Forensic Update

Reflections on information management within the legal and regulatory arena

Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on April 13, 2021

A Cypriot criminal — the first Cypriot national ever extradited from Cyprus to the United States — was convicted and sentenced to federal prison recently for extorting website operators with stolen personal information.

This convicted felon was a teenager when he began his #extortion / #ransom campaign, and he paid nearly $600,000 USD in restitution to his victims (as a condition of his guilty plea). Kudos to yet another coordinated international #lawenforcement effort, involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cyprus Police, and United States Attorneys’​ Offices for the District of Arizona.

#crimeandjustice #justice #hacking #crime #ransomware #digitalforensics #investigations #cybercrime #fraud #fraudinvestigations

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on April 8, 2021

In yet another 2021 law-enforcement victory against dark web criminals, The U.S. Department of Justice secured a conviction in one of the most significant take-downs in #DarkWeb history. The DoJ obtained a guilty plea from an Israeli citizen (currently residing in Brazil) who is the admitted co-owner and co-operator of the #DeepDotWeb website.

For the uninitiated, this site was likely the most popular destination for #darkweb market news, links, and more. The site made money via referral fees, as it essentially indexed (largely un-indexed) websites and shunted users to dark-web resources. These resources included vendors peddling malicious software, pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, automatic weapons. If you think “Google for un-indexed criminal dark-websites”, you’ve nearly got it.

As the DoJ conviction reveals, the #DeepDotWeb site accepted #cryptocurrency and laundered funds through crypto-anonymization services and shell-corporation bank accounts.

#cybersecurity #crimeandjustice #ruleoflaw #digitalforensics #dfir #forensics #investigations

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Hot off the presses!

Posted by Johnny Lee on March 30, 2021

New Grant Thornton LLP thought leadership for Directors related to cyber #supplychain attacks and how to respond.

#cybersecurity #governance #enterpriseriskmanagement

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on March 30, 2021

In all of the recent good news about the successes of coordinated international law enforcement take-downs, I somehow overlooked the #NetWalker ransomware story.

In yet another 2021 victory for law enforcement, this late-January takedown of a prominent Ransomware-as-a-Service (#RaaS) infrastructure involved the coordinated efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Attorneys’​ Offices, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Bulgarian National Investigation Service and General Directorate Combating Organized Crime.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/netwalker-ransomware-dark-web-sites-seized-by-law-enforcement/


#darkweb #fraud #digitalforensics #fraudinvestigations #crimeandjustice #politicsandlaw #lawenforcement #cybersecurity #forensics #consumerprotection #ruleoflaw #justice

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on February 3, 2021

In yet another example of a globally coordinated #lawenforcement takedown, the #infrastructure of world’s “most dangerous malware” (#EMOTET) was disrupted last week.


#cybersecurity #computermalware #fraud #seizurelaw #ruleoflaw #dataprivacy #investigations #fraudinvestigations #dfir #digitalforensics #investigations

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Podcast Appearance…

Posted by Johnny Lee on January 29, 2021

I had a great deal of fun talking shop with my friends, Jodi & Justin Daniels, on their podcast: “She Said Privacy, He Said Security”…check it out if you have a few minutes.

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on January 11, 2021

Given the events of late, I’m even more eager for good news…here is some that definitely qualifies. Scientists recently regenerated damaged optic nerve cells (taken from mice) in a laboratory.

This amazing breakthrough has incredible potential to address glaucoma and a host of eye diseases (that cause vision loss). It combines previous discoveries in nerve-regeneration studies with #genetherapy.

#geneticengineering #medicalsciences #health #medicine #biology #forensics #science #research #investigations

Details are here.

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on January 4, 2021

Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update: The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested 21 individuals for purchasing stolen data from the now defunct online criminal marketplace #WeLeakInfo. That site, taken down almost a year ago, hosted some 12 billion stolen credentials harvested from over 10,000 data breaches.

In addition to the request, #lawenforcement authorities seized #Bitcoin and other assets.

#forensics #crimeandjustice #investigations #cybersecurity #cyber #digitalforensics #fraudinvestigations #databreach #cybercrime #darkweb #ruleoflaw

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on November 5, 2020

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Secret Service secured the eigToday’s #GoodGuysPrevail Updateht-year conviction for a Russian national involved in a decade-long scheme to compromise computer devices, to broker in stolen #PII and banking credentials, and to defraud individuals at scale.

With calculated losses in excess of $100M USD, this conviction marks another example of the lengths that U.S. federal law enforcement will go to bring to justice criminal actors who victimize American citizens.

#fraud #privacy #fraudinvestigations #dataprivacy #digitalforensics #forensics #investigations #crimeandjustice #darkweb #ruleoflaw #cyberespionage #lawenforcement #consumerprotection #innovation #security #crime #cybersecurity #justice

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on October 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice seized control of 92 domains purporting to be news outlets — which, in reality, were propaganda and disinformation outlets for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). These sites violate existing #sanction regimes and tie back to a group designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Government.

Four of these sites targeted U.S. news audiences directly, and the remaining (88) domains “targeted audiences in Western Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia”. The #investigation was initiated via intelligence received from Google, was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and was supported by research provided by Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

#influencecampaign #digitalforensics #fraud #forensics #FARA #espionage #ofac #terrorism #IEEPA #malware

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