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Three Chinese Men In Custody Over $87M Cryptocurrency Theft

Police in China has detained three men suspected of pulling the country’s biggest ever cryptocurrency heist — worth 600 million yuan ($87 million). 


Theft is China’s Biggest: Reports

As multiple outlets report quoting local news publication Huashang News on August 19, authorities concluded an investigation spanning almost six months into three men who allegedly hacked a computer for Bitcoin and Ether.

“Our bureau has not dealt with this kind of case before,” South China Morning Post quotes a police officer as telling Huashang“It’s the first virtual currency-related case in Shaanxi.”

According to Huashang, the investigation behind the arrest of the men — known as Zhang, Cui and Zhou — began in March, when the victim came forward to report a hacking of his computer. At the time, losses were thought to total 100 million yuan.

Having analyzed “30,000 pieces of information” related to the event and the alleged perpetrators, the arrests were made on Wednesday last week. Legal proceedings remain ongoing.

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Disrupting The Bitcoin Criminal Narrative

The size of the theft is reminiscent of an increasing cryptocurrency criminal trend largely playing out in nearby Vietnam.

As Bitcoinist previously reported, a giant altcoin scam which afflicted 32,000 investors earlier this year saw organizers make off with funds worth a reported $660 million at the time. More recently in July, the CEO of a local cryptocurrency mining company suddenly disappeared and shuttered operations — leaving $35 million unaccounted for.

While Chinese police added that the use of cryptocurrency made their job more difficult, on a global level, law enforcement agencies are beginning to change the narrative that crypto assets aid and abet the success of criminals.

In an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month, Lilia Infante, an agent with the Cyber Investigative Task Force at the US Drug Enforcement Administration, said she actually hopes malicious actors will “keep using” Bitcoin and even privacy-focused altcoins such as Monero. “The blockchain actually gives us a lot of tools to be able to identify people,” she revealed. 

What do you think about China’s latest cryptocurrency theft? Let us know in the comments below! 


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DADI ICO Investors Become Targets of Phishing Scams Amid Reports of Data Leak

· March 14, 2018 · 1:30 pm

In January of this year, DADI launched an ICO that required investors to undergo KYC (Know Your Customer) verification in order participate in the token sale. Investors were asked to provide personal information (full name, address, DOB, etc…) as well as upload a copy of their photo ID. According to recent reports, nearly all that personal data has been leaked and is now been used by scammers to try and steal people’s coins.


Users Voicing Complaints Censored

Over the past few days, DADI token sale investors have taken to Reddit, Telegram, and Twitter offering up reports of a coordinated phishing attack against those who signed up through DADI’s KYC customer process. The blockchain start-up was the victim of a data leak where user credentials such as names and email addresses were stolen by a team of hackers for use in this attack. In a disturbing turn, the DADI team appears to be silencing any reports of this attack on their social media channels, primarily their subreddit. DADI has publicly denounced the claims, saying any phishing attempt was from a hack on a “third party email marketing vendor” back in January.

Multiple emails from [email protected] found their way into user’s inboxes, attempting to resemble the official [email protected] email. Fake links to popular cryptocurrency websites were included, trying to get people to give up their private keys or passwords and steal their funds. Like the Binance phishing attack that happened earlier this year, the hackers used “punycode” techniques to create the fake internet addresses. Punycode allows for characters with a small dot underneath, the dot usually hidden by the underline many addresses have by default.

But Wait…There’s More!

This isn’t the first time DADI has been in the news for possible wrongdoing. Also in January of this year, the team was called out for plagiarizing huge portions of their whitepaper from other projects, most notably their competitor SONM. DADI responded to this allegation by stating that it was a mistake, and someone forgot to delete the portions from the whitepaper before it was released.

DADI phishing attack

Another blockchain based project and Airbnb competitor Bee Token was hit with a similar phishing attack last month. As more and more money moves into the crypto-currency space, scammers will continuously ramp up their efforts to defraud people of their hard-earned Bitcoins.

Were you involved with the DADI hack? What do you think about user security among scammy ICOs? Let us know in the comments below!


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Hackers Target Medical IoT Devices To Obtain Prescription Drugs

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Hospital IT security is not up to par, as a recent reported indicated. It looks like the threat is far more real than anticipated, as a new wave of IoT device attacks is taking place as we speak. Medical services, ranging from CT scanners to dialysis pumps, are targeted by hackers. Albeit these assailants will not shut down the machines, they are trying to retrieve confidential patient information.

Also read: FBI Overstepped Boundaries Again in Silk Road Investigation

Very few people seem to realize medical devices store a lot of sensitive patient data. MRI Machines and CT scanners keep a record of all patients going through these devices. The vast majority of these machines is connected to the Internet, making them a lucrative target for hackers all over the world.

Medical IoT Devices Are A High-value Target

As one would come to expect from lackluster hospital IT security, these machines are inadequately protected. To be more precise, assailants use older versions of malware to attack medical IoT equipment. Conficker, a very old type of worm, has been identified as one of the tools of attack. Far too many medical devices connected to the Internet run on older Windows versions.

Security firm TrapX Labs explained the situation as follows:

“The malware utilized for this attack was specifically selected to exploit older versions of Windows… It enabled the attacker to install a backdoor within the enterprise, from which they could launch their campaign and quietly exfiltrate data and perhaps cause significant damage using a ransomware attack.”

Conficker has been a cause of concern for security experts in the past. Similar to how ransomware is evolving, this worm used to undergo several changes during its reign. The developers even used it to hijack infected devices and use them for DDoS and spam attacks. Medical machinery is a lot more powerful compared to CCTV cameras, and can be wielded to cause a lot more harm.

The Number of Attacks Increases

The medical industry has been under attack from hackers for quite some time now. Several hospitals had to deal with ransomware attacks these past few months. Patient records have always been a high-value target for hackers. One individual is even selling three different databases on the deep web. Every database has several tens of thousands of patient records in it.

Using these medical profiles goes well beyond using them for extortion schemes. A hacker would be able to get prescriptions filled. After all, these prescriptions are covered by insurance, and the pills have a high resale value on the deep web. All of these goods are sold in exchange for Bitcoin. There is no better time than now for hospitals to step up their IT security. Unfortunately, most of them do not have the staff or money to do so.

What are your thoughts on hackers going after medical IoT devices/ Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Threatpost

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