As we power through the last week of the month, it is time for cyber security news Apr 2022. Over the last few weeks we saw RaidForums taken down, then the US linked North Korea to a cryptocurrency heist. Just last week, No. 10 Downing Street was infected with spyware in what has been another incident-packed month.
Global operation shuts down marketplace for hackers
This story details how the RaidForums marketplace has been shut down. Founder and chief administrator Diego Santos Coelho was arrested in the UK at the end of January this year. According to a report from the National Crime Agency (NCA), police have now arrested another suspected founder of the site.
Launched in 2015, this online forum on the open web had provided criminals with stolen personal data. RaidForums potentially contained more than 530,000 registered members. Primarily consisting of low to mid-level cyber-criminals, these members bought and sold information stolen from UK companies. This info related to credit cards, bank accounts, usernames and passwords.
US links North Korea to £469m cryptocurrency heist
This piece reveals that officials in the US have linked a huge crypto hack to a group called “Lazarus”. Allegedly controlled by North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau, the group targeted online gamers. The hack against Axie Infinity is one of the largest ever in the crypto world.
Lazarus were behind a hack against Sony Pictures in 2014, gaining notoriety when they demanded Sony withdraw movie ‘The Interview’.
UK’s No. 10 Targeted with Spyware
The Citizen Lab claims that computer systems at Downing Street were infected with Pegasus spyware. The Canadian investigative group also say that the Foreign Office was affected, too. Governments can take control of people’s phones, extract data and carry out surveillance using Pegasus.
The suspected Downing Street infection was linked to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE Embassy in London has been approached for comment.
Cyber security news Apr 2022 rounded-up some interesting stories from BBC News. Disagree with our picks? Then let us know in the comments below, along with your own choices.