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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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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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With the economy cratering, staffs and budgets being cut and resources scarce, cloud computing has quickly become the prettiest girl at the prom. IT managers love its convenience and power and accounting departments are quite fond of its cost efficiencies.

But what of security and privacy? Where do they factor into the equation, if at all?

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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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By Mike Rothman

Do you remember that classic game show “To Tell the Truth?” It was great and trying to figure out who was the “real” person was always a challenge.

Unfortunately Visa and MasterCard are making all of us play the same game of late. There have been recent rumors running rampant (alliteration anyone?) about another data breach of a credit card processor (coverage: SCMag, Dark Reading). Allegedly on the scale of Heartland and that is bothersome. Especially when we can’t get any information from the banks or payment card brands. So we are forced to call is “Breach X” for the time being.

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