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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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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