Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

4/2/2019
10:30 AM
50%
50%

Sentence Handed Down in $4.2 Million BEC Scheme

Maryland man conspired in a business email compromise scheme that stole from at least 13 separate victims over the course of a year.

The US Department of Justice this week announced that a Maryland man was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for his role in a large business email compromise (BEC) scheme that netted more than $4.2 million for the conspirators.

Nkeng Amin, also known as "Rapone" or "Arnold," was sentenced as a result of a plea agreement in which he pled guilty to setting up bank accounts for use as "drop accounts" where victims would place money, and as disbursement accounts for sharing money between conspirators.

The scheme, which ran between February 2016 and July 2017, defrauded at least 13 individuals and businesses. The criminals would pose as companies with which the victims had business relationships, and provide instructions for wiring funds, and then empty the accounts.

In addition to Amin, the co-conspirators who also pleaded guilty include:

  • Aldrin Fon Fomukong, also known as "Albanky" or "A.L.," age 24, of Greenbelt, Maryland;
  • Carlson Cho, also known as "Uncle Tiga2," age 23, of Braintree, Massachusetts;
  • Izou Ere Digifa, also known as "Lzuo Digifa," or "Mimi VA," age 22, of Lynchburg, Virginia;
  • Yanick Eyong, age 26, of Bowie, Maryland;
  • Ishmail Ganda, also known as "Banker TD," age 31, of College Park, Maryland.
  • While Fomukong and Digifa await sentencing, the others have been sentenced to prison terms from 90 days to 57 months.

For more, read here.

 

 

 

Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Ritu_G
50%
50%
Ritu_G,
User Rank: Moderator
4/8/2019 | 3:52:25 AM
Stop in the name of the law
It's always good to see our law come through for cases such as  this. I don't think anybody wants to know that there are a lot of people getting away for swindling and cheating and hopefully this conviction will help to raise up the level of confidence in the city for the law enforcement teams.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 6/1/2020
Stay-at-Home Orders Coincide With Massive DNS Surge
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  5/27/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-4019
PUBLISHED: 2020-06-01
The file editing functionality in the Atlassian Companion App before version 1.0.0 allows local attackers to have the app run a different executable in place of the app's cmd.exe via a untrusted search path vulnerability.
CVE-2020-4020
PUBLISHED: 2020-06-01
The file downloading functionality in the Atlassian Companion App before version 1.0.0 allows remote attackers, who control a Confluence Server instance that the Companion App is connected to, execute arbitrary .exe files via a Protection Mechanism Failure.
CVE-2020-4021
PUBLISHED: 2020-06-01
Affected versions are: Before 8.5.5, and from 8.6.0 before 8.8.1 of Atlassian Jira Server and Data Center allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTML or JavaScript via a cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the XML export view.
CVE-2020-4023
PUBLISHED: 2020-06-01
The review coverage resource in Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.8.2 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTML or Javascript via a cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability through the committerFilter parameter.
CVE-2020-4013
PUBLISHED: 2020-06-01
The review resource in Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.8.1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTML or Javascript via a cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability through the review objectives.