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Hackers Target Election Systems in 20 States nbcnews.com There have been hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states — far more than had been previously acknowledged — a senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News on Thursday. The "attempted intrusions" targeted online systems like registration databases, and not the actual voting or tabulation machines that will be used on Election Day and are not tied to the Internet.
U.S. Set to Hand Over Internet Address Book usatoday.com The United States doesn’t own the Internet, but it’s held the oversight contract for the organization that runs its address book for many years. That’s set to change Friday. The U.S. contract with the non-profit organization in charge of all Internet domain names expires then, and the non-profit running the database will become autonomous and be accountable to international stakeholders in the Internet community.
New Virus Disables Computers by Encrypting Hard Drives healthdatamanagement.com A new strain of ransomware, called Mamba, is circulating through multiple industries, including healthcare, and crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives. So far, there really isn’t much that can be done except pay the ransom to gain a key to decrypt the hard drive, experts say.
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‘Money Mule’ Gangs Turn to Bitcoin ATMs Friday, September 30, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Fraudsters who hack corporate bank accounts typically launder stolen funds by making deposits from the hacked company into accounts owned by “money mules,” willing or unwitting dupes recruited through work-at-home job scams. The mules usually are then asked to withdraw the funds in cash and wire the money to the scammers. Increasingly, however, the mules are being instructed to remit the stolen money via Bitcoin ATMs.
House, Senate Leaders Urge States to Bolster Election Cybersecurity Friday, September 30, 2016 thehill.com The top four leaders in Congress on Thursday issued a joint letter urging state election officials to shore up defenses against hackers who could interfere with the election. The letter highlights the worries across the country that hackers might seek to influence the U.S. election.
Feds Charge Ten Virgin Islands Women With Tax Fraud, Identity Theft Friday, September 30, 2016 viconsortium.com The ten women are accused of using sham IDs to file federal tax returns, and in the process receiving over $300,000 in refunds...The alleged plot involved acquiring personal information for multiple persons, including some who knew of the scheme and others who did not. The illegal plan also entailed the acquiring of bank and debit card numbers for the deposit of the illegally obtained tax refunds; the illegal withdrawing thereof, and filing multiple tax returns.