At a glance.

  • Indictment in business email compromise case.
  • Using bots to amplify extortion demands.
  • PSM’s focus on user privacy.
  • Black Friday scammers also threaten victims’ privacy.

Georgia man indicted for lucrative BEC scam. 

A resident of Atlanta was indicted for participating in a business email compromise (BEC) operation that allegedly targeted employees of various companies and organizations by sending them fake invoices demanding payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars. As SecurityWeek recounts, if submitted, the payments were sent directly to bank accounts controlled by the scammers. In some cases, the cybercriminals also stole the victims’ email credentials in order to hijack their accounts, which they then used to distribute additional fake invoices. Christian Akhatsegbe was indicted for aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire and computer fraud. Acting US Attorney Kurt R. Erskine said, “These federal charges also serve as a reminder to those perpetrating cyber and fraud schemes, whether it be from Atlanta or any corner of the globe.”

Even cybercriminals need attention.

As we noted last week, the Russian threat group Grief Gang claims to have hit the National Rifle Association (the US group more commonly referred to as the NRA) with a ransomware attack. While the NRA neither confirmed nor denied the attack, hundreds of Twitter bot accounts spread the claims all over the platform. Typically, ransomware gangs post…

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