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Russian Hydra DarkNet Market Made Over $1.3 Billion in 2020

Russian Hydra DarkNet Market Made Over $1.3 Billion in 2020

May 25, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Russian-language dark web marketplace Hydra has emerged as a hotspot for illicit activities, pulling in a whopping $1.37 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in 2020, up from $9.4 million in 2016, marking a staggering 624% year-over-year jump over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020. "Further buoying Hydra's growth is its ability—or its good fortune—to remain running and unscathed against competitor attacks or  law enforcement scrutiny ; its only downtime of note occurred during a short time period at the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic in late March 2020," threat intelligence firm Flashpoint  said  in a report jointly published with blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis. Active since 2015, Hydra opened as a competitor to the now-defunct Russian Anonymous Marketplace (aka RAMP), primarily facilitating narcotics trade, before becoming a bazaar for all things criminal, including offering BTC cash-out services and peddling stolen credit cards, SIM cards, document
Masque Attack — New iOS Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Replace Apps with Malware

Masque Attack — New iOS Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Replace Apps with Malware

November 11, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Android have been a long time target for cyber criminals, but now it seems that they have turned their way towards iOS devices. Apple always says that hacking their devices is too difficult for cyber crooks, but a single app has made it possible for anyone to hack an iPhone. A security flaw in Apple's mobile iOS operating system has made most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices, security researchers warned. The details about this new vulnerability was published by the Cyber security firm FireEye on its blog on Monday, saying the flaw allows hackers to access devices by fooling users to download and install malicious iOS applications on their iPhone or iPad via tainted text messages, emails and Web links. MASQUE ATTACK - REPLACING TRUSTED APPS The malicious iOS apps can then be used to replace the legitimate apps, such as banking or social networking apps, that were installed thro
IRAN : US Is the source of Cyber Terrorism

IRAN : US Is the source of Cyber Terrorism

October 30, 2012Mohit Kumar
An obscure group identifying itself as the Izz ad-din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters claimed responsibility for the first wave of attacks as retaliation for the amateurish Innocence of Muslims film that mocked the Islamic prophet Mohammed and sparked protests throughout the Middle East.  Who's really responsible for a recent series of cyberattacks on American banks? A few days back US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iran is responsible for cyberattacks launched against Saudi Aramco and RasGas and US banks. While Panetta did not directly link Iran to the Persian Gulf attacks, he later noted that Iran has " undertaken a concerted effort to use cyberspace to its advantage. " Today, Iran's defense minister said, The United States is the source of cyber terrorism. " and intends to pave the way for increasing its activities in relation to cyber terrorism through diverting attention and leveling accusation, " Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi. The Iranian defense minister also sai
Cyber threats a major risk to business

Cyber threats a major risk to business

October 22, 2012Mohit Kumar
When it comes to security, small and midsize businesses are largely unaware of the risks they face. Cybercrime is a serious problem which affects businesses of all sizes and can have devastating consequences. U.S. small businesses should understand they cannot completely remain safe from cyber-threats if they do not take the necessary precautions. Although such threats existed long before malware emerged, data theft, fraud and industrial spying are all now typically conducted through cyber-attacks. The picture painted is of an environment under siege, with an alarming 41% of businesses acknowledging themselves less than ready to face cyber-threats. Kaspersky Lab and B2B International recently conducted a survey among IT professionals working for large and medium-sized businesses to find out what IT specialists thought of corporate security solutions, to determine their level of knowledge about current threats, the sort of problems they most often face, and their ability to e
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