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9 months ago

The Blogger Who Broke News of the Target Cyberattack | Nation
Society & Culture  (tags: malware, spam, cyberheists, Target, creditcardfraud, identitytheft, cybercriminals, darkweb, frauds )
Solida  - seattletimes.com

His widely read cybersecurity blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals, many based in Eastern Europe, who make billions off pharmaceutical sales, malware, spam, frauds and heists like Target

Please Note!
9 months ago

In the past year, Eastern European cybercriminals have stolen Brian Krebs’ identity a half-dozen times, brought down his website, included his name and some unpleasant epithets in their malware code, sent fecal matter and heroin to his doorstep, and called a SWAT team to his home just as his mother was arriving for dinner.
“I can’t imagine what my neighbors think of me,” he said dryly.
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Krebs, 41, tries to write pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. His widely read cybersecurity blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals, many based in Eastern Europe, who make billions off pharmaceutical sales, malware, spam, frauds and heists like the recent ones that Krebs was first to uncover at Adobe, Target and Neiman Marcus.
He covers this niche with much the same tenacity of his subjects, earning him their respect and occasional ire.
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Krebs — a former reporter at The Washington Post who taught himself to read Russian while jogging on his treadmill and who blogs with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side — is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cybercriminals. Many call him regularly, leak him documents about their rivals, and try to bribe and threaten him to keep their names and dealings off his blog.
Few have done more to shed light on the digital underground than Krebs.
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His obsession with hackers kicked in when he was just another victim. In 2001, a computer worm — a malicious software program that can spread quickly — locked him out of his home computer.
He started looking into it. And he kept looking, learning about spam, computer worms and the underground industry behind it. Eventually, his anger and curiosity turned into a full-time beat at The Post and then on his own blog.
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Today, he maintains extensive files on criminal syndicates and their tools. Some security experts readily acknowledge that he knows more about Russia’s digital underground than they do.
“I would put him up against the best threat intelligence analyst,” said Rodney Joffe, senior vice president at Neustar, an Internet infrastructure firm. “Many of us in the industry go to him to help us understand what the Eastern European criminals are doing, how they work with each other and who is doing what to whom.”
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That proved the case in December when Krebs uncovered the Target breach leading to what could be the biggest known Internet credit-card heist.

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Please tell your friends! Don't keep this just to yourself!!!
9 months ago

May I remind everybody who reads this article -
If anybody ever answers the SPAM ADS THAT APPEAR REGULARLY ON CARE2, the ones that say "make easy money at home with your computer", featuring some cute little chickie, usually blonde and busty, who says "my roommate made $8000 in just a few hours with her computer, I couldn't believe it at first, go to this site and change your life", etc. - it'll change your life, alright!
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This is - believe it, I have it straight from Brian Krebs if you want to know!!!!! -
This is a CRIMINAL SOLICITATION OF CARE2 MEMBERS - to act as "Mules" for THESE SAME RUSSIAN CRIMINALS mentioned here. You are being recruited to MOVE STOLEN MONEY AROUND THE INTERNET - that is also called MONEY LAUNDERING.
With ONE EASY CLICK, you will be putting yourself on the WRONG SIDE OF U.S. LAW - you, the lowly "mule", will most likely get caught, and could be charged with being a "co-conspirator". You will never see a penny of your supposed "profits", as all your assets could be confiscated and frozen. Of course, the Eastern European criminals need never fear for a moment, getting caught.
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They only need to use a "mule" one time, they can then throw them away like toilet paper. So, THEY ARE ALWAYS, CONSTANTLY RECRUITING. On other sites besides Care2, of course. I've seen the IDENTICAL ADS on Youtube threads and elsewhere.
These guys have EXTREMELY SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT like nothing you could imagine! Specifically developed by their own technical people for their own nefarious purposes...
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP THEM FROM COMING BACK DAY AFTER DAY, EVERY SINGLE DAY, TO CARE2.
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Just so that you now know, THESE ARE NOT CARE2 MEMBERS OR EVEN "REAL" PEOPLE in those ads saying "my roommate.....". They are VERY SOPHISTICATED COMPUTER PROGRAMS. The pictures and the names are both STOLEN IDENTITIES, and do not belong together either! And, IF YOU SHOULD GO TO THOSE SITES, YOUR IDENTITY MAY BE STOLEN TOO. And your computer TOTALLY INFECTED.
PLEASE WARN ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!!
Especially, PLEASE WARN ANY YOUNG PEOPLE YOU KNOW, they may not know enough not to go and take the bait!!!
These Spam ads REMAIN ON CARE2 FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME - and EACH ONE IS A DEADLY TRAP.
Some of the ads ARE NEVER, EVER REMOVED AT ALL.
It is quite possible, said a rather knowledgeable person I asked today, that IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR CARE2 TO REMOVE THOSE ADS. The Computer Technology the Criminals have is THAT SOPHISTICATED!!!
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Also, I have found in some of my Groups that have been inactive for a long time - ADS FOR FREE MOVIES THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SUBJECT OF THE GROUP.
If you should download that "free movie", YOUR COMPUTER WILL BECOME INFECTED.
That is what THESE CYBERCRIMINALS DO. If it were legal, THEY WOULDN'T BE SPAMMING.
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These are NOT like "free advertising", either. This is to STEAL YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO, and anything else about you they can lay their dirty hands on!!!
PLEASE TELL ANY YOUNG PEOPLE YOU KNOW - as well as elder people who might not be sophisticated about Computers!
CARE2 HAS BECOME A MINEFIELD OF POTENTIAL TRAPS THAT ARE NEVER REMOVED AND REMAIN ACTIVE FOREVER.

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS....!!!!!
9 months ago

Most of you may know this stuff already, from my previous postings in this group, from my News Items, from my Personal Messages, etc.

[Altho some of the Info here, has been UPDATED as I learn more....]

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This is to remind you, TO PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU CAN REACH. [And on Facebook, etc., also!]

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE.

IT CAN'T BE REPEATED OFTEN ENOUGH.

I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR REPEATING IT!!!!!!!!!

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CARE2 HAS BECOME A MINEFIELD OF POTENTIAL TRAPS THAT ARE NEVER REMOVED AND REMAIN ACTIVE FOREVER.

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{Good luck talking to Feedback&Suggestions about that! I, myself, am banned from that group.....}

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