Russia Detains Nine ‘Hackers’ Over $17 Million Bank Thefts

Russia Detains Nine 'Hackers' Over $17 Million Bank Thefts

Russia Detains Nine ‘Hackers’ Over $17 Million Bank Thefts
Russia has detained nine people alleged to be part of a cybercrime ring accused of stealing some $17 million dollars from bank accounts, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

The detentions followed a nationwide manhunt. The FSB security agency launched a major operation last year against the alleged 50-strong “hacker group” that pilfered more than RUB 1 billion ($16.8 million, EUR 15.8 million) since 2013, the statement said.

“Nine individuals suspected of participating in hacking attacks were detained on January 25,” ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk said. One was placed under arrest.

A total of 27 members and organisers are being investigated, with 19 of them now under arrest in pre-trial jail, the ministry said.

Unnamed security sources on Wednesday told Russian agencies that the latest arrests are connected to a case against legendary hacking collective Lurk that was targeted by law enforcement agencies in a sweep last year.
According to cyber-security giant Kaspersky, the group was reportedly suspected of stealing some three billion rubles from commercial organisations that included banks.

Russian hackers are in the spotlight over their alleged involvement in cyber-attacks targeting the US presidential election campaign but experts say the vast majority of cybercrime in the country is financial.

The FSB itself is also currently caught up in another murky scandal that has seen at least two of its top cyber-security experts arrested for treason linked to the United States, a lawyer involved in the case has said.

That treason case has also seen the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov – the head of Kaspersky’s cyber-security unit that probed Lurk.

Tags: Cyber Attack, Internet, Russia

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Norway Accuses Russia of Cyber-Attack

Norway Accuses Russia of Cyber-Attack

 Norway’s foreign ministry, army and other institutions were targeted in a recent cyber-attack by a group suspected of ties to Russian authorities, Norwegian intelligence – which was among the targets – said Friday.

Known as APT 29, the group singled out by Oslo has already been accused of hacking interference in the US election last year.

“Nine different email accounts were targeted in an attempt at what is called spear phishing, in other words malicious emails,” Arne Christian Haugstoyl, an official with Norway’s intelligence service PST, told television channel TV2.

“It’s difficult to know what the goal” of the operation was, he said, adding that Norway was alerted to the attack by an allied country.

He described APT 29 as a group “with links to the Russian authorities”.

PST spokesman Martin Bernsen, quoted by daily Verdens Gang (VG), said there was “no reason to believe that classified information had been obtained in connection with the attack.”

In addition to the foreign ministry, the army and PST itself, the attack – the date of which was not disclosed – also targeted the Norwegian radiation protection agency, a school and the parliamentary group of the Labour party, the traditionally dominant political party in Norway but which is currently in opposition.

Legislative elections are scheduled for September 11, though no link has been made to the vote.

Norway, a NATO member, and its neighbour Russia normally enjoy good relations but ties have grown more tense in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

The Scandinavian country on Wednesday summoned the Russian ambassador to lodge a protest after Moscow refused visas to two senior lawmakers in a move Oslo denounced as “unjustifiable”.

Russia said the visa refusal was a reaction to Norway’s participation in EU economic sanctions against it over the Ukraine crisis.

Moscow was also angered by the recent deployment of some 300 US soldiers on Norwegian soil.

Tags: Norway, Russia, Internet, Cyber Attack

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Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores
Accusing LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require Internet firms to store data on citizens within the nations borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores.

Recently, a Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“However, Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.
“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple removed the New York Times from its app store following a request from Chinese authorities claiming the app was in violation of regulations.

China is known for banning digital sites like Facebook and Google that it believes harm its national security or promote misinformation. The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese-language site has been blocked since 2014.

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Tags: Russia, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Apps, Social

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Samsung Pay Adds Russia, Malaysia and Thailand to Mobile Payment Service

Samsung Pay adds three new countries and is now available in more places around the globe, including Russia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) recently announced a new partnership with Russian bank Sberbank to bring its Samsung Pay service to three more countries: Russia, Malaysia and Thailand. The new partnership offers opportunities for small businesses here in the U.S. too.

Samsung Pay Mobile Payment System

Samsung Pay is a mobile payment system launched last year that uses a compatible Samsung device to pay at point-of-sale locations across the globe. The service aims to rival Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the mobile payment space. This year it rolled out new features in the U.S., including support for in-app payments, online payment and express checkout, and nearby discounts and savings.

“Now Sberbank customers can use a convenient Samsung Pay service and make payments with a single touch of the smartphone, almost anywhere payment cards are accepted,” said Alexander Torbakhov, Deputy Chairman of the Sberbank Board, in a press release announcing the partnership.

Samsung Pay Key Features and Benefits

According to the multinational electronics company headquartered in Suwon, South Korea, Samsung Pay is more than a Payment Service. It is “a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service” that can be used to make purchases almost anywhere that credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted.

Among Samsung Pay’s stated benefits for users are:

  • Simplicity: To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Security: Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Accessibility: Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

New Opportunities for Small Businesses with Samsung Pay

With this new partnership, Samsung Pay will now be available in a total of 10 countries by the end of 2016. Those countries include the United States, China, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia.

For small businesses in the U.S., this partnership with Sberbank expands their potential market reach significantly. More customers around the world are now able to use this payment option for online and in app purchases — perhaps from your ecommerce store.

“No fees are charged by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. from any Samsung Pay users, emitting banks, acquirer banks and trading companies,” stressed the giant electronics company.

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