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Energy Department Lab Suffers Cyber Attack

A lab maintained by the Energy Department was forced to shut down its website and suspend Internet service after the discovery of a cyber attack. Hackers broke into the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's website, in an attempt to steal privileged information and gain access into the lab's computer system. A …

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Credit Card Clearing House Hacked Says Security Researchers

An underground credit card clearing house has been hacked, according to Trend Micro security researchers. Leaked data from the hack include employee emails and recorded phone calls. “A group of hackers recently published detailed information from an underground credit card company,” writes Feike Hacquebord, an advanced Threats Researcher with Trend …

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Researchers Find Botnet Used to Steal Banking Information

Security researchers have discovered a botnet which appeared to control around 100,000 users in the United Kingdom. The cyber criminals running the botnet appear to be based in Eastern Europe and have been using the botnet to carry out financial fraud. Researchers with Trusteer, a secure browsing service provider, discovered …

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Angelina Jolie Used by Scammers to Distribute Malware

Cyber criminals, who are always quick to latch onto the latest trend to disseminate spam, have taken to using the launch of Angelina Jolie’s new film, Salt. The criminals are placing infected QuickTime files on file-sharing sites purporting to be related to the new movie. Users who attempt to download …

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Cyber Criminals Utilize Social Networks to Control Bots

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Researchers at RSA FraudAction Research Lab have recently discovered a banking Trojan being hosted by a public social networking site. Any site which allows users to upload any type of content is vulnerable to the Trojan’s configurations, RSA says. “The Lab recently traced a social network profile that contained encrypted …

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Paraguyan Government Website Hosts Phishing Data

Phishing gangs are growing increasingly bold, evinced by researchers finding phishing data on website owned by the Paraguyan government. Sunbelt researchers discovered that a website belonging to the Paraguyan government is hosting data on banks and insurance companies in the United Kingdom gathered through phishing attacks. The researchers have notified …

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Banks Under Siege in Eastern Europe

A group of cyber criminals are placing banks in Russia and the Ukraine under siege with a next-generation exploitation kit that hacks the authentication system and uses a denial of service attack. The attacks use a revised version of BlackEnergy, which was commonly used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) …

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Botnet Targeting Mexicans Taken Down by Owner

A botnet that was being used to target Mexicans has been taken down, apparently by the cyber criminal who set it up, according to TrendMicro. “The botnet appears to have been taken down by the owners themselves,” writes Ranieri Romera, a senior threat researcher with TrendMicro. “The botnet's controllers sent …

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Daily Government Contracting Recap – April 7, 2010

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Kathleen Sebelius announced $267 million in Health IT awards. Alan Bersin was appointed to run Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Bill Varner of ManTech commented on winning five task orders. GD won an Army deal, SAIC won two. Linda Allen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service at DoD, and …

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Cyber Crooks Look Best in Handcuffs

Police in Romania have arrested 70suspected cyber criminals who are thought to be members of criminal gangs running scams using compromised eBay accounts. The login credentials were allegedly obtained in a series of phishing scams and the compromised accounts were used to “sell” non-existent luxury items. Buyers would provide the …

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Russia to Crack Down on Cyber Crime

The Russian Coordination Center, which administers all of Russia’s domain registries (.ru), will begin to verify the identities of registrants starting in April. Businesses and individuals registering a domain name will be required to provide a copy of a passport or legal registration papers. Russia is widely considered to be …

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Another Twitter Phishing Attack over Weekend

This weekend, Twitter experienced the latest phishing attack in a string that has been hitting social media websites of late. As more and more users utilize social networking websites, it becomes more profitable for cyber criminals to target victims using the sites. The latest attack utilizes Twitters direct messaging (DM) …

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Short-Lived Victory in Zeus Botnet Disruption

Earlier this week, The New New Internet reported on the disruption of Internet access to computers that made up the Zeus botnet. However, the victory appears to be short-lived, as security researchers have already found that a third of the computers have been re-linked to command servers. Thirty of the …

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Attacks Using PDF Exploits on the Rise

When hackers look assemble their tools to carry out attacks, they often look to exploit commonly used platforms in an effort to increase the number of potential targets. This is why more hackers write viruses for PCs instead of Macs, since the majority of the world’s computer users utilize PCs. …

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