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Russian PM has his Twitter account hacked, announces “I resign”

There may be red faces in Red Square, after Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev had his Twitter account hacked.

Carberp: the never ending story

Aleksandr Matrosov reveals changes in banking Trojan Carberp relating to Java/Spy.Banker (AgentX.jar) and gaining remote access using legitimate software as backdoor components.

Europol shuts down global ransomware network

According to the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol a complex ransomware network has been shut down. The operation to close the network was headed by Spanish police in cooperation with the agency. Eleven people have been arrested from Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. The scheme planted malware on computers which accused the users of viewing illegal

Point-of-sale scam hits countries across the world

New malware that attacks point-of-sale (POS) systems had been detected in 40 countries in recent months. The malware, dubbed “Dexter” is able to skim credit card information from compromised POS systems.

LinkedIn security woes – and what to do about it

This morning when I logged into LinkedIn I was greeted with several front page references to the reported hacking of the site, and instructions for changing my password, which I did immediately. This is a good time to change all of your social media passwords, making sure you create a fresh password that is hard

Carberp + BlackHole = growing fraud incidents

This article examines the relationship between the Black Hole exploit kit and Win32/Carberp.

Cybercrime corner

… I haven’t recently posted any pointers to our content on SC Magazine’s Cybercrime Corner, and now might be a good time to recap on what Randy and I have been posting there this month (so far…) …

AMTSO growing up?

It's been a busy few weeks. Last week I was in Krems, Austria for the EICAR conference. The week before, I was in Prague for the CARO workshop (where my colleagues Robert Lipovsky, Alexandr Matrosov and Dmitry Volkov did a great presentation on "Cybercrime in Russia: Trends and issues" – more information on that shortly),

From Russia with Spam

…Ontinet has been noticing lots of emails with links to forums. Following the links leads to a forum full of spam products, from replica watches to viagra…

ESET Stuxnet Paper

…we have just published a lengthy analysis that considers many of these questions, as well as discussing some of the characteristics of this fascinating and multi-faceted malicious code. The report is already available here, and will shortly be available on the ESET white papers page.

From Megatons to Megapings: Cyberwarfare

A bit of news this week dealt with Cyberwarfare. Far from becoming part of the tinfoil hat crowd, cyberwarfare has been growing in real world relevance in the past eighteen months and is the primary impetus for pending legislation. While in the Cold War, detente could be measured in the megatonnage of nuclear weapons, the

Spam, Bad Guys, and the Russian FSB

Interesting news this week with some heavy anticrime work in Russia resulting in the arrests of the alleged RBS Worldbank cybercriminals. In related research I had to laugh out loud at this particular turn of phrase reported by the Financial Times; The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)has detained suspects including Viktor Pleshchuk, an alleged mastermind

Hexzone Hotzone

Some more information on the Hexzone botnet has come my way, mostly from FireEye’s Atif Mushtaq and Paul Ferguson’s hairdresser (don’t ask!). Atif also mentions the association with ransomware: the malware is installed as a Browser Helper Object (BHO) on the victim’s machine, and hijacks browsing sessions, taking the victim to a page hosting pornography.

Another Big Botnet

There is some chatter about a news item that has been released by Finjan in a blog post this morning.  The news has been picked up by Computer Weekly and USA Today. The un-named bot involved in this story is detected by ESET as Win32/Hexzone.AP.  It is a typical Trojan that reports to a command

There’s a Trojan in my Fuse Box

Well, hopefully my power sockets are not leaking computer viruses and keyloggers, but who knows? Quite a few news outlets have picked up on a story in the Wall Street Journal claiming that spies from China and Russia have "penetrated the U.S. electrical grid". Scary… A little too scary and not enough detail to convince some

Not every Botnet is Conficker

If it was the intention of the Conficker gang to create a huge splash, they succeeded. (In fact, it’s quite possible that they’ve attracted more attention than they really wanted.) In any case, it seems that lots of people are looking nervously over their shoulders for any indication that something unpleasant and Conficker-related is about

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