DNSChanger Worm uses DNS poisoning

A variant of the DNSChanger worm is reported to use DNS poisoning to infect new machines on a network, according to a well-explained article from The Register[1]. The attack used is quite interesting, but far from being new mind you. The first strains of the DNSChanger worm infected Windows and Mac machines. It modified and […]

Srizbi is back

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Update: The new Estonian company that hosted the command & control server, Starline Web Services, was shut down. The domain name chase continues! The Srizbi botnet is back online after being shut down by the closure of the criminal hosting company McColo Corp two weeks ago. Srizbi’s command and controls servers, now moved to an […]

International Monetary Fund Infected With Spyware

According to a misleading and pretty much unrelated article, FOX News reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) network has been infected by spyware[1]. The IMF denies any security breach or critical intrusion problems. The article goes on discussing various topics such as the financial crisis, cyber security of the new president-elect and event describe […]

High-tech Cheating

One man and a woman, Steve Lee and Rong Yang, were convicted last week to eight months of prison after helping two Chinese men cheat their immigration exams, according to a news report from the Metropolitan Police Service[1]. ┬áThe duo was monitoring the examination from a vehicle outside the building with laptops, transmitters and other […]

Programmer Convicted of Hacking U.S. Government

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Victor Faur, a Romanian accused of hacking the U.S Navy, NASA and Department of Energy systems between 2005 and 2006 has been accused of illegally breaking into unauthorized computer systems. At the end of a 10 months trial, the 28 years old computer programmer received a 16-month suspended prison sentence and will have to pay […]

How do Spammers Make Money?

A very interesting article on the BBC discussed on how to spammers actually earn money with their system. Many of us might have asked themselves the question on “why do spammers still sends their e-mails?”, or “how to they make money?” After all, most of computer users know about spam by now. Well it appears […]

Malware Authors Loves Obama Too

The Register reports that malware creators are already using Mr. Obama’s popularity to distribute the Papras Trojan using spam, social engineering and Google Ads[1]. Users usually receive an email from what seems a legitimate news sources such as CNN and BBC, inviting users to see the speech of Barack Obama on their website. The content […]

Fake Anti-Virus Brings in 158 000$ a Week

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Russian criminals who are selling a fake anti-virus, “Antivirus XP 2008/2009” among others, have made more than 150 000$ in a week, according to the Sydney Morning Herald[1]. If you have ever seen those annoying popups warning you that you might be infected with one or more viruses, then you probably came across this scam. “For […]

Microsoft: Malware Up 38% in United States in 2008

According to the latest Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft, malicious software installations on computers increased 38% in the U.S for 2008.[1] Also, the number of “High Severity” vulnerabilities detected increased by 13% in the second half of 2007, putting the total of “High Severity” vulnerabilities to 48%. Downloaders and droppers, accounting for 30% of all […]

Bank Account Stealing Trojan Rampaging the Internet

BBC News reports that a trojan, labeled Sinowal, has been crawling across the Internet. The Trojan is notorious for stealing bank account details. Sean Brady of RSA‘s security division reports that “more than 270,000 banking accounts and 240,000 credit and debit cards have been compromised from financial institutions in countries including the US, UK, Australia […]