Trojan Tricks Victims Into Transferring Funds

It’s horrifying enough when a computer crook breaks into your PC, steals your passwords and empties your bank account. Now, a new malware variant uses a devilish scheme to trick people into voluntarily transferring money from their accounts to a cyber thief’s account. The German Federal Criminal Police (the “Bundeskriminalamt” or BKA for short) recently … Читать далее

Spam & Fake AV: Like Ham & Eggs

An explosion of online fraud tools and services online makes it easier than ever for novices to get started in computer crime. At the same time, a growing body of evidence suggests that much of the world’s cybercrime activity may be the work of a core group of miscreants who’ve been at it for many … Читать далее

Calif. Co. Sues Bank Over $465k eBanking Heist

A California real estate escrow company that lost more than $465,000 in an online banking heist last year is suing its former financial institution, alleging that the bank was negligent and that it failed to live up to the terms of its own online banking contract. The plight of Redondo Beach, Calif. based Village View … Читать далее

Google: Your Computer Appears to Be Infected

Google today began warning more than a million Internet users that their computers are infected with a malicious program that hijacks search results and tries to scare users into purchasing fake antivirus software. Google security engineer Damian Menscher said he discovered the monster network of hacked machines while conducting routine maintenance at a Google data … Читать далее

Comcast Hijacks Firefox Homepage: “We’ll Fix”

Comcast says it is revamping the software that new customers need to install to start service with the ISP. The software is unfriendly to Mac users running Firefox: It changes the browser’s homepage to comcast.net, and blocks users from changing it to anything else. I heard this from a friend who’d just signed up for … Читать далее

eBanking Theft Costs Town of Eliot, Me. $28k

Organized cyber thieves stole more than $28,000 from a small New England town last week. The case once again highlights the mismatch between the sophistication of today’s attackers and the weak security measures protecting many commercial online banking accounts. On July 11, 2011, I alerted the town controller of Eliot, Maine that its accounts were … Читать далее

Microsoft Offers $250K Bounty for Rustock Author

Microsoft said today that it is offering a $250,000 reward for new information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the Rustock botnet, a now-defunct crime machine that was once responsible for sending 40 percent of all junk email. The bounty is the software giant’s latest salvo in its war on … Читать далее

Apple’s i-Patches Fix Critical iOS Flaws

Apple has issued a software update that fixes at least three serious security holes in supported versions of its iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod Touch devices. The patch targets security weaknesses in the way iOS devices render PDF files. Experts have been warning that attackers could leverage the flaws to install software without warning or … Читать далее

Is Your Voicemail Wide Open?

The “phone-hacking” scandal that has gripped the U.K. is now making waves on this side of the pond. It stems from an alleged series of intrusions into the wireless voicemail boxes of high profile celebrities and 9/11 victims. The news stories about this scandal make it sound as if the attacks were sophisticated — an … Читать далее

More Than 100 Arrested in Fake Internet Sales

Law enforcement officials in Romania and the United States have arrested and charged more than 100 individuals in connection with an organized fraud ring that used phony online auctions for cars, boats and other high-priced items to bilk consumers out of at least $10 million. According to a statement from the Justice Department, the scams … Читать далее