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Tag: Cybercriminals

New backdoor ‘KeyBoy’ malware hits Asia with targeted attacks

IDG News Service – Users from Vietnam, India, China, Taiwan and possibly other countries, were targeted as part of an attack campaign that uses Microsoft Word documents rigged with exploits in order to install a backdoor program that allows attackers to steal information, according to researchers from security firm Rapid7. The targeted attacks used specifically…
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NSA Whistleblower Article Redirects to Malware

(Threatpost) Hackers have latched on to the NSA surveillance story—literally. A news story on the outing of whistleblower Edward Snowden posted to the Washington Free Beacon is serving malware redirecting visitors to a malicious site where more malware awaits. The Free Beacon site remains infected, according to Invincea researchers, who said they have contacted the…
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Under draft bill, EU wants to raise jail time for hackers, botnet operators

(Ars Technica) On Thursday, a European Parliament committee approved a new draft directive (PDF) that would, among other things, require European Union member states to step up criminal penalties for hacking, botnets, and other digital malfeasance. Under EU law, directives are a set of instructions for all 27 (soon to be 28, when Croatia joins…
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Mobile Version of Cridex Banking Trojan Spotted in the Wild

(Softpedia) Popular banking Trojans usually come with a mobile component that allows cybercriminals to bypass two factor authentication systems and gain access to their victims’ bank accounts. Mobile components of ZeuS (ZitMo), SpyEye (SPitMo), Citadel (CitMo) and Carberp have been around for quite some time. Now, experts from RSA say they’ve also spotted an SMS…
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Raley’s Family Of Fine Stores Targeted In Cyberattack

(Dark Reading) Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has recently discovered that a portion of its computer network systems may have been the target of a complex, criminal cyber attack. The company immediately initiated an investigation to determine whether cyber criminals may have obtained customer credit and debit card information. At this time, the company has…
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Most small businesses can’t restore all data after a cyber attack

(Net Security) Almost one-third of U.S. small businesses surveyed by the Ponemon Institute had a cyber attack in the previous year, and nearly three-quarters of those businesses were not able to fully restore their company’s computer data. The primary causes of cyber attacks on small businesses were computer viruses, worms and Trojans (61 percent) and…
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US Lawmakers Introduce New Law to Punish Foreign State-Sponsored Hackers

(Softpedia) US House Representatives Mike Rogers and Tim Ryan, and Senator Ron Johnson have introduced a new law that represents new efforts to punish foreign state-sponsored cybercriminals. According to the initiators of the bill, the Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act is aimed at cyber spies backed by China, Russia and other foreign governments. “This is…
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Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

(Naked Security) Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he’ll send photos on request – he could well be a crook who sends photos packed with malware, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned. In a posting on its news blog, the FBI says it’s seeing scam artists posting ads without pictures…
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Microsoft, FBI Slam Door On Thousands Of Citadel Botnets

(Dark Reading) A joint effort by Microsoft, the FBI, and partners in the financial services and tech industries has disrupted more than 1,400 botnets that were using a piece of notorious banking malware responsible for more than a half-billion dollars in losses worldwide. The operation, which marks Microsoft’s seventh botnet takedown to date, began in…
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Security firm warns of malware that touts the day’s headlines

(PC World) Spammers thrive on getting clicks and are continuously looking for legitimate and illegitimate ways to lure in new victims. Tragic events worldwide are not off limits to cybercriminals, with many capitalizing on these events in order to profit. The latest AVG Insights Report reveals how millions of false links were distributed to curious…
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