FBI: $20M in Fraudulent Wire Transfers to China

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned this week that cyber thieves have stolen approximately $20 million  over the past year from small to mid-sized U.S. businesses through a series of fraudulent wire transfers sent to Chinese economic and trade companies located near the country’s border with Russia. The FBI said that between March 2010 and … Читать далее

Millions of Passwords, Credit Card Numbers at Risk in Breach of Sony Playstation Network

Sony warned today that intruders had broken into its PlayStation online game network, a breach that may have jeopardized the user names, addresses, passwords and credit card information of up to 70 million customers. In a post to the company’s PlayStation blog, Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said the breach occurred between April 17 and April … Читать далее

SpyEye Targets Opera, Google Chrome Users

The latest version of the SpyEye trojan includes new capability specifically designed to steal sensitive data from Windows users surfing the Internet with the Google Chrome and Opera Web browsers. The author of the SpyEye trojan formerly sold the crimeware-building kit on a number of online cybercrime forums, but has recently limited his showroom displays … Читать далее

Where Did That Scammer Get Your Email Address?

You’ve seen the emails: They claim to have been sent by a financial institution in a faraway land, or from a corrupt bureaucrat in an equally corrupt government. Whatever the ruse, the senders always claim to need your help in spiriting away millions of dollars. These schemes, known as “419,” “advance fee” and “Nigerian letter” … Читать далее

Adobe Reader, Acrobat Update Nixes Zero Day

Adobe shipped updates to its PDF Reader and Acrobat products today to plug a critical security hole that attackers have been exploiting to break into computers. Fixes are available for Mac, Windows and Linux versions of these software titles. The patch released today addresses two critical flaws. Adobe pushed out a patch for the standalone … Читать далее

Are Megabreaches Out? E-Thefts Downsized in 2010

The number of financial and confidential records compromised as a result of data breaches in 2010 fell dramatically compared to previous years, a decrease that cybercrime investigators attribute to a sea-change in the motives and tactics used by criminals to steal information. At the same time, organizations of all sizes are dealing with more frequent  … Читать далее

Time to Patch Your Flash

If it seems like you just updated your Flash Player software to plug a security hole that attackers were using to break into computers, you’re probably not imagining things: Three weeks ago, Adobe rushed out a new version to sew up a critical new security flaw. Today, Adobe issued a critical Flash update to eliminate … Читать далее

U.S. Government Takes Down Coreflood Botnet

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI were granted unprecedented authority this week to seize control over a criminal botnet that enslaved millions of computers and to use that power to disable the malicious software on infected PCs. Sample network diagram of Coreflood, Source:FBI The target of the takedown was “Coreflood,” an infamous botnet that … Читать далее

Microsoft Issues Monster Patch Update

Microsoft released a record number of software updates yesterday to fix at least 64 security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems and Office products, including at least one that attackers are actively exploiting. Updates are available for all versions of Windows via Windows Update or Automatic Update. Nine of the patches earned Microsoft’s “critical” rating, … Читать далее

Is Your Computer Listed “For Rent”?

When it’s time to book a vacation or a quick getaway, many of us turn to travel reservation sites like Expedia, Travelocity and other comparison services. But there’s a cybercrime-friendly booking service that is not well-known. When cyber crooks want to get away — with a crime — increasingly they are turning to underground online … Читать далее