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The House of Representatives has approved the measure requiring the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards on final reading Monday. The “SIM Card Registration Act,” which aims to help authorities track criminals using mobile phones with pre-paid and post-paid SIM cards, received 118 votes in favor, zero against and no abstentions. Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1524494/house-oks-bill-requiring-sim-card-registration#ixzz7EO2bQXK2 Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
The intelligence agency’s cybercrime wing has launched its Operation Cyber Storm and arrested eight accused of illegal registration of SIM cards. The head of FIA Cyber Crime Circle Sindh, Imran Riaz said in a statement that raids were conducted in Sukkur and Ghotki. Two franchises have been sealed over illegally registering SIM cards.
Synthetic identity fraud was already a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted spending and work online, but it is becoming a bigger problem now as criminals take advantage of looser rules around credit and the sheer amount of personal information exposed via data breaches.
The final member of an international hacking group known as ‘The Community’ has been sentenced for his role in a multimillion-dollar SIM-swapping campaign. Garrett Endicott, 22, of Warrensburg, Missouri, has become the sixth member of the crime syndicate to have been jailed for the campaign, which saw millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency stolen from victims. Endicott, who pleaded guilty, will spend less than a year in custody for his part in the crime.
A dog that can find hidden electronic storage devices (ESD) is now working for the Tallahassee office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement — the first such K-9 cop locally. Rocket, handled by FDLE-Tallahassee Special Agent Aida Limongi, was introduced at a media availability Wednesday.
With the huge increase in cryptocurrency adoption by non-experts in 2021, the number of scammers is also on the rise. Fraudsters have started using the SIM-swap method to gain access to users' personal information such as emails, bank accounts, and even their digital assets. According to a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, hackers are increasingly targeting small crypto investors. Cybersecurity experts say the "mom and pop" boom has enticed many hackers to exploit fraudulent SIM swapping practises.
Your cellphone number is a single point of failure.
Think about it. You use your cellphone number all the time. You use it when you sign up to sites and services, and sometimes you’ll use it to log into an app or a game on your phone. Your phone number can be used to reset your account if you forget your password. And, you use it for two-factor authentication to securely login to your accounts.
Mr. Shapiro claims AT&T employees took bribes from hackers and gave them control of his mobile account 4 times over the course of one year. Mr. Shapiro also claims that the hackers then used their control over his mobile account to take control of his personal and digital finance accounts and steal more than $1.9 million from him.
Mr. Terpin claims that AT&T allowed an illegal sim swap to occur after an imposter posing as Mr. Terpin obtained Mr. Terpin’s telephone number from an insider cooperating with the hacker without the AT&T store employee requiring him to present valid identification or to give Mr. Terpin’s required password.
Mr. Williams claims that AT&T employees gave hackers control over his mobile account and phone number through an unauthorized SIM swap, and because of that, the hackers were able to take control of his personal and financial accounts, steal his cryptocurrency, and destroy his business, all resulting in the loss of Mr. Williams’ $2 million investment.
Mr. James Chen claims that AT&T employees gave unauthorized access to hackers in a sim swap which allowed the hackers to steal $764,168.00 from his bank accounts. The hackers then created a new cryptocurrency account, purchased cryptocurrency using the stolen money for themselves.
Ms. McCants claims that AT&T agents were paid to override security measures on her mobile account and allowed an unauthorized user to access her confidential account information. The information accessed then lead to Ms. McCants attack.
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