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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on August 4, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice seized assets worth $500k USD from North Korean hackers targeting U.S.-based #healthcare organizations. The seized North Korean assets were either monies directly extorted from companies or monies used in laundering #ransomware payments.

In addition to the general #karma of this action, there was an object lesson about public-private sector collaborations as well. The prompt reporting by one healthcare victim allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to identify a new strand of North Korean ransomware.

Of course, $500k is a pittance compared against the hundreds of millions of dollars stolen by North Korean cyber actors in recent years. Just the same, it’s important to trumpet the “wins” wherever we can find them.

justice #cyberfraud #statesponsored #northkorea #digitalforensics #lawenforcement #ruleoflaw #forensicinvestigation #cyber

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on July 27, 2022

Earlier this week, the United States Attorneys’​ Offices won a conviction against the fraudster behind the crypto scheme My Big Coin – the regrettably named defendant for a cryptocurrency shill: Randall Crater. As a refresher, this was a $6M USD scheme defrauding investors by marketing and selling non-existent virtual currency.

As with several prominent mentions in the press this week, including actions from both U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, the “fraud is fraud” theme was the central theory of this case. For those of us in the digital assets industry for some time now, this is just the latest example of things equalizing in this space (i.e., the grown-ups are now on scene).

Kudos to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the USPS OIG, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for its combined efforts in achieving this conviction.

#cryptocurrency #fraudinvestigations #digitalforensics #digitalassets #fraud #conviction #currency #scam #cryptofraud #lawenforcement #assettracing #assetrecovery #forensicinvestigation

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Today’s #GoodGuysPrevail Update…

Posted by Johnny Lee on April 13, 2022

While the use of the verb “forfeit” in the headline of this story may seem confusing, it’s a GREAT turn of events. Simply put, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida have secured one of the largest #cryptocurrency #forfeiture actions ever filed in this country.

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This story really resonates with me, as it represents a rather elegant intersection of #cyber and #crypto. The forfeiture action netted about $34M in cryptocurrency, all tied to the illegal #darkweb activity of a South Florida resident — specifically, the sale of online account credentials.

Of additional interest is the method by which this case was brought. In yet another example of inter-agency collaboration among federal, state, and local #lawenforcement, the investigators “followed the money” through a tortuous path, owing to the target’s use of cryptocurrency “tumblers”, “chain hopping”, and other (failed) #moneylaundering techniques.

Kudos to the Internal Revenue Service‘s Criminal Investigation group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Postal Service Inspection Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration for its combined investigative efforts here.

#ruleoflaw #digitalforensics #digitalassets #assettracing #assetrecovery #forensicinvestigation #justice #karma #AisA

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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 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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What can we learn from the rash of revelations related to sizable hacks in 2012?

Posted by Johnny Lee on September 9, 2016

bitglass_wheres_your_data_thumbnail1Posit the research, which indicates that the average length of an un-detected compromise is in excess of 200 days. Couple that with research from security outfit Bitglass, and you’ve got some shocking correlations that put 2012 into a broader perspective.

That experiment employed data-tracking technology to track the traverse of sensitive data on the dark web post-compromise.
The upshot: In 12 days, these data were access 1,100 times within 22 countries, with two different cyber-crime syndicates sharing data with their peers…imagine how often compromised 2012 data changed hands over 4 years!

Bitglass Research

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2013 in review

Posted by Johnny Lee on January 1, 2014

The WordPress.com stats team prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Through the Google Glass Darkly…

Posted by Johnny Lee on December 10, 2013

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It’s always a challenge to summarize the year for a subject matter as volatile and complicated as Electronic Discovery.  One could spend a few hours looking through the lens of a Google search engine, and days digesting the results, or you could simply peruse the superb summary penned by Joshua Gilliland, the blogger for Bow Tie Law, one of the two attorney bloggers for The Legal Geeks, and a Litigation World columnist.

It’s this last forum where we find the year-in-review that neatly summarizes the four most prominent “lessons learned” from the 2013 eDiscovery trenches.  I commend this to all in this space, as it captures the major themes and provides the most cogent excerpts from the key court opinions that shaped this very interesting year for our industry.

Gilliland readily focuses on the four lessons that “rise above all others: (1) the duty to preserve remains a hot button issue, (2) litigators still fight over the form of production, (3) proportionality is alive and well, and (4) taxation of costs is a sleeping giant we need to confront.”  Please do take the time to review this update…you won’t regret it.

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