Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have taken a wild ride over the past 18 months. Now, according to Bloomberg News, the US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into whether price manipulations have contributed to the meteoric rises and crushing falls. The coins prosecutors are examining include bitcoin and ether, which have both bounced… Read More

Federal prosecutors have charged three men with carrying out a deadly hoax known as “swatting,” in which perpetrators call or message a target’s local 911 operators claiming a fake hostage situation or a bomb threat in progress at the target’s address — with the expectation that local police may respond to the scene with deadly… Read More

A new report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has shown that complaints about scams and fraud are rising now at a record high and have resulted in reported losses of up to $1.42 billion In a typical BEC scam, a criminal dupes a company’s finance department into carrying out an unauthorized transfer of… Read More

A malicious miner successfully executed a double spend attack on the Bitcoin Gold network last week, making BTG at least the third altcoin to succumb to a network attack during that timespan. Bitcoin Gold director of communications Edward Iskra first warned users about the attack on May 18, explaining that a malicious miner was using… Read More

The case draws eerie similarities to mysterious ‘health attacks’ in Cuba. The US government issued an alert Wednesday following reports that a government employee stationed in southern China experienced “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure” and sustained a brain injury. Responding to an email from the New York Times, a spokesperson… Read More

Discovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers, this backdoor grants an attacker access to the device’s web panel, and there’s no way in which device owners can disable this secret account. To prevent abuse, Kaspersky researchers have refrained from disclosing the backdoor’s account username and password. The backdoor account (CVE-2018-6213) is just one of four vulnerabilities Kaspersky… Read More

For several months, Talos has been working with public- and private-sector threat intelligence partners and law enforcement in researching an advanced, likely state-sponsored or state-affiliated actor’s widespread use of a sophisticated modular malware system we call ‘VPNFilter.’ We have not completed our research, but recent events have convinced us that the correct way forward is… Read More

After 13 months of research, the team discovered 14 vulnerabilities which could place connected cars at risk of compromise. The tests were conducted with BMW’s backing and in laboratory conditions. Impacted vehicles are included in the automaker’s i Series, X1 sDrive, 5 Series, and 7 Series. In total, as documented in Keen Security Lab’s technical… Read More