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Month: June 2013

Source code for Carberp financial malware is for sale at a very low price, researchers say

IDG News Service — The source code for the Carberp banking Trojan program is being offered for sale on the underground market at a very affordable price, which could result in additional Carberp-based financial malware being developed in the future, according to researchers from Russian cybercrime investigations firm Group-IB. A person believed to be a…
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Malware Alert: “Hey User Your Facebook Account Has Been Closed!”

(Softpedia) Security experts from Avast! have come across an interesting malware distribution spam campaign that exploits Facebook’s popularity.  It all starts with emails entitled “Hey <name> your Facebook account has been closed!” or “Hi <name> your Facebook account is blocked!” The bogus Facebook emails instruct users to download and execute an attachment to unlock their…
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Google asks to make surveillance orders public, cites First Amendment

IDG News Service – Google has asked the court overseeing terrorism-related surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency to allow the company to publish information on the number of surveillance requests it receives. The Internet company, in a filing with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday, asked the court to allow it…
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U.S., Russia to Share Cyberthreat Data

(Bank Info Security) The United States and Russia are creating a new working group to assess emerging online threats. The group, announced by the White House, will begin work within the next month. “It’s a great idea because cybercrime has long been assisted by cross-jurisdictional friction,” says Richard Stiennon, an IT security analyst who wrote…
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Surveillance thwarted stock exchange bomb plot, officials say

Washington (CNN) — Bomb plots targeting the New York Stock Exchange and the city’s subway were among more than 50 worldwide thwarted by top-secret surveillance programs since the 2011 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, authorities said on Tuesday. Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director, FBI and other officials revealed startling details at…
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Phishing Alert: Automated Tax Refund Notification from HMRC

(Softpedia) Emails purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) inform recipients that they have an unclaimed tax refund. In reality, the notifications have nothing to do with HMRC.  Entitled “Automated Tax Refund Notification,” the bogus messages read something like this: “Unclaimed Tax Refund Notification You are Receiving this Notification Because you are yet…
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Tor to blame for its users being unable to access Facebook

(SC Magazine) Reports emerged Tuesday morning that the anonymity software Tor was blocking users from connecting to Facebook. It turns out the social networking site wasn’t purposely barring access for Tor users, but flagging the service due to malicious activity on its network. “Facebook is not blocking Tor deliberately,” the Tor Project wrote in a blog post. “However, a high volume of malicious activity…
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NSA: ‘Over 50’ Terror Plots Foiled by Data Dragnets

(ABC News) The director of the National Security Administration today told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial programs tracking more than a billion phone calls and vast swaths of Internet data each day. The attacks on would-be targets such as the New York Stock Exchange were prevented…
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Deloitte settles with NY over Standard Chartered money laundering

(Reuters) – Deloitte Financial Advisory Services settled with New York’s banking regulator over its consulting work for Standard Chartered Bank on money-laundering issues. Under the agreement, the consulting firm affiliate of Deloitte & Touche LLP agreed to pay $10 million, to implement reforms designed to address conflicts of interest, and to a one-year suspension from…
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Fed Cites M&T for Anti-Money Laundering Problems

WASHINGTON (WSJ) —The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it found wide-ranging problems with M&T Bank Corp.’s MTB efforts to combat money laundering, a compliance issue that has held up the bank’s merger with Hudson City Bancorp Inc. HCBK The Fed said as part of a written agreement with the bank that it had found “deficiencies in…
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