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 […]

Survey Points to Energy Sector at Risk of Cyber Attacks

A survey of 200 leaders from the critical infrastructure industries revealed that the energy sector is the most likely to be victim of a cyber attack. The survey was completed by IDC was conducted in August and October in Canada, the U.S and Europe[1]. The reasons to explain this phenomenon are the cost, apathy and […]

TCP/IP Weapons Course to be Given at Black Hat Europe

For those who can get on location – and can afford it – Richard Bejtlich, from TaoSecurity will give a 2-days course on how to detect and react to an attack on a network. The course will cover those points: Collection: What data do you need to detect intruders? How can you acquire it? What […]

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 […]

Whitehouse Hacked by Chinese Several Times

An unnamed senior US official has declared to the Financial Times that the Whitehouse computer network was victim to numerous cyber attacks from China. According to the same official, the attackers had access to e-mails for short periods of time[1]. The unclassified network of the Whitehouse was breach numerous times by the attackers, which may […]

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 […]

Both U.S Presidential Campaigns Hacked

Newsweek reports that the computer systems of M. Obama and M. McCain were both hacked by unknown attackers during their campaigns[1]. Very little information is available, but according to Newsweek, the FBI and the Secret Services claimed that several files from the Obama servers had been compromised by a “foreign entity” in midsummer. The same […]

Fake Anti-Virus Brings in 158 000$ a Week

Laptop with Red Background and Pirate Flag

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 […]