Multi-agent systems http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30811/all en CORRECTED-Software makers disrupt cyber ring, halt searches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/exclusive-software-makers-disrupt-cyber-ring-halt-searches <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>(Microsoft corrects title of Richard Boscovich to assistant general counsel, not associate general counsel. Both companies correct estimate of number of machines infected to as many as 1 million, not as many as 600,000.)</p> <p>* Microsoft, Symantec seize servers used to run crime ring</p> <p>* Seizure leaves infected PCs unable to search web</p> <p>* Companies push out warnings to PCs infected with Bamital</p> <p>* Companies say Bamital defrauded web advertisers</p> <p>By Jim Finkle</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/exclusive-software-makers-disrupt-cyber-ring-halt-searches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Entertainment Multi-agent systems Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:30:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748086 at http://www.globalpost.com EXCLUSIVE-Microsoft, Symantec disrupt cyber ring, halt searches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/exclusive-microsoft-symantec-disrupt-cyber-ring-halt-searches <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>(Adds comment from Symantec researcher, paragraphs 22-24)</p> <p>* Microsoft, Symantec seize servers used to run crime ring</p> <p>* Seizure leaves infected PCs unable to search web</p> <p>* Companies push out warnings to PCs infected with Bamital</p> <p>* Companies say Bamital defrauded web advertisers</p> <p>By Jim Finkle</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/exclusive-microsoft-symantec-disrupt-cyber-ring-halt-searches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Entertainment Multi-agent systems Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:45:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748243 at http://www.globalpost.com Hacker 'botnet' hijacked online searches: Microsoft http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/hacker-botnet-hijacked-online-searches-microsoft <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>Software titan Microsoft and computer security giant Symantec said Thursday that they smashed a hacker-infected computer network that was hijacking Internet searches.</p> <p>A Bamital "botnet" raked in an estimated million dollars annually by routing Internet users to websites that generated revenue with bogus online ad "clicks."</p> <p>"The Bamital botnet defrauded the entire online advertising platform, which is what allows the Internet and many online services to be free," Microsoft said in a blog post.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/hacker-botnet-hijacked-online-searches-microsoft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Microsoft Multi-agent systems Symantec Technology AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:45:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749372 at http://www.globalpost.com Data brokers D&B, LexisNexis, Altegrity report cyber attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130926/data-brokers-db-lexisnexis-altegrity-report-cyber-attacks <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 Jim Finkle</p> <p>BOSTON (Reuters) - Three major U.S. data providers said on Wednesday they were victims of cyber attacks, after a cybersecurity news website linked the breaches to a group that sells stolen social security numbers and other sensitive information.</p> <p>An FBI spokeswoman said the bureau was investing the breaches but declined to elaborate.</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/130926/data-brokers-db-lexisnexis-altegrity-report-cyber-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Multi-agent systems Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:17:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5944824 at http://www.globalpost.com Cyber experts uncover 2 million stolen passwords to Web accounts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131205/cyber-experts-uncover-2-million-stolen-passwords-web-accounts <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>BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe.</p> <p>Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs said they discovered the credentials while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive network of compromised computers known as the "Pony botnet."</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/131205/cyber-experts-uncover-2-million-stolen-passwords-web-accounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Multi-agent systems Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:01:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6009674 at http://www.globalpost.com Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131205/microsoft-leads-disruption-largest-infected-global-pc-network <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 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted the largest network of compromised personal computers, involving some 2 million machines around the world, since it stepped up its battle against organized online criminals three years ago.</p> <p>The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant filed a lawsuit in Texas and won a judge's order directing Internet service providers to block all traffic to 18 Internet addresses that were used to direct fraudulent activity to the infected machines.</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/131205/microsoft-leads-disruption-largest-infected-global-pc-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Microsoft Corp Multi-agent systems Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:46:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6010962 at http://www.globalpost.com Slovenian hacker sentenced to jail for 'malicious' programme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131223/slovenian-hacker-sentenced-jail-malicious-programme <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>A Slovenian court on Monday sentenced to 58 months in jail Matjaz Skorjanc, the creator of the "Mariposa Botnet", a vast network of virus-infected computers used by criminal hackers.</p> <p>Skorjanc was found guilty of "creating a malicious computer programme for hacking information systems, assisting in wrongdoings and money laundering", the Maribor regional court said.</p> <p>It also ordered him to pay 3,000 euros ($4,100)along with the expropriation of an apartment and a car that Skorjanc had bought with the money he earned by selling the computer virus to a Spanish crime group.</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/131223/slovenian-hacker-sentenced-jail-malicious-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Multi-agent systems Technology AFP Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:02:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6027806 at http://www.globalpost.com Cyber thieves blamed for Bitcoin heist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140224/cyber-thieves-blamed-bitcoin-heist <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>A gang of cyber criminals using an army of infected computers made off with at least $220,000 worth of Bitcoins and other virtual currencies, security researchers said Monday.</p> <p>The researchers from the security firm Trustwave said the heist was accomplished by a botnet of computers using malware that has been dubbed "Pony".</p> <p>The Pony botnet has infected an estimated 700,000 people or computers, allowing the criminals to control those accounts.</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/140224/cyber-thieves-blamed-bitcoin-heist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer network security Computing Multi-agent systems Technology AFP Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:46:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6079704 at http://www.globalpost.com