Monthly Archives: July 2012

Man who tricked women into taking hacked webcams into shower is jailed

Jail for man who tricked women into taking hacked webcams into shower

It's jail for a 21-year-old Californian man who tricked female victims into taking their spyware-infected laptops into the shower with them.

Thousands of secretly-taken still images and videos were found on Trevor Harwell's computer.

Windows malware found in iOS App Store. Say what?!

Windows malware found in iOS App Store. Say what?!

Malware has hit the iOS App Store! But don't panic; it won't harm your iPhone or iPad - it's Windows malware.

Yes, you did hear that right.

Mac malware Crisis on Mountain Lion eve?

Mac malware Crisis on Mountain Lion eve?

SophosLabs recently received a intriguing Mac malware sample, variously known as Crisis and Morcut.

Its appearance so close to the release of Mountain Lion is almost certainly a coincidence - but nevertheless a timely reminder about security if you plan to rush out to get a Mac when the new OS drops later today!

Malware attack spread as email from your office's HP scanner

Malware attack poses as email from your office's HP scanner

Cybercriminals are attempting to infect computers around the world, disguising their attack as an email claiming to come from a scanner in your office.

Man who spied on cheating wife's email has charges against him dropped (because she was snooping back)

Husband who spied on cheating wife's email has charges against him dropped

Would you ever snoop on your spouse's email?

When Leon Walker began to read his wife's email, he confirmed she was having an affair. But that was only the start of the trouble he found himself in..

The top four reasons users don't upgrade their software (but probably ought to)

The top four reasons users don't upgrade their software (but probably ought to)

Bet you didn't you know that it's ITUW!

That's right. It's International Technology Upgrade Week.

Don't worry - I didn't know, either. Find out more...

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

Authorities in the United States have charged two men in connection with a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack that crippled websites such as Amazon.com in June 2008.

Mom arrested for hacking school computers, tweaking her kids' grades

Mom arrested for hacking school computers, tweaking her kids' grades

A US mother is facing charges that she allegedly hacked into her children's school computer, changing their grades, and accessed thousands of the school's personnel files that contained contracts, employee reports and other information.

Indian computers the worst for flooding the internet with spam, report discovers

Indian computers the worst for flooding the internet with spam, report discovers

SophosLabs reports on the top twelve spam relaying countries for April - June 2012.

BlackHat conference in giant phishing gaffe

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The annual BlackHat conference in Las Vegas prides itself as "the best and biggest event of its kind, unique in its ability to define tomorrow's information security landscape."

That may well be. But this year's event has kicked off with a giant security boo-boo.

Russian hacker's App Store fraud site adds Mac support

Russian hacker's App Store fraud site adds Mac support

ZonD Eighty, the Russian hacker who brought App Store fraud to unjailbroken iPads and iPhones, has extended his "service" to OS X users.

Mac owners can now join their iDevice brethren in ripping off developers.

Police mobile phone sting fails when.. err.. no handsets stolen

Police mobile phone sting fails when no handsets stolen

When British police left secretly tracked phones as "bait" hoping that they would be stolen by thieves from bars and pubs, they probably thought they had come up with an ingenious plan.

Is security training futile?

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Phishing attacks succeed against even those who should know better.

Which all begs the question, "Why bother with security training?"

SSCC 95 - Oracle patches, lost USB sticks, App Store shenanigans and WiFi heists

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Chet and Duck take on the week's news once again in their inimitable and informative style.

You'll be glad to hear that there are several "good news" stories this week - data that didn't leak, malware that didn't infect, and cybercriminals who didn't get away with it!

Police admit defeat over Climate Research Unit hack

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British police have admitted that there is no prospect of them identifying who was responsible for "ClimateGate" - a high profile hack that exposed confidential data and emails from the Climate Research Centre (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

Blackhole malware attack poses as rejected wire transfer email

Malware attack poses as rejected wire transfer email

SophosLabs is intercepting a wave of malicious emails that have been spammed out around the world, luring unsuspecting internet users into clicking on a malicious attachment.

Sun journalist arrested in computer hacking investigation

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Scotland Yard has arrested a tabloid journalist as part of their investigation into computer hacking.

Telecom firm says "No" to FBI surveillance demands

Telecom firm says "No" to FBI surveillance demands

In a case that has been cloaked in secrecy, a phone company is fighting an FBI request to access customer records.

Oracle patches 87 flaws in DB, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Solaris, MySQL and more

Oracle patches 87 flaws in DB, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Solaris, MySQL and more

Oracle's quarterly patch release fixes 87 vulnerabilities in various products including its Database, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Solaris and MySQL products.

Furtive French photos feign as Facebook, but it's a malware attack

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A quasi-French malware attack has been spammed out, offering photographs.

Don't open the attachment - or you could end up with an infected computer!