Browsing Category: Social Engineering

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.

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[img_assist|nid=1870|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]The Federal Trade Commission has charged those behind the shady online
check service Qchex with contempt, and wants daily fines imposed on
them until they give up the ghost. The group has launched a new site—a
Qchex clone—with the same questionable policies that made Qchex a
“dinner bell for fraudsters.” This has left the FTC fuming, and it
wants the site’s operators to quit helping criminals rip people off—now. Read the full article. [Ars Technica] Read the FTC complaint. 

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[img_assist|nid=1848|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]Health Net Inc. announced Wednesday that it is investigating a
healthcare data security breach that resulted in the loss of patient
data, affecting 1.5 million customers. The healthcare provider
said the lost files, a mixture of medical data, Social Security numbers
and other personally identifiable information, were collected over the
past seven years and contained on a portable external hard drive. The company said the healthcare data was not
encrypted, but was formatted as images and required a specific software
application to be viewed. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

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[img_assist|nid=1849|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]If the multibillion-dollar e-mail security industry has been built to
prevent information from seeping out through personal communication,
how is social networking in the workplace still going unchecked? After
all, consumer social apps such as Facebook and Twitter provide the same
information-leakage threat as unsecured, personal e-mail–possibly
more, thanks to the viral impact of broadcasting news tidbits to one’s
network of friends in real-time. Read the full article. [Forbes]

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[img_assist|nid=1837|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]Authorities in the U.K. have arrested two people in connection with using a notorious Trojan in a scheme to steal online banking information. The man and the woman, both 20, were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service in Manchester, according to police. The duo is accused of using the Zeus Trojan, also known as Zbot, in a plot to steal information. It is believed the Trojan was configured to record victim’s online bank account information and passwords, as well as credit card numbers and other information. Read the full article. [eWEEK]

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