A new case from South Korea is in the latest cryptocurrency news, this time for illicitly injecting crypto mining malware into more than 6,000 computers in the country. According to the report from the Korean National Police Agency Cyber Bureau, the group consisted of five hackers led by a 24-year old named Kim Amu-gae, all in total releasing 32,435 emails containing cryptocurrency mining malware that targeted desktop users in South Korea.
Over a period of two months, the group managed to send messages containing malware to tens of thousands of job applicants, posing as employees in the company they applied for. According to the police report, the hackers obtained the email addresses of job applicants in large-scale conglomerates in the tech sector.
The group is now suspected of sending emails that contained malware disguised in the form of documents and files that were sent to individuals who filed their applications on recruitment platforms.
The individuals were misled by clicking on the attachments or downloading them believing that the documents were sent by companies, while their computers got compromised with a cryptocurrency mining malware in the background.
The local police said:
“Because cyber security firms and anti-virus software operators responded quickly to the distribution of mining malware, the group of hackers were not able to generate a significant revenue from their operation. In most cases, anti-virus software detected the malware within three to seven days. If the malware was detected, the hackers sent new malware, but it was detected again by anti-virus software,”
Carried into over 6,000 actively used computers, the operation managed to only generate $1,000 in profit in total.
Ex-CEO Of Crypto Startup AriseBank Pleaded Guilty Of Defrauding Investors For $4.2 Million
“We will not tolerate flagrant deception of investors – virtual or otherwise.”This kind of a plea deal Rice agreed to with Cox is one of the first of its kinds in the US Federal Court that includes crypto companies. Rice pleaded guilty on security fraud charges after he admitted that he lied potential investors into investing hundreds of dollars. Rice was found guilty of scamming investors into buying his AriseCoin cryptocurrency which claimed to bring ‘’no-risk returns.’’ Investors placed their money right into Rice’s scam net and invested more than $4,250,000 in BTC, ETH, and LTC, into the ICO that was supposed to provide them with the AriseCoin. He also claimed that he raised $600 million in an ICO which later turned out to be false. The US Attorney’s Office stated:
“Mr. Rice quietly converted investor funds for his own personal use, spending the money on hotels, food, transportation, a family law attorney, and even a guardian ad litem – facts he failed to disclose to investors.’’AriseBank was named as the best-decentralized bank by Rice and he claimed that the crypto bank will provide the customers ‘’FDIC-insured accounts and transactions’’ which the United States Securities and Exchange Commission turned out to be false. He also claimed that his bank supports Visa card payments and that the platform supports hundreds of virtual currencies. AriseBank was not authorized for providing banking services in the state of Texas. Rice is now obliged to repay the investors who lost their money and he is also facing twenty years in prison if he gets sentenced in July. Initially, he was facing up to 120 years in federal prison.
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Boston Legal System Damaged After BTC Ransomware Attack
“CPCS’s computer systems have been attacked and are not working properly. We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.”Initially, the attack happened on February 27. The organization believed that paying the ransom means a waste of money so they decided to restore the systems manually. Two weeks after, the entire justice system in Boston can feel the damaging effects. The agency cannot really say how long the delay will last or when they will get back online. In the meantime, people working in the agency cannot use their email or enter the agency’s website. Ransomware attacks became popular in 2015. The attackers mainly targeted police agencies that end up paying the ransom. The public infrastructure is always a target of ransomware attackers since the offer public services and cannot end up being crippled because the people are the ones who pay the higher price. The public defenders didn’t say how much money the attackers demanded. However, the cost to unlock a computer could start from $100 up to thousands of dollars. The attackers usually target victims individually but law enforcement agencies or other government agencies are not excluded. Last year, a couple of Dutch hackers were sentenced to community service after attacking more than 1,000 computer systems and gathering over $11,000.
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