Malware http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29352/all en Bank-fraud software takes aim at government secrets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/bank-fraud-software-takes-aim-at-government-secrets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Joseph Menn</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The world of criminal computer hacking has traditionally been far removed from the cyber-spying efforts of governments, but security experts say several recent cases suggest the lines are starting to blur.</p> <p>Enterprising hackers are now using tools built for raiding online bank accounts to target corporate and government secrets, either on a for-hire basis or on speculation that government documents could be valuable in underground markets, according to security consultants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/bank-fraud-software-takes-aim-at-government-secrets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer security Computing Malware Technology War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:15:40 +0000 5743453 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook network hit by 'sophisticated' attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-network-hit-sophisticated-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook said Friday its computer system was "targeted in a sophisticated attack" last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.</p> <p>The company said in a blog post that malware came from an infected website from a mobile developer and that "we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-network-hit-sophisticated-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Malware Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:00:48 +0000 5757242 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-NATO, European governments, hit by 'MiniDuke' cyber attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/update-1-hackers-target-european-governments-researchers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Romania among targets</p> <p>* Hackers infiltrated machines with infected PDF documents</p> <p>* Researcher sees state involvement; others skeptical</p> <p>By Jim Finkle</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Hackers targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe through a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc's software, security researchers said on Wednesday, while NATO said it too had been attacked.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/update-1-hackers-target-european-governments-researchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer security Computing Cyberwarfare Electronics Entertainment Hacking Health Labor Malware Social Issues Software Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:01:09 +0000 5768674 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia central bank targeted by hackers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/australia-central-bank-targeted-hackers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, March 11 (Reuters) - Australia's central bank has been targeted by sophisticated hackers seeking sensitive information which included Group of 20 negotiations, but a bank spokesperson said nothing was stolen.</p> <p>The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) would not comment on a media report that the malware computer virus used in the attack was Chinese in origin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/australia-central-bank-targeted-hackers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antivirus software Computer virus Malware Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 01:00:03 +0000 5779229 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian central bank computers hacked http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/australian-central-bank-computers-hacked <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia have been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information, officials said Monday. </p> <p>The central bank revealed the attacks after investigations by The Australian Financial Review found multiple computers had been compromised by malicious software seeking intelligence.</p> <p>The newspaper said in one attack a Chinese-developed malware spy programme was searching in 2011 for information on sensitive G20 negotiations, where Beijing's exchange rate and currency reserves were on the agenda. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/australian-central-bank-computers-hacked" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Malware Security Technology AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:00:43 +0000 5779301 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. warns of fake emails claiming to be from Homeland Security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/us-warns-fake-emails-claiming-be-homeland-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday warned computer users to beware of fake emails they may receive from hackers claiming to be from the Department of Homeland Security and demanding money to reinstate use of their computer.</p> <p>Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, published an alert on its website warning it had received reports of DHS-themed "ransomware."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/us-warns-fake-emails-claiming-be-homeland-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer security Computing Malware Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:30:26 +0000 5790236 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia home to text message fraud "cottage industry" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/russia-home-text-message-fraud-cottage-industry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Researchers have discovered that bilking people by infecting Android mobile phones with viruses has become a cottage industry in Russia in a criminal model that could be replicated elsewhere.</p> <p>Members of Lookout Mobile Security were at the infamous Def Con hacker gathering in Las Vegas on Friday to share what they uncovered about a text-messaging fraud operation they dubbed "Dragon Lady" in reference to Cold War-era US military reconnaissance aircrafts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/russia-home-text-message-fraud-cottage-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Malware Mobile security Smartphone Technology AFP Sun, 04 Aug 2013 10:43:07 +0000 5901864 at http://www.globalpost.com Latvia to extradite cyber theft suspect to US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/latvia-extradite-cyber-theft-suspect-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Latvia agreed Tuesday to extradite a programmer to the United States to stand trial for his alleged role in a global cyber theft ring that broke into a million computers. </p> <p>Latvian Deniss Calovskis, 27, and two other Europeans are suspected notably of hacking into computers at the US space agency NASA and of stealing online banking credentials for profit.</p> <p>Calovskis's lawyers said they would appeal the government's decision to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming their client would not receive a fair trial in the US.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/latvia-extradite-cyber-theft-suspect-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer virus Malware Technology AFP Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:02:29 +0000 5903949 at http://www.globalpost.com Georgia-based furniture renter Aaron's settles with FTC over spyware on rental computers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/georgia-based-furniture-renter-aarons-settles-ftc-over-spywa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Federal Trade Commission says Atlanta-based furniture renter Aaron's Inc. has agreed to a settlement over allegations that it helped place spyware on computers that secretly monitored consumers by taking webcam pictures of them in their homes.</p> <p>The FTC said in a Tuesday news release that Aaron's will be prohibited from using spyware that captures screenshots or activates the camera on a consumer's computer, except to provide requested technical support.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/georgia-based-furniture-renter-aarons-settles-ftc-over-spywa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Malware Rogue software The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:32:56 +0000 5968010 at http://www.globalpost.com Estonia OKs extradition to US of 3 men charged in cyber-fraud scheme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131115/estonia-oks-extradition-us-3-men-charged-cyber-fraud-scheme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TALLINN, Estonia - Estonia says it will extradite to the United States three men accused of hijacking millions of computers in a cyber-fraud scheme.</p> <p>Justice Minister Hanno Pevkur said Thursday that his government has approved the extradition of Timur Gerassimenko, Dmitri Jegorov and Konstantin Poltev.</p> <p>They are among seven people — six Estonians and one Russian — charged with infecting with malware more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries, including some belonging to NASA and other U.S. government agencies.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131115/estonia-oks-extradition-us-3-men-charged-cyber-fraud-scheme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hanno Pevkur International relations Malware Technology The Canadian Press Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:32:57 +0000 5990076 at http://www.globalpost.com Palo Alto Networks' revenue jumps as subscriptions rise http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131125/palo-alto-networks-revenue-jumps-subscriptions-rise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - Security software maker Palo Alto Networks's quarterly revenue jumped 49 percent as subscriptions rose, sending its shares up 8 percent in extended trading.</p> <p>The company's net loss increased to $7.9 million, or 11 cents per share, in the first quarter ended October 31, from $3.5 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the company earned 8 cents per share</p> <p>Revenue rose to $128.2 million from $85.9 million.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131125/palo-alto-networks-revenue-jumps-subscriptions-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malware Palo Alto, California Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:31:56 +0000 5999859 at http://www.globalpost.com Yahoo says some ads on its European sites spread malware http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140105/yahoo-says-some-ads-its-european-sites-spread-malware <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - Some advertisements on Yahoo Inc's European websites last week spread malicious software, Yahoo said on Sunday, potentially infecting thousands of users.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140105/yahoo-says-some-ads-its-european-sites-spread-malware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Internet Malware Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:47:41 +0000 6035828 at http://www.globalpost.com Target breach linked to global cybercrime http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140117/target-breach-linked-global-cybercrime <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140117/target-breach-linked-global-cybercrime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer crimes Crime Malware Target Technology AFP Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:01:37 +0000 6046020 at http://www.globalpost.com 2 arrested used stolen cards from Target breach http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140121/2-arrested-used-stolen-cards-target-breach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two people arrested by authorities in Texas were using stolen credit cards which came from the massive Target data breach, officials said.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The two were using fraudulent credit cards that came from the Target data breach, Rodriguez told a news conference Monday.</p> <p>"Someone in Mexico is obviously buying that data," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140121/2-arrested-used-stolen-cards-target-breach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer security Malware Security AFP Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:47:21 +0000 6049181 at http://www.globalpost.com Feds: Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140128/feds-russian-man-who-created-bank-hacking-software-pleads-gu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140128/feds-russian-man-who-created-bank-hacking-software-pleads-gu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aleksandr Andreevich Panin Computer crimes Law Malware Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:16:29 +0000 6055531 at http://www.globalpost.com