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FBI: Cybercrimes on the rise because of sophisticated scams

AP — On Dec. 14, 2018, Aaron Cole was about to buy a new house and received an email that he thought was from his title company, directing him to make a $123,000 deposit. Cole complied, not realizing that a sophisticated hacker network had likely been spying on his communications… Read More

IRS Says ‘Dozens’ of New Crypto, Cybercriminals Are Identified

The IRS’s criminal division identified “dozens” of potential cryptocurrency tax evaders or cybercriminals after a meeting this week with tax authorities from four other countries. Officials from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and the Netherlands — known as the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement — shared data, tools and… Read More

UN: North Korea Turns Talented Children into Cryptocurrency Hackers

The United Nations (UN) reportedly believes that North Korea is training its most talented young IT talents to become elite cryptocurrency hackers – and thinks Pyongyang is using a fake Hong Kong blockchain company as a front for money laundering schemes. Per South Korean media outlet Chosun, South Korean… Read More
1st November 2019
The draft guidance analyses the use, reliability and independence of digital ID systems, and looks at how they can meet FATF requirements around customer due diligence. The FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has issued draft guidance clarifying how digital ID systems can be used for CDD (customer due diligence), reflecting… Read More
1st November 2019
A mandatory 24-hour delay on all first-time payments from one bank account to another would cut mounting fraud in finance, UK lawmakers said in a report on Friday. Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee said fraudsters stole over 600 million pounds from consumers in the first half of 2019 and regulators must… Read More
22nd October 2019
BriansClub is one of the top underground destinations for buying and selling stolen credit cards, according to security experts. It is known for good customer service, a steady stream of stolen credit-card information and expert quality control. BriansClub also appears to enjoy goading Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity journalist who runs… Read More
3rd October 2019
One sunny Wednesday in February, a gangly man in a sports jacket and a partly unbuttoned paisley shirt walked into the Los Angeles field office of the F.B.I. At the reception desk, he gave his name — Val Broeksmit — and began to pace anxiously in the lobby. Mr. Broeksmit… Read More
25th September 2019
The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) was accused Tuesday of suppressing evidence in the money laundering case against some of its current and former officials. A Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor and legal officers of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Secretariat made the accusation, a copy of the motion obtained… Read More
23rd September 2019
Dubai: Employees of over 100 exchange houses in the UAE will undergo training to curb financial crimes in the banking sector, following an agreement with Dubai Police and the UAE’s Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG). Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of criminal investigation affairs, Dubai Police… Read More
17th September 2019
A Russian hacker at the center of an alleged scheme to steal financial data on more than 80 million JP Morgan Chase & Co. clients will plead guilty later this month, according to a U.S. court filing. Andrei Tyurin, who was extradited last year from the Republic of Georgia, is… Read More
16th September 2019
The U.S. Treasury on Friday announced sanctions on three North Korean hacking groups it said were involved in the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks and hacking of international banks and customer accounts. It named the groups as Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andariel and said they were controlled by the RGB, North Korea’s… Read More
11th September 2019
The global anti-money laundering watchdog is closely monitoring developments on Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency, its new head told Reuters on Tuesday, in the latest sign of growing regulatory scrutiny of the project. The Facebook-led Libra project is mooted for launch by June next year. Regulators’ and politicians’ concerns range from… Read More
11th September 2019
The US Department of Justice announced Tuesday that 281 people were arrested in a global crackdown on wire transfer scams. Over a four-month period, “Operation reWired” was aimed at stopping so-called business email compromise (BEC) schemes, which are “designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals,” the Justice Department said. The… Read More