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UK teen made 48 BTC with Google ad promoting his scam site

UK teen made 48 BTC with Google ad promoting his scam site

A "sophisticated" teenager has had £2.1m ($2.88m) in cryptocurrency confiscated after he set up a phishing site and advertised it on Google, duping consumers into handing over gift voucher redemption codes. The schoolboy set up a website impersonating gift voucher site Love2Shop. Having done that he then bought Google ads which resulted in his fake site appearing above the real one in search results, Lincoln Crown Court was told. Crown prosecutor Sam Skinner told Her Honour Judge Catarina Sjölin Knight that the boy, whose identity is protected by a court order, harvested £6,500 worth of...

Oct 27
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Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are stealing browser session cookies and Monero cryptocurrency wallets from tightwads who install the pirated software, Bitdefender has warned.As many Reg readers will no doubt be aware, cracked software is a legitimate application that has had its registration or licensing features removed. Often distributed through BitTorrent in the days of yore, cracked software (also known as warez) appeal mainly to freeloaders who are happy to use a particular suite without paying for a licence.With Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop being two of...

Apr 13
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Deloitte settled HPE's Autonomy lawsuit for $45m back in 2016 and agreed to cooperate with US DoJ

Deloitte settled HPE's Autonomy lawsuit for $45m back in 2016 and agreed to cooperate with US DoJ

Hewlett Packard Enterprise settled its potential lawsuit against Autonomy auditors Deloitte for $45m in 2016, The Register can reveal – shedding new light on how the $5bn lawsuit against former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch and ex-CFO Sushovan Hussain came about.The amount of the settlement is less than 1 per cent of the $5bn for which .Although HPE and Deloitte signed a confidentiality agreement over the $45m, its main details were hiding in plain sight inside the last ever accounts filed by Autonomy Corporation Ltd (ACL) before it was merged away into HPE's corporate structure, becoming known...

Mar 29
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EA Games' Origin client contained privilege escalation vuln that anyone with user-grade access could exploit

EA Games' Origin client contained privilege escalation vuln that anyone with user-grade access could exploit

A British infosec outfit spotted a privilege escalation vulnerability in EA Games’ Origin client after discovering the software was hunting for an absent DLL file when users opened it.Nettitude found the priv-esc after researcher Tom Wilson fired up Origin and ran Process Monitor () over it to see what Origin was calling when it ran.As Nettitude's Rob Bone told The Register: “The crux is Origin itself tries to load a binary from a path that doesn’t exist. It’s most likely that it does exist under dev boxes but was not trimmed from the final polished product.”Directly affected was Origin’s...

November 10, 2020
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Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College

Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College

The criminals who took out Scotland's Dundee and Angus College made a ransom demand that precisely added up to the contents of its bank account – and that was no accident, its principal has said.In a postmortem interview with academic IT nonprofit Jisc, Simon Hewitt lifted the lid on the 31 January ransomware attack, which and saw the college's entire IT estate almost completely wiped."The cyber attackers had managed to get access to our bank account and knew how much money we had in it, which was the budget for the whole year. They demanded a ransom of exactly that amount, which we were...

November 6, 2020
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Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

CopyExperian has been rapped over the knuckles by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after it discovered the credit reference agency was trading "millions" of people's data for marketing purposes.Instead of issuing a monetary fine, however, the data regulator wrapped up a two-year probe yesterday by merely insisting Experian tweaks its online privacy policies and informs consumers it acquired data about them."The ICO found that significant 'invisible' processing took place, likely affecting millions of adults in the UK. It is 'invisible' because the individual is not aware...

October 28, 2020
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British Airways fined £20m for Magecart hack that exposed 400k folks' credit card details to crooks

British Airways fined £20m for Magecart hack that exposed 400k folks' credit card details to crooks

CopyBritish Airways is to pay a £20m data protection fine after its 2018 Magecart hack – even though the Information Commissioner’s Office discovered the airline had been saving credit card details in plain text since 2015.The fine, announced this morning by the UK's data watchdog, is almost exactly at the reduced £19.8m level that BA parent company the International Airlines Group had .“The failures are especially serious in circumstances where it is unclear whether or when BA itself would ever have detected the breach,” thundered the ICO today. It also condemned BA’s claims during fine...

October 16, 2020
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Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

CopyThe British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) has told American aviation regulators that the Boeing 737 Max needs better fixes for its infamous software, warning that a plane crash which killed could happen again.Airlines, in contrast, are broadly happy with proposed changes to the Boeing 737 Max, even as trade unions bellow at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that more needs to be done.In submitted to the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), BALPA warned that one of the proposed workarounds for a future MCAS failure could lead to a repeat of .MCAS – Manoeuvring...

September 23, 2020
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Financial Reporting Council slaps Autonomy auditor Deloitte with £15m fine over audit 'misconduct'

Financial Reporting Council slaps Autonomy auditor Deloitte with £15m fine over audit 'misconduct'

CopyDeloitte has been fined £15m by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for “serious and serial failures” in its auditing of British software company Autonomy prior to the latter’s acquisition by HP for $11bn.The FRC not only fined the audit company £15m but also penalised senior audit partner Richard Knights half a million pounds, suspending him from membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales for five years. He had worked on Autonomy’s accounts between 2005 and 2010.Knights’ fellow auditor, Nigel Mercer, who took over from Knights in 2010 as “audit...

September 17, 2020
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