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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. 137 Indians Detained in Sri Lanka for Online Fraud; 158 Mobile Devices Confiscated
Sri Lankan police arrested 137 Indian nationals involved in a large-scale online financial scam, seizing 158 mobile phones, 16 laptops, and 60 desktop computers. The suspects, all male, were detained in multiple raids following a complaint. The scam involved coercing victims into making deposits via WhatsApp groups.

2. Ayurvedic Doctor Loses Rs 8L to Online Scammers
In Surat, an Ayurveda doctor lost Rs 8.04 lakh to cyber crooks who lured her via Instagram with promises of high returns on stock investments. She transferred money through an app, only to be scammed further. Realizing the fraud, she contacted the cyber helpline and filed a complaint.

3. Kerala Police Chief Appeals to RBI and MHA to Address Cyber Crimes
In response to rising digital financial crimes, Kerala’s Police Chief urged the RBI and MHA to restrict foreign access to Indian bank current accounts, limit devices used for transactions, and implement credibility scores for accounts. The measures aim to curb fraud, particularly scams originating from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

4. Lecturer Held Digitally for 6 Days
A Junagadh college lecturer, Amitabh Mapdar, lost Rs 14 lakh to cyber crooks posing as Mumbai customs and crime branch officials. The fraudsters accused him of drug trafficking, coerced him and his wife into six days of digital confinement via Zoom, and convinced him to transfer funds for supposed verification.

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5. Techie Loses Rs 18 Lakh in Parcel Scam, Recovered in 11 Minutes by Alert Constable on NCRP Portal
A Hyderabad Cyber Crime police constable saved Rs 18 lakh in 11 minutes, blocking a fraudulent transaction in a parcel scam. The victim, a 31-year-old techie, was deceived into transferring funds by scammers posing as FedEx and Mumbai Cyber Crime officials. The constable alerted both banks, stopping the scam.


6. Australia: Man Arrested for Cyber Crime via Fake Wi-Fi Networks
Australian authorities prosecuted a 42-year-old man for setting up fake Wi-Fi networks on domestic flights and at airports to steal personal data. The man used “evil twin” networks to redirect users to bogus websites, capturing their credentials. Authorities urge caution when using public Wi-Fi and recommend disabling automatic connections.

7. Anti-Terror Agency Raids Laos in Human Trafficking and Online Fraud Cases
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided locations targeting suspects involved in a Laos human trafficking and cyber fraud case. The raids, linked to Balwant alias Bobby Kataria, resulted in the seizure of incriminating materials. Victims were lured with job promises and forced to work in fake call centers in Laos.

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8. Shoe Zone Experiences Cyber Attack
Footwear retailer Shoe Zone experienced unauthorized access to its online systems and data. The company enacted IT security protocols, hired third-party consultants to investigate, and implemented an incident response plan. Despite the breach, Shoe Zone’s website remains operational, and they do not anticipate any financial impact. Affected individuals will be notified accordingly.

9. The cybersecurity workforce expands by 15% in Large Organizations as Security Takes Priority
In 2024, large organizations strengthened their cyber workforce, with one cybersecurity expert per 1086 employees, a 15% increase from 2023, per Wavestone’s report. Financial businesses lead with one expert per 267 employees. Cyber maturity stabilized at 53%, driven by resilience against ransomware, with cybersecurity budgets averaging 6.6% of IT budgets.

10. Evolve Bank Confirms Cyber Attack and Data Breach
Evolve Bank & Trust, based in Arkansas, is investigating a cybersecurity breach where a “known cybercriminal organization” accessed and released personal information of customers and financial partners onto the dark web. Despite this, retail banking services remain secure. The bank is cooperating with law enforcement and assuring affected parties will be informed and supported.

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