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01/20/2022
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SilverTerrier goes down in an international sting. The International Committee of the Red Cross has to shut down some services because of a cyberattack. Crypto.com comes clean about what happened on Monday. This is CyberScoop for January 20.

Interpol, Nigerian police team up to take down members of notorious BEC scammers

In a time where nation-state hackers and ransomware crews wreak havoc and sow chaos around the world, it might be hard to remember that business email compromise (BEC) scams remain perhaps the most costly form of online cybercrimes worldwide. That point was underscored Wednesday when Interpol announced that it teamed up with Nigerian police to arrest 11 members associated with a prolific BEC syndicate allegedly responsible for targeting tens of thousands of victims around the world. Some of the suspects are associated with SilverTerrier, an established Nigerian BEC group that has employed a range of malware variants as part of its schemes over the years. AJ Vicens reports.


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Red Cross data storage provider hit

A cyberattack compromised personal and confidential data on more than half a million people helped by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the group announced Wednesday. The organization said the exposed information belonged to highly vulnerable groups, including families separated by conflict. The group has had to temporarily shut down its family reunification program. It's not clear who was behind the attack. Tonya Riley has more.


Crypto.com clears up a few things about 'incident'

"No customers experienced a loss of funds," Crypto.com said Thursday in a report that clarified some of the details about a "security incident" earlier this week that affected 483 wallets attached to the cryptocurrency exchange. Thieves aimed for 4,836.26 in ether (about $15 million), 443.93 in bitcoin (roughly $18 million) and approximately "$66,200 in other currencies," the company said. In response, it has already revamped its two-factor authentication system and is planning further enhancements intended to stop such raids before they even start. Joe Warminsky explains.


A 'banner year' for ransomware aimed at state, local governments

Antivirus company Emsisoft says at least 77 state and local agencies across the United States suffered ransomware attacks in 2021, a number lower than the two previous years. But it was still a "banner year" for attackers looking to extort money by freezing or stealing agencies' data. The company's report also tracks attacks against K-12 school systems and the health care sector. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed has the numbers.


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