Azeri Banks Corner Fake AV, Pharma Market

Banks in Azerbaijan that have courted the shadowy trade in spam-advertised pharmaceuticals now have cornered the market for processing credit card payments for fake antivirus software, new data reveals. In June, KrebsOnSecurity highlighted research from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) showing that Azerigazbank, a financial institution in Azerbaijan, was the primary merchant bank for … Читать далее

Banks Hold Key to Killing Rogue Pharmacies

More than half of all sales at the world’s largest rogue Internet pharmacy in the last four years were charged to credit and debit cards issued by the top seven card-issuing banks, new research suggests. Unlicensed pharmacies create public health risks and confuse consumers who are looking for safe and reliable prescription medicines. Rogue pharma … Читать далее

Rustock Botnet Suspect Sought Job at Google

Microsoft has fingered  a possible author of the late Rustock spam botnet – a self-described software engineer and mathematician who aspired to one day be hired by Google. Microsoft has apparently allocated significant resources to finding the author, but has not been able to locate him. Rustock remains dead, but Microsoft is still on the … Читать далее

SpamIt, Glavmed Pharmacy Networks Exposed

An organized crime group thought to include individuals responsible for the notorious Storm and Waledac worms generated more than $150 million promoting rogue online pharmacies via spam and hacking, according to data obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com. In June 2010, an anonymous source using the assumed name “Despduck” began an e-mail correspondence with a key anti-spam source … Читать далее

Bredolab Mastermind Was Key Spamit.com Affiliate

The man arrested in Armenia last week for allegedly operating the massive “Bredolab” botnet — a network of some 30 million hacked Microsoft Windows PCs that were rented out to cyber crooks — appears to have generated much of his clientele as an affiliate of Spamit.com, the global spamming operation whose members are blamed for … Читать далее

Spam Volumes Dip After Spamit.com Closure

Spam trackers are seeing a fairly dramatic drop in junk e-mail sent over the past few days, specifically spam relayed by one of the world’s largest spam botnets – although security experts disagree on exactly which botnet may be throttling back or experiencing problems. According to M86 Security Labs, the volume of spam has dipped … Читать далее

Spam Affiliate Program Spamit.com to Close

Spamit, a closely guarded affiliate program that for years has paid some of the world’s top spammers to promote counterfeit pharmacy Web sites, now says that it will close up shop at the end of September. Spamit administrators blamed the impending closure on increased public attention to its program, which interacted with affiliates via several … Читать далее