British cyber attack steals bitcoins from US Sports and Movie stars

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An 8 member group of cyber criminals reportedly indulged in cyber crime involving cryptocurrency steal and personal information of many celebrities pertaining to Sports and Movie field of United States.

The National Crime Agency(NCA) of United States that launched a probe in the incident last month found that an eight member gang of criminals hacked many phone lines of musicians, their families, and some sports and movie stars to steal personal information such as the banking details and content posted on various social media platforms.

Based on the tip off given by FBI in association with the US Secret Service, NCA arrested a team of criminals aged between 18 and 26 from England and Scotland.

A detailed investigation revealed that the gang stolen digital currency from victims based in United States and Canada by swapping their original sims by duplicate ones. Meaning, they somehow managed to somehow switch of the victim’s phone line and duplicated their sim to pose as the victim to transfer funds from bank accounts and various cryptocurrency wallets.

“It was an organized group of cyber crooks that siphoned money from celebrities mostly based in United States”, says Stefy Marriott, from Cisco Talos.

So, individuals using bank accounts and e-wallets are being urged to keep a tab of their accounts at least once a week as it helps in identifying any fraudulent transactions before anything serious could take place.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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