To round out our series of malware and cybercrime predictions here are some of my thoughts on what the next 12 months will bring. I expect more high profile arrests of cyber-criminals but no abatement in criminal activity that seeks to profit at the expense of data owners. Some of these arrests will occur in
We recently noted that the data broker industry, in conjunction with social media outlets will become increasingly relied upon as a kind of shadow credit score for judging candidates’ qualifications. Now we see a startup that uses your Facebook profile directly to determine a “credit score” used for microloans. We hear horror stories of lost
While I share the reluctance of my colleagues to predict the future, I think there are some trends that can be classified as “reasonably likely to occur” in 2012. I make no promises, but here’s what I think we will see, in no particular order of importance or certainty. We will see increased interest in
This article was written in collaboration with my colleague Jean-Ian Boutin. The Wigon botnet (also known as Cutwail) is being used in a massive spam campaign. A multitude of ruses are used to get the user to click on a link: fake LinkedIn or Facebook notifications, free Windows licenses, fake deliveries etc. The links are
In 2011 we saw an increase concern about, and scrutiny of, what exactly social networking sites do with the data you input, both internally as well as what gets shared with third parties. But in 2012 some of that scrutiny will shift to those third parties as more people ask: What are they doing with
More websites stored unencrypted credit card payment information than ever this year, according to a recent report. I thought we had this figured out? Obviously this is a direct violation of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements. But seriously, this stuff is simple for the developers to fix, so why don’t they?
An updated version of the paper “Ten Ways to Dodge CyberBullets”, addressing the question “what are the top 10 things that people can do to protect themselves against malicious activity?”
What kind of malware and cybercrime can we expect in 2012? How much of it can we expect and what should we do about it? So begins that special season, the one in which experts of every stripe are called upon to prognosticate about the coming year. In keeping with the spirit of this particular
In a scathing and far-reaching US Congressional report released recently the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was characterized in these unflattering terms: “Since its inception, TSA has lost its focus on transportation security. Instead, it has grown into an enormous, inflexible and distracted bureaucracy, more concerned with human resource management and consolidating power, and acting reactively
Russia has been in the news for the last week, with thousands of protesters taking to the street to protest against alleged irregularities in the elections held on December 4th. There are also multiple reports of attempts to silence protesters on the Internet, such as DDoS attacks against websites used by the political opposition, the use
The FDIC is probably one of the most misunderstood quasi-governmental entities in America, which may account for its enduring popularity as part of malware and phishing scams. I'm not the most dedicated follower of banking news, but I did work for a bank once and I do try to keep up, yet I have never
DNSSEC has been making the headlines lately as a possible defense against nasty DNS redirection schemes on the server end. Combined with anti-malware efforts at thwarting DNS changing via malicious registry/host file modification, it’s making a dent. Now OpenDNS is proposing a last mile approach called DNSCrypt which intends to secure the problematic link between users’
Android-specific software that checks for Carrier IQ could create an unanticipated problem.
The Trojan downloader malware Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.QXN that showed up in my email about 10 days ago made a return visit today, posing as a pair of emails from the United States Postal Service. The first time the malware showed up it was dressed up, as a package delivery receipt from Canada Post. But this time the
I've already mentioned this on the AVIEN blog, as it was an AVIEN member who first drew it to my attention, but a fairly dramatic SQL Injection attack has been flagged by the Internet Storm Center: it appears to resemble the lizamoon attack which was reported as affecting around a million sites earlier in the year.
Citing a “serious lack” of attorney expertise in prosecuting cybercrime, New Jersey Prosecutor John Molinelli decided it was time for attorneys to go back to school. He states, “There was a serious lack of prosecuting attorneys – there’s probably a lack of attorneys, in general, who really know this area,” and decided to do something