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Facebook’s security team is being lauded by the FBI for its role the arrest of 10 individuals accused of spreading banking malware on the social networking site and collecting more than $850 million from fraudulent transactions.
According to the researcher who helped take down
Mariposa, the operators who purchased the bot software from the
man known as “Iserdo” and then built Mariposa, for some
reason didn’t opt for the feature, which he offered for 200 euros, even
though it would have increased their potential profits. Read the full article. [Dark Reading]
Slovenian police will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the
arrest of three men in connection the massive Mariposa botnet that was
disabled late last year. Read the full article. [IDG News Service]
Two of the accused Mariposa botnet operators in Spain requested jobs at Panda Security in March some 2 months after their arrest, according to a Panda Security official. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]
It seems that the HTC Magic phone distributed by Vodafone in Spain that security researchers discovered recently was pre-loaded with the Mariposa bot client was not an isolated incident after all, as the concerned party had claimed. An employee of another Spanish security vendor found the same malware pre-installed on the same model phone this week bought directly from Vodafone.
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