3 Nigerian scammers get 235 years of total jail time in US
The three Nigerian nationals were part of a 21-member gang of cyber criminals, of which six, including Ayelotan, Raheem, and Mewase, were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi in July 2015 to face charges in the case.
Until now, the justice department has charged a total of 21 suspects in this case: 12 defendants have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy while 11 have been sentenced. Once they gained the victim’s trust and affection, they would convince them to carry out money laundering schemes and launder money from other rackets via MoneyGrams and Western Union, or resend electronics and other goods bought with stolen credit cards to countries where they could be sold for a profit.
The gang members were arrested by South African police in a joint operation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations ( HSI) and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service in December 2015.
Cyber-security firm enSilo has released a patch for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that will protect against attacks via a hacking tool dumped online by the Shadow Brokers last month, and allegedly developed by the NSA.
Microsoft didn’t patch against ESTEEMAUDIT attacks. enSilo researchers developed a patch for ESTEEMAUDIT because Microsoft has not provided security updates to protect against this.
This is because ESTEEMAUDIT only works on Windows XP and Windows 2003, two operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014, and 2015, respectively.
After the Shadow Brokers dumped a collection of NSA hacking tools on April 14, a day later, Microsoft announced that its engineers had secretly patched Windows against most exploits a month earlier, in March.
After the WannaCry ransomware out- break, Microsoft did something uncharacteristic and issued an update for all unsupported versions of its OS. This out-of-band security update patched the older OS versions against the ETERNALBLUE exploit, used by the WannaCry ransomware.
Later it was discovered that Microsoft had created the ETERNALBLUE patch in February, but didn’t release it, for unknown reasons.
Furthermore, the Washington Post found out that the NSA had reached out to Microsoft earlier in the year, to tell the company about the stolen exploits and their capabilities. This is the reason why Microsoft had released patches since March, a month before the actual Shadow Brokers dump.
If Microsoft has a patch for the ESTEEMAUDIT exploit stockpiled on one of its servers, we’ll never know.
Crooks who peddle stolen credit cards like to use American figures of wealth and power in their digital advertisements for their shops that run incessantly on various cybercrime forums. McDumpals, a hugely popular carding site that borrows the Ronald McDonald character from McDonald’s and caters to bulk buyers. Uncle Sam’s dump shop, which wants YOU! to buy American. An up-and-coming stolen credit card shop called Trump’sDumps, uses the 45th president’s likeness and promises to make credit card fraud great again.
One reason thieves who sell stolen credit cards like to use popular American figures in their ads may be that a majority of their clients are people in the United States. Very often we’re talking about street gang members in the U. S. who use their purchased “dumps” — the data copied from the magnetic stripes of cards swiped through hacked point-of-sale systems — to make counterfeit copies of the cards. They then use the counterfeit cards in big-box stores to buy merchandise that they can easily resell for cash, such as gift cards, Apple devices and gaming systems.