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Tag: Cybercriminals

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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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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Yahoo, Bing Found Directing to Bitcoin Phishing Site

(Threatpost) It looks like phishers have started poisoning Bing and Yahoo search results in hopes of duping users of the Bitcoin exchange site MtGox.com into giving away their log-in credentials. KrebsonSecurity.com reported that both the search engines have been redirecting unsuspecting clickers to MtPox.com – a domain set up two days ago that looks almost…
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Another Huge Cash-Out Scheme Revealed

(Bank Info Security) Federal authorities have charged eight suspects in yet another ATM cash-out and cybercrime scheme that involved online account takeovers and prepaid card compromises. So far, four arrests have been made in the case, which also involved fraudulent ATM withdrawals and wire transfers to overseas accounts, as well as identity theft, in some…
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Flash Player Clickjacking Flaw Allows Hackers to Hijack Your Webcam

(Softpedia) Back in October 2011, Adobe reported fixing a clickjacking issue in the online Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager. However, experts say that the flaw can still be leveraged, at least with some web browsers, to allow access to a user’s webcam and microphone. According to security researcher Egor Homakov, the exploit he has developed…
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Phishing attacks on Iranian Gmail users jump before Iranian election

(Ars Technica) Google researchers have detected phishing attacks originating inside Iran that target tens of thousands of Gmail users from that country, a company official said in a blog post published Wednesday. The attacks appear to come from the same group that pulled off a much more sophisticated attack in 2011 involving a forged secure…
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419 Scam Alert: You Won a Camry Solara from the International Cricket Council

(Softpedia) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2013 is taking place these days in England and Wales and, as with most major events, cybercriminals are leveraging the occasion in one of their scam campaigns. Symantec experts have spotted scam emails that purport to come from the ICC. “International Cricket Council. Open attached file for…
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