Of Note

FBI breach notice rules lauded by states, but some want more

Derek B. Johnson reports: A new FBI policy raises the question about who are the true victims of election systems breaches: local officials who supervise elections or the voters and candidates who depend on a trustworthy ballot? Under a recent policy change, the FBI will notify states if local election systems are hacked, but...

Russian National Pleads Guilty to Running Online Criminal Marketplace

Press release from DOJ, January 23. Previous coverage on this threat actor on this site can be found here and here. Russian National Pleads Guilty to Running Online Criminal Marketplace A Russian national pleaded guilty today to charges related to his operation of two websites devoted to the facilitation of payment card fraud, computer...

Canadian teen calls cops after fake ID doesn’t arrive

OK, I think this one may win my headlines today. Stephen Sorace reports: A Canadian teen’s bizarre call to police on Tuesday to report that the fake ID they ordered online never arrived has authorities stepping up efforts to warn of potential identity theft scams. Const. Ed Sanchuk, of the Ontario Provincial Police, West Region, shared in a video message Wednesday that an unnamed...

BitPyLock Ransomware Now Joins the Ranks of Those Threatening to Publish Stolen Data

As I anticipated, it is only getting worse.  Now Lawrence Abrams reports: A new ransomware called BitPyLock has quickly gone from targeting individual workstations to trying to compromise networks and stealing files before encrypting devices. BitPyLock was first discovered by MalwareHunterTeam on January 9th, 2020 and has since seen a trickle of new victims daily. What...