1 News New Zealand: Spate of ram-raids driven by social media – police

1 News New Zealand: Spate of ram-raids driven by social media – police. A “ram-raid” is when a vehicle is crashed into a target location with the intention of robbery. “Police say social media is a key driving force behind the spike in ram raids across the country. Detective Inspector Karen Bright told reporters on Wednesday that offenders as young as 11 years old were posting their exploits online.”

ABC News: As NFT scams proliferate online, crypto sleuths are fighting back

ABC News: As NFT scams proliferate online, crypto sleuths are fighting back. “Spend enough time online, and you’re sure to run into scammers who try to steal your money by asking you to confirm your credit card information or sign up for fake PC protection plans. Now, online scams have reached the lucrative world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) — and a group of tech sleuths are fighting back.”

Krebs on Security: Leaked Chats Show LAPSUS$ Stole T-Mobile Source Code

Krebs on Security: Leaked Chats Show LAPSUS$ Stole T-Mobile Source Code. “KrebsOnSecurity recently reviewed a copy of the private chat messages between members of the LAPSUS$ cybercrime group in the week leading up to the arrest of its most active members last month. The logs show LAPSUS$ breached T-Mobile multiple times in March, stealing source code for a range of company projects. T-Mobile says no customer or government information was stolen in the intrusion.”

Bloomberg Quint: These Art Sleuths Are Taking on Traffickers in a $10 Billion Black Market

Bloomberg Quint: These Art Sleuths Are Taking on Traffickers in a $10 Billion Black Market. “From a tiny office in southern India, S. Vijay Kumar scans case files on his laptop with the precision of a forensic scientist. To an untrained eye, the width of a bronze Shiva’s nose or the definition of its knuckles are invisible details. To Kumar, these are clues on a statue that unlock some of history’s biggest art heists.”

DP Review: Stolen Drone Info is a one-stop shop to search for lost or stolen drones

DP Review: Stolen Drone Info is a one-stop shop to search for lost or stolen drones. “Drones go missing every single day. Whether they’re stolen or end up lost as the result of a crash or flyaway, a tool to help track them down was needed. Enter Stolen Drone Info (SDI). Powered by DroneSec’s internal intelligence platform, SDI scans popular open marketplaces, where drones are likely to turn up, including Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and eBay.”

BuzzFeed News: Snake Oil Medicine And Fake Vax Cards Are Among $149 Million In Alleged COVID Fraud

BuzzFeed News: Snake Oil Medicine And Fake Vax Cards Are Among $149 Million In Alleged COVID Fraud. “Forging vaccine cards, passing off fake medicine as the Moderna vaccine, and billing hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent tests are among the criminal activity alleged by the Department of Justice Wednesday as it unveiled a slew of COVID-related fraud charges. The government is charging 21 people across the country in cases totaling $149 million in alleged COVID fraud. Charges include taking kickbacks, exploiting the Telehealth system, and misusing aid from the CARES Act.”

The Times: Stolen AirPods give away Russian retreat positions

The Times: Stolen AirPods give away Russian retreat positions. “A Ukrainian man has been able to track the redeployment of Russian troops to the east of the country via a pair of wireless earbuds looted from his home near Kyiv. Vitaliy Semenets used the ‘Find my’ feature available on Apple products to follow the progress of the stolen Airpod via Bluetooth technology.”

Mashable: How to report plagiarized NFTs as stolen art

Mashable: How to report plagiarized NFTs as stolen art. “So you’ve been ripped off. Someone took your art and, without your permission, minted it as a non-fungible token. And now that same scammer has listed those NFTs of your plagiarized art for sale, and is raking in the ill-gotten gains. This is a depressingly common occurrence, and thankfully you’re not completely without recourse — though getting your stolen art removed from massive NFT exchanges like OpenSea and Rarible isn’t going to be easy.”

WIRED: The Long Shadow of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ Scam

WIRED: The Long Shadow of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ Scam. “IN NOVEMBER 2021, Oluwaseun Medayedupin was arrested by the Nigerian police in Lagos. An investigation found that he had been pursuing ‘disgruntled employees’ from American companies and pushing them to release ransomware on internal enterprise servers, offering a percentage of the cut if they agreed to collaborate in the attack. This was a sophisticated social engineering scheme, far more advanced than the notorious ‘Nigerian prince’ emails that have made the country of Nigeria synonymous with scams.”

Miami Herald: Hackers stole 20 million credit card records from Chili’s, Chipotle and others, feds say

Miami Herald: Hackers stole 20 million credit card records from Chili’s, Chipotle and others, feds say. “A hacking group targeted businesses across all 50 states and stole more than 20 million debit and credit card records from customers, federal officials said. Denys Iarmak, 32, from Ukraine, is the third member in the group’s scheme to face prison time, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington said in an April 7 news release.”

The Guardian: Stolen Darwin journals returned to Cambridge University library

The Guardian: Stolen Darwin journals returned to Cambridge University library. “Two Charles Darwin manuscripts that were reported as stolen from Cambridge University library have been anonymously returned in a pink gift bag, with a typed note on an envelope wishing a happy Easter to the librarian. The items were found to be missing in 2001, but at the time staff believed they may have been misshelved.”

‘Biggest fraud in a generation’: The looting of the Covid relief plan known as PPP (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘Biggest fraud in a generation’: The looting of the Covid relief plan known as PPP. “Many who participated in what prosecutors are calling the largest fraud in U.S. history — the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money intended to help those harmed by the coronavirus pandemic — couldn’t resist purchasing luxury automobiles. Also mansions, private jet flights and swanky vacations. They came into their riches by participating in what experts say is the theft of as much as $80 billion — or about 10 percent — of the $800 billion handed out in a Covid relief plan known as the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP.”

Chicago Sun-Times: CPS has lost 8% of schools’ ‘tech assets’ during COVID, tens of thousands of computers, even air purifiers, defibrillators

Chicago Sun-Times: CPS has lost 8% of schools’ ‘tech assets’ during COVID, tens of thousands of computers, even air purifiers, defibrillators. “Among the missing items: tens of thousands of computers, iPads and other high-tech devices. They were lent to students during remote learning but weren’t returned. The police suspect that much of the other property CPS listed as missing actually was stolen by people with access to school buildings during the pandemic. It isn’t just computers. Air purifiers, defibrillators, a treadmill, lawn equipment and other property also vanished from schools since the beginning of the pandemic.”

The Verge: Two men arrested for $1.1 million NFT ‘rug pull’ scam

The Verge: Two men arrested for $1.1 million NFT ‘rug pull’ scam. “US government prosecutors have charged two men with fraud and money laundering over a cryptocurrency ‘rug pull’ scheme. Ethan Nguyen and Andre Llacuna allegedly earned around $1.1 million by selling non-fungible tokens (or NFTs) based on cartoon-like characters called “Frosties.” After selling the NFTs, they shut down the project and transferred its funds to a series of separate crypto wallets, leaving Frosties owners bereft of promised rewards.”