Online Crime

Organized cyber thieves stole more than $600,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa
earlier this month with the help of
dozens of unwitting co-conspirators hired through work-at-home job
scams, at least one of whom was told the money was being distributed to
victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]

A researcher has uncovered a sophisticated check counterfeiting ring
that uses compromised computers to steal and print millions of dollars
worth of bogus invoices and then recruit money mules to cash them. Read the full article. [The Register]

Barry Ardolf, 45, of Blaine, Minnesota, had rejected a plea deal in
connection to charges accusing him of sending Vice President Joe Biden a
threatening e-mail from his neighbor’s computer, a computer he is
accused of hacking. A federal grand jury substantially upped the ante against the
computer technician by ringing him up on additional charges of identity theft and two
kiddie-porn accusations carrying lifetime sex-offender registration
requirements. Read the full article. [Wired]

According to the FTC, the fraudsters charged 1.35 million credit cards a
total of $9.5 million, but only 78,724 of these fake charges were ever
noticed. Typically they floated just one charge per card number, billing
on behalf of made-up business names such as Adele Services or Bartelca
LLC. Read the full article. [Computerworld]

An important milestone that should compel all  social networks to be
much more diligent about preserving  privacy and providing robust
security was established by federal regulators with Twitter. Read the full article. [The Last Watchdog]

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