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Cyber crime will become the norm in 2013, Symantec warns

Cyber crime will become "the norm" in 2013 - with conflicts between nations, organisations and individuals playing a key role in the cyber world - security firm Symantec has declared…  read more »

Better Business Bureau: Fake IRS Website

Well, another week of alerts concerning online scams. It's amazing how things have changed in the past three decades as far as scams are concerned… read more »

Cyberattacks victimizing largest banks, feds say

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says the nation's largest financial institutions "are actively under attack" by cybercriminals, and one expert says it is a trend contributing to the rising security costs of banks… read more »

9 tips to choose passwords that keep hackers away

Not long after I began writing about cybersecurity, I became a paranoid caricature of my former self. It's hard to maintain peace of mind when hackers remind me every day, all day, just how easy it is to steal my personal data… read more »

Online Degree Programs: How to Tell the Good From the Bad

Advances in technology over the past decade have propelled colleges and universities into the realm of online education, creating a crowded market for students considering an online degree… read more »

Seniors often targeted for cash in telemarketing scams

As Crime Prevention Week continues, the Greater Sudbury Police Service has tips on how to prevent fraud against seniors, an oft-targeted group… read more »

Canada becoming 'host' country for cyber-attackers, government fears

The Public Safety Department worries Canada is becoming a digital launching pad for -- not just a target of -- malicious cyber-activities, confidential briefing notes reveal… read more »

Ransomware Scams Netting Criminals Up To $33,000 a Day

Ransomware pays. A lot. These extortion scams, in which infected computers are essentially locked down by malware and electronic payment is demanded for a supposed cure, can net the criminal behind the scam as much as $33,000 per day… read more »

The home worker who says... Beware online job scams

There's no such thing as an easy buck -- and jobs on the internet are no exception… read more »

Cyberattacks victimizing largest banks, feds say

Stolen files such as the data from 3.6 million hacked South Carolina tax returns are quickly sold on the Internet black market, and the chances of finding whoever did it are slim, a leading cybersecurity experts says… read more »

Cyberattacks victimizing largest banks, feds say

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says the nation's largest financial institutions "are actively under attack" by cybercriminals, and one expert says it is a trend contributing to the rising security costs of banks… read more »

Hackers create PixSteal Trojan to copy all photos from your PC, then blackmail you

Crafty malware creators have developed a new type of privacy theft aimed at images stored on your computer this time… read more »

Tis' the Season for Holiday Scams – Don't Let Them Take You for a Swindling Sleigh Ride

Looking forward to the holidays? So are the scammers… read more »

Dunbar to launch division to armor websites against cyber criminals

Dunbar Armored has been in the armored-car business for nearly 90 years. But the Hunt Valley-based company now is branching into a new way to protect banks' and businesses' money and valuables: cybersecurity… read more »

THE POWER REPORT: Banks leave you out there, online

Nobody would argue against the convenience of modern technology. It simplifies our lives and saves us time… read more »

Scams masquerade as online help-wanted ads

Job description changes when victims hired… read more »

Hacker forums used to induct new criminals, report finds

Hacker forums have become a critical global channel through which aspiring criminals are inducted into the ranks of professional cybercrime… read more »

IRS says beware fraudulent look-alike websites

Beware phony IRS websites, the actual Internal Revenue Service warned this week.… read more »

Largest Banks Under Constant Cyber-attack, Feds Say

Defending against cyber-attacks accounts for a significant portion of the $25 billion banks worldwide spend annually on security technology.… read more »

FBI Warns Of Mobile Cyber Threats

Criminals will target holiday shoppers with SMS text and voice mail scams, or smishing and vishing, said the agency… read more »

Cyber Monday: Top Tips for Avoiding Scams

It's easy to be dazzled by the dizzying array of Cyber Monday deals promising online shoppers steep cuts and savings. But don't get snared by holiday scams as you search for seasonal sales… read more »

Consumers beware: 'Tis the season for fraud, rip-offs

It's the season for people to pull out their checkbooks and credit cards to buy holiday presents, book travel and donate to charities… read more »

Dealing With Online Scams

E-crime is on the rise and scammers are getting cleverer. The question is: what are the authorities doing about it?… read more »

Zappos Confirmation Email Scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning people about emails that appear to be confirmations of orders from an online shopping website. read more »

Can Marketers Behave Themselves?

As empowered customers traipse across the Web, they leave ever-juicier bread crumbs of behavior in their wake. The government may step in to limit what marketers are allowed to scoop up. read more »

A Breach too Far

A 2006 survey of chief marketing officers by the CMO Council found that two-thirds of customers would seriously consider taking their business elsewhere if a supplier experienced a data breach. A quarter definitely would. “The biggest issue here is that damage can be multiplied if you don’t have an effective plan and haven’t trained for it”, says Donovan Neale-May, executive director of the CMO Council. read more »

Once Bitten: Madoff Victims Targeted in Yet Another Scam

It was inevitable, right? After enduring the pain of losing lots of money in the Bernard Madoff fraud ... read more »

Bogus intranets scam university students

Universities and their population of students have been marked out as the next soft target by online criminals, security company RSA has reported. ... read more »

Cyberthieves stealing from large percentage of small businesses

Cybercriminals are cracking into the online bank accounts of small- and medium-sized businesses at an unprecedented rate. ... read more »

Four indicted for $25M online ticket fraud scheme

Four men have been indicted for illegally buying and reselling tickets to major concerts, a Rose Bowl game and tapings of the television show Dancing with the Stars. ... read more »

Summary Box: Avoiding fraud artists in tax season

ON ALERT: In tax season, online criminals often send phony e-mails that claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service. ... read more »

How to Protect Your Funds Online

The rise in popularity and the pervasive nature of online banking over the last decade have been meteoric. The power of convenience has largely trumped customer fears about security ... read more »

Govt warns of online Valentine's scams

Internet users have been warned of the danger of online dating scams in the run-up to Valentine's Day. As part of Scams Awareness Month, the Office of Fair ... read more »

Scam watch: online dating fraudsters are only after one thing ...

The latest scam alert from the Office of Fair Trading warns that the increased potential to meet people online is being used by criminals to con people out ... read more »

Online Scammers Fox Brits via Fake E-mails

As revealed by a recent OFT survey, currently, the most method used to execute online scams is the e-mail. During 2009, as many as 73% of adults reported ... read more »

Avoiding Online Job Scams

Job seekers who use online job search web sites must be careful to avoid a type of job scam in which the applicant is asked to accept payment to his or her ... read more »

'Scareware' is the latest trick to fool you

As if the Internet wasn't enough of an obstacle course anyway -- what with popup windows, spam, and online scams -- there's always another kind of malicious ... read more »

Social network scams are 'on the rise'

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Security firms warn of iPad scams

Interest in Apple's iPad tablet is likely to spark a wave of online scams in the coming weeks, according to security experts. Attacks have already begun to ... read more »

NFL Fans Warned Not to Fall for Phony Ticket Scams

Some online scams offer to take half of the payment for the tickets upfront as good-faith money, taking the other half afterwards. While this may sound like ... read more »

Check out pitches for Haiti relief

Like many online scams, the British bait contained tell-tale clues that it was a fraud: typos, misspellings and - most notably - requests that money for ... read more »

UGG Boot buyers fall victim to online scams

Fashionable UGG Boots seem to be here to stay, but stylish Lancastrians have been so keen to buy them they have been falling foul of online scams. ... read more »

Beware of bogus online charity appeals for Haiti earthquake victims

The Charity Commission said it was aware of a number of online scams to get hold of charitable donations. One email passed to Cash by the technology company ... read more »

Beware Haiti earthquake scams, says Charity Commission

Criminals are using online scams in a bid to steal donations made to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, regulators have warned. ... read more »

Online job scams rise with unemployment

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Gang arrested in Sharjah over Dh300,000 mobile phone text message scam

... urge the public to be vigilant against text scams. In recent times there has been a spurt in mobile phone as well as online scams targeting residents read more »

Haiti earthquake already a hotbed of online scams

The recent tragedy in Haiti has already become fertile ground for crooks and scammers -- and I don't just mean AT&T refusing to waive its fees for those $10 ... read more »

Craigslist scam makes this home not so sweet

The scam: The breeding ground of online scams, Craigslist, is being used to target Lehigh Valley home sellers. Representatives of the Lehigh Valley ... read more »

Top 10 scams of 2009

The majority of these entities charge for services, applications, or information that can be easily obtained for free by doing online searches or visiting ... read more »

Auditions for 'Twilight' film are scams, says Portland casting agent Lana Veenker

A good number have been asking Lana about ads they've seen online or e-mails they've received offering chances to audition. Lana says the ads and e-mails ... read more »

Government Warns Of Online Free Trial Scams

The Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau gave warnings on Thursday about free trial offers online. Often, consumers miss the fine print ... read more »

Alert on Internet love scam

This public alert went out on Friday after several unsuspecting victims were cheated of their money in online love scams. -- ST PHOTO: ALBERT SIM SEVERAL ... read more »

Government Warns Of Online Free Trial Scams

The Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau gave warnings on Thursday about free trial offers online. Often, consumers miss the fine print, ... read more »

BBB warns against college football ticket scams

(AP) - The Better Business Bureau is warning college football fans in search of hard-to-get bowl game tickets to watch out for online scams. ... read more »

China jails 11 over online games scam: state media

BEIJING — A court in east China has handed down jail sentences of up to three years to 11 people for their roles in online gaming scams that netted them ... read more »

Madison Woman Duped by Online Dating Scam

The MPD advises that some internet scams are very elaborate, and can involve multiple people working in concert to defraud victims. ... read more »

Scrooged: 12 Xmas-themed Scams

Escrow services such as PayPal allow businesses and consumers to securely and conveniently send and receive payments online. However, escrow scams are ... read more »

Former Officer Victim of Online Scam

After all, Anthony was a police officer at the time who had investigated online scams. "I let [the agent] know of my occupation and I let him know that I've ... read more »

Google says Utah company behind online scam

The Utah Better Business Bureau say it's just another work-at-home scam that lets the company charge people's bank accounts for useless moneymaking kits. ... read more »

Flu vaccine e-mail is a scam

Known as "phishing," the process differs from online scams in which computer users voluntarily give up their information. Public Health Director Patty Hunt ... read more »

Putting a Fair Internet Use Policy in Place

Aren't these online scams pretty easy to spot? Unfortunately people fall for them all the time. Your employee is using the technology and you can't sit down ... read more »

Shopping online for the holidays? Keep your guard up

Even with the onslaught of scams, consumers can follow a few guidelines to keep their online activities safe. "What we've discovered over the years is ... read more »

The Twelve Scams of Christmas,” or Popular Online Attacks This Holiday Season ...

... Inc. revealed the “Twelve Scams of Christmas” – the twelve most dangerous online scams that computer users should be cautious of this holiday season. ... read more »

'Godfather of Spam' sentenced for e-mail stock scam

The notorious spammer's run of online scams dates back to 1997, during which time he reportedly sent somewhere in the region of 70 million emails a day. ... read more »

How the identity thief stole Christmas

... to have the most competitive prices and then go to their brick-and-mortar stores, saving yourself from worrying about online hackers and phishing scams. ... read more »

E-tailers snagged in marketing 'scam' blame customers

They see nothing wrong with the marketing practices that millions of angry online shoppers and members of the US Senate have called "scams," "robbery" and ... read more »

Tips to Get the Most Out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Burns said to also watch out for phishing scams when shopping online. Always shop at websites that have an "https" at the beginning of the web address when ... read more »

Teen saves thousands by catching Internet Scam

She says Internet scams have increased dramatically this year. “More people are using the Internet,” Lagger said. “Paying your bills online is easier. ... read more »

Internet Littered With H1N1 'Sham' Products

One of the more popular scams is generic Tamiflu. We easily found it online. For $89, three weeks ago, we bought 10 antiviral pills that were supposed to ... read more »

Warning for online money mules

Police chiefs are urging people looking for work during the recession to be alert to online scams that trick them into laundering money. ... read more »

Interview with Kurt Roemer on Cyber Monday online security

While it can be difficult to notice a scam when doing business face-to-face, cyber scams can be almost impossible to detect. Imagine a personal email from a ... read more »

Action 9: Beware Of Online Electronics Sales Scams

Many then go online to see where the best prices are. But a warning: if you find a big difference in prices, it could be a scam. ... read more »

Identity thieves targeting job seekers

The Internet makes it (scams) easier." Crooks also have been known to create job postings that appear legitimate, but instead of a paycheck, ... read more »

Drawing Security-Spooked Customers Into the E-Commerce Fold

Many consumers are still afraid of shopping online, and it's not hard to see why, with reports of fraud, identity theft, data loss and other security ... read more »

New Phishing E-Mail Abuses Name of US Attorney General

... which is posing as a message from the Attorney General of US, Eric Holder, is circulating online. Describing the scam in detail, security officials said ... read more »

Scams Target Gamers on Social Sites

CBS News Science and Technology Correspondent Daniel Sieberg reported where there's a popular online trend like these games, advertisers are sure to follow. ... read more »

5 Reasons Facebook Users Will Get Scammed Again

Affiliate marketers are just part of the online marketing ecosystem but there are moral and ethical lines that some of them are willing to cross. ... read more »

Attempted Losses Due to Online Banking Fraud Reach $100M

While phishing scams combined with malware known in the online world as Trojan Horses (or simply Trojans) are perhaps the most commonly known fraudulent ... read more »

FDA fights online flu cure scams

It has identified 140 different products sold online that claim to prevent or treat the H1N1 virus, and has sent cease-and-desist letters to more than 75 of ... read more »

Scams prosper even if economy doesn't

In an economy marked by leagues of job seekers, employment scams are rampant. BBBs around the country say consumers have been duped by online classified ads ... read more »

Web site accused of selling worthless diplomas

... diploma scams can be a big business, consumer advocates say. Now, a Bloomfield Hills law firm has taken on a Texas-based, online provider of high school ... read more »

Cyber scams are on the rise in Southwest Georgia

The newest cyber scam involves employment websites that claim they saw your resume online, want to offer you a job, but require you pay for training ... read more »

Phishing Attackers Are Back With New Scams

Until recently, phishing -- a scam in which Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims - seemed to be dying down. Not anymore ... read more »

Are Job Scams a Crime?

In an article from, one woman, who had been out of work for nearly a year, found a job posting online and decided to contact the company via ... read more »

Online housing scam generates unwanted guests

The scammers even pulled text and photos from the legitimate sales listing, describing the three-bedroom home in detail and touting its proximity to schools ... read more »

10 Ways To Prevent Social Media Scams

“Counterfeiting operations are highly organized, are very global and are picking up steam because of the economy,” MarkMonitor, a company that tracks online threats for its clients. ... read more »

A New Times Staffer Takes a Safari Into Scam Baiting on

Internet fraud is a thriving, global business with sometimes heartbreaking repercussions. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, Americans lost $264.6 million last year to internet scammers. ... read more »

Spammy scams surfacing on Twitter, Facebook

Twitter users warned about direct messages that said, "I make money online with google. i learned how here [link]," according to Twitter ... read more »

Are you being scammed by Facebook ads?

infoworld's Robert X. Cringely sets his sights on one of the oldest and most persistent online scams in "Why can't we do anything about spam? ... read more »

Hawaii's BBB warns of swine-flu scammers

The scams can put consumers' health at risk by taking medicine purchased from sites that don't require a prescription for prescription-only drugs, ... read more »

FDIC: Uptick in 'money mule' scams

... from hacked online bank accounts to so-called "money mules," people hired through work-at-home scams to help cyber criminals overseas launder money. ... read more »

How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider's Confession

I will walk you through how these online scams work on Facebook and other social networks – the mechanics of how the money is made, some of the people ... read more »

Indiana AG Warns of H1N1 Scams

He says some online pharmacies are selling fraudulent flu treatments. “Some of these places have been selling what they call generic Tamiflu,” says Corbin. ... read more »

Devious Trojan Attacks Online Banks

The sophistication of online scams has evolved to a point where watchdogs organizations such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) have created an ... read more »

Web scams target job seekers

Meanwhile, detectives are seeing more scams conducted online. “With the advent of the computers, computer-related crimes are on the rise,” Anderson said. ... read more »

Woman duped by bogus tax man

"We know of email scams that have tried to get a hold of people's details online but this is a different kind of attack. ''We would advise that people ... read more »

Facebook password scam circulates online

There is another scam online targeting users of Facebook. This time, the trick is to get them to install Malware by ... read more »

Financial aid scams target students

Rogers said students should be careful when doing Google searches for scholarships online because they face the risk of running into non-trustworthy Web ... read more »

Online Scams Increase At Halloween

Scams are prevalent in emails, but increasingly occur in various notifications and instant chat on social networking sites. The user is lured in the form of ... read more »

FDIC warns banks, customers of e-mail scam

WATERLOO - Online scammers are looking for victims, and so the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is warning all of its member financial institutions to make ... read more »

BBB warns of Packers-Vikings ticket scams

Earlier this year, one fan paid $4000 to an online seller for a season ticket package that never arrived. Last season, police discovered counterfeit tickets read more »

Watchdog: Work-at-home offers? Beware of the scams

Work-at-home jobs sound appealing: no commuting, no dressing up for work, being your own boss. And, according to the e-mail advertisements going around, these jobs offer good pay without requiring new training — or much actual work, for that matter. But are they legitimate jobs? As part of the Watchdog: Your Next Job project, the Watchdog looked into how to tell the difference between work-at-home scams and real employment opportunities. read more »

Card fraud in decline, says industry group

Fraud losses on UK cards fell by nearly a quarter during the first half of the year as criminals instead targeted cards issued abroad. The cost of credit and debit-card fraud dropped by 23% during the six months to the end of June year-on-year to £232.8million, with losses on card-not-present fraud falling for the first time. read more »

Officials warn of Phillies tickets scam

Officials are warning fans looking to score tickets to the games to be on the lookout for scams that could be costly and dampen the joy of the Phillies success. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett's Bureau of Consumer Protection recently released a list of tips to protect against ticket-related scams. read more »

Swine flu scams lurk on the Internet, FDA warns

Federal officials have warned promoters of more than 140 products sold over the Internet about fraudulent claims that they can prevent, treat or diagnose swine flu. read more »

Businesses' names get dragged into scams

Consumers who are shopping online for a deal need to realize that sometimes cyber crooks try to make their shady operation appear to be on the up-and-up by using a legitimate name, according to Tim Burns, public affairs director for the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan. read more »

Man sought child porn in online scam

Such scams can help educate children on safe and responsible use of social networks, Stanford said. "There are steps you and I can take as potential victims to be safe," she said. "We have to take them." read more »

Public warned of money order scams

If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's the advice that Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, gives to people who believe they may have been scammed by thieves. read more »

Whiter Teeth Products Stained by Dismal Advertising Practices

Now fraud busters are zeroing in on at least one tooth-whitening vendor — Cyprus-based Farend Services, doing business in the United States as Dazzle Smile and Dazzle Smile Pro — in what could be the first shot across the bow for an industry that’s spawned a web-wide advertising eyesore to rival the X10 wireless video cam, Viagra and penis-enlargement products. read more »

Rise In Scams Involving Car Sales

Local law enforcement authorities say they've seen a big increase in the number of people being scammed buying cars online. They say it's another sign of the troubled economy. read more »

Anti-phishing coalition deploys real-time education program

The APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group) and Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) will announce tomorrow the deployment of their real-time counter-eCrime education system designed to instruct consumers the moment they’ve been pulled into a phishing scam. read more »

New twist on scareware locks up your PC

PandaLabs virus hunter Sean-Paul Correll has discovered an attack that not only bombards you with obnoxious sales pitches – it also prevents you from opening any of your applications until you make a purchase. “It’s a major leap,” says Correll. “We have not seen this before.” read more »

Phishing scams: How to avoid getting hooked

Two new online scams recently came to light, and both were examples of phishing – scams to trick you out of account details and money. Here's how to keep yourself safe. read more »

Scams & shams: The trouble with social networks

Online social networks put a new face on brand-damaging activities, ranging from reputation attacks to imposter sites. read more »

Some locals scammed in Craigslist transfers

When Port Clinton resident Joan Kasicki advertised a lawn mower on Craigslist recently for $260, she received a check in the mail for $3,300 and e-mail instructions to deposit the check in her bank and wire the balance, minus an extra $100 for her trouble, to the buyer in California. But Kasicki said it was obviously suspicious. read more »


Identity theft has always represented a problem, but over the last decade with the advent of the Internet, it has turned into a multi-billion dollar scam. According to the latest statistics, there are now approximately 8 million identity theft attempts online every day! And the number is growing as the scammers employ ever more sophisticated ID theft tricks, so that it now represents the number one scam, both online and in the real world. read more »

2 Investigators: Beware Of Online Ticket Scams

Spending big money for concert tickets is a serious splurge these days. And more people are buying them online, sometimes from re-sellers. But how do you know they're authentic? CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports on what happened when one Taylor Swift fan ran into Ticket Trouble. read more »

After two years, the FBI finally closed the biggest cyber-crime investigation in US history

Called "Operation Phish Phry," the two-year investigation ended in a series of raids earlier today, resulting in arrests in California, Nevada, and North Carolina. According to the AFP, a 5-count U.S. indictment accuses all defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Various defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit computer fraud. read more »

Facebook accounts hacked for $100

"If you've ever wanted to crack open the Facebook account of an ex, or a boss that you just loathe, then there is a service that will do just that, for as little as $100 USD. Ok, no not really, but it will take your money. That fact is certain, according to Luis Corrons of Panda Security. Corrons, with some help from another researcher at Panda, Sean-Paul Correll, discovered a Facebook Hacking business that promises, “any Facebook account can be hacked.” The cost for the Facebook compromise is $100 USD, paid by Western Union..." read more »

PBS' Curious George site hacked to serve malware

"The website for the popular children's television show ""Curious George"" was compromised this week to serve malware to visitors, according to researchers at web security vendor Purewire. The site, which is run by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), was propagating malware from at least Monday until Thursday, Nidhi Shah, research scientist at Purewire, told on Friday..." read more »

New trick by spammers: E-mails that overwhelm filters

"Short-lived blasts of viral e-mail are sweeping across the Internet, posing an intensified risk to e-mail users. Last week, an e-mail message purporting to come from the IRS began swamping e-mail systems across America. It advised recipients to download a government form to resolve a question about under-reported income..." read more »

Protecting Mom's PC

I have a dad, who thinks he knows computers, and he does know electronics, but software, well, that's another story. I also have a mother-in-law, who's both totally non-technical and she's a native Spanish-speaker with little English and my Spanish is awful. They're both bright people, but when it comes to computer security, they're babes in the woods... read more »

671% increase of malicious Web sites

Websense revealed the findings from its bi-annual research report. Its security labs identified a 233 percent growth in the number of malicious sites in the last six months and 671 percent growth in the number of malicious sites during the last year... read more »

New York Times Reforms Online Ad Sales After Malware Scam

A security breach forced The New York Times on Monday to suspend online ads that are served directly from an advertiser’s website... read more »

Cyber Crooks Target Public & Private Schools

"On the morning of Aug. 17, hackers who had broken into computers at the Sanford School District in tiny Sanford, Colorado initiated a batch of bogus transfers out of the school's payroll account. Each of the transfers was kept just below $10,000 to avoid banks' anti-money laundering reporting requirements, and went out to at least 17 different accomplices or ""money mules"" that the attackers had hired via work-at-home job scams..." read more »

As summer ends, phishing season is on the horizon

"Labor Day is behind us, rush-hour traffic is back to normal and workers have returned to their desks, looking forward to the winter holiday season. So have the hackers and phishers. As in much of the corporate world, cyber criminals apparently rely on fourth-quarter revenues to boost their income for the year. After a lazy summer, security companies are predicting that fall and winter will see heightened online activity, with the holiday season offering particularly good pickings for the bad guys..." read more »

Popular News Topics Become Malware Bait

"The saying ""no news is good news"" has a new meaning in the context of online security: You'd be hard pressed to find a popular news topic that isn't being used by cybercriminals to promote malicious Web sites and links. A more succinct truism describing the current state of affairs might be ""no good news goes unpunished."" read more »

Enormous Malware Archive Creates Stir

A Dutch company known as the Frame4 Group has created what's almost the computing equivalent of a Center for Disease Control lab. The Malware Distribution Project is, according to its own site, the "world's biggest private malware archive." read more »

Facebook application scare leads to Malware

Searches related to the Facebook application FanCheck are leading some people to more than just information. This past weekend, rumor started to spread about FanCheck, with claims of it being a malicious application. Criminals taking advantage of the rush of FanCheck related searches, poisoned the search results, leading some users to Malware instead of information... read more »

How a Phishing Attack Exposed an Energy Company to Hackers

In an interview with eWEEK, the Intrepidus Group reveals some of the details behind a malware attack that exposed critical systems at an energy company. Using a Microsoft zero-day vulnerability and a bit of social engineering, hackers compromised a workstation and threatened critical SCADA systems... read more »

Twitter Dangers: Stop Posting Who You are on Twitter

I sure Twitterees think this at social site is wonderful, but the truth is the tweets are not carefully posted. I know this because I still get notifications from those I follow that reveal locations, favorites, likes and dislikes, and so much personal information, that anyone can use this information to infiltrate their lives... read more »

Infected PCs Contain Average Of Three Different Types of Malware

"An infected computer isn't just infested with one type of malware, but an average of three different malware families, according to new data gathered from antivirus firm Eset. In scans of more than a half-million PCs in the past three months, Eset's free online scanner also found an average of 13 malware-infected files on each compromised machine. ""These were not necessarily Eset customers. It was anyone who browses our site, which is why I thought this data was interesting,"" says Pierre-Marc Bureau, a researcher at Eset..." read more »

The Net's most notorious 'hits'

"The Internet turned 40 today. And, just like a living organism, has had it's share of illnesses. The folks at Symantec have assembled their own Top-10 list of Internet viruses and security threats. How many of these impacted you?..." read more »

Getting Friended By Koobface

"You know you've attracted the attention of online troublemakers when they start using their malicious software to taunt you by name. Such is apparently the case with the latest version of Koobface, a worm that spreads on Facebook, Twitter and other Web 2.0 sites and turns infected systems into bots that can be used for a variety of improper and possibly criminal purposes. According to an analysis performed on the malware by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the latest version references a domain that begins with an expletive and ends with (if you figure it out please DO NOT visit this Web site, as you could pick up a malicious program)..." read more »

What do we know about the Conficker worm?

"According to John Markoff, we know what the Conficker worm does and how it does it, but little else. Who made it? What purpose does or will the network of 5 million zombie computers it has ""enslaved"" serve? Will it be used for criminal purposes or as a weapon during military conflicts? So many questions that still remain unanswered, and the threat is still present. When computer security experts teamed up to fight its onslaught, they managed to decode it and develop an anti-virus software. But new, more complex versions keep popping up, and sometimes even the experts' code has been used by the authors of Conficker to improve it" read more »

Social networking poll reveals users at risk

A new survey has found the widespread use of social networks at home and work is increasing the risk of identity theft and infection, yet most social media users do not take the proper precautions to protect themselves. read more »

Six ways to protect yourself from social network threats

Social networking is becoming more widespread, and as a result, users are exposed to a number of online threats. Yet, most social media users do not take the proper precautions to protect themselves. Below are six ways to stay secure online: read more »

Facebook, Twitter users face higher insurance premiums

USERS of social networking websites could face higher home insurance premiums because they are more likely to be robbed. British insurance giant Legal & General issued the warning to its customers after its report – The Digital Criminal – found burglars are using social networking websites to identify targets, the Daily Mail reports. read more »

Social networking, file-sharing and ID theft risks

What do social networking users have in common with cigarette smokers? Members of both groups know they’re engaging in risky behaviors but don’t take steps they know will protect them. The majority of social network users polled by AVG Technologies said they were concerned about becoming victims of online crime such as malware attacks and identity theft, but also said they weren’t taking even the most basic steps to protect themselves. read more »

Bernanke Falls Victim to Identify Theft

The Federal Reserve has for years issued warnings about the spread of identity theft. On Thursday, officials revealed that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was himself a victim.
Last August, Mr. Bernanke's wife, Anna, was sitting in a Starbucks coffee shop on Capitol Hill in Washington when her purse was stolen. It contained personal checks, four credit cards and personal identification, according to a theft report first revealed by Newsweek.
A few days later, George Lee Reid allegedly walked into a Bank of America branch in Hyattsville, Md., according to a complaint filed in Washington, D.C., Superior Court. The complaint says he deposited a $900 check under the names of Mr. and Mrs. Bernanke into a third person's account and then withdrew $9,000 from that person's account, using other stolen identities. read more »

Social network users not taking security steps

Users of social networks are concerned about security but few are taking the steps necessary to protect themselves against online crime, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Eighty-six percent of the 250 people polled by security software maker AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council said they use social networks at home or at work but less than one-third were taking precautions. read more »

Social networking users more vulnerable than ever

Participants indicated concern over growing phishing, spam and malware attacks, and nearly half of those surveyed are very concerned about their personal identity being stolen in an online community. The survey was conducted online during the second quarter of 2009 and gathered responses from a random sampling of more than 250 consumers. read more »

AVG study examines social networking safety measures

We asked one user how many Facebook applications they were currently using, and why they allowed said applications to access their profile. In response the user said, “I'm not sure how many I've granted access to, a couple games on my own but mostly apps that friends/family send things through, although I've denied quite a few.” read more »

Study: Social Networkers Vulnerable to Attacks

Sure everyone is Tweeting, friending one another on Facebook and getting LinkedIn, but at what cost? A survey released today by the CMO Council and security software maker AVG found that less than a third of social community members are taking steps to prevent cyber attacks. Of the 250 consumers surveyed in the second quarter of this year, 64 percent said they change their passwords infrequently or never. Fifty-seven percent fail to adjust their privacy settings on regular basis. read more »

Social networking users fail to change their passwords or adjust their privacy settings, as they are more vulnerable than ever

According to the ‘Bringing Social Security to the Online Community' poll by AVG, while the social networking community has serious concerns about the overall security of public spaces, few are taking the most basic of steps to protect themselves against online crimes. read more »

Survey: Users of social networks take risks despite concerns

A study commissioned by Web security company AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council (CMO) points out an interesting contradiction between people's concerns and actions regarding security risks on social networking sites. The summary report says that "while the majority of social networking users are afflicted by web-borne security problems, less than one third are taking actions to protect themselves online." read more »

Facebook and Twitter users failing on security - Under half adjust privacy settings regularly

"As social networking populations grow globally and the proliferation of niche social networks and mobile offerings extends the reach of social communities, the threats and vulnerabilities are escalating accordingly," said Donovan Neale-May, executive director of the CMO Council. read more »

Social Network Users Take Security Risks. Concerns Discussed

The study also reported that most of the 86 percent of the sample who said they use social-networking sites “fail to perform the following basic security measures on a regular basis, including changing passwords (64 percent infrequently or never), adjusting privacy settings (57 percent infrequently or never) or informing their social network administrator on security issues. read more »

America’s need for a Privacy MakeOver

"Our rapidly changing world requires that both businesses and consumers rethink how they handle business- and personally-identifiable information. While ""thought retooling"" is a necessity of the maturing information age, it also necessary due to other factors--identity theft, corporate espionage, fraud and illegal immigration. There is a need to elevate “going privacy friendly” in America to the same level of “going green.” Consumers must protect their personally identifiable information, for example their Social Security Number and account information. There are four areas where consumer transformation is needed..." read more »

Officials Warned of Fake U.S. Intelligence E-mail

"E-mail purporting to be from the Homeland Security Department's intelligence division were fake and contained malicious software, the department warned other agencies. The e-mails originated from Internet addresses in Latvia and Russia, according to a three-page alert from the Homeland Security Department's counterintelligence unit. The document was obtained Monday by The Associated Press…" read more »

Cyber crooks increasingly target small businesses accounts

"An organization representing more than 15,000 financial institutions has issued a warning about a growing wave of attacks against small banks and businesses by cyber criminals using stolen banking credentials to plunder corporate accounts. In an alert to its members earlier this month, NACHA -- the Electronics Payments Association said that attackers are increasingly stealing onine banking credentials, such as user names and paswords, from small businesses by using keystroke logging tools and other malware. The cyber criminals are using the stolen credentials to 'raid' and 'take over' corporate accounts and initiate the unauthorized transfer of funds over electronic payment networks…" read more »

Hackers Exploit an Evolving Web

"The world’s savviest hackers are on to the “real-time Web” and using it to devilish effect. The real-time Web is the fire hose of information coming from services like Twitter. The latest generation of Trojans — nasty little programs that hacking gangs use to burrow onto your computer — sends a Twitter-like stream of updates about everything you do back to their controllers, many of whom, researchers say, are in Eastern Europe. Trojans once just accumulated secret diaries of your Web surfing and periodically sent the results to the hacker…" read more »

Officials warned about fake DHS intel e-mails

"Some e-mails purporting to be from the Homeland Security Department's intelligence division were fake and contained malicious software. The e-mails actually originated from Internet addresses in Latvia and Russia, according to a three-page alert from the Homeland Security Department's counterintelligence unit. The document was obtained by The Associated Press…" read more »

Hackers prefer Firefox, Opera web browser

"Hackers prefer to use the Firefox and Opera web browsers, according to web security researcher Paul Royal of Purewire, who spent three months monitoring the activity of hackers who use exploit toolkits. Royal said hackers likely prefer Opera, which 26 percent use, because its overall marketshare is only about 2 percent, meaning few other hackers bother to write malware to attack that browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser was used by 46 percent of the hackers, Royal said, according to a report from the UK Register…" read more »

10 Tips To Avoid Being the Next Miami Hacker Victim

"No one wants to become the victim of a data breach, but these days that's getting harder and harder to do. In what security experts say is the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted, Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year old hacker from Miami, and two other Russian co-conspirators were indicted in New Jersey Monday for the theft of more than 170 million credit and debit card numbers in numerous high profile data heists that included high profile attacks on TJX, Hannaford Brothers, 7-11 and credit card processor Heartland Payment Systems…" read more »

Lawsuit Seeks End To Bank Cybercrime Secrecy

"Tens of millions of dollars are being stolen from corporate bank accounts every month by cyber criminals, but the victims are largely reluctant to acknowledge the scope of the problem. To force banks to share information about security breaches, Project Honey Pot, a spam defense initiative created by Unspam Technologies, in conjunction with corporate Internet fraud attorney Jon Praed of the Internet Law Group, filed a lawsuit in Virginia on Wednesday against the unidentified cyber thieves…" read more »

Hackers use Twitter to control botnets

Popular social networking site Twitter is being used to control botnets, according to Jose Nazario, who is a Senior Security Researcher from Arbor Networks. Botnets are computers infected with malware that allows them to be commandeered by hackers. Nazario says that he stumbled upon one such Twitter account, though it has since been reported and taken down... read more »

Social Networks Take Heavy Attacks

Last week's denial of service attacks on Twitter, Facebook, and Live Journal left the social network sites down and out for the majority of a day. Though they have gotten back on their feet and are connecting people through messaging and pictures as they once were, people are wondering when it will happen again... read more »

Study Touts Internet Explorer 8 As Worlds Most Secure Browser

"According to a recent independent study, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 has been found to be the most secure browser currently available. The study was conducted by US based security research company NSS Labs, and included testing for Google's Chrome, Firefox 3, the beta of Opera 10, Safari 4, and Internet Explorer 8..." read more »

Social network attacks top website target list

The information is based on reported web hacking incidents catalogued in the Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID), a project of the Web Application Security Consortium. Breach Security analyzed the web hacking incidents documented during the first half of the year and found that social networks are now the leading target for hackers, Ryan Barnett, director of application security research for Breach Security told on Monday… read more »

Twitter Tweets Malware Orders

"The discovery of a Twitter profile being used to tweet botnet updates and link is one more indication (not that we needed one) that cybercriminals are using the same tools that we are. The news that a Twitterer was actually a malware maker using tweets to send instructions to a botnet shows just how effective social networks can be for spreading malicious material..." read more »

Is the U.S. lagging in the cyberworld?

Just as we were putting this August edition to bed, various websites in the U.S. and South Korea were getting hit by fairly widespread cyberattacks. Did average cybercriminals enlist zombie computers in the region to launch these attacks or did Pyongyang formally launch the digital hits?... read more »

What’s on your top 10 security list?

I've always been a fan of the SANS Institute's Top 10 Vulnerabilities list, even after it morphed into a Top 20 Vulnerabilities list. It's encouraged other useful lists as well, such as the Top 20 Programming Errors and Top 20 Most Critical Security Controls. The OWASP Top 10 Web Application Security Vulnerabilities is just as useful -- and the fact that most of the items on the list haven't changed over the past decade is very telling. These types of lists are great for corralling consensus about what the biggest problems are so that they can be addressed in a focused manner... read more »

Twitter, Facebook Hit in Denial-of-Service Attacks

"Social media phenoms Twitter and Facebook this morning suffered bouts of downtime -- with each blaming a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack (define) for its woes. Officials from the two companies have not said whether the two attacks are related…" read more »

How a Denial-of-Service Attack Works

"Some details about denial-of-service attacks, like the one Thursday against Twitter. To picture a ""denial-of-service"" attack, think about what would happen if you and all your friends called the same restaurant over and over and ordered things you didn't even really want. You'd jam the phone lines and overwhelm the kitchen to the point that it couldn't take any more new orders..." read more »

Malware, oversharing lead Marines to ban social networks

Marines who are fans of Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace will have to wait till they go home to get their social networking fix. The US Marine Corps has just instituted a ban on social networking sites (SNS) on the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) due to malware concerns and "information exposure" to adversaries. The ban will be in effect for one year and effective immediately… read more »

Software Updates Vulnerable to Hijacking

The security risks posed by the use public Wi-Fi networks have been known for years, but even cautious computer users may be vulnerable to attack when connected to public Wi-Fi networks as a result of the widespread insecurity of automated software updates. read more »

Practicing safe surfing can derail attempts to cruise ‘Net anonymously

A Google service that helps protect Internet surfers from malicious sites also gathers data about browsing activities that users are trying to keep secret, a researcher told Black Hat attendees. read more »

Mother Finds Own Child For Sale Online

The dangers of the Internet struck home for a Massachusetts mother when she found her own child for sale on Craigslist as part of what appears to be an international adoption scam. read more »

Vegas ATM Malware Demonstrates Banking Security Woes

Computer security experts of all types--from hackers, crackers, and phreaks to security researchers and law enforcement officials--descended on Las Vegas last week for the annual Black Hat and DefCon security conferences. It is probably no coincidence that an attacker also chose last week to plant phony ATM machines around Las Vegas in an attempt to capture account and PIN information and extract money from compromised accounts. read more »

Internet dating and being safe, part 2

Online dating is a common way for singles to meet. People do find romance but also sometimes danger. It is always important to be safe when dating through the internet. Below are some tips to remember when dating using the web. read more »

Microsoft acknowledges Windows 7 activation leak

Alex Kochis, Microsoft's director of Genuine Windows, posted a blog late Thursday addressing the "leak of a special product key" of Windows 7 RTM (release to manufacturers). This confirmed the rumor on Tuesday that an ISO file of Windows 7 RTM sent to Lenovo that contains a master key--a number used to verify the authenticity of the software--was leaked to the Internet. read more »

Viruses up 300%: More threats coming from India and Brazil

The number of viruses sent over email has increased by 300 per cent in the last three months, according to Network Box. Analysis of Internet threats in July 2009 shows the number of viruses is at its highest so far this year, peaking at around 12 viruses per customer per hour. read more »

Researchers find insecure BIOS ‘rookit’ pre-loaded in laptops

A popular laptop theft-recovery service that ships on notebooks made by HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Gateway, Asus and Panasonic is actually a dangerous BIOS rootkit that can be hijacked and controlled by malicious hackers. The service — called Computrace LoJack for Laptops — contains read more »

Mozilla’s Firefox: At risk again

Late yesterday (28 Jul 2009) Mozilla posted an alert on their security blog. The alert pertains to all current versions of Firefox. At issue is a new vulnerability where the URL can be spoofed when a new tab or window is opened. This could happen when visiting a malicious Web site as mentioned in the post: read more »

Researcher Unmasks Sneaky Clampi Trojan at Black Hat

From the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, SecureWorks researcher Joe Stewart revealed his analysis of the Clampi Trojan, which has remained largely under the radar outside security circles despite infecting hundreds of thousands of users. According to Stewart, the group behind Clampi is running one of the most sophisticated Trojan criminal operations on the Internet. read more »

Black Hat set to expose new attacks

The Black Hat conference unfolds in Las Vegas this week with an agenda set to expose exploits as varied as tapping power outlets to capture keyboard signals and closing up holes in the use of the secure protocol that protects online bank transactions. read more »

Budget Cuts Spell Bad News For Security

A Help Net Security article covered some survey results from RSA Conference, and stated, "When asked about the top security and organizational challenges they expect to face in the next 12 months, 57% of respondents cited budgetary constraints . . ." read more »

Black Hat cybersecurity convo to reveal plenty of hacks

This year's highly-anticipated gathering of web security researchers and ethical hackers, Black Hat USA 2009, kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas. Researchers will present evidence of newly discovered web vulnerabilities and discuss the implications of the underground cybercrime economy and globalized threats for cybersecurity. read more »

People the weak link in cybersecurity: report

The popularity of Facebook and other popular social networking sites has given hackers new ways to steal both money and information, the security company Sophos said in a report released on Wednesday. read more »

Spam soars despite billions spent to prevent it

TRACElabs just issued this mid-year report noting that spam volumes have spiked to the highest levels ever recorded. Spam volumes are now higher than the previous highest levels recorded in July 2008. read more »

Who’s Behind those Nigerian email scams?

Remember that Nigerian prince who contacted you a few months back, saying he’d pay you to help transfer his inheritance to the United States? All he needed was your bank account details, and you’d be well on the way to riches — or at least on the way to seeing your riches siphoned off to an enterprising Nigerian. Chances are that email was sent from a console somewhere in Festac Town, a quiet, ramshackle suburb of Lagos, Nigeria. read more »

Tweeters beware: All is not secure on cyber front

The Twitter microblogging service gets a lot of publicity, but recently that publicity has been increasingly bad as the company has become the victim of a series of hacks. The most recent incident, which came to light last week, initiated an industry squabble over whether cloud computing is inherently unsecure or whether Twitter executives are just guilty of using bad security practices. It seems that a poorly protected password allowed a hacker to gain access to company records in Google Apps, a suite of online office services Twitter uses. read more »

Spammers Running Wild in Latest MySpace Phishing Attack

In the last 24 hours there has been a sudden surge in the amount of spam being sent and received by MySpace users, suggesting that the site has fallen prey to a security exploit that grants spammers access to accounts. Many users are logging in to find that they’ve commented on their friend’s status updates with spammy messages inviting them to “make $$ this summer”. We’ve reached out to MySpace to ensure that they are aware of the issue. read more »

Cybercrime Tactics Fit for an MBA Program

Online scam artists are borrowing customer-acquisition and partnership strategies from legitimate marketers, a Cisco security executive says. In conjunction with the company’s midyear security report, Patrick Peterson, Cisco’s chief security researcher, said in a Webcast that the increasing sophistication of the cyber criminal is one of the biggest threats security experts face. read more »

The Internet 101: A safe haven for only crooks

Cyberspace has become the media of choice for the bad guys to steal your personal information leading to the theft of $8 billion that it is estimated cybercrime will cost the Phoenix and American public. It is also responsible for 1.2 million computers being replaced due to the fact that they have been infected. Overall identity fraud, according to the Javelin Strategy & Research 2009 report is $48 billion. And with the economy still reeling, it probably won’t get any better soon, only worse, say the experts. read more »

Researchers to Spotlight Darknets at Black Hat

In one of the first talks at this year's Black Hat USA, Billy Hoffman and Matt Wood, both security researchers at HP, plan to demonstrate a darknet designed to run entirely within a browser. Darknets, which allow decentralized, private peer-to-peer communications between clients, are not new; they are currently used in academic environments to share data among researchers. read more »

New Suspect In Last Week’s Cyberattacks?

After a week of playing the blame game, Seoul officials say a Vietnamese computer security firm is now pointing the finger at Britain as the likely source of the cyberattacks last week that penetrated major US and South Korean websites. read more »

Survey finds one in six consumers act on spam

About one in six consumers have at some time acted on a spam message, affirming the economic incentive for spammers to keep churning out millions of obnoxious pitches per day, according to a new survey. read more »

New Trojan variants evade major anti-virus engines

Millions of e-mail viruses bypassed major anti-virus engines during the second half of the second quarter, according to the Q2 2009 Internet Threats Trend Report by Commtouch. read more »

Investigation into cyberattacks stretches around the globe

British authorities have launched an investigation into the recent cyberattacks that crippled Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea, as the trail to find the perpetrators stretches around the world. read more »

Ads for big money can just be scams

With unemployment at a 25-year high and even people with seemingly secure jobs feeling uneasy, it can be tempting to respond to offers to turn your computer into a cash machine or help you earn big money for doing simple tasks. There are some legitimate work-at-home opportunities, but there are also countless scams that could cost you money — and even get you into trouble. read more »

A need for cybersecurity as malware virus hits White House, Stock Exchange and more

Even as President Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, his Russian counterpart, were working this week to reduce the global nuclear threat, the world was treated to what could be the opening assault in any future war -- the cyber attack. read more »

Web Attacks Used 16 Nations’ IP Addresses

Cyber attacks that caused a wave of Web site outages in the U.S. and South Korea used 86 IP addresses in 16 countries, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Friday, amid suspicions North Korea was behind the effort. read more »

Malware spreading fast via Facebook

With 200 million registered users, Facebook represents an ocean of fish which are all accessible in one convenient place. It helps that many Facebook users are relatively unsophisticated at the web and especially the complex security issues surrounding it, and are thus more susceptible to attacks delivered via the social network… read more »

BBB Warns Consumers About Loan Scam

Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina ( is warning consumers about an advance-fee loan company that is targeting individuals, via the internet, who have poor credit history and difficulty obtaining traditional loans. read more »

Should the U.S. Brace for More Cyber Attacks?

A combination of public and private Web sites were hit, including South Korea's largest newspaper Web site, a major Internet auction Web site, a bank, the home page of South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak, and the home page of U.S. Forces Korea. read more »

High Crimes Using Low-Tech Attacks

Criminals are resurrecting low-tech attacks to siphon tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims. According to financial fraud experts, so-called "man-in-the-phone" attacks require little more than a telephone and old-fashioned con artistry. The scam works like this: read more »

BBB warns against Twitter money-making schemes

Through Tweets, e-mail and Web sites, job hunters are being told that they can make lots of money from the comfort of home using Twitter and Better Business Bureau warns that the large print for such offers may promise big returns but the fine print can cost them every month. read more »

Adventures in Cybercrime

Sergey Aleynikov, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, was arrested at the airport in Newark, N.J., on July 3, about a month after he left the globe-spanning investment bank. At Goldman, Aleynikov, a competitive ballroom dancer, computer programmer, and Russian emigrant, had been in charge of the development of a "distributed real-time co-located high-frequency trading (HFT) platform," according to his LinkedIn profile. read more »

Job Scam Using Twitter

Through tweets, e-mail and websites, job hunters are being told that they can make a good living from the comfort of their home by using Twitter. Don't believe everything that you read. The Better Business Bureau warns that the fine print of these deals could wind up costing you money every month. read more »

Threat of the Month: Inf/Autorun

What is it? Inf/autorun is a class of threats that exploit the insecure implementation of autorun on most Windows computers. How can I prevent it? Nearly one out of 10 pieces of malware use autorun to help them spread. If you have autorun enabled on your computer, then you are at risk, even when... read more »

Things You Need to Know About Twitter Security

There has been more than one story in the news recently about Twitter accounts being hijacked. The most recent examples of note include the accounts of Britney Spears and famed blogger/entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki. These issues have highlighted some potential dangers of using the service, or really social networks in general. Have you encountered security issues with Twitter or other social networks? read more »

How to defend against rogue DHCP server malware

Recently there have been reports of "rogue DHCP server" malware -- trojans that automatically install their own DHCP servers on your network and compete with your legitimate server. Using rogue DHCP servers, attackers can intercept and redirect traffic from any device that uses the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) -- workstations, printers, laptops, copiers and more. read more »

U.S. Official: Cybersecurity Plans Not Just Talk

Amid all the recent talk in Washington about getting serious about cybersecurity, some skeptics have expressed concern that it might be just that -- all talk, followed by little action. But a senior White House official this morning official promised an audience of security professionals that unlike past federal reviews, which have been criticized for making promises that policymakers didn't keep, this time is different. read more »

New identity theft scam targets Chase customers

Chase customers could be the target of an e-mail scam that solicits their personal information for false security measures. The New York State Consumer Protection Board warns that the e-mail appears to look like it's from Chase, but consumers should not respond. read more »

PayPal techies hit fraudsters where it hurts

Levels of fraud have fallen at online payment provider PayPal thanks to cybercrime detection and prevention technologies. Fraudulent transactions accounted for 0.28 per cent of the value of all payments using PayPal in 2008... read more »

‘Twittersblogs’ the Latest Phishing Scam to Hit Twitter

Social networking sites Twitter and Facebook have become popular hunting grounds for scammers, as updates and instant messages provide easy methods of attracting prey. A new phishing scheme has emerged this week, similar to previous Twitter and Facebook phishing scams, that incorporates direct messages with phony links. read more »

FTC settles with “scareware” defendant for $1.9 million

A Cincinnati man has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for his involvement in a scheme that tricked more than one million individuals into buying rogue anti-virus products. read more »

Twitter Gains Upper Hand on Latest Scam

Sometimes, it seems scams are becoming almost as common as social media experts on Twitter. The latest one, unleashed Monday morning and initially noticed by tech blog Mashable, centers on a fake blog hosted at the domain Tweets containing links to the site circulated rapidly, each featuring the message: "omg!! is it true what they wrote about you in their twit blog?" read more »

BBB warns of loan scam

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to consumers that a company claiming to be located in Winston-Salem offering loans to credit-challenged consumers is a scam. According to the BBB... read more »

Safeguarding your e-mail account – Not just for governors

Here are some basic rules for securing your work and personal email account that are not always followed: 1 – Use a strong password. 2 - ... read more »

Don’t Get Tricked by Fake Microsoft Update E-mails

I do not know about you, but for the past couple of days my inbox has received several e-mails claiming to be from Microsoft while touting links to updates for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. :>) Naturally, I clicked on those links right-away and installed me some updates (not). read more »

UK looks to young geeks to secure cybersace

Britain is hiring former computer hackers to join a new security unit aimed at protecting cyberspace from foreign spies, thieves and terrorists, the country's terrorism minister said. read more »

Avoid New Spam/Phishing Attacks

There are a couple of new spam / phishing attacks which have been successful at circumventing my Junkmail filter and making it to my Inbox. One is titled 'Statement Request' and the other is titled 'Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook' or sometimes 'Critical Update for Microsoft Outlook'. read more »

Hacker threats underestimated: expert

Cyber attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and targeted, and their threat is underestimated, according to a former top U.S. cyber-security official. "These are not hypothetical teenage hackers from New Hampshire," said Amit Yoran, former director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's national cyber-security division. "This is a very real threat environment, where... read more »

Cyber crime hubs to fight net gangs

Regional cyber crime hubs may soon lead the fight against sophisticated criminal gangs who use the internet to steal millions of pounds every year. The key units will be distributed across Britain in a similar way to counter terrorism teams in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London. read more »

Spotting the Antivirus Rogue

Fake antivirus programs have become a favorite bad-guy scam for worming into your wallet, with a plethora of false reports of malware infections meant to scare the unsuspecting into shelling out $50 for worthless software. To help identify whether a pop-up or other warning is real, or whether it might have come from one of the many, many fake scams,... read more »

Guilty plea for Detroit “spam king”

Five individuals pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Detroit for their roles in an international spam operation that sent billions of emails to tout Chinese "penny" stocks and used a botnet capable of evading spam detection. read more »

South Bend Police Warn About Email Scam

Police are warning area residents about an email scam that has resulted in a “flurry of telephone inquiries” to their department. An email is circulating that looks to be from DHL Worldwide Delivery, according to Capt. Phil Trent. The email indicates a package containing $250,000 in U.S. currency is awaiting delivery to the recipient. All that is needed is $150 and your address and phone number, according to the email. read more »

Don’t Give Your E-mail Address and Password to Other Web Sites

From the no-kidding files: The New York Times discusses a neither new nor uncommon practice employed by less reputable web sites that ask for your email address and password, then spam everyone in your contact list. read more »

Buyer beware! How to avoid online retail crooks

With the growth of the Internet as a business place, many new companies have sprung up in recent years. However, it should be noted that not all online retailers are reputable. Some offer top notch service and products while others exist to take advantage of unwary buyers. read more »

Hood Warns of Internet Scam

Officials say the scam works like this: an attorney/law firm receives an email referral from someone saying that they have a collection matter or contract dispute and need a local attorney to handle. They will establish a relationship and... read more »

Sites Charge For Free Government Job Information

In a time when many people are searching for jobs, the Internet is full of scam artists hoping you will pay for employment information from the government that is already available for free. read more »

Prevent malware from spreading by e-mail links and attachments

On many occasions, I mentioned that Web sites with embedded drive-by droppers were the malware-distribution method of choice. I may have been wrong in that assessment. It seems that e-mail as a malware delivery vehicle is getting a second wind. read more »

More people pick Facebook over Myspace but the criminals don’t care

According to CA, another variant of Koobface is hitting not just Facebook and MySpace, but Hi5, Bebo, Friendster,,, and This new incarnation of the Worm that has plagued the social networking scene for the better part of the year, will start its Spam run by connecting to upr15may [dot] com. read more »

Social networking like the guy from Nigeria

I opened the email that said I had "won 35 MILLION DOLLARS" (yes, the email used all caps for that screaming at me effect!). It was about a lost bank account and they just wanted me -- because I'm an honest person, of course -- to help them transfer it to my bank account. It was signed by some important-sounding guy with a fancy title in Nigeria. Now I'm seeing similar behavior on Social Networking sites. read more »

Beware of ‘Swan Flu’ and Other Common Misspellings

Yahoo! buzz editor Vera Chan spoke to about the most misspelled search engine terms, putting 'Brack Obama,' 'Swan Flu,' and 'Paperview boxing' (our personal favorite) at the top of the list. Trends and breaking news, she said, obviously contribute to the misspellings, but the worst typos occur when searchers look for other sites, including 'Gogle' and 'utube.' read more »

Lawmaker: Power Grid Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Hackers have already penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and have stolen intellectual property, corporate secrets and money. In one incident, a bank lost $10 million in cash in a day, according Shawn Henry of the FBI's cybercrime unit. read more »

Identity theft – wise up with prevention

Identity theft cannot be completely prevented. However, there are some preventive steps that one can take to lower the chances of becoming a victim. read more »

A New Approach To Online Security

Could an entirely new approach to online security, based on distributed sanctions, help prevent cybercrime, fraud and identity theft? A report in the International Journal of Intercultural Information Management suggests it could. read more »

Online scam targets the lonely

You are being conned. Do not, I repeat, do not ever send any money to anyone who contacts you internationally by email requesting money in exchange for companionship. There are plenty of legitimate dating sites and lots of other ways to meet women. Nothing may have clicked for you but don't let your discouragement, frustration and loneliness make you an easy target for these types of scams. Hit delete and move on. read more »

Security Will Always Be a Headache

I wrote last month about Security Risks on Your Macintosh. I'm going to reference another report that explains how Apple's approach to security leaves quite a bit to be desired. Before that, however, I want to say this isn't potshots at Apple or Microsoft or anyone. Well, maybe we should take shots at the criminals creating malware and stealing information. But until computers and their users are 100 percent secure, there will be ways for criminals to make money. That's why security will always be a headache. read more »

#Twitter: is that a bot following you?

Bots on twitter may be somewhat easy to identify -- they use pornographic images for photos and jumbled letters and numbers for names -- but blocking them one by one is still a pain. The spammers jump on these topics and post scary notes next to the key word. Bots are following each other, creating pools of influence. Click on the list of followers of an obvious malware-spewing bot an you'll find a bunch of images that are Not Safe For Work (NSFW). read more »

Spear-Phishing Gang Resurfaces, Nets Big Catch

A prolific phishing gang known for using sophisticated and targeted e-mail attacks to siphon cash from small to mid-sized business bank accounts appears to be back in operation after more than a 5-month hiatus, security experts warn. read more »

Police warn about social networking site crimes

Persons who use networking sites like MySpace, FaceBook and Twitter often update their sites with their personal information. Persons using the sites often advise they are going out of town and further update their sites while out of town. Criminals are using this information read more »

School safety and soundness – What about cyber security events?

Most school districts state that their mission is to provide students in the community with educational opportunities in a safe environment. read more »

DHS fills National Cybersecurity Center post

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appointed former Microsoft executive Philip Reitinger as director of the National Cybersecurity Center. read more »

Colleges give themselves C+ for network security

Colleges give themselves modest marks in network security and fear malware the most among a long list of potential threats, according to a survey of university technology executives. read more »

Microsoft Outlook Reconfiguration Malware In The Wild

The MX Logic Threat Operations Center has observed a new type of malware in the wild being sent out as an email posing as a reconfiguration notification for Microsoft Outlook. The message subject is "Outlook Setup Notification" and contains the following text within the message body: read more »

E-mail Scam Alert

The National White Collar Crime Center is warning Virginians about a new email scam. It targets you with claims of getting a half-priced car from Ford. Below is a Press Release on the e-mail scam: FORD CARS FOR HALF PRICE? DON'T BUY IT! read more »

MP falls to Facebook hack attack

A UK member of parliament has admitted to having his Facebook account hijacked. Lichfield Conservative Michael Fabricant said last week that his account was taken over and used to send spam messages to some 1,500 users on the MP's friend list. read more »

Dallas IRS alerts taxpayers to email scam

I recently got an email alerting me that I had some unclaimed money in an IRS account. Wow, that sounded too good to be true. And, in fact, it was. read more »

Email: An open door to sophisticated security threats

Email was once a straightforward vehicle that, contrary to design, became a vector for viruses, trojans and spam. etc. Now, of course, it's a virtual open door exploited by individuals, organized groups of malware authors and cybercriminals to deliver sophisticated and stealthy security threats, which take up residency on desktops and establish extensive strongholds on corporate networks. read more »

Why do people write viruses?

Every time reports of a big new virus or other malware attack hits, my inbox is flooded with the same question, usually seething with vitriol: Why do people write viruses? I answer as succinctly as I can, but the question is a deep and complex one. Why do people burglarize homes? Why do people tag buildings with graffiti? Why do they post anonymous hatred on online message boards? read more »

Mothers Against Predators founders urges Web safety

Jaemi Levine, Coral Springs resident and founder of Mothers Against Predators, is not among those who believe that keeping the computer in a public space is enough to ensure the online safety of children. read more »

Tips on Protecting Yourself From Check Scams

No one can really afford to lose money-ever. But that's exactly what will happen if you fall for a fake check scam. Here's how it works: read more »

ALERT: Beware of Mystery Shopper Scam

A Kennett, Missouri woman says she almost got taken in by scam artists and she blames the tough economy. read more »

CyberCrime classes ramp up efforts against child predators

To combat the rise of these Internet criminals, Stop Child Predators met with the attorney general's CyberCrime unit in Jacksonville to discuss this summer's safety awareness campaign. read more »

U.S. Review of Cybersecurity Policies Due Friday

On Friday, President Obama is expected to release the results of a 60-day review of U.S. cyber security policy. The review was performed by Melissa Hathaway, interim White House cyber security adviser and a former Bush administration official. read more »

Online shopping warning

Many of us shop online and would like to think we're pretty savvy on the internet, but with so many scams out there you need to be careful where you shop. read more »

Facebook sued by user over virus

Facebook breached a "legal duty to exercise at least reasonable care with regard to the safety of its network" on May 14 when it failed to properly contain a virus that spread across the social network, the lawsuit alleges. Karantsalis claims his account was compromised and temporarily disabled and that his photos and friends were not restored. read more »

Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States

Over 10 million Americans have been the victims of identity theft costing them approximately $5 billion dollars if not more. That figure will only increase. There are ways to prevent identity theft if you understand which information thieves will attempt to obtain. read more »

Scams: They just never seem to stop popping up

Telephone scams, phone scams, email scams, they just never stop and you really need to be on high security outlook for them. Especially now, as scams today are looking more and more legitimate and the con artists behind them are certainly clever. But, once you start to dissect them there are usually some tell tail signs that can alert you to a scam. read more »

Protect yourself from identity theft

To protect yourself from identity fraud Shred financial documents and paperwork containing personal information before you discard them. read more »

Scammers Target Apartment Seekers

The Federal Trade Commission wants to warn consumers of a rental scam involving long-distance renting-- rentals found from online bulletin board websites. Scammers are hi-jacking real rental listing by changing the contact information then moving the modified listing to another site. read more »

ISPs need more oversight and regulation

The Internet service provider industry is a rats and mice business that needs greater regulation and oversight said Alastair MacGibbon, former director of trust and safety at eBay, and prior to that, the former director of the High Tech Crime Centre. read more »

“Chain of Trust” initiative launched to fight malware

The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and announced their collaboration, known as the Chain of Trust Initiative, Tuesday at the ASC workshop in Washington. read more »

Wimad Malware: Free Music is Too Good to be True

Looking to tell a moral in addition to issuing a warning, Microsoft's Malware Protection Center has put out a blog on the Wimad family of malware, which they say is one of the top families of malware that they detect in the wild, behind Vundo, Zango stuff, Zlob and Renos. read more »

Waging war on cyber threats

The Obama Administration did what many in the political and national security arenas have been advocating for some time – make Cybersecurity its own Department of Defense command on par with Central Command, the organization led by U.S. Army General David Petraeus in charge of all military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. read more »

Ford customers, beware of e-mail hoax

Ford Motor Co. customers are being targeted with a hoax e-mail scam similar to the infamous Nigerian banking hoax emails. The email, which appears to come from a Ford sales manager, says the company is able to offer customers a hybrid version of a Ford Fusion for $15,500, which is less than the market price, because, “The United States Government has given us the opportunity to bounce back on our feet,” and instructs those interested to fill out an application. read more » Yet another Facebook malware-worm-virus-bug-phishing attack

The Facebook bugs just keep on swarming. If the combination of my Facebook inbox and Twitter chatter is any indication, there's yet another bug (or whatever you want to call it) floating around on the social networking site. It's not recent nasty bug Koobface, it's not and, as far as I can tell, it's not even Boface.BJ. This time the link, which in my case came in messages titled "Hello," leads to sites with names like and read more »

Global phishing survey: Trends and domain name use

Phishers are constantly experimenting, looking for better ways to defraud Internet users and reap more money from their crimes. The second half of 2008 found phishers adopting new strategies and tactics. To combat phishing, we seek to better understand how they are using domain names, and why. read more »

Alert: Pet-buying scam at Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials want the public to be aware of a pet scam involving bogus purchases and false claims that animals are being detained at the airport. The pet scam involves online ads or unsolicited e-mails that offer to sell and ship pets -- such as puppies, birds and monkeys -- from overseas. read more »

Security experts warn of possible ID theft scam on Twitter

The Twitter "porn name game" may be a ruse to get people to unintentionally reveal their security questions for remembering their passwords. Web security pros said this could leave users susceptible to identity theft or fraud. read more »

Beware e-mail in the name of U.S. Customs

The scam: Here is a report from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which would seem to have enough on its plate these days -- not that scammers care. According to the agency, spam e-mail is circulating that tries to fool consumers using the agency's name. read more »

As hacking hits home, China strengthens cyber laws

"China has made significant progress in cybercrime legislation and is putting in great efforts to strengthen it," said Man Qi, one of the paper's co-authors, in an e-mail interview. read more »

Hackers breach UC Berkley computer database

University of California, Berkeley, officials said Friday that hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases, putting at risk health and other personal information on 160,000 students, alumni and others. read more »

Microsoft plans to patch PowerPoint flaw

Microsoft is preparing to issue a patch for a security vulnerability that has plagued users since early last month. The vulnerability lies in a component of PowerPoint and, when exploited, can allow an attacker to remotely install malware on the targeted system. read more »

Hackers Want Millions For Data on Prescription

The FBI and Virginia State Police are searching for hackers who demanded that the state pay them a $10 million ransom by Thursday for the return of millions of personal pharmaceutical records they say they stole from the state's prescription drug database. The hackers claim to have accessed 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions collected by the Prescription Monitoring Program. read more » bug spreads on Facebook

Facebook users are receiving messages from friends today that ask them to visit the website, The site is marked as malicious in most modern browsers, so curious wanderers will receive a warning when attempting to visit the link. read more »

Ransom-ware is back

Ransom-ware is a computer malware which sorts of kidnaps or holds a user’s computer files even system, turn it into a hostage and then demands a ransom for a fix. read more »

Red tape keeps Conficker on medical devices

The Conficker Internet virus has infected important computerized medical devices, but governmental red tape interfered with their repair, an organizer of an anti-virus working group told Congress on Friday. read more »

Leaked copies of Windows 7 RC contain Trojan

Pirated copies of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) on file-sharing sites contain malware, according to users who have downloaded the upgrade. read more »

Solutions: Spyware can make icons disappear from your desktop

We are running Windows XP. For some reason, we lost all of our desktop icons. Is there a way to retrieve them? read more »

Botnet probe turns up 70G bytes of personal, financial data

Researchers from the University of California gained control over a well-known and powerful network of hacked computers for 10 days, gaining insight into how it steals personal and financial data. read more »

Businesses Need Cybersecurity Supports, Congress Told

The U.S. Congress should look to provide incentives for private businesses to adopt stronger cybersecurity practices instead of creating new mandates, one information security expert told a congressional subcommittee last week. read more »

Facebook fights phishing attacks with new security partner

Facebook threat analyst Ryan McGeehan said the company takes a proactive approach to fighting spam phishing attacks on the website and announced facebook had hired an anti virus security firm to upgrade security at the website, eWeek reported. read more »

Facebook Fights Second Phishing Attack

Facebook early today suffered its second phishing attack in 24 hours, but the social networking site took swift action to resolve the matter. Yesterday, attackers worked to lure Facebook members to, a site displaying a bogus Facebook login page that hijacked users' accounts. Today, a second attack appeared, this time using read more »

Internet Scams On The Rise

Online services like banking and shopping can be helpful, but sometimes it can be helpful for the wrong kind of people like internet scammers. read more »

Lottery, IRS scams on the rise, police say

Police are reminding residents to remain on high alert and use sound judgement following a recent increase in reports of mail and Internet scams in the Triad. One of the major scams that is increasingly targeting elderly residents are lottery scams — where they will receive a letter and an authentic-looking check in the mail telling them they have won a lottery. read more »

County warns of phishing scams

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office is warning consumers about a deceptive Web site currently posing as a government site for the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). read more »

Report: US cyber warfare needs oversight, debate

Shrouded in secrecy, the U.S. government's policies on how and when to wage cyber warfare are ill-formed, lack adequate oversight and require a broad public debate, a new report by the National Research Council says. read more »

Adults get lessons on how to prevent cyberbullying

Every Maryland Board of Education is required by law to come up with plans and policies on cyberbullying. However, Maryland lawmakers still heard cries from mothers about the impact it has on their children. read more »

Adults get lessons on how to prevent cyberbullying

Every Maryland Board of Education is required by law to come up with plans and policies on cyberbullying. However, Maryland lawmakers still heard cries from mothers about the impact it has on their children. learn how »

‘Scareware’ has us feeling vulnerable

Isn't it amazing how long it can take a Web page to load? We used to blame this on slow connections, but these days the number of add-ons, images, advertising, and links simply overwhelms the content we're after, causing what should have been a quick jaunt across the Web to turn into a weary slog. learn how »

Identity theft targets unemployed workers

The scams run the gamut from fake help-wanted ads and job-search services to bogus résumé-posting Web sites, part of a new arsenal of weapons targeting millions of recently unemployed people. learn how »

Spam From Hijacked Webmail Accounts

A family member called last night, upset and embarrassed that his account was used to blast out spam to all of his contacts. A quick examination of the message headers indicated the spam was indeed sent through his account, and that someone had hijacked his Webmail account password. learn how »

Adobe Warns of Potential Reade Flaw

Adobe Systems Inc. is warning about a potential new security flaw in the latest versions of its Adobe Reader products. In its product security incident response team blog, Adobe issued a brief advisory on Monday, saying it is investigating reports of a security hole in Adobe Reader 9.1 and 8.1.4. The company says it will provide an update once it gets more information. learn how »

WVa Bar Says international network, Web site hacked

The West Virginia State Bar is warning members of potential identity theft after someone hacked into the organization's Web site and internal computer network. learn how »

Beware of Swine flu email scam

Computer users beware of a Swine flu email scam. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or US-CERT is alerting computers users about a cyber scam. US-CERT says the cyber attacks arrive through an unsolicated email message that usually contains a subject related to the Swine flu. The emails contain a link or attachment that may be directed to a phishing website. learn how »

How scared should you be about security statistics

Did you know the number of crimeware-spreading Web sites infecting PCs with password-stealing crimeware reached an all-time high of 31,173 in December, according to the APWG (formerly Anti-Phishing Working Group) coalition. learn how »

Bank phishing fraudsters learn to spell

Phishers aiming to defraud banks have raised their game - and at the very least have learned to spell - according to the banking executives tasked with stopping them. learn how »

Government, military officials at RSA warn of cyber-threats

The U.S. government faces huge challenges both combating cybercrime and improving military cyber-defense capabilities, but progress is being made, according to officials speaking at the RSA Conference. learn how »

Hackers infect 1.9 million PCs

A massive botnet comprised of 1.9 million infected PCs is being controlled by a gang of six in the Ukraine, security firm Finjan divulged at the RSA security conference here in San Francisco. And this botnet has nothing to do with the headline grabbing Conficker worm. It was assembled the tried-and-true way: drive-by downloads. learn how »

Wal-Mart scam sweeps the web

The latest scam to sweep the web world involves a Wal-Mart survey emailed to your personal account. If you fill it out, the email claims you will receive $150. However, the Better Business Bureau said don't open it. You'll only be giving away your money and your identity. learn how »

Scams about foreclosures, jobs, IRS feed on desperation

So many pitches seem so enticing: "I paid $2.99 and got $12,000. Claim yours!""Would you like to earn an extra $200, $900 or even $5,000 everyday! For just 45 minutes work!" "New mortgage with low payments!" Local, state and federal authorities are trying keep up with consumer complaints, but aside from going after fraudsters, officials say one of the best ways to protect yourself is education. learn how »

Put your computer to the virus test

Just as more and more computers connect to the Internet, more and more malicious code is created to cause issues. Whatever the name - computer viruses, computer worms or malware - they are a pain for many computer users. While folks hear the news about these issues - they often don't know if they are at risk till it is too late. read more »

Vermont AHS Computers Struck by an Unknown Virus

Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) had to shutdown the computers systems on April 10, 2009, following the outburst of a virus. The computers experts of the State are currently working on the problem in order to resume the online services of the department. read more »

Beware e-mail and web sit fraud

Tips for spotting fraudulent e-mails include: urgent appeals claiming your account may be suspended or closed if you fail to reply; requests for security information because they have lost it; typographical or grammatical errors; and too-good-to-be-true offers. read more »

Hackers Launching More Phishing Attacks to Exploit Recession

Avivah Litan, Security Analyst at Gartner, says that phishers are continuously taking advantage of the adverse economic conditions, as reported by Business Week on April 14, 2009. read more »

Obama to receive cybersecurity review this week

Former Booz Allen Hamilton management consultant Melissa Hathaway's much anticipated 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity policy is scheduled to hit President Obama's desk this Friday. read more »

Cyber Criminals Hacked Paul McCartney’s Website for Distributing Malware

The official website of former Beatles star Paul McCartney was hacked to spread malware infection across visitors via drive-by downloads. People's favorite Paul McCartney won multiple Grammy awards is an English songwriter, singer, composer and poet. read more »

Conficker hits Utah

Apparently Conficker isn't just media hype. The Associated Press reported on Sunday that the University of Utah was infected with the Conficker worm. In total the report claims that some 700 PCs at the university were infected with Conficker. read more »

Conficker worm hits University of Utah computers

University of Utah officials say a computer virus has infected more than 700 campus computers, including those at the school's three hospitals. read more »

Scammers cashing in at tax time

The IRS expects e-file returns to exceed last year’s record of 80 million. So it’s a good time to be wary of Internet schemes to steal your identity. read more »

Power grid hackers probably got inside by attacking PCs

The hackers who reportedly planted malware on key parts of the U.S. electrical grid, perhaps with the intent to cripple the country's power infrastructure, most likely gained access like any other cybercriminal -- by exploiting a bug in software such as Windows or Office, a security researcher said. read more »

Woman falls victim to £10k net dating scam

PEOPLE are being warned to be on the alert for dating scams after a woman was conned out of more than £10,000. read more »

Internet scam tries to rent out homes in Ocean City

A new Internet scam threatens to ruin some families' summer vacations at the New Jersey shore. read more »

Bogus security software growing threat: Microsoft

Hackers are increasingly hiding viruses in bogus computer security software to trick people into installing treacherous programs on machines, Microsoft warned on Wednesday. read more »

Don't get scammed!

It seems that not even the mother of a bank CEO is immune to the threat of identity theft. Wilma Dwight, 80, mother of Horizon Bank CEO Craig Dwight, had a scam scare last week when a supposed magazine seller called her on the phone. read more »

Pros and cons of online paid surveys

The popularity of online paid surveys in the U.S. has skyrocketed in the last couple of years. Many people consider them as a fast an easy way to make money online. The task of being involved in online surveys is not mentally or physically demanding. You can work from the comfort of your own home, offer your opinion and earn money for it! But isn’t it too good to be true? read more »

Beware online programs that promise cash

A pyramid scheme that regularly surfaces during recessions is gaining momentum, this time supercharged by the social-networking power of the Internet, according to the Better Business Bureau and other consumer watchdog groups. read more »

Keep away the scammers out for your cash - Keep away the scammers out for your cash Review a list of the most common forms of fraud to help protect yourself.

In an effort to keep potential victims abreast of the most prevalent scams, the Times-Union compiled the top 10 scams in Florida, according to the Attorney General's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. read more »

FBI releases top Internet scam list for 2008

A synopsis of the 2008 Internet Crime Report is available on the FBI’s Web site at The report says that complaints to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) jumped more than 33 percent in 2008 over 2007, with 275,284 complaint submissions. The majority of the cases involved fraud in some way. read more »

Pat Lawson: Free Internet games could well include costly virus

There are so many warnings going around over the Internet. Some are legitimate and some are hoaxes, but this one comes personally from sheer anger at being bilked by what I thought was a legitimate site to temporarily download games. I wanted to warn you: If you like to play games on your computer don't go to a site unless you know it's absolutely safe. read more »

BBB Tip: Facebook friends could actually be hackers, scam artists

Better Business Bureau is offering advice on how consumers can protect themselves against hackers, scammers and ID thieves on social networking Web sites. read more »

Woman sentenced to prison in adoption scam

A former Pierce County woman who faked a pregnancy and offered adoption to four women has been sentenced to four months in prison. read more »

FBI warns against “phishing”

It’s a real-life, classic case of “phishing”—a virtual trap set by cyber thieves that uses official-looking e-mails to lure you to fake websites and trick you into revealing your personal information. read more »

Expert: Victims lose billions to Internet scams

If you have e-mail, you've undoubtedly been solicited with a quick, seemingly too-good-to-be-true way to make money. One of those scams is the "black money" scheme. Why is the money black? To avoid detection as its smuggled in from overseas, of course, or to protect it from terrorists. read more »

Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

Reports are trickling in about the impact from the Conficker worm, as infected systems passed zero hour at midnight and began downloading additional malicious components. Here's a quick roundup of some of the more notable incidents caused by Conficker so far, according to published reports: read more »

FBI Reports Huge Spike In Internet Crime Complaints

There were 275,284 reports of Internet crime in 2008, up from 206,884 in 2007, the annual IC3 report said. Total year-over-year dollar losses increased 10.8 percent in 2008, reaching a record high of $264.6 million, with an average individual loss of $931. In 2007, losses were $239.1 million, dwarfing the $18 million in losses seen in 2001. read more »

Warning: Oprah Show Contest Scam

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has put out a warning about a fraudulent e-mail claiming it's from the "Oprah Winfrey Show." read more »

Internet crime jumps by a third last year

Internet-based rip-offs jumped 33 percent last year over the previous year, according to a report from a complaint center set up to monitor such crimes. The report said that about 77.4 percent of perpetrators of Internet fraud were men. read more »

4 On Your Side: Cyberscams

Investigators who track Internet crime say scam artists are taking full advantage of this economy. Internet scam artists are targeting both businesses and individuals more intensely than ever. read more »

Count Web Fraud Among Recession-Proof Endeavors

U.S. consumers lost a record $264.5 million last year to Web-based fraud scams, some involving online auctions and identity theft, says a government report slated to be released on Monday. With unemployment soaring, the jump in online fraud could mean the recession is aiding and abetting the problem by creating a lucrative, but nefarious avenue for newly jobless technology workers, says Avivah Litan, an analyst for research firm Gartner.
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Scam 'phish' e-mails target College accounts

In past weeks, many College e-mail accounts have been the targets of scam "phish" e-mails, where recipients were led to believe their accounts would be deleted if they did not follow the directions in the message. read more »

Teenager jailed for selling fake holidays on eBay

A TEENAGER who made £8000 by selling non-existent holidays on eBay has been jailed for 14 months. Nathan Hudson copied genuine adverts for luxury trips to London, New York and Paris onto the internet auction site and charged customers up to £1,500 a time for the breaks. read more »

Internet crooks tempt job seekers "Secret shopper" scams and bogus job postings

With no job and no paycheck, many job hunters are heading into new territory to find work. The problem? Many scam artists know it, and where you see desperation, they see dollar signs. read more »

Homeowners warned about bogus Web site

A city official is warning homeowners who face foreclosure to beware of Web sites that offer help but also seek personal information. Mary Zarba, housing coordinator for the city's Community Development Office, has sent out a warning about a Web site that masquerades as representing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and tries to dupe people out of personal information. read more »

Phishing Gets Automated and We’re All Getting Targeted

Phishing expeditions business and personal data are rising to record levels, with fake anti-malware campaigns alone increasing by 225% in the last six months of 2008. Password-stealing Web sites jumped 827% IN 2008. The reason? The phishers are investing in automation. read more »

Personal Finance: Work-at-home job deals often are just a scam

You've seen the enticements: "Work from Home: Earn $$$." "Guaranteed: $92/Hour…No Experience Needed." They pop up on your computer, litter your mailbox, shout from your TV screen. read more »

Connecticut man sentenced for e-card scam

A Connecticut man was sentenced to four years of probation for his role in a phishing scam that tricked America Online subscribers into giving up their credit card numbers. read more »

How to Not Get Scammed Online

The Internet can be used as an amazing money saving tool. Unfortunately, all good things have their bad side and the Internet can also be something that sucks your money away from you faster than you can say “www”. One of the worst ways that the Internet can cause you to lose money is by making you the victim of an online scam. There are tons of scams out there designed to take your money out of your pocket and put it into someone else’s bank account. read more »

Scammers may have contacted 400

Hundreds of Spring Hill residents were recently contacted by scammers "phishing" for debit card, pin and account numbers, according to local banks. read more »

Beware of stimulus frauds and scams

The public hype over the amount of money available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has led to numerous scams promising assistance in obtaining "free government money" - when often the only money that changes hands is from the pockets of unsuspecting applicants. read more »

Crooks set up fake tax refund site

Con artists are using tax time to fleece Canadians with a clever scam that directs people to a fake government website promising tax refunds in exchange for credit card details… read more »

Online identity theft threat doubted

The threat seems real enough — a thief finds a document on the Internet with your Social Security number and uses it to steal your identity… read more »

IRS improves cybersecurity, but still vulnerable to malware

The Internal Revenue Service has improved its protection of computer networks from malicious software attacks, but it has failed to scan computers for viruses and to enforce security policies, which put taxpayer data at risk, according to a report the IRS inspector general released on Monday… read more »

FTC urged to investigate Google's hosted services

A privacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google Inc.'s cloud computing services, including the popular Gmail hosted e-mail service, the Google Docs applications and the Picasa photo sharing service, adequately protect users privacy… read more »

Twitter scam warning issued for South Carolina residents

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to be vigilant of scams circulating on Twitter. According to a press release, scammers are utilizing the site in the same way they use spam e-mail to try to entice users… read more »

Comcast: Exposed User Data Not From Internal Leak

Comcast now believes a phishing or malware scam is to blame for exposing hundreds of its customers' user names and passwords. A list containing around 8,000 names was discovered by a PC World reader this week and brought to the company's attention… read more »

Check Overpayment Scams: Seller Beware

Thinking of selling a car or another valuable item through an online auction or your newspaper's classified section? If so, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, wants you to know about check overpayment scams… read more »

Nigerian's scam nets 19-year sentence

A college student in Nigeria has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for scamming an Australian woman out of $47,000 online by pretending to be a widowed white businessman desperately in love with her… read more »

Tim Berners-Lee admits to falling for online scam

Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the world wide web, revealed today that he has been a victim of online fraud. Berners-Lee, who is widely credited with inventing the web when working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in the 1980s and early 1990s, told The Daily Telegraph that a site he visited to buy a Christmas present turned out to be a fake… read more »

Internet scam preys on job seekers

A new scam is targeting some of the most vulnerable: People desperately looking for work. It's no secret that there are lots of Internet scams. But, now, it seems there's a new one out there. And, if you're out of work, be careful because you could be the next victim… read more »

How to tell, what to do if computer is infected

Computer-virus infections don't cause your machine to crash anymore. Nowadays, the criminals behind the infections usually want your computer operating in top form so you don't know something's wrong. That way, they can log your keystrokes and steal any passwords or credit-card numbers you enter at Web sites, or they can link your infected computer with others to send out spam… read more »

Troubled Economy Ideal for Scammers

One scam method is a bogus e-mail that appears to be from government agencies and asks for information to "verify" that you qualify for a payment. The scammers use that information to commit identity theft. Other e-mail scams provide links to find out how to qualify for funds. By clicking on the links, consumers might download malware… read more »

Small Business Owners Targeted by Fraudulent Tax E-mail

The US SBA (Small Business Owners Administration) is giving warning to owners of small businesses to be vigilant of a new suspicious e-mail. The officials of the Administration state that the e-mail belongs to an Internet phishing scam. read more »

Internet scams prey on the jobless

Widespread layoffs have created new opportunities for an old Internet scam that can look tempting in times of desperation: working from home for quick cash. U.S. postal inspectors in Chicago say such ploys are on the rise during the recession. read more »

Gone phishing; scam alerts

Scammers don't discriminate as is evident by an e-mail sent to Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock last week. Like many Montanans, Bullock received an e-mail telling him that unless he sent account information to the sender "access to sensitive account features will be limited." read more »

Bill would slam identity thieves

State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg, is co-sponsoring two bills that would subject identity thieves to felony charges for stealing or misusing personal information. Senate Bill 300 would make it a second-degree felony to steal confidential personal information. Individuals who receive stolen personal information would be guilty of a third-degree felony. read more »

Online Deals or Scams?

You’ve seen those online offers for free laptops, TVs, and iPods. They’re definitely exciting, but are they the real deal? Online freebie offers lure people in, but some websites require you to purchase other items and participate in advertising surveys before you get any free laptop or iPod. read more »

Hacker who stole millions from Calgary company facing extradition

An extradition hearing has been set for May 7 for an Israeli national alleged to be the mastermind of a multimillion-dollar worldwide computer hacking ring. read more »

Hackers Get 4 Years in Prison Over Malware Install

Los Angeles computer security consultant has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for using malicious software that turned thousands of computers into ''zombies'' so he could steal private information. read more »

Don’t get taken by these stimulus scams

"It's taken scam artists no time at all to exploit headlines" about the stimulus package, Eileen Harrington, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said Wednesday. read more »

Facebook & FTC Join to Fight Stimulus Scams

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commision are working together in order to eliminate online scams related to the stimulus package read more »

Hackers Get 4 Years in Prison Over Malware Install

MySpace users are virtually immune to the Koobface messaging virus plaguing Facebook and other social networking sites. So claims MySpace Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam. read more »

Obama's cybersecurity budget gains solid support

Blairxmugshot The $355 million for cybersecurity that President Obama wedged into his proposed $800 billion fiscal 2010 budget has solid backing. read more »

Call to amend scam law

While the police continue in their relentless fight to cripple the lottery scam, they want the laws governing fraud crimes to be amended to give longer prison terms to convicts. read more »

FTC: Identity Theft Top Consumer Complaint in 2008

There's a lot of identity theft going on — and we sure are complaining about it. According to a report issued Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft accounted for 26 percent of all consumer complaints received in 2008. read more »

Japan Cybercrime Grows by 15.5 Percent

Internet security software provider Finjan ( announced on Friday that it has just published the 2008 cybercrime figures from Japan which reveals a 15.5 percent year-on-year annual growth. read more »

Top Consumer Complaints For 2008

The Federal Trade Commission is out with a list of the top consumer complaints for 2008. We have a look at the top five 1.Identity theft 2.Third party and debt collection 3.Shop at home and catalog sales 4.Internet services 5.Foreign money offers and counterfeit check scams read more »

Students get Internet safety warning

Students and school leaders talked Tuesday about how the Internet is an ideal - but occasionally dangerous - resource. "Use technology as a fantastic resource - but use it wisely," said Cindy Southworth, technology director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. read more »

Google's Gmail hit with outage, phishing scam

First, Google Inc.'s e-mail service experienced an outage that lasted several hours in the early morning. Then, a phishing scam made its way around Google Talk, the chat protocol embedded within the Gmail Web interface. read more »

Girl Scouts launch cyber safety campaign

The Girl Scouts are turning to a new type of cookie to help protect kids from online predators: internet cookies. The Girl Scouts have teamed up with Microsoft Windows to launch a new Web site called LMK, or Let Me Know. read more »

‘Phishing’ scam targets South Coastal Bank patrons

An apparent telephone scam attempts to obtain South Coastal Bank customers’ account information. Several Rockland residents, including a bank employee, received the calls, the bank reported Monday. The recorded message claimed to be from South Coastal Bank. The message said their ATM card had been deactivated and asked them to enter their account information to reactivate the card. read more »

Three data breaches hit Florida, one hits the feds

Another day, another data breach.

If you bought something at a Best Buy store in West Palm Beach, Fla., late last year, or stayed at a Wyndham hotel in Florida last summer, or use a U.S. government travel Web site you might want to check your credit card statements closely.

Best Buy warned this week that 4,000 customers of a store in West Palm Beach may have had their credit card information stolen when they made their purchases. read more »

Social Networks Face Security Challenge from Third-Party Applicants

Facebook and other social networking sites such as MySpace face the question of how to secure third-party applications developed for use with their sites. A SQL injection vulnerability recently discovered in two Facebook applications underscores this quandary. read more »

Avoiding Craigslist employment scams

The FBI has posted a warning on work-at-home scams, which are typically a come-on to get your credit card or PayPal information. Some of the garbage posted in jobs and gigs is pretty transparent, but the miserable economy and job market are making people get desperate--and drop their guard. read more »

Indiana senator victim of e-mail scam

More than 200 people have been asked for money by hackers who accessed the e-mail account of State Sen. Johnny Nugent. The Lawrenceburg Republican says a phony message to people in his e-mail address book claims he is stranded in Nigeria without his luggage and passport and needs more than $3,000 to return to the United States. read more »

Protect yourself from growing identity crimes

With the recession, criminal minds are hard at work taking advantage of vulnerable Americans,but you don't have to become a victim of financial fraud. IMPD investigators say financial fraud has been going up about 200%, as they try to keep up with criminals using fast-evolving technology. read more »

Alert from Penn Public Safety: Advanced Fee Internet Scams

Public Safety has recently received several reports of Advanced Fee Internet Scam attempts occurring to members of the Penn community. The scams are particularly targeting international students. read more »

Internet Scams Flood Local Better Business Bureau

The city's local Better Business Bureau is being flooded daily with calls and complaints about Internet scams and the phony solicitations are looking more realistic than ever. read more »

'Phishy' e-mail not from IRS

Fraudulent e-mails claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, complete with an official-looking IRS masthead, ask the recipients to complete a W-4100B2 form and fax it to an international phone number. read more »

Online resumes are easy target for identity thieves

It’s hard to look for a job these days and not turn to the Internet. You can post your resume online and make it available to thousands of possible employers. But other people could also be looking at your resume and these people aren’t offering a paycheck. read more »

Experts Warn of Valentine’s Day Online Scam

From cards and candy to flowers and jewelry consumers spend nearly $15 billion on Valentine's Day each year. But before shelling out your hard-earned money on tokens of affection this week, CBS station WCBS-TV reports. read more »

Scam artists posing as employers prey on job-seekers

There’s bad, there’s worse and then there’s the "D" word. That’s what Washington’s attorney general uses to describe scam artists who pose as employers or corporate headhunters – and rip off folks who’ve been laid off and are trying to find jobs. read more »

Scam artists posing as employers prey on job-seekers

There’s bad, there’s worse and then there’s the "D" word. That’s what Washington’s attorney general uses to describe scam artists who pose as employers or corporate headhunters – and rip off folks who’ve been laid off and are trying to find jobs. read more »

Fears of impostors on Facebook

Without his input, Bryan Rutberg's Facebook status update - the way friends track each other - suddenly changed on January 21 to this frightening alert: "Bryan NEEDS HELP URGENTLY!!!" read more »

New App Lets Spammers Target Twitter

Twitter may not being making any money yet, but that hasn't stopped spammers from trying to benefit from the micro-blogging service. In fact, a new software tool, called Tweet Tornado, has the unfortunate potential to be a real game changer. Launched last week, TT is designed to help spammers and malware distributors get the most out of their Twit-based offenses. read more »

Tech Corner: Web scam targets library users

When it comes to Internet fraud, one particularly convincing kind of scam can nab its victims, hook line and sinker. Phishing, a common form of e-mail scam targeted members of the campus community last month. Phishing scams involve phony e-mails or Web sites that seem to be from legitimate organizations, but are actually impostors. read more »

Click Fraud Climbing

Idle fingers…? They say that in bad economic times crime rises. If online click fraud rates are any indication, they could be right. (Click fraud occurs when an automated computer program imitates a legitimate user by clicking on a search ad to generate a bogus charge.) read more »

Watch out for employment scams in these tough economic times

Scam artists, always keeping up with the times, are preying on unemployed workers in Washington. They're posing as headhunters, hawking bogus job offers and sending realistic-looking e-mail messages that contain links to computer viruses or phishing sites. read more »

Internet ‘phishing’: Fake e-mails seek info

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson issued a warning Tuesday about a "phishing" scheme that is using the name of a well-known Internet service provider to steal people's personal information. read more »

Phishing e-mails sent to Penn State addresses

A few new phishing e-mail scams targeting the Penn State community have come to light recently. read more »

‘Phishing’ schemes target Facebook

Cyber-crooks are now hijacking Facebook pages, taking over the site and asking friends to send money to purportedly help them out of a crisis. read more »

Justice-Designed TSP Scam Reaches Commerce Department

An eagle-eyed reader sends in this email sent to Department of Commerce employees regarding the Justice Department-designed scam to test readers' vulnerability to internet scams by offering to help them recoup their losses in the Thrift Savings Plan: read more »

Data Breaches Costing Costumers, Not Just Money

A study by the Ponemon Institute found the average cost of data breaches - from detection to notification to lost business - is rising. The No. 1 cost to companies is lost business, which now accounts for 69 percent of total costs. read more »

Taxpayers Beware of Identity Theft, Scams, and Phishing

According to the IRS, taxpayers are falling prey to suspicious emails and various forms of identity theft. With a substantial portion of taxpayers electronically filing their tax returns and directly depositing their refunds into their bank accounts, many scams are on the rise. read more »

Frequent Fraud: Don’t open your wallets to these scams

Con artists are hard at work taking advantage of desperate people struggling in today's down economy. With record unemployment nationwide and a host of economists predicting things will get significantly worse before they get better, there's no shortage of people willing to take risks they might otherwise be resistant to. read more »

Hold off the hackers by scanning credit

The financial meltdown has forced many to tighten the purse strings, and experts say it’s vital to keep a tighter grip on personal information. Identity thieves are lurking everywhere, and the tally of such thefts has jumped in recent years. read more »

NPD warns of Internet theft scams

According to the IRS, taxpayers are falling prey to suspicious emails and various forms of identity theft. With a substantial portion of taxpayers electronically filing their tax returns and directly depositing their refunds into their bank accounts, many scams are on the rise. read more »

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