Cyber Crime Toolkits Go On Sale
The Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity (IECC) recently launched two, all-new, FREE-to-download toolkits, both of which are designed to provide organizations with more of the necessary cybersecurity resources for protecting themselves, as well as their critical systems and the people they serve throughout the Hoosier State.
Cyber Crime Toolkits Go On Sale
Cybercriminals are primarily financially motivated and vary widely in sophistication. Organized crime groups often have planning and support functions in addition to specialized technical capabilities that can affect a large number of victims. Illegal online markets for cyber tools and services have made cybercrime more accessible and allowed cybercriminals to conduct more complex and sophisticated campaigns.
Canadians put significant amounts of personal information online and depend on Internet-connected devices for communication, finances, entertainment, comfort, and safety. As this information moves online, it becomes vulnerable to cyber threat actors. Cyber threat actors also steal financial, medical, and other personal information to sell online or use in cybercrimes. Large corporate data breaches impact millions of customers and reveal personal information that can be used in follow-on crimes.
Canadians are targeted by online fraud schemes. Cyber threat actors keep scams relevant and appealing by associating their cyber fraud operations with current events. Elections, tax season, and trending news stories have all been used as a backdrop for cybercrime.
Auditing credential exposure is critical in preventing ransomware attacks and cybercrime in general. BloodHound is a tool that was originally designed to provide network defenders with insight into the number of administrators in their environment. It can also be a powerful tool in reducing privileges tied to administrative account and understanding your credential exposure. IT security teams and SOCs can work together with the authorized use of this tool to enable the reduction of exposed credentials. Any teams deploying BloodHound should monitor it carefully for malicious use. They can also use this detection guidance to watch for malicious use.
The report suggests it's easier than ever for teenagers as young as 13 or 14 to become involved in hacking and cybercrime -- and the doorway for many opens with involvement in online forums based around building modifications and cheats for online video games, where the motivation initially is just boosting their reputation.
The report also notes that many of the youngsters who become involved in cybercrime may not actually understand that what they're doing is in fact illegal. Indeed, one member of a hacking collective which sold DDoS tools and botnet services told police that a warning from law enforcement would have made him stop.
The report is based on interviews with young cybercriminals about how and why they got into cybercrime. One individual jailed for Computer Misuse Act and fraud offences and identified only as Subject 7 told police how "it made me popular, I enjoyed the feeling... I looked up to those users with the best reputations" indicating how hierarchy and a yearning for popularity or respect from senior members of online communities can easily become motives for criminal activity -- especially for teenagers with poor offline social skills.
BlackLotus, a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware rootkit used to backdoor Windows machines, is one such newly discovered tool. Lozhkin said it appeared for sale with a $5,000 price tag on the cybercrime scene earlier this month.
Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of an incident. Keep Reading
Digital forensic specialists play an important role in the process of investigation of cybercrimes. Mostly, they deal with the retrieval of data that was encrypted, deleted, or hidden. The tasks also include ensuring the integrity of the information that is to be used in court. At different stages of the investigation, computer forensics analysts may take part in interrogating suspects, victims, and witnesses. They also help prepare evidence to be represented in court.
This type of digital forensics is also called live acquisition. It retrieves the data from RAM. The recent development in cybercrime technology enables hackers to leave no traces on hard drives. In such cases, memory forensics helps to track down the attack.
With a high rate of cyber crimes and sophisticated types of fraud, biometrics becomes a necessity. The article Biometrics in Forensic Identification: Applications and Challenges, published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine, discusses possible ways biometrics can be used in digital forensics. In particular, the paper names the benefits of using biometric aspects like fingerprints and palm prints, facial and voice recognition, handwriting, odor, keystroke biometrics, iris scans, and DNA analysis. Read more about biometric types here.
The number of cybercrimes increases every year. They may cause tremendous damage. And investigation of these crimes requires special training and skills. Digital forensics experts also work in the private sector's cybersecurity teams to prevent cybercrimes.
Digital forensics specialists prevent possible cybercrimes to ensure cybersecurity in the private sector, or they are involved in investigations of the crimes already committed. In the latter case, they work closely with law enforcement and governmental agencies.
The proposal also targets tools used to commit offences: the production or sale of devices such as computer programs designed for cyber-attacks, or which find a computer password by which an information system can be accessed, would constitute criminal offences.
A crime prevented is far better than a crime prosecuted. The Global Cyber Alliance crosses borders and sectors in an effort to map, understand, and thwart cybercrime, with no profit motive attached, and no goal other than the prevention of future crimes. Together, we are inaugurating a new, better, international approach to fighting this global problem.
With the growing Internet security threats, employers now seek skilled and certified ethical hackers by taking up courses like the Certified Ethical Hacking Course to prevent fraudulent crimes and identity thefts. End users have always been the weakest links using which cybercriminals crack even highly sophisticated defenses. The recent past has witnessed several large businesses announcing major security breaches. Ethical hacking tools help companies identify possible shortcomings in internet security and prevent data breaches. Get started to upskill yourself now!
Authored by Sean O\'Connor, Will Thomas & Trevor Giffen, the new FOR589: Cybercrime Intelligence course will teach you how to hunt for threat intelligence within the cybercriminal underground using Human Intelligence (HUMINT) elicitation techniques and blockchain analytics tools to trace criminal cryptocurrency transactions. Following the completion of the course, each student will be prepared to social engineer cybercriminals, produce dark web intelligence, provide unique intelligence support to incident response cases, extract cryptocurrency artifacts from mobile and computer devices, negotiate with ransomware operators on behalf of a client, support Law Enforcement partners with attribution efforts, and investigate Anti-Money Laundering (AML) cases involving cryptocurrency transactions on and off the Blockchain.
Will Thomas is currently working as a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Researcher for the Equinix Threat Analysis Center. In addition to his work at Equinix, he is a SANS instructor and c-author of the SANS FOR589 course: Cybercrime Intelligence. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree (Hons) in Computer and Information Security from the University of Plymouth. William chose cybersecurity not only because he enjoys puzzles, challenges, and investigations, but also because it is a crucial part of modern technology that continues to be overlooked despite the severe consequences and precedence of doing so. In addition to being a SANS instructor and working in the field, he also works in the professional community as the co-founder of the Curated Intelligence community and volunteered as an OSINT analyst for the National Child Protection Task Force.
This significant event is exemplary of the type of underground forum activity that the SANS FOR589: Cybercrime Intelligence course will cover, and this blog highlights key aspects of how FOR589 will teach students to generate actionable intelligence via monitoring the cybercriminal underground. This includes:
A version of Brute Ratel was uploaded to VirusTotal at 19:59:20 UTC on 13 September 2022, via an archive file called "bruteratel_1.2.2.Scandinavian_Defense.tar.gz". Chetan Nayak confirmed\nthis file contains a valid copy of BRC4 version 1.2.2/5. It was then cracked and was floating around private Telegram groups until it made its way to the mainstream cybercrime forums.
This cracked version has since been distributed across the popular cybercrime forums where data brokers, malware developers, initial access brokers, and ransomware affiliates all reside. This includes BreachForums, CryptBB, RAMP, Exploit[.]in, and XSS[.]is (aka DaMaGeLaB), as well as other communities on Discord and Telegram.
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis GCFE: All organizations must prepare for cybercrime occurring on computer systems and within corporate networks. Demand has never been greater for analysts who can investigate crimes such as fraud, insider threats, industrial espionage, employee misuse, and computer intrusions.
A cybercrime is a crime that involves a computer or a computer network. The computer may have been used in committing the crime, or it may be the target. Cybercrime may harm someone's security or finances.