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Mexican police issue warning about new 'ransom ware' virus

MEXICO CITY - Police in Mexico City have issued a warning about a new type of "ransom ware" virus that can take over computers' cameras and make the user think they are under surveillance. The Mexico City police department's cyber-crime unit says the virus infects computers, generally after they view or download sexually explicit material. Police say a message appears on the screen from a "supposed police agency" saying the user must pay a fine via electronic transfer.

US says cybersecurity sharing not an antitrust issue

US officials announced Thursday that companies sharing information about cybersecurity would not face prosecution on antitrust grounds. The news came amid heightened concerns about data breaches and malware that can foil online encryption to allow hackers to steal passwords or other personal data. Officials at the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said they issued formal guidance telling companies that there would be no antitrust issues from the sharing of technical information about cyber attacks, malware or similar threats.

Govt task force says attacks on retailers don't appear co-ordinated

WASHINGTON - A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a co-ordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy. In a two-page report, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force says the global implications of the retail attacks and the economic impact to private business and individual citizens cannot be overstated. The report obtained by the Associated Press does not identify the retailers by name, but it comes after recent attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus.

Online financial frauds top 30,000 cases last year

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- The number of online financial scams in South Korea surpassed 30,000 in the first 10 months of last year, as scamming methods become increasingly diversified and sophisticated, the police said Friday. Four online financial scams such as SMishing, pharming, instant messenger phishing and memory hacking reached 32,060 cases in the January-October period of last year, the police said.

Online financial frauds top 30,000 cases last year

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- The number of online financial scams in South Korea surpassed 30,000 in the first 10 months of last year, as scamming methods become increasingly diversified and sophisticated, the police said Friday. Four online financial scams such as SMishing, pharming, instant messenger phishing and memory hacking reached 32,060 cases in the January-October period of last year, the police said.

Russian pleads guilty in banking virus case

A Russian national accused of creating a virus that infected some 1.4 million computers to steal bank account data pleaded guilty Tuesday to US criminal charges, officials said. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, known by his online monikers "Gribodemon" and "Harderman," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud for his role as the developer and distributor of the malware known as "SpyEye," the Justice Department said. The virus infected over 1.4 million computers in the United States and abroad, according to industry data cited by the Justice Department.

Feds: Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud

ATLANTA - A Russian man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Tuesday after federal authorities say he created a computer program that has been used to drain bank accounts. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, who's also known as "Gribodemon" and "Harderman," pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. He appeared in federal court wearing an orange jail uniform with his legs chained together as he entered a guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

2 arrested used stolen cards from Target breach

Two people arrested by authorities in Texas were using stolen credit cards which came from the massive Target data breach, officials said. Two Mexicans arrested this week were identified as Marcy Carmen Garcia Vaquera and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, according to the police chief of McAllen, Texas, Victor Rodriguez. The two were using fraudulent credit cards that came from the Target data breach, Rodriguez told a news conference Monday. "Someone in Mexico is obviously buying that data," he said.

Target breach linked to global cybercrime

The massive data breach at US retailer Target is probably linked to a broader global network of cybercrime that may have affected other merchants, security researchers said. US security firm iSight Partners concluded that the hackers who stole data on as many as 110 million Target customers comes from "a new piece of malicious software," which "has potentially infected a large number of retail information systems," according to a statement Thursday from the company, which has been working with US authorities.

Yahoo says some ads on its European sites spread malware

(Reuters) - Some advertisements on Yahoo Inc's European websites last week spread malicious software, Yahoo said on Sunday, potentially infecting thousands of users. On Friday, Fox-IT, a Delft, Netherlands-based computer security firm, wrote in a blog that attackers had inserted malicious ads served by ads.yahoo.com.
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