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US Superior Court Used for Phishing

A 33-year-old Texas was sentenced on 22 October for hacking Los Angeles Superior Court's systems in July 2017. Through a phishing attack he compromised an employee email account, which he then used for spear-phishing attacks targeting thousands of other Superior Court's employees. The emails contained fake Dropbox notifications asking for user credentials. This way the man gathered email addresses and passwords of hundreds of Superior Court employees.

Using the credentials he went on to send more than two million phishing emails impersonating American Express and Wells Fargo to steal banking login credentials, personal identifying information, and credit card information. Although the culprit tried to destroy the evidence, he was caught and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and $47,479 fine.

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