Each week, the PhishLabs team posts The Week in Cybercrime (TWIC) to recap noteworthy cybercrime articles and reports (open source).
- Fraud Alert: Criminals Test Stolen Credit-Card Numbers on Charity Websites (Philanthropy)
Criminals are using poorly protected charity websites to test the validity of stolen credit-card numbers, cybersecurity experts said this week, costing some groups thousands of dollars. Simplified online donation pages make it easy for people to give — but also serve as prime testing ground for credit-card thieves.
- Small hospitals are big targets for hackers worldwide (WFAA)
Hospitals are a treasure trove of valuable data. Patient information — including Social Security numbers, addresses, email address, and credit card numbers — is gold on the international black market. All a hacker has to do is pierce the hospital's firewall and scoop up the goodies.
- Attackers go on malware-free diet (CSO)
To avoid detection, some hackers are ditching malware and living "off the land" -- using whatever tools are already available in the compromised systems, according to a new report from Dell SecureWorks.
- Tracking a Bluetooth Skimmer Gang in Mexico (Krebs on Security)
In June 2015, I heard from a source at an ATM firm who wanted advice and help in reaching out to the right people about what he described as an ongoing ATM fraud campaign of unprecedented sophistication, organization and breadth. Given my focus on ATM skimming technology and innovations, I was immediately interested.
- UK Consumers Call for Harsher Breach Penalties (Info Security)
British consumers are fast losing patience with the business they patronize, with a majority calling for fines and compensation for those which fail to adequately protect customer information, according to new research.
- SYNful Knock: Cisco router malware in the wild (Fortune)
Security researchers say they have uncovered clandestine attacks across three continents on the routers that direct traffic around the Internet, potentially allowing suspected cyberspies to harvest vast amounts of data while going undetected.
- Vodafone’s hack deemed ‘an attack on freedom’ (Business Review)
The hacking of a journalist’s phone by Vodafone was an “attack on democracy” and the response by the telco this week to the revelations was “offensively inadequate”, the NSW Regulation Minister, Victor Dominello, says.