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1: NIA Charges Five in International Human Trafficking and Cyber Fraud Case

The NIA has charged five individuals in a major human trafficking and cyber fraud case involving Indian youths coerced into fraudulent call centers in Laos. The accused used severe control tactics, including threats and abuse, to maintain compliance. Southeast Asian countries like Laos and Cambodia have emerged as significant hubs for such cyber frauds, causing substantial financial losses in India.

2: Cybercriminals Impersonate Officials to Steal Rs 1.3 Crore from Noida Woman

A 73-year-old woman from Noida was scammed out of Rs 1.3 crore by cyber criminals posing as FedEx employees and police officials, who convinced her that her name was linked to drug and money laundering cases. She transferred the money to clear her name. Realizing the fraud, she filed a complaint with the Noida cyber crime police.

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3: ED Arrests Software Engineer in Belgharia for Cyber Fraud

The ED arrested software engineer Ramesh Prasad Barnwal and Md Hussain in Belgharia for a cyber fraud involving an Irish national, who was cheated of Euro 950. The suspects were taken to Patna after court proceedings in Kolkata. The investigation, which began from a 2021 complaint, also involves the Patna-based Leconix Business Center.

4:Investment Fraud Cases Surge by 700% in Mumbai

Mumbai has seen a 700% surge in investment fraud cases from January to May this year compared to last year. Out of 355 cases registered, 76 were detected and 91 arrests made. Scammers lure victims through social media and WhatsApp, using bogus trading apps to deceive them into transferring money to multiple bank accounts.

5: A 52-year-old Mumbai doctor lost Rs 65.8 lakh in a WhatsApp stock trading scam

A Mumbai doctor lost Rs 65.8 lakh to cyber fraud after being added to a WhatsApp group promising high stock market returns. The fraudsters, using fake documents and a bogus app, lured him with promises of substantial profits. When the doctor couldn’t withdraw his money, he realized the scam and filed a police complaint. The police suspect a well-organized gang.



6: Cybercriminals Publish 400GB of Patient Data After London Hospital Attack

A ransomware attack on Synnovis disrupted blood test services at major London hospitals, with cyber gang Qilin publishing 400GB of stolen data. The data includes patient and financial information, and investigations are ongoing by the NHS and other agencies. Synnovis remains unable to process most blood tests, severely impacting hospital operations.

7: Cyberattacks Cripple CDK Global, Disrupting 15,000 U.S. Car Dealerships

CDK Global, serving 15,000 U.S. car dealerships, faced a third-day shutdown due to cyberattacks, forcing dealerships to use manual methods for transactions. After a brief restoration, a second attack caused another shutdown. CDK warned of phishing attempts targeting customers. The incident highlights a 78% rise in data breaches over the past year, affecting millions.

8: ExCobalt Cybercrime Gang Targets Russian Organizations with GoRed Backdoor

A new cybercrime gang, ExCobalt, targets Russian organizations across various sectors. They use a previously unknown backdoor, GoRed, for espionage. ExCobalt shares links to the Cobalt Gang and employs sophisticated techniques. Their adaptability and evolving toolset pose a serious threat to Russian cybersecurity.

9: U.S. Sanctions 12 Senior Kaspersky Executives Amid Cybersecurity Concerns

The U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned 12 senior executives of Kaspersky Lab, following a ban by the Commerce Department. The sanctions aim to protect the U.S. cyber domain. The company and its CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, are not included in the sanctions. The ban on Kaspersky’s services in the U.S. begins on July 20, 2024, due to national security concerns.

10: Chinese Espionage Group SneakyChef Targets Global Government Entities with SugarGh0st Malware

SneakyChef, a Chinese-speaking cyber espionage group, has targeted government entities across Asia, EMEA, and the U.S. with SugarGh0st and SpiceRAT malware since August 2023. They use spear-phishing with government document lures and sophisticated attack techniques. The campaign’s scope has expanded, affecting sectors in Angola, India, and other countries, showcasing their persistent threat.

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