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Average criminal hacker earns $30,000 annually, survey shows

An average hacker earns less than $30,000 a year from malicious activities, which is a quarter of a cybersecurity professional's average wage, a recent survey shows. Image source: Pixabay Some 72 percent of hackers say they won't waste time on an attack that will not quickly yield high-value information, while 73 percent stated attackers hunt for easy and "cheap" targets. An increase of 40 hours in the time...

Hacker Demands $3 million Ransom for Keeping the Lid on Stolen UAE Bank Customer Information

"Hacker Buba" allegedly hacked into UAE Invest Bank and threatened to expose banking information of thousands of customers unless he was paid a ransom of $3 million for his silence. According to stolen information posted via various Twitter handles, some dumped accounts contained up to $12 million, all of them potentially amounting to more than $110 million. Although the hacker also directly contacted some...

FBI’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal; $3 million for lucky12345

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, using the nicknames “lucky12345” and “slavik,” is allegedly involved in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise that installed malicious software known as “Zeus” on victims’ computers, according to the FBI. The well-known banking Trojan was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information to log into online banking accounts...

Identities of 4 Million FBI Workers Exposed by Chinese Hackers

The identity and personal data of 4 million FBI employees have been compromised by a cyberattack on the US government's Office of Personnel Management, allegedly carried out by Chinese hackers. Investigators told the Wall Street Journal the hack was detected in April, but is believed to be separate from one detected last year. The press reported last year that Chinese hackers attacked US government servers...

Hacker’s List leaks its secrets, revealing true identities of those wanting to hack

Is there something you want hacked? I get emails all the time from complete strangers, asking if I can help them hack into someone's Facebook or email account. Sometimes they claim to be family members who are worried that their loved one has gone missing and not replying to messages, but more often they're suspicious that their partners are cheating on them behind their back and want to read their private...

Steam users beware! Bad guys hide malware inside fake game demos

Steam users are being warned to be on their guard after cybercriminals were found trying to infect video game fans by disguising their malicious downloads as cool new games. According to media reports, the popular Steam game service fell foul of fraudsters who created fake pages on the site in a bid to trick unsuspecting gamers into installing malware on their computers. The bad guys took a demo of a genuin...

How Could Hacker Grinch Steal Your Christmas: Five Security Scenarios to Avoid

We hate to sound gloomy before the holidays, but Christmas not only brings joy and presents. It comes with increasing cyber-crime activity as well, as Hacker Grinch prepares new scams and online attacks. Identity fraudsters claimed a new victim every two seconds in 2013, and the number of identity fraud victims rose to 13.1 million, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. These figures only express fr...

Scammers Cloned Facebook Profiles of TV Journalists

Two television journalists from Baltimore, Maryland were targeted by hackers who cloned their Facebook profiles to extort online connections. The social media attack started with WBAL-TV executive sports producer Chris Dachille, who used to share his articles on Facebook. Scammers created a fake profile with his name, photos and friends, who were spammed with messages asking for financial help. "I get to wr...

Twitter Accounts Hijacked after Mauritania Hacker Leaked Database

Cyber-crooks started to exploit the database recently leaked by a Mauritania hacker and filled with juicy Twitter details. Several HotForSecurity readers saw their accounts compromised and pushing spammy content without knowing it. The Islamist hacker from Mauritania leaked more than 15,000 account details last week on a file-sharing service. Soon after, users complained their Twitter account had been hijac...

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