Monthly Archives: October 2010

Earn a Diploma from Scam U

October 17, 2010

Since the dawn of the Internet, tutorials showing would-be scammers how to fleece others have been available online, and there is a growing catalog of fraud instructional videos as well. But for novices who who can’t be bothered to scour the ‘Net for these far flung free resources, the tricks of the trade can now be learned through intensive one-on-one apprenticeships that are sold online like community college classes in e-thievery.

Cyber Deterrence Group Urges Greater Disclosure, Transparency

October 14, 2010

A group tasked with devising strategies to deter cyber attacks is calling for mandatory public disclosure of fraud and hacking incidents by governments and organizations of all sizes, including banks.

ZeuS Busts Bring Botnet Beatdown?

October 14, 2010

Authorities in the United States, United Kingdom and Ukraine launched a series of law enforcement sweeps beginning late last month against some of the world’s most notorious gangs running botnets powered by ZeuS, a powerful password-stealing Trojan horse program. ZeuS botnet activity worldwide took a major hit almost immediately thereafter, but it appears to be already on the rebound, according to one prominent ZeuS-watching site.

Java: A Gift to Exploit Pack Makers

October 11, 2010

I have long urged readers who have no need for Java to remove the program, because failing to keep this software updated with the latest security patches exposes users to dangerous, ubiquitous attacks. In this blog post, I’ll show readers how attacks against Java vulnerabilities have fast emerged as the top moneymaker for authors of the best-selling “exploit kits,” commercial software designed to be stitched into hacked or malicious sites to exploit a variety of Web-browser vulnerabilities.

Take one look at the newest kit on the block – “Blackhole” — and it is plain that Java vulnerabilities continue to be give attackers the most mileage and profit, and have surpassed Adobe flaws as the most successful exploit vehicles.

Bill Would Give Cities, Towns and Schools Same e-Banking Security Guarantees as Consumers

October 7, 2010

In response to a series of costly online banking heists perpetrated against towns, cities and school districts, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has introduced legislation that would extend those entities the same protections afforded to consumers who are victims of e-banking… Read More »