A crackdown by the Chinese government on anonymous domain name registrations has chased spammers from Chinese registrars (.cn) to those that handle the registration of Russian (.ru) Web site names, new spam figures suggest. Yet, those spammy domains may soon migrate to yet another country, as Russia is set to enforce a policy similar to China’s beginning April 1.
Apple released a software update on Monday that includes fixes for a massive number of security vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and associated software. The update corrects more than 90 security flaws and weaknesses in a variety of Apple and… Read More »
Organized computer criminals yanked more than $200,000 out of the online bank accounts of a Missouri dental practice this month, in yet another attack that exposes the risks that small- to mid-sized organizations face in banking online.
Microsoft Corp. said today it plans to break from its regularly scheduled monthly software update cycle to issue a patch on Tuesday for a security hole in its Internet Explorer Web browser that hackers have been exploiting lately. Microsoft normally… Read More »
One of the more common questions I hear from readers with computer virus infections is, “How do I get rid of the virus if I can’t even boot up into Windows and run an anti-virus scan?” Fortunately, there are a number of free, relatively easy-to-use tools that can help on this front.
The stories I’ve written on ATM skimmers — devices criminals sometime attach to bank money machines to steal customer data — remain the most popular at Krebs on Security so far. I think part of the public’s fascination with these devices is rooted in the idea that almost everyone uses ATMs, and that it’s entirely possible to encounter this quiet, unassuming type of crime right in very neighborhoods in which we live. Indeed, police in Alexandria, Va. — just a couple of miles to the East of where I live — recently were alerted to the skimmer found on an ATM at a Wachovia Bank there.
There are several cybersecurity policy issues on Capitol Hill and elsewhere worth keeping an eye on. Lawmakers in the Senate have introduced a measure that would call for trade restrictions against countries identified as hacker havens. Another proposal is meeting resistance from academics who worry about the effect of the bill’s mandatory certification programs for cyber security professionals.
The presence of rogue anti-virus products, also known as scareware, on a Microsoft Windows computer is often just the most visible symptom of a more serious and insidious system-wide infection. To understand why, it helps to take a peek inside… Read More »
I’ve been hearing from a number of readers who followed me here from the Security Fix blog at The Washington Post, asking if I plan to resume my bi-weekly “live” chats wherein I attempt to field questions from readers about… Read More »
An Arkansas public water utility and a New Jersey town are the latest victims of an organized cyber crime gang that is stealing tens of millions of dollars from small to mid-sized organizations via online bank theft. On Thursday, officials… Read More »