SMS Trojans that ride along on supposedly benign mobile apps and then send out messages to high-priced numbers have been a problem in some Asian and Eastern European countries for several years now, most notably in Russia and China. But now the attackers have realized that there’s a whole big world of users out there to target and have begun going after people in other countries with new strains of SMS malware.
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Unlucky: Supermarket Chain Tells Customers That Self-Service Checkout Lanes In 20 Stores Were Outfitted With Card Skimmers
Customers of the Lucky supermarket chain in California were feeling rather unlucky last week, after receiving notice from parent company Save Mart Supermarkets said that self-service checkout lines in 20 of its stores were found to have debit and credit card readers that had been outfitted with card skimmers.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have shut down a carder lab in the city of Santo Domingo, and have arrested a 62-year-old man who they say is one of the alleged leaders of the group.
When CrowdOptic, a Silicon Valley, venture funded startup, developed a cool application that could stream real-time, context-aware information streams to mobile devices, the applications seemed straight-forward (and lucrative) enough: a blend of advertising and broadcasting that sports franchises and concert promoters might use to create an enhanced and “immersive experience” for fans attending live events. Along the way, however, the company discovered another, even more powerful use for their technology: crowd control.
An Analysis published earlier this month by Kahu Security raises the possibility that the hack of systems used by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation host committee was the result of a spear phishing attack with links back to the Chinese mainland.
Calling it a form of “electronic civil disobedience,” hacktivist group Anonymous took aim at a special agent from the California Department of Justice on Friday. The group spilled 38,000 e-mails containing “computer forensics techniques, investigation protocols as well as highly embarrassing personal information,” according to a press release on Pastebin.
The news last month was of the bust up of the biggest cyber crime ring in history, with 4 million victims and $14 million in losses. Now the FBI is hoping a few of those victims step forward to help with the prosecution.
The Tor Project has started a new system designed to help people start and run Tor bridges in the cloud using Amazon’s EC2 platform. The Tor Cloud runs on Amazon’s new micro-instance tier that lets people run instances for free for the first year.
More than 60 current and former students at Santa Clara University had their academic records hacked into and grades changed – for the better, according to a letter posted to the school’s site on Monday by university president Michael Engh.