Browsing Category: Social Engineering

[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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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=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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[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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[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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[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.

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