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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. Dwarka Resident Loses 1 Million Rupees to Online Fraud
Rekha Sharma, a Dwarka resident, was defrauded of over Rs 10 lakh by two men posing as women offering a job on a fake movie-ticketing website. The scammers, Mohit Sharma and Smarth Dabar from Rohini, tricked her into depositing money for compensation, ultimately stealing Rs 10,30,849 before ceasing contact.

2. Not Sharing OTP Still Leaves Cybersecurity Vulnerable
Kolkata’s cyber cells are launching ‘cyber snippet series’ to raise awareness about modern cybercrimes, emphasizing that not sharing OTPs alone isn’t enough for safety. These sessions will highlight how even minor online activities, like uploading a photo, can lead to extortion. The initiative addresses the need for comprehensive digital security awareness.

3. BSNL Cyber Breach: SIM Data Exposure Sparks Privacy Issues
A cyber-attack on BSNL exposed 140 GB of sensitive telecom data, including IMSI and SIM details, risking millions of subscribers. The breach, executed by ‘kiberphant0m’, revealed vulnerabilities in BSNL’s systems and threatens national security by enabling SIM cloning, illegal surveillance, and potential attacks on other critical infrastructure.

4. Jamtara Police Urge ED to Investigate 22 Infamous Cybercriminals’ Assets
Jamtara police have requested the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the properties of 22 cybercriminals who have quickly amassed significant wealth. Recent raids revealed luxurious homes and cars owned by these offenders. Five cybercriminals were recently arrested, with authorities seizing mobiles, SIM cards, bank documents, and IDs.

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5. Naga Students’ Union Punjab Releases Advisory on Cyber Crime and Scam Call Centers; Recommends Registration with Union
In response to rising cybercrime and scam call centers in Punjab, the Naga Students’ Union Punjab (NSUP) issued an advisory urging Naga youths to exercise caution online. They warned against involvement in illicit activities and advised prompt registration with NSUP for legal support, emphasizing proactive measures against cyber threats.


6. Could cyberattacks in the US Disrupt Drinking Water Supplies?
Recent cyber-attacks on the US water infrastructure by Russia, China, and Iran have exposed cybersecurity gaps, causing public concern. Targeting weak passwords and unsecured networks, these attacks risk water contamination and floods. Though they can’t stop water supply directly, they can force shutdowns to address contamination issues, impacting public confidence.

7. Arkansas’s Evolve Bank Confirms Cyber Attack and Data Breach
Evolve Bank and Trust confirmed a cyberattack resulting in customer data being leaked on the dark web. They’ve engaged law enforcement and are offering affected customers free credit monitoring. The cybercrime group Lockbit 3.0 claimed responsibility. The U.S. Federal Reserve previously ordered Evolve to enhance its risk management programs.

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8. EU Conducts a Cybersecurity cybersecurity exercise focusing on the Sector
The European Commission participated in the ‘Cyber Europe’ exercise to strengthen cybersecurity in the energy sector. With 30 national agencies and over 1,000 experts, the exercise tested Europe’s readiness against large-scale cyber-attacks. Emphasizing proactive measures, officials highlighted the importance of preparedness to safeguard critical infrastructure and citizens’ daily lives.

9. Indonesia Rejects $8M Ransom Demand in Data Center Cyberattack
A hacking group demanded an $8 million ransom after attacking Indonesia’s national data center, affecting over 200 institutions, including immigration services. The government refused to pay, migrating data to third-party centers. The attack, a Brain Cipher variant of LockBit 3.0, exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s cyber infrastructure and backup systems.

10. Hidden Cyber Threats Found in Android Applications
Recent reports highlight Android apps like Instagram and WhatsApp being exploited by the Rafel RAT, posing serious security threats. This tool masquerades as legitimate apps to steal data, control devices, and perform intrusive actions like recording audio and accessing cameras. Users are urged to update security software, avoid unknown app sources, and monitor devices closely to prevent such cyber threats.

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