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November 27, 2016

New Form of Ransomware Uses Social Media to Customize Demands

A new form of ransomware is reported to have been found that uses a person’s social media and computer files to customize a demand, according to cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint.

Called ‘Ransoc’ by the researchers because of its connection to social media, they found that the malware was scanning local media filenames and running several routines by interacting with Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook profiles, infecting the system through Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on OS X.

What’s interesting about this new type of ransomware is the fact that unlike ransomware such as Locky, which encrypts a person’s files before demanding payment, Ransoc customizes its [...]

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January 11, 2016

Hacker, 26, Sees Record Prison Sentence of 336 Years

On Sunday, a 26-year old hacker was sentenced for the theft and subsequent sale of credit card information to other cyber criminals.

Onur Kopçak, a 26-year old Turkish hacker, will serve a record 334 years in prison.

Kopçak saw a sentence of 135 years approved by the Mersin third Criminal Court of General Jurisdiction on Sunday, as reported by CNNTurk. The new sentence adds to a previous 199-year sentence from 2013, convicted for a similar hacking ploy that he carried out with 11 other hackers at the time.

In 2013, the then 24-year old hacker was a part of a dozen-strong black-hat hacker collective. The group engaged in a phishing scam which had at least 43 bank [...]

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