Latest Cybercrime News

2 charged with hacking SEC computers in trading scheme

Jan. 15, 2019 2:11 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two Ukrainian men hacked into the Securities and Exchange Commission's computers to steal thousands of quarterly and annual reports of public companies and worked with traders to use the information to make more than $4 million in illegal profits, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said...

UK hacker jailed for attack on Liberian telecoms firm

Jan. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British computer hacker has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for a cyberattack that knocked out telecommunications services in Liberia. Daniel Kaye was paid by an employee of a rival firm to launch a distributed denial of service attack on Liberian phone and internet provider Lonestar....

Authorities examining claim in attack on German politician

Jan. 10, 2019 10:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating an online posting that briefly appeared on a far-left website claiming responsibility for an attack on a far-right lawmaker. Bremen police said Thursday they are examining whether the claim by a group calling itself "Anti-Fascist Spring" was genuine or...

Man who took photos of abuse of girl gets 35-year sentence

Jan. 10, 2019 8:19 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who took photos of himself sexually abusing a young girl and then traded them online has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Republican newspaper reports that 28-year-old Justin Germaine, of West Springfield, was also sentenced in federal court this month...

German suspect in politician data hack says he acted alone

Jan. 8, 2019 10:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German student has admitted obtaining and publishing the personal data of hundreds of politicians and celebrities and told investigators he acted alone, authorities said Tuesday. The 20-year-old lives with his parents and is still in school, said Georg Ungefuk, a spokesman for the Frankfurt...

German authorities say a suspect in the hacking of German politicians' data has been arrested

Jan. 8, 2019 3:15 AM EST
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a suspect in the hacking of German politicians' data has been arrested.

Alabama asks federal officials to investigate Senate race

Jan. 7, 2019 6:58 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama attorney general has asked federal election regulators to investigate reports of online fakery in the 2017 Alabama Senate race, a spokesman said Monday. Attorney General Steve Marshall had previously said he wanted to look into the reports himself, but after evaluating...

Witness' apartment searched in Germany hacking case

Jan. 7, 2019 11:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German investigators have searched the apartment of a witness in their probe of an alleged hacking case that saw hundreds of politicians' and celebrities' private information posted online, officials said Monday. The Federal Criminal Police Office tweeted that the search took place in...

German IT security chief faces grilling over hacking case

Jan. 6, 2019 11:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top IT security official faces a grilling Monday over his agency's handling of an alleged hacking case that saw hundreds of politicians' and celebrities' private information posted online . Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Sunday quoted Germany's interior minister saying he's summoned...

US investigating CenturyLink internet outage, 911 failures

Dec. 28, 2018 6:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials and at least one state said Friday that they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called the outage that began Thursday "completely unacceptable"...