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  • DNS attack writer a victim of his own creation

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 10:07 am

    HD Moore, the creator of the popular Metasploit hacking toolkit, has become the victim of a computer attack.
  • Extradition appeal for British hacker dismissed

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 9:52 am

    A British hacker who admitted breaking into U.S. military computers hoping to uncover evidence of UFOs looks set to be extradited to the U.S. after the highest British court dismissed his appeal against the extradition on Wednesday.
  • San Francisco DA discloses city's network passwords

    Posted July 27, 2008 - 2:59 pm

    In its bid to protect the city from one computer security risk, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office may very well have created another.
  • It's a crime-filled week in IT land

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 5:43 pm

    In an unusual week for IT news, headlines were dominated by alleged crime, actual crime and crime that could be in the offing. Technical details of the dreaded DNS flaw were inadvertently released, leading to publication of the attack code, there were more twists and turns in the story of the jailed San Francisco network administrator, and a convicted spammer who walked away from a minimum-security prison apparently killed his wife, their young daughter and himself.
  • Fugitive spam king dead in apparent murder-suicide

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:15 am

    Convicted spammer Eddie Davidson has killed himself, apparently after murdering his wife and three year-old daughter.
  • Parts of San Francisco network still locked out

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 3:50 pm

    The high-profile troubles on the city of San Francisco's computer network continue, despite a dramatic jailhouse intervention by the city's mayor this week.
  • San Francisco's mayor gets back keys to the network

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 9:40 am

    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with jailed IT administrator Terry Childs Monday, convincing him to hand over the administrative passwords to the city's multimillion dollar wide area network.

  • McAfee: SMBs underestimate cybercrime risks

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 9:16 am

    The latest survey from security vendor McAfee has found that small to medium-size businesses in North America and Europe wrongly conclude their revenue is too low to draw the attention of cybercriminals.
  • Colorado 'Spam King' walks away from prison camp

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 4:23 pm

    Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson walked away from a federal minimum-security prison camp in Colorado on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
  • Georgia president's Web site falls under DDOS attack

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 11:16 am

    The Web site for the president of Georgia was knocked offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack over the weekend, yet another in a series of cyberattacks attacks against countries experiencing political friction with Russia.
  • IT administrator pleads not guilty to network tampering

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    A disgruntled network administrator pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of computer tampering for allegedly setting up an unauthorized access system and holding hostage much of the city of San Francisco's computer network.

  • Cybercrime and Politics: The Dangers of the Internet in Elections

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    While we first saw the Internet used extensively during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, its use in future presidential elections will clearly overshadow those humble beginnings. It is important to understand the associated risks as political candidates increasingly turn to the Internet in an effort to more effectively communicate their positions, rally supporters, and seek to sway critics. These risks include, among others, the dissemination of misinformation, fraud, phishing, malicious code, and the invasion of privacy. Some of these attacks, including those involving the diversion of online campaign donations, have the potential to threaten voters' faith in the U.S. electoral system.
  • Spammer gets 30 months for inundating AOL

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday for blasting AOL subscribers with spam over a four-month period.
  • Woman fired over death threat sent from work e-mail

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 10:34 am

    An employee of 1-800-Flowers.com has been fired after an e-mailed death threat was linked to her account.
  • IT admin locks up San Francisco's network

    Posted July 15, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    A network administrator has allegedly locked up a multimillion dollar computer system for the City of San Francisco that handles sensitive data and is refusing to give police the password
  • Researchers trace structure of cybercrime gangs

    Posted July 15, 2008 - 10:35 am

    The latest research from Web security company Finjan, released on Tuesday, finds that online crime is becoming a broad, well-organized, Mafia-like endeavor with a pyramid of hackers, data sellers, managers and malicious programmers, all working in a fluid management structure in order to profit from cybercrime.
  • Dear Sir or Madam: Lottery scams proliferate

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 5:13 pm

    Tom Ericson, a retired bank employee who lives in Denmark, still can't get over how he lost about €60,000 (US$90,000) in a bogus lottery.
  • Teens charged with loading spyware, changing grades

    Posted June 18, 2008 - 9:52 pm

    Two Orange County, California, teenagers have been charged with breaking into high school offices and using stolen usernames and passwords to change lackluster grades to A's.
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