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Tag: Cybersecurity

Microsoft says it freed millions of computers from criminal botnet

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said that an assault it led earlier this month on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings has freed at least 2 million PCs infected with a virus believed to have been used to steal more than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide. “We definitely have liberated at least 2…
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Malicious email that recipient is on “Prism watchlist” linked to just-uncovered espionage campaign

(SC Magazine) The group behind the “NetTraveler” espionage malware campaign is now sending emails claiming the recipient is on the “Prism” watch list, according to researchers. Prism is a recently outed U.S. surveillance program run by the National Security Agency that collects data from internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple. On Tuesday, the 9b+…
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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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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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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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Guccifer hacks U.S. nuclear security agency chief

(Help Net Security) The hacker that goes by the online moniker “Guccifer” continues his crusade agains U.S. current and former government officials, and his latest victim is Neile Miller, acting administrator of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Miller was named principal deputy administrator of the NNSA in 2010 and has become the acting administrator…
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USB Malware

(Infosec Institute) In this article the author, c0d3inj3cT, looks at malware that propagate to other machines using USB removable devices. Unlike most malware which make use of vulnerable Network Services to spread to other machines in the network, these malware are specifically designed to infect USB removable devices. c0d3inj3cT discusses in depth the methods used by…
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While working for spies, Snowden was secretly prolific online

(Reuters) – While working for U.S. intelligence agencies, Edward Snowden had another secret identity: an online commentator who anonymously railed against citizen surveillance and corporate greed. Throughout the eight years that Snowden worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency contractors, he posted hundreds of messages on a public Internet forum under a…
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FDA calls on manufacturers, hospitals to better protect medical devices

(SC Magazine) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned medical professionals to implement practices that will safeguard computer-embedded health care devices from attack. “Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cyber security breaches,” the advisory said. “In addition, as medical devices are increasingly interconnected, via the internet,…
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