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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has arrested 23 people undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of the country.

The latest music service dealing with the after-effects of a security breach is Mixcloud. According to both Motherboard and TechCrunch, a data reseller is asking for around $4k (paid in bitcoin) for details of 21m user accounts from the audio-streaming service.

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers.

Maksim “Aqua” Yakubets, a 32-year-old Russian man, was indicted on Thursday by US authorities. He’s charged with carrying out “two separate international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes” across the past 10 years, siphoning millions of dollars from UK citizens into the coffers of Evil Corp, the UK’s National Crime Agency said.

As Netflix (NFLX) and Walt Disney (DIS) go head to head, they’re finding they have a common enemy: criminals taking over their customer accounts. Within days of Disney+ launching in the US, thousands of customers lost their accounts in mass hacking.

A bug was found in India’s third-largest mobile network which could have exposed the personal data of more than 300 million users.

The Russian ‘Sandworm’ hacking group (not to be confused with the malware of the same name) has been caught repeatedly uploading fake and modified Android apps to Google’s Play store.

Russian-owned company attempted Ohio election hack, official says Ohio’s secretary of state said the “relatively unsophisticated” hacking attempt on Election Day originated in Panama but was traced to a Russian-owned company.

IT vendor Learnaholic has been fined S$60,000 after the personal data of more than 47,000 students, parents and staff of various schools were hacked.

Homes in Essex have been search after a hacking tool which spies on people through webcams was taken offline. A website selling the gross software to cyber criminals so they can steal data and spy on victims was quashed in a major international effort. Known as the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (IM RAT) – the tool could be obtained for just under £20 and was purchased by 14,500 people in 124 countries, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

A bug discovered in a government health portal last year left data of nearly two million Indian patients unguarded. The recovery has highlighted the need to encourage ethical hacking in a country which is digitising its infrastructure rapidly.

The cyber-security sector in Wales will lose out unless more girls are inspired to join it, an expert has warned. It comes as IT company CGI officially opens its new centre in Bridgend, with plans to employ 100 analysts.

In a message recently uploaded to a dark web forum, a hacker solicited bids on an illegally obtained commodity … it was a set of personal data from thousands of plus-size women. Others in the dark web forum discussed how to monetise the women’s personal data by targeting them with scams meant to sell weight-loss supplements or plus-size clothing.

[UK] Three fraudsters who used malware to steal tens of thousands of pounds from victims across the country have been sentenced. The case focuses on a long-term cyber fraud and money laundering operation committed by a sophisticated criminal group between January 2016 and January 2019.

A Russian accused of spearheading “the most significant cyberthreat to the UK” is wanted in connection with the theft of hundreds of millions of pounds using hacking software. Maksim Yakubets, 32, bought a customised Lamborghini supercar with the word “thief” in Russian as its number plate with money siphoned from bank transactions using malware installed on victims’ computers, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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