Homeland Security Today: NCSC and Partners Unveil ‘Safeguarding Science’ Toolkit to Help U.S. Research Enterprise Guard Against Threats

Homeland Security Today: NCSC and Partners Unveil ‘Safeguarding Science’ Toolkit to Help U.S. Research Enterprise Guard Against Threats. “The Safeguarding Science online toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations in the U.S. scientific, academic, and emerging technology sectors who are seeking to develop their own programs to protect research, technology, and personnel from theft, abuse, misuse, or exploitation.”

‘Just the tip of the iceberg’: How Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary fighters steal cryptocurrency through Ukrainian charity sites — and use it to fund the war (Meduza)

Meduza: ‘Just the tip of the iceberg’ How Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary fighters steal cryptocurrency through Ukrainian charity sites — and use it to fund the war. “The paramilitary group Rusich is one of multiple Russian far-right and neo-Nazi organizations that have fought in the war in Ukraine. Because it’s not an official part of the Russian Armed Forces, Rusich has had to find alternative ways of funding its members’ military equipment and medical needs — and has found the perfect solution in cryptocurrency.”

Mainichi: Japan police give out pointers on how to foil Google Street View criminals

Mainichi: Japan police give out pointers on how to foil Google Street View criminals . “Google Maps’ Street View is tremendously convenient, but sometimes for the wrong people, like stalkers, or thieves who use the service to case their targets before stealing cars or burgling homes. The problem has left experts calling for measures to cut back on the information available on Street View that can be used by criminals.”

CBC: Ukraine accuses Russian troops of looting museums, destroying cultural sites

CBC: Ukraine accuses Russian troops of looting museums, destroying cultural sites. “In an interview with The Associated Press, Ukraine’s culture minister alleged that Russian soldiers helped themselves to artifacts in almost 40 Ukrainian museums. The looting and destruction of cultural sites has caused losses estimated in the hundreds of millions of euros, the minister, Oleksandr Tkachenko, added.”

Christian Science Monitor: Meet the amateur art sleuths helping bring back Asia’s stolen heritage

Christian Science Monitor: Meet the amateur art sleuths helping bring back Asia’s stolen heritage. “Illicit trade of cultural property is the third-largest international criminal activity, surpassed only by drug and arms trafficking. In recent years, there has been a burgeoning movement to bring back the stolen art, and hobbyists like Mr. [Vijay] Kumar are the backbone of these efforts. Collaborating over Facebook groups, he and other heritage enthusiasts spend their spare time scouring virtual museum catalogs and auction listings to identify stolen items, as well as urging authorities to hold the art world accountable.”

FBI: Hackers increasingly exploit DeFi bugs to steal cryptocurrency (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: FBI: Hackers increasingly exploit DeFi bugs to steal cryptocurrency. “The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning investors that cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting security vulnerabilities in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platforms to steal cryptocurrency. ‘The FBI has observed cyber criminals exploiting vulnerabilities in the smart contracts governing DeFi platforms to steal investors’ cryptocurrency,’ the federal law enforcement agency said.”

SF Chronicle: I tracked thieves stealing my car in S.F. Then I saw firsthand what police can — and can’t — do next

SF Chronicle: I tracked thieves stealing my car in S.F. Then I saw firsthand what police can — and can’t — do next. “In San Francisco, a city rife with gadget-lovers and plagued by high property crime, the technology would seem to be a game changer. But in reality, situations like my stolen Subaru can often be mired in unforeseen complications. The response by police has at times been thwarted by legal constraints — for example, an officer generally can’t enter a home just because the Find My iPhone app says your cell is inside — and at other times by what victims say feels like apathy.”

Wall Street Journal: NFTs Are Increasingly Targeted by Criminals, Report Says

Wall Street Journal: NFTs Are Increasingly Targeted by Criminals, Report Says. “Nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, are increasingly sought by criminals looking to either steal them or use them to launder illicit gains, a new report from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic said on Wednesday. More than $100 million worth of these blockchain-based assets were reported stolen in scams over the past year, according to the study. Over 4,600 NFTs were stolen in July, the most in any month since Elliptic began tracking the data in 2017, the report said.”

The Register: Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

The Register: Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google . “Last October, California resident Jacob Pearlman downloaded an Android version of a cryptocurrency wallet app called Phantom from the Google Play app store. That was four months before San Francisco-based Phantom Technologies actually released an Android version of its digital wallet. The free Phantom Wallet app that Pearlman downloaded early from Google Play was a fake. And when he connected his actual Phantom wallet to the app, it cost him a small fortune.”

Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds. “The BBC has seen significant evidence that Russian forces in occupied areas of Ukraine have been systematically seizing not only Ukrainian grain, but also sunflower seeds from local farmers. We have spoken to farmers who have lost their crops, and tracked messages in private and public social media groups showing how the seeds are transported from southern and eastern occupied parts of Ukraine to Russia.”