Week in review: Trojan on official Android market, reset Gmail accounts and backdoor Mac OS X Trojan

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

Moldovan fraud ring mastermind arrested
A coordinated effort of the Irish gardai and custom officers has led to the arrest of a Moldovan man that is thought to be the leader of and mastermind behind an international fraud ring responsible of plundering many private and business bank accounts.

New backdoor Mac OS X Trojan surfaces
As Apple slowly but surely increases its market share, we are sure to witness more and more malicious code written specifically for targeting Mac users. In the meantime, even what seems to be a beta version of a Mac OS X Trojan is enough to raise our heads from the keyboard and take notice.

Banking MitB Trojan effective with most browsers
Man-in-the-Browser attacks are becoming ever more popular with cybercriminals that seek to plunder bank accounts. The latest in a long string of banking Trojans that aids them to do just that is the Tatanga Trojan.

Do I need a data center?
If you still own your own data center and this question has not already crossed your mind, then you might be spending more money than you need, subjecting your organization to unnecessary risk, or both. Your data center is the foundation for all your core computing resources. Any flaws in the data center puts everything installed in the data center, no matter how well implemented, at risk as well.

Stolen e-mails reveal Morgan Stanley was hit by Aurora attacks
Global financial services firm Morgan Stanley seems also to have been a victim of the hackers behind the Aurora attacks which came to light a year ago when Google decided to go public with the information that their networks have been breached.

Reset Gmail accounts to be restored completely
Gmail users that have finally managed to enter their accounts only to find them devoid of any content can take a collective relieved breath as Google says that things we’ll be back to normal for all affected users very soon.

Teenage eBay fraudster damned by own journals
An Australian teenager has been sentenced two three years in prison after having plead guilty to over 100 charges of online fraud perpetrated on eBay.

Rootcager Trojan found on the official Android market
Free Android applications bundled up with malware have spilled over into the official Android marketplace.

Phishers target university students paying fees online
Lately, phishers have been busy trying to make students of various UK and US universities land on spoofed sites in order to collect as much information as possible.

Outdated policies stop hackers from aiding the US government
One of the main problems when it comes to attracting private cybersecurity experts to collaborate with – and not work directly for – the government are the directives that regulate this kind of co-operation.

Malware decreases, Trojans still dominate
According to data gathered by Panda Security, only 39 percent of computers scanned in February were infected with malware, compared to 50 percent last month.

Twitter crime rate rises 20 percent
In general, activity continues to increase on Twitter: more users are coming online; True Twitter Users are tweeting more often, and even casual users are becoming more active. As users become more active, the malicious activity also increases.

Building the Mobile Internet
As the Internet’s original protocols and design weren’t actually built for mobility, the challenge that future network architects and engineers face as more and more people have access to quite a few mobile devices is how to effect a seamless convergence of IP and mobile technologies in order to ease the transition into what it seems will be an all-IP future.

The complex world of endpoint security
Jeff Melnick is a Sales Engineer at NetWrix Corporation and in this interview discusses the intricate world of endpoint security, offers tips for IT security managers dealing with an influx of new devices, tackles the (in)security often presented by home workers and provides insight on current and future online threats.

Vulnerability scanning and research
Cristian Florian is a product manager at GFI Software in charge of GFI LANguard, a network security scanning and patch management solution. In this interview he discusses vulnerability scanning and research.

Potentially deadly Trojan is a modified security solution
An interesting tactic for hiding a Trojan has recently been spotted by Symantec researchers. Instead of using entirely their own malicious code, the malware authors have decided to take advantage of the code belonging to the KingSoft WebShield browser protection software (part of the KingSoft Internet Security solution).

Internet fraudsters jailed for online criminal forum
A group of young internet fraudsters who set up an online criminal forum which traded unlawfully obtained credit card details and tools to commit computer offences were jailed for a total of 15 and half years. All pleaded guilty.

WordPress.com target of extensive DDoS attack
WordPress.com has been targeted by an extensive DDoS attack, and the millions of blogs it hosts have been temporarily unavailable or have been experiencing occasional disruptions because of it.




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