Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, in December 2018, will finally receive her extradition hearing on January 20, 2020, CNBC reports. The US has charged Ms Meng and her company with bank and wire fraud in violation of American sanctions against Iran. Both she and her company deny the charges, and the extradition hearing will decide whether Canada sends her south of the border to face an American court. The hearings won't be quick: they're expected to last months, perhaps even years.
The Sodinokibi ransomware gang that put its teeth into foreign exchange service Travelex still has a grip on the company, and indicates, according to BleepingComputer, that Travelex will pay "one way or another." That is, the company will either pony up $6 million in ransom (up from an initial demand of $3 million), or the gang will release the 5GB of unencrypted data it scooped up during the attack and embarrass Travelex by dumping it online. Travelex is hanging tough, sort of, although since they're said (by Computing) to "be in negotiations" with the Sodinokibi operators while at the same time declining to formally declare a data breach to the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, they may be hanging tougher with the ICO than they are with the hoods. The National Cyber Security Centre and the Financial Conduct Authority are investigating, reports PYMNTS. The attack has had secondary effects on the major banks who use Travelex services. McAfee has in the past connected Sodinokibi with Iran, but on the whole this looks much more like a criminal attack than a state-directed operation.
Interpol is declaring a substantial victory over the CoinHive cryptojacker. BankInfo Security reports that the international police agency, in what it's calling "Operation Goldfish Alpha," has scrubbed the malware from some 16,000 infected MicroTik routers. The global center of the infestation was Southeast Asia.
A St. Louis man has been sentenced to four year's in prison for stealing the identities of a large number of public school teachers in the US states of Alabama and Mississippi. He used the identities to file fraudulent tax returns in order to claim $12 million in refunds.