Browsing Category: Social Engineering

Zbot Trojan Discovered As Drive-By Download

[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]


Ex-United Way IT Employee Sentenced to 18 Months

[img_assist|nid=1957|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=85|height=85]Former United Way employee based in Miami, Luis Robert Altamirano, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $50,000 for accessing his former employers’ network and deleting “numerous files from UWMD’s servers” and disabling “UWMD’s
telephone voice mail system and prevented UWMD employees from accessing their
voice mail accounts.” Read the full FBI statement.


Kryogeniks Indicted for Comcast Hack

Three alleged members of the hacker gang Kryogeniks were hit with a
federal conspiracy charge for a 2008 stunt that replaced
Comcast’s homepage with a shout-out to other hackers. Prosecutors identified Christopher Allen Lewis, 19, and James Robert
Black Jr., 20, as the hackers “EBK” and “Defiant,” known for hijacking
Comcast’s domain name in May of last year — a prank that took down the
cable giant’s homepage and webmail service for more than five hours,
and allegedly cost the company over $128,000. Read the full article. [Wired] Read the Federal indictment.