Browsing Category: Malware

[img_assist|nid=2055|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Nigel Parkinson, president of Parkinson Construction who built the D.C Convention Center and Nationals baseball stadium, fell victim to phony SSN email site that stole passwords, including those to the company’s bank account where money mules were used to steal funds. Read the full article. [Washington Post]

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Categories: Malware, Vulnerabilities

[img_assist|nid=2053|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Malicious hackers are using fake alerts around H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccines to trick end users into installing malware on Windows computers, according to warnings issued by computer security firms.The latest malware campaign begins with e-mail messages offering information regarding the H1N1 vaccination. The e-mail messages contain a link to a bogus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site with prompts to create a user profile.  During this process, a malware file gets planted on the user’s machine.

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The Koobface botnet, one of the most efficient social engineering driven botnets, is entering the Xmas season with a newly introduced template spoofing a YouTube video page, in between enticing the visitor into installing a bogus Adobe Flash Player Update (New Koobface campaign spoofs Adobe’s Flash updater), which remains one of the most popular social engineering tactics used by the botnet masters. Read the full article. [ZDNet]

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[img_assist|nid=2033|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]Whether Hannaford Bros. customers may recover damages for the time and
trouble it took them to straighten out their bank or credit card
accounts after the Scarborough-based firm’s computer system was
breached in late 2007 and early 2008 now is up to the Maine Supreme
Judicial Court. Read the full article. [Bangor Daily News]

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Categories: Malware, Ransomware

[img_assist|nid=2015|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Security researchers have stumbled upon a new piece of ransomware that blocks an infected computer from accessing the Internet until a fee is paid via SMS (text message).The latest ransomware file is bundled
with a program called uFast Download Manager.  Once a machine is
infected, a message is posted in Russian demanding a
ransom under the guise of activating the uFast Download Manager
application.

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[img_assist|nid=2017|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]A U.S. district court judge has ordered the largest “spam gang” in the
world to pay nearly $15.2 million for sending unsolicited e-mail
messages marketing male-enhancement pills, prescription drugs, and
weight-loss supplements, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Read the full article. [InfoWorld]

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[img_assist|nid=2020|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]The notorious information-stealing Zeus trojan is currently spreading via drive-by download. Those behind Zeus, or Zbot, recently began circulating spam claiming to
come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting users submit a
“tax refund request form” by clicking on a link that is provided. Read the full article. [SC Magazine]

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