran’s downing of a US surveillance drone. The hack disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, two officials told the Associated Press, and were conducted with approval from Trump. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly about the operation. Two of the officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted computer systems of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had been provided as options after two oil tankers were bombed. The IRGC has been designated a foreign terrorist group by the Trump administration. Over the past year US officials have focused on persistently engaging with adversaries in cyberspace and … [Read more...] about US launched cyber attack on Iranian rockets and missiles – reports