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Posts for April 5th, 2012

Gangs behind 8-of-10 cyber crimes

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Research from BAE Systems Detica and London Metropolitan University's John Grieve Centre has found organised crime has entered a new era, with 80 per cent of all cybercrime now stemming from gangs. The Organised Crime in the Digital Age report concluded that offline and online crime has converged, with criminal rings now [More]

Android Bot Attacks Rooted Smartphones

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Antivirus company NQ Mobile has discovered a variant of the DroidKungFu Android malware called DKFBootKit that targets users who have rooted their smartphones. The malware piggybacks on apps that would otherwise ask for root privileges anyway – and, once the user has agreed, sets up camp deep in the smartphone's boot sequence [More]

Facebook logins easily slurped from iOS, Android kit

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Facebook’s iOS and Android clients do not encrypt users’ logon credentials, leaving them in a folder accessible to other apps or USB connections. A rogue application, or 2 minutes with a USB connection, is all that is needed to steal the temporary credentials from either device. In the case of iOS, someone [More]

Beware Of Siberian Husky Puppy Scams

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Internet security experts warn that an old email scam is hitting inboxes again, offering Siberian Husky puppies to anyone who promises to take good care of them. Commtouch Café reports that the shady email advertises six puppies, three male and three female, all "registered from multi-championship bloodlines." … The individual who wants [More]

US Airways Spam Redirects To Blackhole, Zeus Infection

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Cybercriminals are targeting US Airways customers with malicious spam emails containing a link that leads users to a domain hosting the Blackhole exploit kit. The fraudulent email presents itself as a check-in notification. After a brief description of check-in procedures, there is a hyperlink that claims to lead to 'online reservation details,' [More]

DHS: utilities under daily cyberattacks

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- America's water and energy utilities face constant cyber-espionage and denial-of-service attacks against industrial-control systems, according to the team of specialists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who are called to investigate the worst cyber-related incidents at these utilities. These ICS-based networks are used to control water, chemical and [More]

Cybercriminals target Google, LinkedIn and Mass Effect 3 users

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
During March, GFI Labs documented several spam attacks and malware-laden e-mail campaigns infiltrating users’ systems under the guise of communications purporting to be from well-known companies and promotions for popular products and services. Google, LinkedIn, Skype, and the video game Mass Effect 3 were among the brands exploited by cybercriminals in order [More]

Flashback Trojan Infects Over 600,000 Macs

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
Despite Apple releasing a patch for Java, the Flashback Trojan has infected 600,000 Macs, according to reports. As a result, there are 600,000 Macs being remotely controlled by the growing Mac botnet, according to Russian antivirus company Dr. Web. The majority of the botnet computers are located in the United States and [More]

New Android Malware Targets Non-Rooted Devices

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Information Security  
A new customized variant of the Android malware called Legacy Native (LeNa) is now worming its way onto unrooted Android devices, posing as a legitimate app to gain unauthorized privileges. In its reworked form, LeNa can connect to remote servers, transmit sensitive phone information, and drop more rigged software onto the phone [More]

Deadline Extended to May 18! Grant available to engage communities & neighborhoods using online technology

Posted: April 5th, 2012 - Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, Seattle Communities Online  (No Comments)
The City of Seattle is looking for up to 15 neighborhood and community projects that will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds and will also participate in workshops with experts in using social media. Apply Now! The deadline is Friday, May 18 at midnight. Our goal is to boost their capacity through a project that takes them 3 months or less to complete. This program is administered by Community Technology Program of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology. [More]