Cybercriminals Procuring High Net Worth Victims Using LinkedIn

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LinkedIn Used for Sextortion Scams

Cristal M Clark

Sometimes human nature is so utterly predictable it’s not even remotely funny, for instance those that are a rather bit unfaithful while in a relationship. The fear of getting caught is just as exciting to them as the fear of losing the relationship is. I’ve asked people before why they did it if they are so afraid of losing the relationship, most once you peel back the layers use excuses so as to explain or really justify it by making the spouse or partner out to be the one that pushed them to do it, by not giving attention, or for refusing some sort of sexual endeavor, yet in the end they really had not a single good reason for having an affair other than, they are manipulative and selfish individuals who required more attention than your average individual with the very real motive being nothing more or less than pure selfishness, the need for gratification without taking time to think of others.

It is not just men either, it is both men and women. If you look carefully you will find a certain psychology of those that are prone to have affairs or who just bounce from partner to partner seeking nothing more than sexual gratification.

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Now is the time capitalize on that if anyone was wondering.

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These day’s cybercriminals are capitalizing on just that and targeting high-net-worth individuals utilizing LinkedIn, striking up online emotional relationships, then cashing in in what is referred to as a sextortion scam because they know the older a person is, the potential for a higher salary to be earned follows. After said online relationship is formed or established rather and on solid ground, the cybercriminals then threaten to reveal details of the affair with the victim’s partner unless a ransom is paid in bitcoin.

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And people are in fact paying, which in some cases does them no real good in the end.

According to researchers who have been studying the gangs for the last 7 months, these cybercriminals are creating gangs, utilizing recruiting methods with accompanying salaries just like an average every day business would. Some of those salaries being offered are up somewhere around the $300K annually and for new hires who have programming skills, those salaries are being paid to the tune of roughly $1,094,940.00 annually, which shows that these organizations are in fact, making enough money to pay high salaries to those that join them. They then target lawyers, doctors, corporate executives and anyone else with high salaries.

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The most fruitful playground to find these victims just so happens to be LinkedIn which attracts more higher paid professionals. Think about it, if you are looking at Facebook or Twitter, you might not truly know what someone does for a living but you get to LinkedIn and it’s basically that individuals’ entire professional history right up to their current title and for whom they work sometimes relationship status are also found on LinkedIn.

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Then of course the other social media platforms are used so as to learn more personal details with regards to the target and as you might imagine they might even be able to find the individual perusing dating sights. The problem is usually two parts for any victim.

People tend to share it all using social media, which means that you are giving someone including scammers and cybercriminals a real good insight into your inner workings, emotionally and psychologically, they can figure someone out in less time than it takes me to get through a single cup of coffee and that is generally in under two minutes. They can tell everything about the intended target, are they happy in the relationship, are they happy yet daring and willing to risk it all? Do they have children, where do they like to eat, shop, take in a weekend getaway? Couple all of that with something like a data breech, such as passwords, or a data breech from our app’s which often share information about us across a multitude of platforms and it can make an extortion attempt even more profitable.

Cybercriminals are upping the stakes and utilizing multiple social media and dating platforms in efforts to target and make money off of their victims. Sadly, our expectations are that we will be protected from such things and the reality is that we simply cannot be protected by our government or the very social media platforms, it is our choice as individuals after all to post everything that we do, so in a sense, we actually are, partially responsible whenever our information is leaked and then utilized in a scam.

Cristal M Clark

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Scammers World Wide Failed to Meet 2018 Financial Goals

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Wave of Bomb Threats Sent

It would appear that scammers worldwide have failed to meet this year’s financial goals so they had to resort to plan b.

As reported by social media and numerous law enforcement agencies On Wednesday afternoon, a wave of bomb threats were reported at various locations across the United States.

Those being, schools, hospitals, government offices, businesses and something new, private residences.

The threats came by email according to law enforcement.

NBC News quoted the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s brief statement on the investigation:

“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city. These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time.”

Scammers are becoming increasingly more and more brazen albeit, ridiculous in terms of the threats circulating these days, but generally you can still tell that it is complete and total bs.

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Whomever is behind the threats is clearly truly quite inept.

Guess, who is not impressed by this latest attempt to score some cryptocurrency?

This is not how we communicate with one another here in America, try texting and shortening the length of that poorly written demand for Bitcoin next time.

Cristal M Clark

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Bitcoin Set to Drop to $900

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Dot-Com Bubble at it’s Finest

 

So Bitcoin is just taking an absolute beating lately and it is not looking like that proverbial beating is going to let up anytime soon.

Back in December Bitcoin took a hit of somewhere near $20,000 the numbers could actually be slightly worse but who’s counting, really?

It’s looking a lot like Bitcoin is going to fall down another 90% because it’s environment is completely unstable.

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Because of the way the dot-com environment is set up, which is to become rich quick then fall, then stabilize, basically by default the environment is so volatile that it is a lot like being set up to fail.

Basically it’s a do-over of the 90’s when all of the dot-com’s rose to the top then toppled over which is comparable to the game Jenga.

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Bitcoin already has over 50 million outstanding coins regardless of the fact that it’s creators intended to limit it at no more than 21 million coins.

And, if you’d like a little fuel added to that fire, rivals can already create clones in a rather unlimited supply.

Adding further fuel to the fire tradable cryptocurrency rose 120% in 2017.

Parabolic:

of relating to, or involving a parable

And parabolic is key to cryptocurrency, parabolically increasing supply just so happens to be the primary limitation to the market price appreciation.

According to Bloomberg’s Intelligence Commodity Strategist Mike McGlone:

“There’s a strong gravitational pull toward $900, the average price since inception and the start of 2017.”

As with the rise and fall of the dot-com era it is truly anyone’s guess as to who will survive the cryptocurrency fall of 2018 and beyond.

Cristal M Clark

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Bitcoin Price Likely Manipulated?

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Bitcoin – Invest At Your Own Risk

Does this come as a huge surprise?

If it does to anyone, I am quite frankly surprised. Everyone should at the very least have the slightest suspicion that the Bitcoin market was, has and is being manipulated.

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It is after all only a logical sequence of events if you were paying attention to Bitcoin prices at all not to mention that quite a bit of cryptocurrency across the board is currently being acquired fraudulently in some fashion or another. 

Bitcoin prices were not moving then, suddenly it made a pretty significant jump.

Now according to a recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics, 4 researchers came together and wrote an article titled “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem,” that paper shows just how the Bitcoin ecosystem is being manipulated.

The researchers are Neil Ganddal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore and Tali Oberman.

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According to the paper, the researchers took a look at the Mt. Gox Bitcoin currency exchange and began to casually notice that roughly $600,000 bitcoins that were valued at $188 million just so happened to have been fraudulently acquired.

Looks like someone forgot to cover their tracks but not so much that we actually know the identity of said criminal. 

“During both periods, the USD-BTC exchange rate rose by an average of four percent on days when suspicious trades took place, compared to a slight decline on days without suspicious activity. Based on rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks, the paper demonstrates that the suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.”

According to what the team was able to learn, the price manipulations looked like they were happening when the market was fairly thin for various cryptocurrencies.

“Despite the huge increase in market capitalization, similar to the bitcoin market in 2013 (the period examined), markets for these other cryptocurrencies are very thin. The number of cryptocurrencies has increased from approximately 80 during the period examined to 843 today! Many of these markets are thin and subject to price manipulation.”

So who is responsible for the manipulation?

According to researchers it appears that two bots named Markus and Willy were conducting what appeared to be legitimate trades yet they did not actually own any bitcoin that they were using which helped drive up the price.

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Mt. Gox was hacked before, during the hack a number of bots did in fact make away with millions.

This is bad news for bitcoin as it clearly demonstrates how easy it is to manipulate the markets and to make off with millions.

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While I am all for breaking off the grid and deregulation here, I still think Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies have a long way to go in terms of developing actual levels of standards, checks and balances, you know something like security and quality checks are firmly in place.

At least it should be considering now that many countries are looking to legalize cryptocurrency and accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment not to mention that the finance industry is also seeking to invest in it pretty heavily.

Cristal M Clark

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2018 Trump Promises Much of the Same – Only Worse

 

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Trump Starts New Year off Telling Pakistan off – James Comey Gets Schooled

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2018 stomped her feet in with Trump’s first tweet of the year, telling Pakistan off, in normal, insultive fashion by informing the world that the leaders of Pakistan have in fact given the United States “nothing but lies and deceit.”

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”

He also just had to add that one little cherry on top:

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more.”

Just last week it was reported that the Trump administration may just withhold something like $225 million in aid to Pakistan because they do and fair is fair, help the very terrorist organizations we and the much of the rest of the world fight.

Still the same, pissing off yet another country is not the way I would have rang in the new year, even though on this one, I agree with everything Trump tweeted.

You cannot argue logic and proof, so in this case, Trump nailed, straight to the wall.

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Then we have Former FBI Director, James Comey, who offered up what he thought would have been taken as some sort of hit at Trump again, however twitter users did not take his tweet that way at all.

“Here’s hoping 2018 brings more ethical leadership, focused on the truth and lasting values. Happy New Year, everybody.”

Yes, that tweet did not go over as James might have planned, users from pretty much all over had something to say:

“Here is hoping 2018 the U.S. will have a clean, politically, FBI…that will actually do their jobs.”

“Lordy, how could you type that with a straight face?”

James received for his new year gift, thousands of responses to say the least, which accused the Former Director of the FBI of lacking self awareness himself due to the many issues surrounding the FBI, while he was it’s director.

Again, who could really argue all of the responses here? While I liked James Comey, I still have quite a bit to say about things like computers, phones and hard drives being destroyed in an effort to let’s just be frank, cover up Hillary Clinton’s, misuse of top secret and official communications.

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Bitcoin also did not fair well as the new year came in, the cryptocurency took a tumble to $19,511 back on 12/18/17, and on 1/1/18, it more or less slipped again to $13,440.

Ouch!

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Lastly, this years newest and craziest diet trend to hit the wire in 2018? The raw water craze.

The idea, well skip drinking filtered water, or even tap water for that matter.

Drinking unfiltered and untreated water, and the kicker is is that it is rather pricey, not to mention that it could actually kill you.

I guess it didn’t kill us when we were kids right? However things have changed rather vastly, more contaminants are of course in the ground, in our drinking water.

Proponents of the trend claim that raw waters health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes, of course science is on the other side of the fence urging us all to forgo this latest trend, because of contaminants but also untreated water contains arsenic and the microbes that can in fact cause an array of health issues…don’t even get me started.

Here’s to a smashing 2018.

Cristal M Clark

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Bitcoiners who use Tor be warned

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Revised  Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

A nifty little law was passed earlier this year by the US supreme court that will allow the FBI to use a single warrant to hack as many computers they’d like to, anywhere in the US and quite possibly the world or so those who are against the ruling say.

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Basically the change means that a single warrant can be obtained to hack a single electronic device and any other electronic devices that were somehow connected to or in some way associated with the original source.

In other words the change to Rule 41 will be a single warrant that will be used for mass surveillance.

The running theory going around the web is that, a single warrant that is issued anywhere in America would then allow the FBI to control as many computers that were associated with the original source on a botnet.

Whether or not they were located in the United States.

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This change leaves Tor and its equivalents feeling like they are prime targets. They feel that the change to Rule 41 is designed to attack Tor through its user base.

The change in the current law will take effect 12/1/2016.

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Sen. Ron Wyden-D-Oregon is fighting the revision to Rule 41 which he says is a “staggering expansion of government hacking and surveillance authority.”

Back in May Sen. Wyden introduced  S. 2952, a measure that would fully block the changes to Rule 41.

Not surprising, the measure hasn’t received a hearing or markup, yet Sen. Wyden is hopeful that a hearing or markup are coming soon.

Let’s not forget, that Sen Wyden does in fact have support from other lawmakers, the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Sen. Wyden’s argument is pretty clear, he says that “this major policy change is going to make it easier for the government to hack into the personal devices of Americans and collect information about them, making American’s feel less safe instead of more.”

He fears that not only would this change grant the Government the ability to hack into a perpetrators device but also the victims which might be considered yet another attack on the victim.

He also feels that the government could also end up damaging, our personal devices, power grids, hospitals and nearly any other system connected to the internet.

Which is a fear that is totally founded, the US Government did manage to infect millions of computers worldwide and the networks of foreign Government’s with malware.

Sen. Wyden started to step up his game last week and in all honesty seeing someone who serves as an elected official fight for the rights of the American People is a rather refreshing change compared to what we normally see from our elected officials.

It is unclear if encrypted data and encrypted devices would be of a challenge to our Government’s hack-a-thon, should the changes to Rule 41 actually take effect on December 1, 2016.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Cristal M Clark

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