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Daily cyber crime news by FCRF

Important global cybercrime news has been curated by Futurecrime Researchers to keep you informed about various types of digital fraud occurring worldwide and to provide insights into the best mitigation strategies. Read below to learn more in detail.

1. Golden hour assistance helps 4,000 cyber scam victims reclaim funds
A 30-year-old software developer from Nizamabad recovered Rs 6 lakh of the Rs 15 lakh lost in an investment scam through Lok Adalat, aided by the Telangana Cyber Security Bureau (TGCSB) and Telangana Government Legal Services Authority (TGLSA). Telangana’s cybercrime refund process, with a helpline (1930), has helped over 4,000 victims.

2. Retired chemical engineer scammed out of Rs 81 lakh by fraudsters impersonating ‘CBI chief’
A 68-year-old retired engineer lost Rs 81 lakh to cyber fraudsters posing as Mumbai CBI officials. They threatened arrest and asset freezes over fake complaints, convincing him to transfer money as “security deposits.” Realizing the scam, he reported it to Pimpri Chinchwad police. Similar frauds have targeted others with varied pretexts.

3. Jharkhand Police apprehend individual working for Chinese company linked to cybercrime
Jharkhand Cyber Crime Police and CID arrested Farahdur Rehman, an Indian agent for Chinese cyber criminals, in Assam. Rehman, involved in fraud for five years, supplied bank and personal details to Chinese criminals, aiding in defrauding an NRI woman of ₹29 lakh. He will face further investigation to dismantle the network.

4. Cyber criminals impersonate DSP, defraud ex-sarpanch of Rs 95k, and get caught
In Gurgaon, two men, Akeel and Khalid, were arrested for cheating ex-sarpanch Dilbagh out of Rs 95,000 by posing as DSP Shamsher on WhatsApp. Using the DSP’s display picture, they requested money for a “personal emergency.” Suspicion arose when they asked for more, leading to their arrest.

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5. Indian cyber agency uncovers multiple vulnerabilities in Google Chrome and SAP products
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has warned of vulnerabilities in Google Chrome and SAP products that could enable attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause denial of service. Users are advised to update their software to mitigate these risks.


6. UAE Police bust international cyber fraud gang and seize Dh3 million in Sharjah
Sharjah Police arrested five individuals involved in a sophisticated cyber fraud scheme, seizing over Dh3 million linked to 11 anonymous reports. The operation disrupted transnational cybercrime activities using the “173” method, highlighting the importance of public vigilance and international cooperation in combating digital fraud.

7. Inside scoop: ICC investigates cyberattacks in Ukraine as potential war crimes
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating alleged Russian cyberattacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as possible war crimes. These attacks disrupted essential services, endangering lives. The ICC’s probe, in collaboration with Ukrainian authorities, includes incidents dating back to 2015 and targets groups like Sandworm. This investigation could set a legal precedent.

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8. Privacy concerns raised over Google’s Privacy Sandbox by Austrian non-profit
Austrian privacy non-profit noyb has accused Google’s Privacy Sandbox of still tracking users by first-party methods despite claims of improved privacy. Noyb alleges Google misleads users into consenting to this tracking and violates data protection laws. Google contends Privacy Sandbox offers better privacy than current technologies.

9. UK elections serve as ‘test case’ for election security amidst surge in cyber crimes
The UK general elections on July 4 face increased cyber threats from state actors like China and Russia. Misinformation, data leaks, and attacks on individuals are primary concerns. Experts warn about deepfakes and traditional cyber-attacks, viewing this election as a “guinea pig” for poll security measures.

10.TAG Heuer fined for data breach affecting South Korean customers
TAG Heuer, owned by LVMH, was fined for a data breach exposing data of 2,900 South Korean customers during a cyberattack on its renovated website. The breach, noticed after a hacker’s blackmail in 2023, led to penalties totaling approximately USD 96,350 for delayed reporting and data security lapses, setting a precedent in South Korea.

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