Nearly 2,500 Companies Hacked in Ongoing Cyberattack

A widespread cyber attack that started 18 months ago has affected nearly 2,500 businesses and government agencies. Led by a Zeus variant, it infiltrates corporate and government networks and steals passwords, log on credentials, banking info and other confidential data. …

   

Disturbed Spammer Targets Law Firm

A San Francisco law firm has found itself the target of a disturbed spammer. A woman named Leslie Brodie has been spamming a “petition” to law firms and law students across the country. The petition claims to be part of …

   

Boffins releasing tool to foil drive-by attacks

One of most frightening threats facing Web surfers is the drive-by infection. The thought that their computer could be infected just by entering a Web site is a sobering one to many websters. Peace of mind, though, may be on …

   

The Spam Statemate

The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) has released new figures that put the average volume of email spam on the internet at 90%, peaking as high as 94.2% in recent years. Jerry Upton, MAAWG Executive Director said “We’ve been sitting …

   

Hackers Pumping Out Olympics Spam

It comes as no surprise that scammers have been quick to exploit the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for their own benefit. Spam claiming to have exclusive videos of events like the tragic death of Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili have been …

   

Hacker Gets 13 Years in Prison

A notorious hacker who ran an underground site that was a popular hangout spot for hackers, carders, scammers, spammers, and other cybercriminals was slammed with a 13 year prison sentence for his part in a series of credit card scams …

   

New Botnet Targets Zeus

A new botnet called Spy Eye has an interesting twist. Once installed it searches for traces of the Zeus Trojan, and if found, deletes it. Called “Kill Zeus”, the feature is meant to give Spy Eye exclusive control over the …

   

Google Buzz: socnet or spam magnet?

Google is scrambling to patch the privacy holes in its Buzz application launched last week, hopefully before spammers turn the social network into a gold mine for their repugnant activities. When introduced last Tuesday, the yawning flaws in Buzz could …

   

Twitter Grader Hack Highlights Social Network Spam Risks

The security of social networks was thrust into the spotlight yet again this week with the successful hack of the Twitter Grader application run by Hubspot, a maker of social media and internet marketing tools. The Twitter Grader application uses …

   

Conficker Worm Cripples Police Department

The Conficker worm shut down the Manchester UK police station for 3 days earlier this month. It forced police officers to rely on other jurisdictions to access the country’s criminal data base as the Manchester station was disconnected from the …