Browsing Category: Social Engineering

Companies Unwilling to Disclose Financial Loss

[img_assist|nid=2070|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Malware attacks and infections are up 50 percent from 2008 and losses are down, according to a Computer Security Institute report, but the industry organization says very few companies are willing to disclose dollar amounts. Read the full article. [Security Focus]

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ID Thief Feels Bite of Prison Sentence

[img_assist|nid=2072|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Michael A. Roseboro, a/k/a “Mike Ross,” a/k/a “Michael Johnson,” a/k/a
“Michael Smith,” was sentenced on November 25 to 116 months in prison
for his participation in a massive identity-theft and credit card fraud
scheme in which he targeted and stole the identities of at least 176
dentists. Read the full article. [DataBreaches.net]

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Large-Scale Security Experiments Coming

[img_assist|nid=2063|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]A consortium of cybersecurity researchers from MIT, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon was announced in Washington D.C. with the stated goal is to collaborate on cybersecurity research including 10 projects, one which is the development of an Internet-scale model on which to perform
constrained experiments not possible on the live Internet. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

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Data from MS Shows Password Attack Focus

[img_assist|nid=2062|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Microsoft released data collected from an FTP-server
honeypot, showing that attempts to guess passwords continue to focus on
the low-hanging fruit: passwords with an average length of eight
characters, with “password” and “123456″ being the most common. Read the full article. [Security Focus]

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Major D.C. Construction Co. Fooled by Phishing

[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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Koobface Stocking Stuffer Malware

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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Radiant Systems Sued By Companies Affected by Hack

[img_assist|nid=2027|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Seven restaurants in Louisiana and Mississippi, have filed a class-action suit
against Georgia-based Radiant Systems for producing a point-of-sale
(POS) system that they say was not compliant with payment card industry
security standards and resulted in an undetermined number of customers
having their debit and credit card numbers stolen by a Romanian hacker. Read the full article. [Wired]

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Hannaford Data Breach Damages Up to Court

[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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Free Tool Helps Graphically Visualize Attacks

[img_assist|nid=2030|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=82|height=85]The free Picviz tool from the Honeynet Project takes data from various log analysis sources and converts them into a multidimensional visual map of events. Read the full article. [Dark Reading]

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Major Spam Network Fined Over $15 Million

[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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