The Hindu: Retiree loses ₹1 lakh to Google Maps loophole. “A 60-year-old retired government servant in Thane has become the latest victim of scamsters who exploit a loophole on Google Maps to acquire bank details of people. The Kapurbawdi police said the woman, who stays with her family at Majiwada, found on Monday that ₹1 lakh was debited from her account after she dialled a number she found on Google for Axis Bank’s Fort branch.” This is happening way too much to folks in India. ₹1 lakh is a little over $1400 USD.
Ars Technica: Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency. “The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging to attackers, a researcher with Eset said in a blog post. As a result, people who intended to use the app to transfer digital coins into a wallet of their choosing would instead deposit the funds into a wallet belonging to the attackers.”
Motherboard: Hacker Who Stole $5 Million By SIM Swapping Gets 10 Years in Prison. “A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks is the first person to be sentenced for the crime.”
Times of India: Gang uses Google Maps to identify, loot 11 temples in Karnataka. “A five-member gang targeted 11 temples in the deserted areas of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts and took away valuables worth Rs 2.9 lakh in the past five months. Their biggest accomplice in the heists was Google maps.”
Artnet: Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities. “Using their expert knowledge of archaeology, a sophisticated new database, and plenty of detective work, the dedicated team at the British Museum is working closely with colleagues in Cairo and Khartoum to identify problematic objects and expose fictitious provenances. They are also looking for works currently on offer at auction houses, galleries, and on websites such as eBay set off alarm bells. If there is evidence that could lead to an object’s recovery and repatriation, the British Museum reports the information to law enforcement agencies, including Scotland Yard and US Customs.”
Yay! CBC: Hard drive full of Art City’s history returned after break-in. “A treasured backup drive holding more 20 years of history was returned to its rightful owners at Art City on Saturday afternoon. On Boxing Day, the non-profit organization’s office on Broadway was broken into; the archive was stolen, along with a 3D printer, several digital cameras and a scanner.”
CBC: Art City pleads for return of digital archive stolen in Christmas break-in. “The organization, based in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood, is not overly concerned with the pieces of equipment that were taken, as it’s all replaceable, Ruth said. What they are concerned about, however, is a digital backup drive that was taken which contains thousands of photographs and other records of Art City’s 20-year history providing after-school art programs for youth.”