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  • Sysadmin under house arrest for blackmailing finance company

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 6:15 pm

    A systems administrator accused of trying to blackmail his former employer out of money and even good job references after being laid off was ordered Thursday to remain confined to his home.
  • IT worker let spammers into ex-employer's servers

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    A man has been sentenced to a year in prison for turning his former employer's e-mail servers into open relay systems for spammers.
  • ICANN delays shutting down spammy Estonian registrar

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:35 am

    ICANN will delay shutting down a dodgy Estonian domain registrar pending a review.
  • Former worker sentenced for wrecking corporate servers

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:04 am

    A 42-year-old Connecticut man was sentenced to prison for sabotaging three servers at his former employer.
  • Student gets jail for crashing university servers

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    A 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania student has been sentenced to three months in prison and probation time, following a worldwide botnet computer bust.
  • French President Sarkozy's bank account hacked

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Cyberthieves have stolen money from the personal bank account of France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Man charged in Scientology Web attack

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 8:59 pm

    An 18-year-old New Jersey man will plead guilty to the January online attacks that took down the Church of Scientology's Web site, federal prosecutors said Friday.
  • FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:15 pm

    A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online fraudsters has netted 56 arrests and prevented millions of dollars in economic losses, the FBI said Thursday.
  • 'Experimental' security fix is malware, Microsoft says

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 9:11 pm

    Scammers are sending out phoney e-mails that claim to include critical Windows security alerts, Microsoft warned Monday.
  • Mafiaboy grows up; a hacker seeks redemption

    Posted October 12, 2008 - 8:46 pm

    On the day he knocked Yahoo offline, Michael Calce, who was known at the time only by his online moniker, Mafiaboy, estimates that he had hacked into perhaps 40 percent of the major universities in the United States, using attack code that he picked up online.
  • ISP Accused of Being Haven For Spammers Knocked Offline

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 8:50 am

    ISP Intercage, dubbed a “major hub of cybercrime”, with 78% of its domains and mail servers used for malicious purposes, has been cut off by its upstream provider,Pacific Internet Exchange.
  • Two Europeans charged in US over DDOS attacks

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 9:55 am

    Two European men have been indicted for allegedly orchestrating cyberattacks against two Web sites, a continuation of the first successful U.S. investigation ever into distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Researcher finds evidence of massive site compromise

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 9:48 am

    Several criminal gangs have acquired administrative log-in credentials for more than 200,000 Web sites -- including the one used by the U.S. Postal Service -- and have used the compromised domains to attack unsuspecting users' PCs with a notorious hacker exploit kit, a researcher said today.
  • Washington state pursues 'scareware' distributors

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    The Washington state attorney general's office has sued a Texas man for sending "scareware" and is asking the court to require him to stop his activities and pay restitution to people who fell for his alleged scam.
  • Microsoft, Washington state to sue 'scareware' pushers

    Posted September 28, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    Microsoft and Washington state are cracking down on scammers who bombard computer users with fake warning messages in hopes of selling them useless software.
  • Controversial ISP Intercage now back online

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 5:17 pm

    Pressure from computer security researchers may have knocked ISP Intercage offline, but not for long.

  • Accused of tolerating scammers, an ISP goes dark

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:37 am

    Notorious service provider Intercage, which has also done business under the name Atrivo, was knocked offline late Saturday night when the last upstream provider connecting it to the Internet's backbone, Pacific Internet Exchange, terminated Intercage's service.
  • EU data protection head supports police database link-up

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 11:30 am

    European data protection supervisor Peter Hustinx demanded some changes to a plan by lawmakers to link up all national criminal databases in the 27-member European Union, but broadly he supported the move, he said Thursday.
  • San Francisco hunts for mystery device on city network

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 6:29 pm

    With costs related to a rogue network administrator's hijacking of the city's network now estimated at US$1 million, city officials say they are searching for a mysterious networking device hidden somewhere on the network.
  • Cybercrime toll mounts for businesses

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 5:31 pm

    Ninety-one percent of IT professionals surveyed by security firm Finjan call cybercrime a "major business risk," and 73% say they are more concerned about data theft than about downtime and loss of productivity from malware. In addition, 25% of respondents admit to data breaches in their organizations, according to the survey that Finjan conducted in July and released today.
  • Dutch police, FBI rein in large botnet

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    The botnet created by a teenager who was arrested by Dutch police in a sting operation is most notable for its total reliance on social engineering to spread, computer security experts said Thursday.
  • Typosquatting as Corporate Espionage

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 9:31 am

    Typosquatting, that seedy practice of registering domain names similar to legit sites but with typos in the name, has a new twist.
  • European court delays British hacker's extradition to US

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 9:58 am

    The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday temporarily held up the extradition of a British computer hacker facing computer misuse charges in the U.S.
  • Russian hacker gang steals with impunity, says researcher

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 5:10 pm

    The Russian hacker gang using a Microsoft administration tool to steal passwords has cashed in big time for years, the researcher who has tracked the group's crimes said Thursday.
  • Sorting out the facts in the Terry Childs case

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 2:37 pm

    It's been nearly three weeks since Terry Childs was arrested on four counts of computer tampering and sent to jail on $5 million bail. In those three weeks, this event has taken turns to the strange, and wound up firmly in the land of the absurd. Lost in all the drama is what actually happened.

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