Tag Archives: Cyber crime

Virtual Protest Crosses Line into Cyber Crime?

A professor at the University of California San Diego who organized a virtual protest against the university’s president has been told he may face criminal charges for launching a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The protest, organized by Professor Ricardo Dominguez, involved protesters submitting new page requests to the …

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Cyber Crime Hits Small Town

The small village of Summit, outside of Chicago, was hit recently by cyber criminals who stole around $100,000 from the town’s bank account. The town currently has around 10,000 residents, so $100,000 is a significant amount of the town’s budget, according to Brian Krebs in a post on KrebsonSecurity. “As …

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How to Track a Hacker

Bill O’Reilly, Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin have one thing in common, apart from being celebrities: They have all been victims of hacking. Although the media spotlight hit all three public figures, it was Palin’s bad fortune that got the most attention. Right before the presidential election in 2008, a …

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Twitter Spam Targets Users with iPad Offers

As the new Apple iPad becomes all the rage, cyber criminals are tapping into the new fad in spamming attacks on Twitter. Users who discuss or even mention the iPad are assailed by spam bots offering “Brand new iPad Take it for free.” The link takes the user to a …

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China's Cyber Crime Problem

While Russia is often considered to be the haven of cyber criminals, China quite likely plays host to the greatest number. Last month, the giant nation was the biggest source of cyber attacks, according to an article in the Financial Times. “There are probably no more than 1,000 people in …

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Africa Could become World's Cyber-crime Capital

Russia and China are often considered the two nations leading in cyber crime, but there is a runner-up that could take the leading spot in Internet misdeeds: Africa. Cybersecurity experts estimate 80 percent of computers on the African continent are already infected with viruses and other malicious software, according to …

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Cyber Bodyguards Set Up in Switzerland

In an effort to meet the growing needs of business people, the Electronic Bodyguards Group has formed in Switzerland to help protect business people from privacy and security threats in the electronic sphere. The group, formed by Peter Houppermans, a security consultant who helped build the UK’s Government Secure Intranet, …

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Fake eBay Email Used for Cyber Crime

Twitter and Facebook have each been targeted with a series of fake scams targeting users and now eBay has joined the list. The mail contains the subject line “eBay Procedural Warning – Security Alert” and warns the user that they have “detected security issues on behalf of your account.” In …

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ISP Set Alight After Crack Down

Hosting.ua, an ISP in the Ukraine, was the victim of a fire late last month after it cracked down on cyber crime. On March 27, the ISP was raked by fire which caused severe damage and forced it to go offline. HostExploit.com, a website that tracks crimeware distribution, ranked Hosting.ua …

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Norton Brings in Adam Palmer as New Cybersecurity Advisor

Norton from Symantec (NASQAQ: SYMC) has appointed Adam Palmer as Norton Lead Cybersecurity Advisor. Palmer is a former cyber crime prosecutor and legal director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He has pioneered efforts at cyber crime law and enforcement. In his new duties at Norton, …

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Proxy Servers Can Help Terrorists

The debate continues to rage in the U.S. regarding the potential for cyber terrorism. Several government officials, including the FBI Director, have said that cyber terrorism is a real threat to the U.S. However, other critics, like Dr. Jim Lewis of CSIS and Robert Knake of CFR believe the potential …

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Researchers Claim Keystroke Reader Can Stop Pedophiles

Researcher performed at Newcastle University claims to have found a method to stop pedophiles in their tracks. By analyzing keystrokes, researchers claim to be able to determine the age, cultural background and sex of the user. Professor Roy Maxion, an American, says that within 10 keystrokes, he can determine a …

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Cyber Gangs Mimic Legitimate Corporations with Roles, Duties

Through a series of sting operations, the FBI has uncovered how cyber criminals have begun adopting a hierarchy commonly found in the corporate world, with distinctive roles and responsibilities delegated to each individual, according to Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant director of FBI’s cyber division. As opposed to legitimate organizations and …

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Island Nation Tackles Problems with Cyber Crime among Youth

Nestled in the southwest Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Mauritius a few years back set out to be the first-ever fully fledged cyber island. While the government-issued campaign promoting computer literacy helped citizens advance their technology skills, it also brought a new set of problems with elevated incidents …

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Cyber Espionage is the Real Problem

Dr. Jim Lewis sees the issue of economic cyber espionage as the greatest threat the United States currently faces in cyberspace. “The real problem is economic espionage,” Lewis said today at an event hosted by the Potomac Officers Club. Lewis is one of the premier experts in cybersecurity. He led …

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