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Remote-controlled "zombie" networks operated by bottom-feeding spammers have become a serious problem that requires more industry action, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce on Tuesday
At least one Net scammer has co-opted the Web security-assurance company's seal of approval to offer a false impression of safety.
One of the now notorious Paris Hilton hacker gang - who lifted pictures and celebrities' numbers from the 'heirhead''s T-Mobile Sidekick phone - has revealed he's no technical genius, just a dab hand at old-fashioned offline scamming.
Electronic account records for some 500,000 banking customers at four different banks were allegedly stolen and sold to collection agencies in a data-theft case that has so far led to criminal charges against nine people, including seven former bank employees.
Computer viruses and remote control programs called bots are adopting features from stealthy programs called rootkits to avoid detection, according to researchers.
Cyber criminals are turning their attention to the programs that run many online shops, say experts.
Microsoft is once again locked in a battle of wills with hackers determined to find and exploit security holes in the company's software. But this time the buggy code isn't endangering users' PCs -- just their otherworldly alien fortresses.
Security researchers are reporting a new brand of phishing attack that attempts to use stolen consumer data to rip off individual account holders at specific banks.
Another variant of the Sober virus, which spreads right-wing messages in German and English, appeared over the weekend. Security firms are warning that they have received hundreds of thousands of e-mails generated by Sober.Q in its first 24 hours.
With the volume of spam showing no sign of abating any time soon, system administrators are beginning to turn to one more weapon - greylisting, a technique which some have found to be remarkably successful.
Somehow in the past 4-5 hours (as of 5am UTC), I have received a number of "German spams". Getting spam is not an overly out of the ordinary thing for me, but several of my accounts have now received maybe 15 or 20 different German spams. So far I do not see anything odd (like IFRAME junk or similar, but it may be related to the Sober.Q virus.
Phishing criminals are using a new technique to slip by the content filtering software some enterprises use to protect their workers from scams, a U.K.-based Web metrics and monitoring firm said Friday.
A US hacker has been jailed for 12 months for using a Trojan horse virus to break into US Department of Defense computers.
MasterCard has shut down nearly 1,400 phishing sites and over 750 sites that purported to illegally sell credit card information, in less than a year.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would create an electronic ID card designed to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses. The U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year passed its version of the bill, which was tacked onto a measure to pay for military activities in Iraq.