The Biden administration released its highly anticipated national cybersecurity strategy Thursday, which is intended to provide steps it will take to protect the nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
After Jamtara, the Mewat region spread over three states – Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh – is the new ground zero of cyber scamming. The new satellite towns and villages that are spread across in the region are mounting countless scams on hapless cellphone owners across the country.
Today, the U.S. Secret Service, in partnership with the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and Baltic regional law enforcement authorities, opened a new cyber training program. The Baltic Computer Forensics Training Program (CFTP) will bring together law enforcement officers from around the Baltic region to develop new techniques to investigate and prosecute cyber criminals.
The public blowback was swift and fierce when reports came out following the 2021 Kaseya ransomware attack that the FBI had obtained a decryptor for REvil’s malware but chose to hold onto it in secret for more than three weeks before passing it along to victims.
Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Jean Pierre Njock, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that an investigation of a fraud scheme targeting vulnerable victims has resulted in the forfeiture of approximately 151 Bitcoins, as well as other digital assets.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and post-pandemic pressures, have led to increased pressure on supply chains. Business pressure to find solutions can inadvertently lead to behaviours that fall foul of laws on bribery and corruption, financial sanctions, terrorism financing (e.g. for making payment to groups for safe passage of goods in certain territories). Enhanced expectations and, in some countries, specific supply chain due diligence laws mean that such misconduct is less likely to go unnoticed.
Gary James Harmon, 31, of Cleveland, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to perpetrating a scheme to steal cryptocurrency that was pending criminal forfeiture from Harmon’s brother, now-convicted money launderer and proprietor of Grams-Helix, Larry Dean Harmon. Specifically, Harmon pleaded guilty to wire fraud and obstruction of justice for unlawfully taking more than 712 bitcoin that had been seized by law enforcement and was subject to forfeiture in the pending criminal prosecution of Larry Harmon.