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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. Cyber Criminals Impersonate CBI and IB Officials: KP
Kolkata Police warned citizens about scammers extorting money by sending fake CBI and IB notices accusing them of viewing child pornography online. No FIRs have been filed yet, but reports are being received. Scammers are also using warning pop-ups. Citizens are urged to report such cases.

2. Cyber Scammers Defraud Army Veteran of Rs 3.1 Crore, Threaten Money Laundering Charges
An Army veteran was defrauded of Rs 3.1 crore by scammers posing as TRAI and police officers, threatening him with false charges of money laundering, harassment, and national security issues. The veteran registered an FIR in Pune, prompting a police investigation. The Department of Telecommunications warned citizens against such fake calls.

3. Individual Avoids Falling Victim to Cyber Scam
A 28-year-old Hyderabad man avoided a cyber scam by recognizing the fraud and refusing to comply. The scam involved an automated call from a supposed DHL representative about a rejected parcel containing MDMA. When the scammer demanded Rs 15,36,000, the man reported the incident to cybercrime police.

4. UGC-NET Cancelled, Impacting Over 9 Lakh Students
The National Testing Agency (NTA) cancelled the UGC-NET 2024 exams due to potential integrity issues, based on inputs from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre. The Ministry of Education announced a new exam will be scheduled, and the case is now under CBI investigation. This follows a similar NEET UG 2024 controversy.

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5. ED Conducts Raids in West Bengal Related to Cyber Fraud Case
The Enforcement Directorate conducted searches in multiple locations across West Bengal, including properties in Belgharia and Salkia, as part of a Delhi cyber fraud investigation. The raids targeted businessman Ramesh Prasad and Manoj Dubey’s residence, with the ED seeking Suraj Dubey, the owner of the implicated cyber company.


6. U.S. Prohibits Kaspersky Software, Citing Security Concerns
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s BIS banned Kaspersky Lab’s U.S. subsidiary from offering its security software due to national security risks linked to its Russian ties. The ban, effective July 20, 2024, also targets affiliates. Existing customers have until September 29 to find replacements. Kaspersky disputes the decision.

7. Global Police Join Forces in Largest Operation to Combat Hackers, But Cybercrime Remains Difficult to Eradicate
In “Operation Endgame,” global law enforcement agencies dismantled major cybercriminal infrastructure, arresting four people and seizing over 2,000 domains. The operation targeted ransomware networks, disrupting criminal activities. Experts emphasize the significance of this step but stress the need for continued international cooperation to effectively combat cybercrime.

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8. UN Alerts to Rise in Global Malicious Cyber Activities
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council of increasing sophisticated cyber threats from state and non-state actors, including AI and quantum computing risks. The U.S. highlighted Russia’s role as a haven for ransomware hackers, while Russia denied such allegations. The council stressed the need for more meetings to address these evolving cyber threats.

9. French Diplomatic Organizations Hit by Cyber Attacks Linked to Russia
French cybersecurity agency ANSSI identified state-sponsored Russian actors, including Nobelium (Midnight Blizzard), targeting French diplomatic entities via phishing campaigns and exploiting security vulnerabilities. The attacks, linked to SVR and others, aim at espionage, leveraging compromised email accounts and exploiting software flaws. The incidents underscore ongoing cyber threats posed by Russian-affiliated groups.

10. Cyber Resilience Firm Semperis Secures $125M for Enterprise Identity Protection Expansion
Semperis Ltd., a cybersecurity startup, secured $125 million in growth financing to enhance product innovation and expand its global customer base. Specializing in Active Directory and Azure AD protection, Semperis offers threat detection, disaster recovery, and privileged access management solutions. The funding was led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Hercules Capital Inc., supporting its strategic growth initiatives.


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