Yesterday, July 7, the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) released their Cyber Crime Assessment report for 2016, where they outlined the most important threats to UK businesses such as cybercrime. This is the first cybercrime report produced jointly by the NCA and industry partners.Read More
April 2016 was a great month for putting cybercriminals in prison. On April 12 Paunch, the creator of the infamous Blackhole exploit kit, was sentenced to seven years in a Russian prison. This was soon followed by Aleksandr Panin, the creator of SpyEye: he was sentenced by a United States federal court to nine and a half years in prison for his role in creating SpyEye. One of his partners, Hamza Bendelladj, was sentenced to fifteen years.
The most recent case involved Esthost, a company we know very well from our research. Vladimir Tsastsin became the latest member of the Esthost gang to be sentenced to jail; he will spend more than 7 years in prison. He was also ordered to forfeit more than $2.5 million in property.Read More
The creator of the banking malware SpyEye, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, has just been sentenced on charges related to creating and distributing SpyEye. In early 2014, he pleaded guilty to charges related to creating and distributing SpyEye. Information provided by Trend Micro was used to help find the real identities of Panin and his accomplices.Read More
In our exploration of the different cybercriminal underground markets, we often note that these black markets are often hard to infiltrate, or even find in the first place. It takes a specific set of skills and knowledge to be able to get inside these underground economies. But not the North American underground. Unlike its counterparts…Read More
A male and a female, both aged 22 and hailing from Colchester, Essex in the United Kingdom, were arrested on suspicion of operating two services featured in many malware business models – the popular counter antivirus (CAV) service Refud.me and the crypting service Cryptex Reborn. Both services have been taken down thanks to the partnership of Trend Micro’s…Read More