Social Engineering In Action. Ukranian Hackers Busted!

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The Hack

Three Ukranian hackers connected to attacks on over 100 American businesses have been arrested. They used social engineering attacks and phishing attacks to steal financial information from a lot of businesses.  These hackers were part of the Carbanak Group

Frequently the group would send emails disguised as hotel reservations. Said emails would contain malware designed to steal sensitive data.

The Carbanak Group sent an FDA food poisoning related email to a restaurant. They attached a list of “inspections and checks” which the business opened. Of course, the attachment contained malware.

Dmytro Fedorov, Fedir Hladyr and Andrii Kolpakov are being charged with wire fraud, conspiracy, computer hacking, access device fraud, and identity theft. So it looks like jail time is very likely for the Carbanak Group.

How to prevent

What can I do to prevent such an attack on my personal life or business? Social Engineering attacks are becoming extremely common today, because they are very easy to create and they tend to have a very high payoff for the hacker. First you need to know what phishing is. Phishing is when a hacker disguises some form of web service, message or other form of correspondence to make it appear like its coming from a legitimate source.

So my main advice is to always check the URL. Make sure it is secure (https) and if it has a SSL certificate thats even better. If you recieve an email always look at the domain of the email. Any misspellings in the domain can mean that its fake. If there are attatchments do not open them until you have verification that they are safe. If you cannot get verification that its from a legitimate source, you can always scan the attatchments before opening them, or analyze them within a VM.

Do not give your password away via plaintext ever. Use a VPN if you’re in public as there are potentially people who could be evesdropping on public networks (like at a Starbucks or Mcdonalds Wi-Fi) And Install an Anti-Virus on your PC. Also get the antivirus’s browser addon. These addons can tell you if the site has been reported as a hacked hacked site or a phishing attack.

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