Week in review: Facebook phishing, virus surge and FBI decryption failure

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles:

YouTube used to peddle a Facebook password stealer
A YouTube account was filled with many videos of random World Cup moments and a video that supposedly shows how a Facebook account password stealer program works.

Eminem death video leads to malware
The death of a world-famous celebrity is always top news, and it’s regularly exploited by cyber criminals to spread their malicious payloads.

The longevity of computer worms
CA’s researcher was shocked to find a 22-year old worm in a friend’s computer he was asked to test for a possible malware infection.

Five steps to cybersecurity risk assessment
These steps are ideal for organizations requiring simple guidance on getting started.

Elaborate Identity theft scheme targets a million consumers
A federal court has halted an elaborate international scheme that used identity theft to place more than $10 million in bogus charges on consumers’ credit and debit cards, pending a trial.

New site for Google’s encrypted search
When Google unveiled the option of encrypted use of its search engine, people were mostly satisfied. But schools and other educational institutions had a problem with this new setup.

Cyber criminals steal almost $400,000 using a Trojan
The story of how it happened is becoming increasingly familiar: an employee of the firm is sent an email with a Trojan disguised as a harmless file, executes it and infects the computer with password-stealing malware.

A closer look at East-Tec Eraser 2010
East-Tec Eraser 2010 erases your Internet history, Web pages, pictures, unwanted cookies, chat room conversations, confidential documents you want to get rid of or files deleted in the past.

Tips for seniors on how to avoid ID theft
People receiving government benefits, on fixed incomes, cashing out retirement accounts and entering into retirement funds may find themselves at an increased risk for becoming victims of identity theft.

PCI DSS is complex but consultants may not be necessary
PCI rules are becoming more complex, meaning that any company that accepts card payments should, if they have not already done so, start reviewing their IT security systems to prevent any problems further down the line.

FBI fails to decrypt suspect’s hard drives – after 12 months of trying
After 12 months of failed attempts to crack the encryption that protects information held on 5 hard drives that belong to a Brazilian banker suspected of money laundering, the FBI has returned the drives to the experts of the Brazilian National Institute of Criminology.

Spanish firm raided, allegedly sold software with built-in “logic bombs”
Following an anonymous tip, investigators of the Spanish Guardia Civil’s division for hi-tech crimes have raided the offices of an Andalucia-based company that has allegedly been scamming other businesses for 12 years.

Infected legitimate websites outscore adult 99:1
In the UK for example, there are more infected domains containing the word “London” than any other domain containing the word “sex”.

SSCP Video Mentor
SSCP Video Mentor is a combination of DVD and booklet that helps users learn the basics quickly and efficiently – since seeing how it’s done is a whole different ball game than just hearing or reading about it.

Elderly couple sent $512,000 to overseas scammers
On four separate occasions the couple has sent money to people in Africa, the UK and Hong Hong, and they lost a little over half a million of Australian dollars in total.

“Twilight” search results are being poisoned
Some common search results are already returning more than 50 percent malicious results

Facebook credentials phishing scheme
This latest one should raise some well-deserved suspicion, since it definitely falls in the too-good-to-be-true category of online schemes.

Classic viruses surge by 67 percent
“The increase of viruses can be attributed to the hybridization of threats today,” said Sean-Paul Correll, threat researcher at PandaLabs.




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