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Hacker ‘Amped Attacks’ Takes Down Hateful Webpages

There are as many hackers as there is sand on a beach – so to get noticed you need to do something a bit out of the ordinary. If you’re not into hacking a big name like … say Sony, that probably means doing what a hacker called “Amped Attacks” has been up to lately: Taking down racist and homophobic sites (for a short time). One by one.

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Get a total of $4,2 million for the FBI’s most wanted hackers

It’s most likely not a huge surprise that there is such a list, and while it’s probably not as well-known as its “big brother”, the rewards offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of 5 of the top most wanted cybercriminals on that list is not too shabby: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is willing to pay a total reward of $4.2 million!

So who is actually on the list? Let’s take a look.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, aka “lucky12345” and “slavik”, became famous as being the alleged mastermind behind the Trojan called “Zeus”. The Russian currently fetches a reward of $3 million.

The Romanian Nicolae Popescu apparently was involved in Internet Fraud schemes and made quite a lot of money with it. The FBI is offering a reward of $1 Million for him.

Belan is only worth $100,000 to the authorities. The Russian is wanted for allegedly having broken into three major United States-based e-commerce companies. Afterwards he tried to sell the stolen usernames and passwords on the black market.

Being accused of selling malware laced ads that distributed ransomware, the reward for the Latvian is currently at $50,000.

While the reward for Melara is set at $50,000, my guess is that the FBI actually wants to hire the guy: He allegedly was involved in manufacturing spyware “which was used to intercept the private communications of hundreds, if not thousands, of victims”.

For the rest of the list just go here.

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Office of Personal Management Hacked – US Government Downplays the Event

The second admission followed a week later. The Office of Personel Management (OPM) announced that on June 4, a hack attack had succeeded on governmental staff – four million people affected. It now appears that an additional 18 million records were stolen. The government, communicated this as two separate events in an apparent attempt to downplay the scale.

So what happened in the alleged second hack? That 18 million Social Security numbers have been compromised, is a “preliminary, unverified, approximate” according to a letter from the Director of OPM, Katherine Archuleta. The number — 18 million – affects people working for a federal agency or who applied for funding. The data, according to US government circles, may be in the hands of spies from the People’s Republic of China. This has been flatly denied by Chinese officials.

Mrs. Archuleta was called to testify before a Congressional committee: Encryptions are not always possible due to the age of facilities. She argued, however, that even encryption would have not sufficed, because the hackers would then have copied keys and passwords.

An article from the Wall Street Journal mentions that the government described the attack as happening in two waves in orde rto downlplay the severity. In addition, the OPM had denied the disclosure of sensitive information twice, even though the FBI had informed the OPM on June 5 about the attack…

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