Action against criminal website that offered ‘spoofing’ services to fraudsters: 142 arrests (Europol)

Europol: Action against criminal website that offered ‘spoofing’ services to fraudsters: 142 arrests. “Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Europe, Australia, the United States, Ukraine, and Canada have taken down a website that allowed fraudsters to impersonate trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims, a type of cybercrime known as ‘spoofing’. The website is believed to have caused an estimated worldwide loss in excess of GBP 100 million (EUR 115 million).”

Motherboard: The Secret SIMs Used By Criminals to Spoof Any Number

Motherboard: The Secret SIMs Used By Criminals to Spoof Any Number. “Russian SIMs. Encrypted SIMs. White SIMs. These cards go by different names in the criminal underground, and vary widely in quality and features. But all are generally designed to give the user some sort of security or privacy benefit, even if what that particular SIM does is more theatre than substance. Beyond spoofing phone numbers, some SIMs let a caller manipulate their voice in real-time, adding a baritone or shrill cloak to their phone calls that is often unintentionally funny. Other cards have the more worthwhile benefit of being worldwide, unlimited data SIMs that criminals source anonymously from suppliers without having to give up identifying information and by paying in Bitcoin.”

CNET: Justice Department targets robocalls with two major court cases

CNET: Justice Department targets robocalls with two major court cases. “The Justice Department’s first enforcement of a civil complaint against carriers for facilitating robocalls on their networks saw ‘two major actions’ filed in courts Tuesday morning. The calls, originating from India, have spoofed caller IDs from numbers like 911, Social Security and the IRS, and are causing ‘devastating financial harm,’ Assistant Attorney General Jody H. Hunt of the Civil Division said in a press call Tuesday afternoon.”