Browsing Category: Social Engineering

The FBI issued a warning late last week about ‘Gameover,’ a variant of the Zeus malware that can steal usernames and passwords. The malware is being propagated through spam e-mails purporting to come from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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The Ramnit worm, which was first detected more than 18 months ago, has continued to evolve and now has spawned a version that is targeting victims’ Facebook credentials, and with great success. Researchers at Seculert in Israel have found a variant of Ramnit that is stealing those credentials and then trying to compromise other accounts belonging to the victims, including VPNs, email and other sensitive accounts.

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Shari Lawrence Pfleeger wrote the book on cyber security – or should we say “books.” The longtime researcher and expert has authored numerous textbooks on everything from software engineering, to the application of metrics in software development, to computer security. The head of research for the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) at Dartmouth College, Pfleeger says that many of the biggest challenges facing organizations in the realm of cyber security are social, and not technological.

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Categories: Social Engineering

Call it a new twist on Facebook “Like” jacking. Researchers at the firm Zscaler say that scammers are embedding Facebook “Like” widgets from top ranked Web brands and in Web pages used to promote online scams or distribute malware. The widgets make it appear as if tens- or hundreds of thousands of Facebook users ‘like’ the scam Web site.

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