US allies’ government officials hacked via WhatsApp

Victims are spread across at least 20 countries on five continents, sources close to the investigation told Reuters. Senior government officials in multiple countries allied with the United States were hit earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messaging system to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach told the Reuters news agency that a “significant” portion of the known victims are high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries…

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Is enough being done to combat cybercrimes?

The global cost of online crime is expected to reach six trillion dollars by 2021. Cyberattacks are now one of the biggest concerns for governments and companies across the world. In the past year alone, there has been an 11 percent increase in security breaches by hackers. These growing figures show just how big a threat cybercrime has become. With security experts fighting the hackers, the cybercrime economy is growing so quickly, it is now making profits of $1.5 trillion each year. A recent Microsoft survey suggests executives now consider…

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US charges 80 people, mostly Nigerians, in $46m internet scam

Seventeen people arrested after unearthing of ‘one of the largest cases of its kind in US history’. US authorities have announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs. American authorities on Thursday unsealed a 252-count grand jury indictment charging those people in an operation that procured at least $46m from victims of internet scam jobs. Seventeen people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and other cities in the…

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Feds take down dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized the dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web, according to a warning notice posted on the site. The site’s dark web site has also been taken down and replaced with a similar notice. The agency, according to the notice, seized the website with a warrant, working with computer crime investigators and European law enforcement. Two people in Israel were arrested in connection with the bust, according to local Israeli media, and authorities have also reportedly taken people in France, Germany, the…

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How Monitoring the Dark Web Could Contain the Cybercrime Situation

Each day the number of cyber-attacks continues to grow, with the dark web often playing an underlying role. Cybersecurity awareness among internet users is increasing but isn’t enough to halt such threats. The tactics used by criminals and hackers are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated, making it harder for security experts to stay ahead. Recent data leaks have shown that dark web marketplaces and forums are a treasure trove for all kinds of illegal products and services. But cyber-security experts have pointed out that monitoring of the dark web…

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