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Tag: Cybersecurity

Romanian phishers sentenced to U.S. federal prison

(SC Magazine) Two Romanian citizens will spend time in U.S. prison for their involvement in a phishing scheme which targeted customers of several banks, eBay and PayPal. On Monday, a U.S. district judge in New Haven, Conn., sentenced Bogdan Boceanu, 30, to 80 months in prison, and Andrei Bolovan, 29, to 27 months in prison.…
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Scam Alert: Donate to UN High Commissioner for Refugees to Help Syrians

(Softpedia) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is accepting donations from individuals who want to help Syrian refugees. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to help those in need, you must beware of the many donation scam sites set up by fraudsters. McAfee Senior Threat Researcher Francois Paget has come across a legitimate-looking…
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Hacktivists Inadvertently Cause Damage to People They Claim to Represent

(Softpedia) On Monday, RSA released its monthly online fraud report for May. Besides the figures about worldwide phishing campaigns, the study also makes an interesting link between phishers and hacktivists. While hacktivists, such as the ones from the Anonymous movement, usually rely on distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks to make their point, they sometimes decide to…
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Phone Spam Alert: Your Google Account Has Been Hacked, Reply Now

(Softpedia) Experts warn mobile phone users to be on the lookout for a phone spam campaign which informs them that their Google accounts have been hacked. According to ThreatTrack Security experts, the spam messages read something like this: “Your Google Account has been hacked. Reply NOW to take a call to verify your account.” While…
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Fighting ATM Cash-Out Schemes

(Bank Info Security) A recent ATM cash-out scheme that netted $45 million puts a spotlight on the need for fraud prevention measures, says John Buzzard of FICO’s Card Alert Service. U.S. accounts are prime targets for these attacks because of outdated payment-card technology and ineffective transaction monitoring systems, Buzzard contends. The U.S. “is a playground…
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Hacking the Drone War’s Secret History

(Wired) In 2008 U.S. troops in Iraq discovered that Shi’ite insurgents had figured out how to tap and record video feeds from overhead American drones. Now you too can hack Washington’s globe-spanning fleet of silent, deadly armed robots — although legally, and only in an historical sense. Josh Begley, a 28-year-old NYU grad student, has…
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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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House Speaker John Boehner: NSA Leaker a ‘Traitor’

(ABC News) House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “traitor” who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media. “He’s a traitor,” the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in an extensive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans…
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Schneider Patches 18-Month Old SCADA Bugs

(Threatoist) More than 18 months after a security researcher revealed a long list of vulnerabilities in its SCADA products, Schneider Electric has released patches for a subset of those bugs for a couple of the affected products. In December 2011, security researcher Rubén Santamarta disclosed a series of vulnerabilities in a long list of modules produced…
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