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Interview with the ‘Vampire’: Is Eurasian Hacker Rap a New Front in Cyber-Threat SIGINT Collection?
While cyber-threat intelligence organizations like Intel471 and “dark web ninjas” like Gemini Advisory actively scan underground hacker forums for cybercriminal SIGINT like data breaches, new attack vectors, and money-laundering plugs, an unconventional, new front for analyst collection may have emerged: Eurasian rap music. Really. Just as heavy metal tempested the cultural “winds of change” that demolished the Berlin Wall and propelled pro-kleptocracy Western ideals throughout the former Soviet Union over…
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Intel471 Releases Crucial Report on Crypto Cyber-Threat-Intelligence, Eludes Coverage in Crypto Media
In a three-weeks-old report authored by threat-intelligence firm Intel471’s chief cybercrime reporter Greg Otto, the author revealed that Russian cybercrime forums are crowdsourcing new crypto attack vectors in the same way that security conferences create programming for their speaker panels: Requesting white paper submissions that document new exploits. In an announcement made “on one of the top Russian-language cybercrime forums” on April 20, wrote Otto, “the forum’s administrator called for…
Cybercrime Money Laundering Narco
Hydra Admins Doxed Maybe, Spotlighting Billions Minted from Bath Salts Trade
A scorned cyber-extortionist claims to have doxed personally-identifying information for two alleged operators of Hydra, Russia’s largest darknet market (DNM), according to Russian media reports. Founded in 2015, Hydra is also the longest-operating DNM in existence. Since inception, Hydra has processed some $3.4 billion in illicit DNM transactions denominated in cryptocurrency. These black-market crypto transactions span everything from drugs, counterfeit banknotes, hacking services, counterfeit documents, and other contraband, according to…
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Sinaloan Chemists Teach Dutch Narcos Eco-Friendly Ice Recipe, Challenge Vietnamese OCGs in Eastern Europe for Global Market Share
A more EncroChat-focused version of this story first appeared on OODALoop.com Sinaloa cartel-linked freelance chemists have brought their eco-friendly meth recipe to the Netherlands, Dutch investigators say, as Low Countries producers challenge Vietnamese narcos in the Czech Republic for global market share. A record number of meth labs – 18 so far – have been seized in the Netherlands this year, according to a recent report published by OODA Loop.…
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Buzzfeed Set to Report on 36 SARs Linked to Rogue Russian Crypto Exchange BTC-e, Hopefully Doesn’t Steele-Job it
Buzzfeed and Czech media outlet Investigace.cz are planning to report on 36 suspicious activity reports linked to a key payment processor for rogue Russian crypto-exchange BTC-e as early as this Sunday. This scoop marks the most geopolitically significant crypto thread in the financial-intelligence fiasco destined to be enshrined in history as ‘FinCENgate.’ According to Sergey Mayzus, a 45-year-old Russian national who is the majority owner of Mayzus Financial Services, which…