All old scams are new again….

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Last week I got a notice of this warning…. it seems that scammers are sending out emails claiming to be from the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) and the email claims that the government will no longer insure your bank deposits unless you validate certain information…    Send article as PDF   

Seller Beware…

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

This is a cautionary tale about bank fraud for anyone that sells things. (online or otherwise). A man sold a car online, the buyer sent a check for several thousand more than the buying price. He claimed it was to cover extra shipping costs and for the seller to just wire him the excess which [...]

Federal requirement to disclose database security breaches?

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Fines and prison time are among the penalties envisioned under a proposed house bill. The requirement would be that businesses with database holding information on more than 10,000 people (or federal employees) would have to inform either the Secret Service or the FBI of a data security breach. (The maximum sentence would be five years.) [...]

1000th article

Friday, March 24th, 2006

It seems I posted the 1000th article yesterday with the note on the recent IE vulnerability. (I wonder how many articles out of the 1000 were about IE vulnerabilities???) Anyway, nice round numbers like that are interesting to note as milestones. I haven’t been doing much in the way of updates for a bit and [...]

New Sober variants..

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Ok – there are some new variants on the Sober worm circulating. I received one on an address that’s unfiltered (no virus/spam filtering) and must say, I can see people being duped into looking at the attachment. Sans has a post on it.. Sarc is calling it W32sober.x@mm and rates it at a threat level [...]

Botnets and spyare

Friday, November 4th, 2005

“It outta be illegal” is the first thing I usually hear as I start the long process of sanitizing a spyware infested windows machine. The fact is some parts of it ARE, some are just ethically questionable. The area that’s against the law is the part that involves tacking control of someone elses computer without [...]

FBI nabs Zotob and Mytob authors

Friday, August 26th, 2005

I’m impressed, it looks as though the FBI has announced the arrest of the authors of both the Zotob and Mytob viruses. Of course Zotob was in the wild in the last 2 weeks. This is really very good news as it is rare for virus writers to be identified and captured. Maybe the FBI [...]

Federal Government funding research into VOIP wiretapping

Monday, August 15th, 2005

I can’t say I’m surprised, it makes sense. Plain old telephone service (POTS) can be tapped, and now that VOIP is coming into it’s own, the FBI and others need new ways of tapping the conversations. CNET is reporting on one such initiative that seems to be proving successful at the first step towards tapping [...]

Brian Krebs talks to the FBI on cybercrime

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Just found this interesting post at the Security Fix. It seems Brian has had a chance to ask a question of the FBI director Robert Mueller and to speak with the assistant director in the Cyber Division. There are some interesting answers to his questions.    Send article as PDF   

Huge identity theft ring discovered by spyware research

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Sunbelt blog, reports that they have uncovered a MASSIVE amount of personal data, ranging from usernames to passwords to banking information and much more while investigating spyware. They found keylogger transcript software with lots of personal information. Sunbelt develops software to protect against spam and spyware and other security threats. A keylogger is software that [...]

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