Spam Site Registrations Flee China for Russia

A crackdown by the Chinese government on anonymous domain name registrations has chased spammers from Chinese registrars (.cn) to those that handle the registration of Russian (.ru) Web site names, new spam figures suggest. Yet, those spammy domains may soon migrate to yet another country, as Russia is set to enforce a policy similar to … Читать далее

Online Thieves Take $205,000 Bite Out of Missouri Dental Practice

Organized computer criminals yanked more than $200,000 out of the online bank accounts of a Missouri dental practice this month, in yet another attack that exposes the financial risks that small- to mid-sized organizations face when banking online. Dentists working at the Smile Zone, a Springfield, Mo. based dental practice that caters specifically to the … Читать далее

Microsoft to Issue Emergency IE Fix

Microsoft Corp. said today it plans to break from its regularly scheduled monthly software update cycle to issue a patch on Tuesday for a security hole in its Internet Explorer Web browser that hackers have been exploiting lately. Microsoft normally releases security updates on “Patch Tuesday,” the second Tuesday of each month. But this Tuesday, … Читать далее

Removing Viruses from a PC That Won’t Boot

One of the more common questions I hear from readers with computer virus infections is, “How do I get rid of a virus if I can’t even boot up into Windows to run an anti-virus scan?” Fortunately, there are a number of free, relatively easy-to-use tools that can help on this front. The tools in … Читать далее

Would You Have Spotted the Fraud?

Pictured below is what’s known as a skimmer, or a device made to be affixed to the mouth of an ATM and secretly swipe credit and debit card information when bank customers slip their cards into the machines to pull out money. Skimmers have been around for years, of course, but thieves are constantly improving … Читать далее

Cybersecurity Policy Roundup

There are several cybersecurity policy issues on Capitol Hill that are worth keeping an eye on. Lawmakers in the Senate have introduced a measure that would call for trade restrictions against countries identified as hacker havens. Another proposal is meeting resistance from academics who worry about the effect of the bill’s mandatory certification programs for … Читать далее

AVprofit: Rogue AV + Zeus = $

The presence of rogue anti-virus products, also known as scareware, on a Microsoft Windows computer is often just the most visible symptom of a more serious and insidious system-wide infection. To understand why, it helps to take a peek inside some of the more popular rogue anti-virus distribution networks that are paying people to peddle … Читать далее

Bring Back ‘Live’ Web Chats?

I’ve been hearing from a number of readers who followed me here from the Security Fix blog at The Washington Post, asking if I plan to resume my bi-weekly “live” chats wherein I attempt  to field questions from readers about security, privacy and other tech-related matters. I hosted roughly 50 of these live Web chats … Читать далее

Organized Crooks Hit NJ Town, Ark. Utility

An Arkansas public water utility and a New Jersey town are the latest victims of an organized cyber crime gang that is stealing tens of millions of dollars from small to mid-sized organizations via online bank theft. On Thursday, officials in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. acknowledged that a sizable amount of money was taken in … Читать далее