Organized cyber thieves stole more than $100,000 from a small credit union in Salt Lake City last week, in a brazen online robbery that involved dozens of co-conspirators, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.
Mozilla’s Plugin Check Web site, which inspects Firefox browsers for outdated and insecure plugins, now checks other browsers — including Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome, Opera, and (to a far lesser extent) even Internet Explorer.
Most Internet users know to avoid the telltale signs of phish bait: An e-mail that asks you to click on a link and enter your e-mail or banking credentials at the resulting Web site. But a new phishing concept that exploits user inattention and trust in browser tabs may fool even the most wary Web surfers.
Not long after I launched this blog, I wrote about the damage wrought by the Eleonore Exploit Kit, an increasingly prevalent commercial hacking tool that makes it easy for criminals to booby-trap Web sites with malicious software. That post generated tremendous public interest because it offered a peek at the statistics page that normally only the criminals operating these kits get to see.
I’m revisiting this topic again because I managed to have a look at another live Eleonore exploit pack panel, and the data seems to reinforce a previous hunch: Today’s attackers care less about the browser you use and more about whether your third-party browser add-ons and plugins are up-to-date.
If you’ve been watching the slow motion train wreck that is Facebook.com’s recent effort to revamp its privacy promises, you may be wondering where to start unraveling all of the privacy “choices” offered by the world’s largest online social network. Fortunately, developers are starting to release free new tools so that you don’t need a masters in Facebook privacy or read a statement longer than the U.S. Constitution to get started.
Apple has pushed out an update that fixes at least 30 security vulnerabilities in its version of Java for Mac OS X systems. The patch appears to fix a flaw in Java that Oracle shipped more than a month ago… Read More »
Carders.cc, an German-language online forum dedicated to helping criminals trade and sell consumer data stolen through hacking, has itself been hacked. The once-guarded contents of its servers are now being traded on public file-sharing networks, leading to the exposure of identifying information on both the forum’s users and countless passwords, credit and debit cards swiped from unsuspecting victims.
A leading Russian politician has accused a prominent Moscow businessman of running an international spam and online pharmacy operation while serving as an anti-spam adviser to the Russian government. Russian investigators now say they plan to create a special task force to look into the allegations.
Phishing may not be the most sophisticated form of cyber crime, but it can be a lucrative trade for those who decide to make it their day jobs. Indeed, data secretly collected from an international phishing operation over the last 18 months suggests that criminals who pursue a career in phishing can steal millions of dollars a year, even if they only manage to snag just a few victims per scam.
A laptop stolen from a government contractor last month contained names, addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 207,000 U.S. Army reservists, Krebsonsecurity.com has learned. The U.S. Army Reserve Command began alerting affected reservists on May 7 via e-mail.… Read More »