Indian National Gets 20-Year Jail in United States for Running Scam Call Centers, Microsoft links Vietnamese state hackers to crypto-mining malware campaign, and more

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Round Up of Major Breaches and Scams

Indian National Gets 20-Year Jail in United States for Running Scam Call Centers

An Indian national was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the Southern District of Texas for operating and funding India-based call centers that defrauded US victims out of millions of dollars between 2013 and 2016. Hitesh Madhubhai Patel (aka Hitesh Hinglaj), who hails from the city of Ahmedabad, India, was sentenced for fraud and money laundering.

Absa accuses employee of leaking customer data

Big four bank Absa has suffered a data leak, which has exposed customer data to external parties. The bank says: “Absa advises that an employee has unlawfully made selected customer data available to a small number of external parties. The leaked data relates to a small portion of Absa South Africa’s customer base, although investigations continue.”

Credit card skimmer fills fake PayPal forms with stolen order info

A newly discovered credit card skimmer uses an innovative technique to inject highly convincing PayPal iframes and hijack the checkout process on compromised online stores. Payment card skimmers are JavaScript-based scripts that cybercrime gangs known as Magecart groups inject within the checkout pages of e-commerce sites after hacking them as part of web skimming (also known as e-skimming) attacks.

Round Up of Major Malware and Ransomware Incidents

Microsoft links Vietnamese state hackers to crypto-mining malware campaign

Vietnamese government-backed hackers have been recently spotted deploying cryptocurrency-mining malware alongside their regular cyber-espionage toolkits, Microsoft said on Monday.

Exploring malware to bypass DNA screening and lead to biohacking attacks

A team of researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev described a new cyberattack on DNA scientists that could open to biological warfare. A research paper published in the academic journal Nature Biotechnology documented how to use malware to compromise a biologist’s computer to replace sub-strings in DNA sequencing.

Round Up of Major Vulnerabilities and Patches

SD-WAN Product Vulnerabilities Allow Hackers to Steer Traffic, Shut Down Networks

Researchers at cybersecurity consulting firm Realmode Labs have identified vulnerabilities in SD-WAN products from Silver Peak, Cisco, Citrix, and VMware, including potentially serious flaws that can be exploited to steer traffic or completely shut down an organization’s network.

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