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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. Bogus kidnapping calls and sextortion are the leading types of cybercrime cases
In Kolkata, cybercriminals primarily use fake kidnapping and sextortion schemes, with around 135 cases reported this year. Increased awareness has minimized losses. Complaints, which spiked early in the year, dropped by 46% due to awareness campaigns via social media, WhatsApp, and school programs. police plan to resume these campaigns post-elections.

2. woman in Pune swindled out of Rs 1.6 crore by cybercriminals posing as national security agents.
A 67-year-old Pune woman lost Rs 1.6 crore to cybercriminals posing as police and CBI officers. They threatened her with legal action, claiming her phone was involved in crimes. The scam included transferring her funds to “RBI beneficiary accounts.” She reported the fraud after confiding in her daughter.

3. Police expedite refunds for cyber fraud victim
In Prayagraj, the cybercrime cell is effectively facilitating refunds to cyber fraud victims, having returned over Rs 1.5 crore in six months. By freezing perpetrators’ accounts and following legal protocols, they ensure swift refunds. Awareness campaigns and AI-related scams, like voice cloning, are also being addressed to protect residents.

4. Senior Citizen Duped of Rs 2 Crore in Cyber Fraud Over ‘120 LSD Strips in Your Parcel Seized by Customs’
A senior citizen Pune woman lost Rs 2 crore in a cyber fraud involving criminals posing as NCB officers. They claimed her parcel contained LSD and passports, threatening arrest to extort money. The cybercrime police registered her complaint, noting over 200 similar “drugs in parcel” scams since last year.

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5. Three city residents scammed out of Rs. 40.42 lakh through cyber fraud
In Mysuru, three residents lost over Rs. 40 lakh in separate fraud incidents. L.G. Sowmya was duped by a fake stock trading scheme, Samson Rakesh Joseph by fraudsters posing as Mumbai Crime Branch officials, and Mohammed Shibli Roshan by a fraudulent stock trader. police urge caution and verification before financial transactions.


6. Japanese video-sharing platform Niconico suffers cyberattack
Niconico, a major Japanese video-sharing site, has suspended services due to a cyberattack. Parent company Kadokawa’s websites, including its e-commerce site ebten, were also affected. Kadokawa is investigating, implementing countermeasures, and cooperating with experts and police to ensure safety and address potential data leaks.

7. CarnavalHeist exploit involves weaponizing Word documents
Hackers are exploiting Word documents, employing the CarnavalHeist malware to target Brazilian users. The malware uses Portuguese and Azure hosting in Brazil. It spreads through invoice-themed emails, redirecting to fake sites to download malicious files. It employs deceptive tactics, including overlay attacks on banking websites, capturing credentials, and generating QR codes for fraudulent transactions. Cisco Talos identified ongoing activities since February 2024, with the campaign showing signs of development since late 2023.

ALSO READ: 20-Year-Old Hacker Arrested: How He Breached Telangana Police’s Security!

8. Fake Google Chrome update used as a cyberattack vector
A new fake Chrome update campaign injects malicious code into vulnerable websites, displaying deceptive pop-up messages urging users to update their browsers. Clicking the provided link redirects to malicious URLs, initiating malware downloads like SocGholish. 341 websites have been compromised, posing a significant cybersecurity threat.

9. Cleveland City Hall Shuts Down Due to Cyber Incident

Cleveland City Hall and satellite offices were closed on Monday after an unspecified cyber incident. IT staff shut down affected computer systems before attempting restoration. Emergency services remained operational, and United Way handled 3-1-1 calls. Employees retained access to cloud-based Office 365 systems.

10. AI-generated propaganda and deepfakes increasingly affect US elections
AI’s role in 2024 elections poses dual implications. Governments utilize AI for efficient voter management and education. However, threats like deepfake manipulation and biased AI systems jeopardize election integrity. Risks include inaccurate chatbot responses, biased training data, and adversarial attacks compromising voting systems. Deepfake usage intensifies, threatening democratic processes globally.

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