Posted by: David Harley | April 21, 2018

UK ID Theft, IWF report on child abuse, Gold Galleon BEC

(1) The Register: ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets – “Less checked online services bear brunt”

‘… Conor Burns MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Crime and Scamming, said:

“Fraud is the 21st century volume crime and the issue is not going to go away. With more and more people sharing data, transacting, setting up businesses, dating and chatting online this trend is only going to continue.”‘

(2) International Watch Foundation: “Our 2017 Annual Report (published on 18 April 2018) gives the latest data on what’s happening globally to tackle child sexual abuse images and videos online…Visit our interactive 2017 Annual report microsite here…” The statistics are summarized in a press release here.

(3) SecureWorks: GOLD GALLEON: How a Nigerian Cyber Crew Plunders the Shipping Industry – “In 2017, Secureworks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers continued to track GOLD SKYLINE, a financially motivated Nigerian threat group involved in business email compromise (BEC) and business email spoofing (BES) fraud. During the investigation, CTU™ researchers discovered a previously unidentified BEC group that they have named GOLD GALLEON.” BEC could be defined as 419 scammers wearing their corporate hat.

David Harley

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