Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hacker attack siphons off $150,000 in teacher salaries from payroll systems

Hackers attack siphons off $150,000 in teacher salaries from payroll systems

Hackers used the Thanksgiving holiday to launch a crafty attack against a local school district in the state of Wisconsin, compromising a direct deposit system, and stealing $150,000 intended for teachers.

Technical paper: Journey inside the Blackhole exploit kit

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Do you want to learn more about the exploit kit that is arguably responsible for the most malware infections this year?

Well read the latest technical paper from SophosLabs, where Gabor Szappanos uncovers some of the details behind the Blackhole exploit kit.

Facebook hacks its workers into Hacktober smithereens

Facebook hacks its workers into Hacktober smithereens

Slimy worms! Disguised as Facebook news! Unleashed on unsuspecting Facebook employees - by its own engineering team! This was the second year that Facebook celebrated Hacktober, a month-long feast of self-inflicted cyberattacks designed to tune staff's threat perception.

Albania Pirate Group thrown off Facebook for second time in a month

Albania Pirate Group thrown off Facebook for second time in a month

Hackers who have been sharing information publicly on Facebook about how to break into computer systems have had their pages shut down for the second time in a month.

W32/VBNA-X worm spreads quickly through networks and removable media

W32/VBNA-X worm spreads quickly through networks and removable media

A new particularly virulent version of the malware family known as W32/VBNA (also SillyFDC/Autorun) is spreading very quickly. It takes advantage of Windows Autorun and some very clever social engineering techniques to plant banking Trojans on victim computers.

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION credit cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

A Romanian carding crew allegedly made off with half a million Aussie credit card numbers, racking up charges averaging more than $1000 each on 30,000 of them.

Half a MILLION cards from Australia. And the crooks didn't even need to leave Romania. How could THAT have happened?

Internet Explorer sucks less than it used to, claims Microsoft

Internet Explorer sucks less than it used to, claims Microsoft

There are plenty of people who love to hate Microsoft Internet Explorer.

But does it really suck less than it used to?

Data on International Atomic Energy Agency scientists grabbed in purported hack

Data on Atomic Energy Agency scientists grabbed in purported hack

A group claiming to be from Iran has claimed responsibility for a hack of the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in an effort to expose what the group says is an Israeli nuclear weapons program.

How to report a computer crime: Trolling

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Bob Burls, a veteran computer crime investigator, explains how to report an internet troll to the authorities.

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised.

Budget airline impersonated by Facebook hoaxer and malware spammers

Australian airline Jetstar in double cybertrouble - impersonated by Facebook hoaxer and malware spammers

Budget Australian airline Jetstar is suffering a double dose of cyberpain today.

First up was a hoaxer who managed to create a Facebook persona called "Jetstar Australia". Next came a malware spam campaign masquerading as a Jetstar flight itinerary...

Facebook Groups privacy glitch - did social network move too fast and break things?

Groups privacy glitch after Facebook moves fast and breaks things

Facebook users have been surprised to find they have been subscribed to Groups that they left years before, potentially allowing them to view sensitive and private information.

Cyber Monday sting seizes 132 counterfeit-selling sites

Take Down: Cyber Monday sting seizes 132 counterfeit-selling sites

Agents in the US and Europe celebrated the Cyber Monday online shopping blitz by seizing 132 domain names and shutting down dozens of sites that were allegedly selling counterfeit or falsely labeled goods to unsuspecting buyers.

UK cybercriminal convicted over 9000 skimmed ATM cards

UK cybercriminal convicted over 9000 skimmed ATM cards

Avon and Somerset Police just secured a conviction against a UK-based cybercriminal busted with data from 9000 skimmed ATM cards.

If you've ever wondered whether skimming makes much money for the crooks, that detail alone should settle the matter...

Hard-coded password found in Samsung printers, security fix planned

Samsung printers come with hard-coded password

Companies using Samsung and Dell-branded printers are being warned that a hard coded administrative account could allow remote attackers to take control of their device, according to an alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

Goodbye pseudonyms! Android app store reviews will now show your Google+ name and picture

Android app store reviews will now show your Google+ name and picture

No more pseudonymous reviews on Google Play - from now on, any feedback you leave on Android apps will be accompanied by your name and photograph.

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

The Belgian press is up in arms after members of the country's state security agency were found promoting themselves and their professional affiliation on social networks. Turns out: it's not that unusual.

FLAMING RETORT: Linux rootkit news "provides some comic relief"

About two weeks ago, a posting on the Full Disclosure Mailing List announced a new Linux rootkit.

Indeed, the posting didn't just announce the malware, but included a fully-working sample...

Holiday hucksters won't stop at Cyber Monday

Holiday hucksters won't stop at Cyber Monday

While the biggest shopping days of the year in the United States are now over, the scams are likely to continue through the end of the year. Read on for tips on what to look for.

US school tries to suspend student for refusing to wear RFID tracking badge

US school tries to suspend student for refusing to wear RFID tracking badge

The Texas high school has been temporarily blocked from suspending the student, who objects to the mandatory tracking IDs on reasons having to do with privacy and religion.