Hacker Summit Focuses on Preventing Brazen Attacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that have grown into full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos brought a sobering message July 26 to hackers and security experts at the Black Hat conference.

In short: It’s time for hackers to shoulder responsibility for helping detect and prevent major attacks that threaten billions of Internet users around the world.

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Former USAF Member Sentenced for Stealing, Distributing Personal Info

CHICAGO — A former member of the United States Air Force was sentenced Aug. 2 to four years in federal prison for stealing the personal identifying information of fellow service members and distributing it to others.

On the eve of his dismissal from the military, Ronnie Allen II stole a personnel roster containing the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other personal identifying information of more than 1,400 Air Force members stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Hoping to make money, Allen distributed the stolen information to others, including co-defendant Antorondi Benion. The Air Force members’ information was then fraudulently used to open accounts at various financial institutions, and to file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service in the names of the Air Force members.

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What Every Chapter Should Know About Hosting Successful Events

By Sandy Moul | President, InfraGard San Diego Chair, InfraGard Pacific Region Presidents’ Summit

 

In late March of 2017, InfraGard San Diego hosted its third annual cyber symposium, Cyber 2027, in conjunction with the InfraGard Pacific Region Presidents’ Summit. The Presidents’ Summit, a day-and-a-half experience, is focused on chapter and professional development to enhance the success of InfraGard Member Alliances (IMAs).

Recognizing that representatives from chapters as near as Los Angeles and as far as Honolulu would be in attendance, InfraGard San Diego leaders aligned the timing of the Summit with their popular Cyber event, maximizing the travel investment for all attendees.

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Russian Citizen Sentenced for Involvement in Global Botnet Conspiracy

 

A Russian citizen was sentenced Aug. 3 for his participation in a criminal enterprise that installed and exploited malicious computer software (“malware”) on tens of thousands of computer servers throughout the world to generate millions of dollars in fraudulent payments. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Brooker of the District of Minnesota and Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Thornton of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office made the announcement.

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Secret Service Discovers $28 Million in Credit Card Theft

 

A U.S. Secret Service investigation resulted in the arrest of five men for their involvement in a sophisticated credit card and identity theft scheme.

A nationwide operation that involved the Secret Service New York Field Office, Miami Field Office, Orlando Field Office and Atlantic City Resident Office led to the arrests of James Beckish, Richard Witcher, James Toner, Peter O’Brien and Joseph Anthony Demaria. Each were arrested for their role in operating a series of companies used as cover to place approximately $28 million of unauthorized charges on thousands of consumers’ credit cards.

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Beware at the Pump: Black Market Fuel Making Millions

By Brendan Farrington

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A black market for diesel and gasoline has rapidly spread around the nation, with organized crime gangs using fraudulent credit cards to syphon millions of dollars in fuel from gas stations into large tanks hidden inside pickup trucks and vans.

Stealing fuel can be less risky than selling drugs or other illegal endeavors, and criminals can make $1,000 or more a day re-selling the stolen fuel at construction sites and unscrupulous gas stations, or to truckers looking to cut costs, investigators and industry experts say.

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Russian Wanted by US Alleged to Be Prolific Spam Master

By Raphael Satter and Howard Amos

MOSCOW (AP) — From the early days of online stock scams to the increasingly sophisticated world of botnets, pseudonymous hacker Peter Severa spent nearly two decades at the forefront of Russian cybercrime.

Now that a man alleged to be the pioneering spam lord, Pytor Levashov, is in Spanish custody awaiting extradition to the U.S., friends and foes alike are describing the 36-year-old as an ambitious operator who helped make the Internet underground what it is today.

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Insider Threat Special Interest Group

The mission of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is to disseminate and exchange information relevant to the protection of a specific critical infrastructure sector — or across several sectors — and through vigilant preparedness, to ensure their continued resilience. The newest of these InfraGard SIGs is the Insider Threat SIG, chaired by Stuart Mallory, who serves as Director of Security for APTIM Federal Services. The Insider Threat SIG aims to share information and best practices that can help to prevent small- or large-scale incidents of industrial or corporate espionage.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking on Ransomware

By Anick Jesdanun

NEW YORK (AP) — Twice in the space of six weeks last quarter, the world suffered major attacks of ransomware — malicious software that locks up photos and other files stored on your computer, then demands money to release them.

It’s clear that the world needs better defenses, and fortunately those are starting to emerge, if slowly and in patchwork fashion. When they arrive, we may have artificial intelligence to thank.

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Safeguarding Your Data While Traveling Abroad

By Alain Espinosa

According to the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Office, almost 73 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad in 2016. While most of us have adapted to the travel restrictions implemented by the Travel and Safety Administration (TSA), there is an often-overlooked facet to travel — protecting your privacy and data.

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