Browsing Category: Social Engineering

L0phtCrack password cracker set to return

More than two years after Symantec pulled the plug on L0phtCrack, the venerable password cracking tool is being prepped for a return to the spotlight.

The original creators of L0phtCrack has reacquired the tool with plans to release a new version at next week’s SOURCE Boston conference.

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Interview With a Cybercrime Money Mule

Brian Krebs’ terrific reporting on the targeted malware attacks against small businesses in the U.S. continues today with a closer look at the way “money mules” operate and their roles in the cybercrime operation.
In this article, Krebs interviews a “money mule” and shows the layers of online job recruitment, the sign-up process that includes bank account details and the way money is siphoned from stolen bank accounts and wired to international locations.  This is a must read article [washingtonpost.com]

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FTC: ID theft cases surge

Categories: Social Engineering

The number of identification theft cases surged in 2008, according to a report (.pdf) based on the Federal Trade Commission’s annual data. 

In 2008, ID theft was by far the biggest complaint to the FTC, representing 26 percent of complaints. The next biggest complaint — third party and creditor debt collection scams — represented only 9 percent of complaints.

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More than 50% of workers stealing data when they leave jobs

Categories: Social Engineering

Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs in recent months, and a huge number of them are taking proprieatry company data with them when they leave, according to a new study. The study shows that almost 60 percent of people who leave or are fired from a job are swiping information.

Brian Krebs at The Washington Post has the full story on the report, which is the work of the Ponemon Institute.

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