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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. How India faced a cyber onslaught from international hacker groups during Lok Sabha elections
India’s recent parliamentary elections, spanning April 19 to June 1, saw significant cyber threats aimed at destabilizing the process. Malicious online activities targeted the electoral system. A recent report by OpenAI highlighted their efforts to prevent covert cyber operations during the elections.

2. Cyber Police Kashmir warns against spreading inflammatory content
Cyber Police Kashmir has warned social media users against sharing provocative or inappropriate content to maintain cyber hygiene and a safe online environment. Emphasizing legal consequences for violations, the statement highlights the importance of responsible online behavior and compliance with cyber regulations to preserve digital integrity.

3. Nimisha Sajayan limits comments on Instagram and experiences cyber attack as Suresh Gopi secures Thrissur LS seat
Actress Nimisha Sajayan is facing cyber attacks and has restricted Instagram comments following Suresh Gopi’s Lok Sabha election win in Thrissur. Right-wing activists criticized her for a past remark made during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which resurfaced after Gopi’s victory

4. Maharashtra: 67-year-old Jalgaon businessman scammed out of Rs 19.20 lakh in a digital arrest fraud, case registered
A 67-year-old Jalgaon businessman was scammed out of Rs 19.20 lakh by fraudsters impersonating police officers. They convinced him he was under investigation for money laundering, using fake Enforcement Directorate documents and staged video calls, and coerced him into making multiple online payments between May 2 and May 18.

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A 23-year-old software engineer loses Rs 5.76 lakh in investment scam
A 23-year-old software engineer from Hyderabad lost Rs 5.76 lakh in a scam after joining a WhatsApp group and downloading a fake investment app, lured by promises of high stock market returns. The scam, involving impersonation of ICICI Securities’ Rajiv Ambani, also affected victims in Bengaluru. Cyberabad Cyber cybercrime police are investigating.


6. Celebrity TikTok accounts hacked through zero-click attack via direct messages
TikTok acknowledged a zero-click security flaw that let malware take over high-profile accounts via direct messages. The company has taken measures to prevent future attacks and restore affected accounts. This incident follows previous TikTok security issues, leading to concerns and partial bans in several countries due to potential data and propaganda risks.

7. Hackers use MS Excel macro to execute multi-stage malware attack in Ukraine
A sophisticated cyber attack targets Ukrainian endpoints using an Excel file with a VBA macro to deploy Cobalt Strike. The attack involves multiple evasion techniques, including location-based checks and obfuscation, to deliver malware via a DLL-based downloader. The final payload establishes communication with a command-and-control server.

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8. A Russian cyber gang is suspected of a ransomware attack on London hospitals
A Russian cyber gang, likely Qilin, conducted a ransomware attack on Synnovis, disrupting several London hospitals and canceling operations and appointments. The attack, described as “seriously disruptive,” affected services like blood transfusions. This incident highlights the growing threat of ransomware, which paralyzes systems until a ransom is paid.

9. US man falls for woman he met on LinkedIn and loses Rs 6 crore in pig butchering scam
Online scams, especially “pig butchering,” are on the rise globally, exploiting emotions to deceive victims. A 75-year-old American man lost Rs 6 crore to a scammer posing as a wealthy trader he met on LinkedIn. The scam involved a fake investment platform, resulting in significant financial and emotional loss.

10. Hackers misuse Amazon, Google & IBM cloud services to steal customer data
Criminals exploit cloud storage services to host phishing websites for SMS scams, using static website hosting features to store malicious HTML files. The technique involves sending SMS with links to seemingly legitimate cloud-hosted websites, which redirect users to fraudulent sites aiming to steal personal and financial information.

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