Calling Grant West "a one man cybercrime wave," a British judge sentenced him to serve more than 10 years in prison after he admitted to hacking into businesses, spoofing 100 organizations via phishing campaigns and earning profits in bitcoins from the sale of stolen personal details.
John Gammell of New Mexico has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for launching DDoS attacks against prior employers and business competitors, as well as for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Years of massive data breaches have fueled an increase in synthetic identity fraud, in which fraudsters combine real and bogus details to create more effective fake identities. Plus, has "The Dark Overlord" hacking group finally met its match?
The noose appears to be tightening around the Dark Overlord, a group of international hackers who have stolen and held for ransom sensitive information from dozens of companies, healthcare organizations and U.S. public schools. Serbian police say they've arrested a suspect in cooperation with the FBI and U.K....
With the rise of P2P payment networks and the U.S. working toward a real-time national payments network, the push is on to battle fraudsters. Also, attackers are hacking legitimate websites to more stealthily distribute "Gandcrab" crypto-locking ransomware.
Industrial control system environments are tough to hack, because each is unique, says Sergio Caltagirone of Dragos. But the recent emergency of Triton malware shows that attackers have been testing how to compromise some environments, which could have catastrophic results.
Hacking is a global phenomenon, says Liv Rowley, an intelligence analyst at Flashpoint who's been tracking the rise, fall and mysterious reappearance of Cebolla Chan 3.0, the Latin American region's top Spanish language hacking forum.
British teenager Kane Gamble has been sentenced to serve two years in a youth detention center after he admitted to targeting U.S. officials - including hacking former CIA Director John Brennan's personal AOL email account - as well as dumping personal details for 20,000 FBI employees.
At the opening of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, executives from RSA, Microsoft and McAfee offered an update on the state of cybersecurity, focusing on WannaCry. They called for the industry to work more closely together to protect not just individuals but also society.
Security researchers are claiming at least a temporary victory over an enormously productive malware distribution scheme that shuffled as many as 2 million users a day from legitimate websites to malware.