Friday, November 20, 2015

This is how the Russian cybercrime works

Kaspersky Lab gives us today a new report about how do cybercriminals work . This time they talk about the Russian cybercriminals, specialized in financial crimes and everything related to stealing money on Internet. We’ll talk about this interesting study and also about a phishing incident in the World Bank, about some good measures taken by the north American FTC to finish with online fraud and we’ll continue with the CIA´s social network strategy.

Someone said once that the Russian cybercriminal were the best hackers in the world. Reading the report made about them by the cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, we don’t doubt it. From credit data trade until DDoS attacks and most risky financial crime, like the direct robbery of the users, companies and even bank accounts, the cybernetic thieves from Russia and the old URSS are really good. We really recommend to find a moment to read it.

Although, being honest, isn’t necessary to be very good thieves to achieve their objectives, seeing the security level of some of their targets. We know today the website of a World Bank project has been hosting a phishing web to cheat PayPal clients. This website ran perfectly because it had a certification which become it in “trustable” and now has been revoked. But this is not the end: after erasing the phishing website, the web itself was attacked by an Iraqi hacker. There are some sites with a security which looks like a Marx Brothers film.

Luckily there are people who really care about cybersecurity, not only about their systems but people’s systems too. The North American Federal Trade Commissionhas decided to ban various payment methods widely used to make frauds and scams on Internet. Among them, they have banned the money tranfers via companies like MoneyGram or Western Union and also the payment methods of cash reloading via MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.

We finish with a curiosity: Which is the strategy of the CIA on Twitter? At the moment, it looks they prefer the humour. As an example,we show you their first tweet: “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet”. Their last joke: publishing a tweet in Russian which made to more than one suspect that their account was in hands of the “enemy”.

And that’s the end of our Friday post, and we wish our readers a good weekend and remember them to come to visit us this Sunday, when we’ll publish an interview with the excellent hacker Yago Jesús.

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