Security News

“Face of Anonymous” suspect deported from Mexico to face US hacking charges
2021-06-15 18:27

Media in the San Francisco area are reporting the arrest of a notorious former resident who allegedly skipped bail on hacking charges. Anonymous is perhaps best described as "a hacking group that wasn't" - a moniker that could be, and was, claimed by almost anyone with an internet axe to grind.

Mexico walls off national lottery sites after ransomware DDoS threat
2021-05-28 17:14

Access to Mexico's Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos lottery websites are now blocked to IP addresses outside of Mexico after a ransomware gang threatened to perform denial of service attacks. Lotería Nacional is the government-run national lottery system of Mexico, operating under Mexico's Ministry of Finance.

Boss of ATM Skimming Syndicate Arrested in Mexico
2021-05-28 14:47

Florian "The Shark" Tudor, the alleged ringleader of a prolific ATM skimming gang that siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from bank accounts of tourists visiting Mexico over the last eight years, was arrested in Mexico City on Thursday in response to an extradition warrant from a Romanian court. Tudor, a native of Craiova, Romania, moved to Mexico to set up Top Life Servicios, an ATM servicing company which managed a fleet of relatively new ATMs based in Mexico branded as Intacash.

US cyber intelligence officer jailed for kidnapping her kid, trying to hawk top secrets to Russia in Mexico
2021-01-26 22:59

A US Air Force intelligence officer who kidnapped her daughter to Mexico and attempted to defect to Russia with top-secret information is set to spend the better part of a decade behind bars. According to court documents [PDF] her unusual story started in July 2019, when she fled her Hedgesville home and flew to Mexico City where she contacted the Russian embassy, offering classified documents that she had removed from secure locations over the past 20 years.

US cyber intelligence officer given 11 years for kidnapping her kid, trying to hawk top secrets to Russia in Mexico
2021-01-26 22:59

A US Air Force intelligence officer who kidnapped her daughter to Mexico and attempted to defect to Russia with top-secret information is set to spend the better part of a decade behind bars. According to court documents [PDF] her unusual story started in July 2019, when she fled her Hedgesville home and flew to Mexico City where she contacted the Russian embassy, offering classified documents that she had removed from secure locations over the past 20 years.

US Judge Dismisses New Mexico Privacy Claims Against Google
2020-09-30 12:53

A U.S. district judge has dismissed New Mexico's privacy claims against Google over privacy concerns, but New Mexico's top prosecutor vowed Monday to continue the legal fight to protect child privacy rights. "The law is clear that Google must protect our children's privacy, and we strongly disagree with the court's ruling," New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Romanian Skimmer Gang in Mexico Outed by KrebsOnSecurity Stole $1.2 Billion
2020-06-03 22:00

An exhaustive inquiry published today by a consortium of investigative journalists says a three-part series KrebsOnSecurity published in 2015 on a Romanian ATM skimming gang operating in Mexico's top tourist destinations disrupted their highly profitable business, which raked in an estimated $1.2 billion and enjoyed the protection of top Mexican authorities. The multimedia investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and several international journalism partners detailed the activities of the so-called Riviera Maya crime gang, allegedly a mafia-like group of Romanians who until very recently ran their own ATM company in Mexico called "Intacash" and installed sophisticated electronic card skimming devices inside at least 100 cash machines throughout Mexico.

New Mexico Agencies on Edge Amid Rising Ransomware Attacks
2020-03-23 13:02

New Mexico school districts, universities, and government agencies have collectively spent millions of dollars to regain control of their computer systems after employees unknowingly opened emails containing an encrypted code that effectively shut them out of their systems. The ransomware attacks occurred between January 2018 and February 2020, and have put school districts and agencies on edge amid warnings of more technology terror, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

New Mexico Sues Google Over Children's Privacy
2020-02-24 14:18

New Mexico is suing Google, alleging the company violates federal child privacy law by collecting personal data of students younger than age 13 without their parents' consent. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court, New Mexico alleges that Google collects from children their physical locations, browsing histories including YouTube videos, search terms, personal contact lists, voice recordings, saved passwords and behavioral data.

New Mexico Sues Google Over Collection of Children's Data
2020-02-21 18:54

New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. In a separate case, Google already has agreed to pay $170 million combined to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent.