Cyber Crime

Anonymous: Operation Beast

Anonymous: Operation Beast purpose is to bring down websites and social media accounts that create and distribute beastiality images and video. Surprisingly, not all states and countries have laws against beastiality partly making Operation Beast a political movement. I had the opportunity to speak with two of the leaders of the operation – Priscilla, and Rekt. https://twitter.com/AnonyOpBEAST/status/952928676315885568

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Cyber Crime

How a rape case was buried

A relationship between Alex Pelzer, a musician, and a young girl began on YouTube through the music he created and the innocent comments she would leave.  On the surface, this case appears to be a musician that lures underage girls into a sexual relationship through the Internet, but there is a lot more than meets the eye. This story details how a rape case was buried, and the possible ties to a pedophile ring in…

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2017 data breaches: good and bad

At the beginning of every year the Ponemon Institute releases a study on data breaches for the previous year. IBM Security has sponsored the study the last few years and this year is no different. 419 companies across 13 countries were interviewed that includes the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, France, Brazil, Japan, Italy, India, Canada, South Africa, the Middle East (includes UAE and Saudi Arabia), and the ASEAN region (Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia).…

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Cyber Crime

Monero mining botnet is making a fortune

Proofpoint has been tracking a botnet that mines a cryptocurrency called Monero. What makes Monero attractive for attackers is that it’s a private digital currency that is advertised as secure, private, and untraceable. Bitcoin has been dropping in value while Ethereum and Monero have gained value, and Bitcoin doesn’t have complete anonymity making it less usable for the commission of a crime. Today, I’m covering a Monero mining botnet called Smominru.

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