#Cyber crime

The North Korean officials also allegedly hacked into and robbed digital currency exchanges in Slovenia and Indonesia. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • US Justice Department charged three officials for hacking
  • The North Korean officers stole $1.3 billion in crytpocurrencies and traditional currencies 
  • They developed a blockchain platform to evade sanctions and secretly raise funds

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The intention behind this scam is to bombard the recipient with the ads which make money for criminals.(Photo credit: Unsplash.com)

  • The malware 'Android worm’ sets foot in one’s device as a simple WhatsApp message
  • It can infect a user's device only if they click on the malicious link attached with message 
  • To keep an android device secured, all apps should be downloaded from Google Play store only

.Paris, France
International police have disrupted the "world's most dangerous" cybercrime service used to break into computer systems. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The illicit service called EMOTET was operated as a so-called botnet
  • Britain, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the US police teamed together to infiltrate EMOTET's infrastructure
  • The network involved several hundred servers around the world

The bot has been in action since at least two weeks, providing access to data of 2019. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • The Telegram bot can find a person's phone number with its Facebook user ID
  • Phone numbers of Facebook users are being sold at $20
  • The bot claims to possess information on Facebook users from the US, Canada, the UK

.Wilmington, DE, USA
President-elect Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump for not doing enough to bolster cyber security system in the country (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Joe Biden said he will rataliate against those responsible for cyberattacks against US agencies
  • He said there is no evidence the breach is under control 
  • He criticised Trump for not being able to identify the culprits yet

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russians were engaged in the cyberattack on government agencies. (Photo credit: Twitter/@SecPompeo)

  • There was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software, Pompeo said
  • At least two US government agencies were hacked by unindentified sources earlier this week
  • "We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians... ," Pompeo said

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The US called for increased vigilance to prevent unauthorised access to key military and civilian systems. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Tech giant Microsoft on Thursday alerted more than 40 customers of being hit by hackers
  • The hackers were linked to the Russian government
  • The victims were also found in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, Britain, Israel and the UAE

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Urmila Matondkar took to Twitter to report that her Instagram profile was compromised. (Photo credit: Instagram)

  • Urmila Matondkar found out about the hack after she responded to a DM on the app
  • Posts from Matondkar's Instagram account were wiped out
  • She recently joined the Shiv Sena

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The US government confirmed the cyberattack on its computer networks on Sunday, December 14. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • A report said that at least two departments were targeted by Russian state hackers
  • Attacks were linked to a hack carried out last week on cybersecurity firm FireEye 
  • Firm had said it suspected the attack was a state-sponsored one

.Amsterdam, Netherlands
EU's medicines regulator earlier Wednesday said it had been the victim of a cyberattack. (Representative Image: Unsplash)

  • Pfizer and BioNTech said documents of vaccine candidates were 'unlawfully accessed'
  • No systems have been breached in connection with this incident, the companies informed
  • The European Medicines Agency said the incident was being investigated