• Security Risks on Your Macintosh

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Let's skip the jokes and snide comments about Mac users and the jokes and snide comments they make about Windows machines and security problems. Yes, Windows machines face the vast majority of security issues. However, Mac users should start feeling kinship, not contempt, for security plagued Windows users. And the first step for Mac users is to admit that their Mac has become a hacker target, and hackable as well. Not fun, but there it is.
  • 'Hackers wanted' ad fed security misconception

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    I should never be surprised at things related to government security efforts, but I did think the concept of hiring hackers was pretty much dead in government circles. Then comes the recent headline, " U.S. Looks to Hackers to Protect Cyber Networks." Frankly, I think it set the security profession back at least three years.
  • MafiaBoy Says People Are The Weakest Security Link

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:56 am

    It's weirdly painful yet helpful when successful hackers step out from the shadows and tell us how stupid we are and how they so easily shred our security. The latest episode of this long-running show occurred last week when MafiaBoy, or Michael Calce in meatspace, reminded us once again that social engineering remains the hacker's sharpest tool. ComputerWorld called it “MafiaBoy Spills the Beans.”

  • BitDefender partner site hit by hackers

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Hackers elicited customer details from a Portuguese partner site associated with the security company BitDefender.
  • Study Shows Phishers Don’t Really Catch Much

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 4:34 am

    Researchers at Microsoft have discovered that most phishing scams bring in little to no money. Their study blames this on the oversaturation factor.
  • Phishing Scams Rise as Banks Fail

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 5:29 am

    As the economic crisis appears to peak, more banks will fail. This has experts predicting that new phishing scams will arise targeted at the customers of those banks, and the agencies helping those customers may be actually encouraging such attacks.
  • Former IT Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison For Hacking Former Employer

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 5:22 am

    A California man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer system and giving spammers access to the mail server.
  • Cyber threats in 2009

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 11:59 am

    The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) released its “Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009″, which reported on the top five information security threats for the coming year.
  • How can scammers obtain your passwords?

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 4:35 am

    Pass the Password Crackers Please Say that ten times! Ouch – someone pass the chapstick! I thought I’d devote some time to how people break into your systems. I’ll give you some information and methods that you can use to test the security of your own systems and passwords.
  • Pass the Password Crackers Please

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 6:56 am

    Pass the Password Crackers Please Say that ten times! Ouch – someone pass the chapstick! I thought I’d devote some time to how people break into your systems. I’ll give you some information and methods that you can use yourself to test the security of your own systems and passwords.
  • How do email addresses end up on spam lists?

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 6:48 am

    Every day, millions of people receive dozens of unsolicited commercial emails, known popularly as “spam.” Some users see spam as a minor annoyance, while others are so overwhelmed with spam that they are forced to switch email addresses.
  • Even Scammers Are Affected By Credit Crisis

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 6:45 am

    Security experts say that the current financial crisis even has scammers worried. The recent rollercoaster on Wall Street has cybercriminals scrambling to find other sources of income believing their pool of targets is shrinking.
  • French President Falls for Phishing Scam

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 11:10 am

    French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a victim of a phishing scam. French officials confirmed yesterday that he had money stolen from his bank account after inadvertently giving scammers his username and password through what was later found to be a phishing email.
  • Airlines Latest to Be Exploited By Spammers

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 4:08 am

    Continental Airlines is the latest company to be exploited by scammers. A new wave of spam claiming to be from the airline attempts to trick the recipient into downloading malware. The messages come with an attachment that look like ticket invoices and boarding passes and thank the recipient for buying their tickets online.
  • FBI Ran a Forum for Phishers, Spammers and Hackers.

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 6:05 am

    While criminals thought it was based in Eastern Europe, the Internet’s top English-speaking cybercrime forum was secretly run by the FBI from this building on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. Photo: John Monroe Butler/ Wired.com
  • CAPTCHA Ready For Retirement?

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:31 am

    Spammers are hitting Google’s Blogger service hard, using botnets to create hundreds of fake pages. The pages are full of spam ads, obviously, but some also redirect the viewer to a porn or other spam site.
  • What to do about email when traveling?

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:03 am

    Most of us take our laptops with us when we travel, and we use them to check and send email while on the road. Of course, it’s a risk. Besides outright theft of the device, there could be Wi-Fi data thieves sitting across from us at the airport looking through our files, compromised networks, and all manner of threats.
  • Single Email Opens a Bank Account

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 5:53 am

    According to information recently released by the United States Department of Justice, a single email left a company wide open for bank fraud. This is an excellent example for administrators to provide continuous reminders to email users.
  • E-Mail Hacking Sarah Palin

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 5:39 am

    So it happened again. Another email account broken into. This time it wasn’t the glitterati – read Paris Hilton - that got stung. Nor was it an office staffer such as what Kenneth Kwak did at the Department of Education a couple years ago.
  • Two of the World’s Largest Botnets May Be Connected

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:29 am

    Rustock and Srizbi, two of the world’s biggest spam botnets, may be connected. Researchers have discovered that the two botnets share the same malware delivery method, a Trojan called Trojan.Exchange, which is activated when unsuspecting users click on malicious links in spam messages.
  • Spam Mistake Blamed for Lawsuit Dismissal

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:23 am

    John J. Moser, Of The Morning Call, reports a Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a woman’s lawsuit. The suit claims East Penn Township, PA police used excessive force. The judge’s dismissla of the law suit said her attorney ignored a dismissal motion and the judge’s order to respond to it.
  • 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.
  • Best Spam Defense

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:37 am

    The best defense against spam is continuously educating the email user community. As administrators we may sometimes get a little too hung up on the technocratic methods of preventing spam. Although the technical details are important, our email users must be constantly reminded of their role to prevent spam. It’s an extremely important role.
  • Spammers Once Again Attacking Microsoft’s CAPTCHA

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Spammers are again attacking Microsoft’s CAPTCHA system and so far have a 10-15% success rate. They’re using automated bots to defeat the system, which was revised and revamped after it was attacked successfully earlier this year. Experts have found that the process involves three stages.
  • Court halts subway hacker talk

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    A U.S. District Court judge ordered the cancellation of a Defcon conference talk scheduled for Sunday that would have detailed flaws in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority electronic ticketing system.
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