Articles By Robert McMillan

Leave passwords alone, Siemens warns customers hit by Stuxnet worm

Although a newly discovered worm could allow criminals to break into Siemens' industrial automation systems using a default password, Siemens is telling customers to leave their passwords alone. That's because changing the password

Published on: July 21st, 2010 Robert McMillan

‘Timing attack’ could affect millions of Web users

A well-known cryptographic attack could be used by hackers to log into Web applications used by millions of users, according to two security experts who plan to discuss the issue at an upcoming

Published on: July 19th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Big spike in Microsoft Windows attacks

Microsoft urged Windows users to update their software Tuesday, saying it's now seen more than 25,000 attacks leveraging one of the critical bugs fixed in July's monthly security patches.Microsoft researchers tracked a "fairly

Published on: July 15th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Millions plundered from unsuspecting consumers in online credit card fraud

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has disrupted a long-running online scam that allowed offshore fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from U.S. consumers -- often by taking just pennies at a time.The scam,

Published on: June 29th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Kingpin in $100 million scareware scam was a fugitive

The CEO of a company accused of making more than $100 million selling harmful "scareware" antivirus products was already a fugitive from U.S. authorities, following his arrest in 2008 on criminal counterfeiting charges.Shaileshkumar

Published on: June 1st, 2010 Robert McMillan

Car hackers can disable brakes, change speedometer, prevent doors from opening

University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results.In a paper set to be

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Compromised Gmail accounts used to flog Canadian pharmaceutical sites

Google is investigating a growing number of reports that hackers are breaking into legitimate Gmail accounts and then using them to send spam messages.The problem started about a week ago but seems to

Published on: April 22nd, 2010 Robert McMillan

Security companies can’t stop corporate network attacks

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week, security vendors pitched their next generation of security products, promising to protect customers from security threats in the cloud and on mobile devices. But

Published on: March 21st, 2010 Robert McMillan

Cyber scammers stole $120 million in 3 months from small firms

Ongoing computer scams targeting small businesses cost U.S. companies $25 million in the third quarter of 2009, according to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.Online banking fraud involving the electronic transfer of funds

Published on: March 10th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Massive Mariposa botnet busted, three arrested

Spanish authorities have arrested three men in an operation that has crushed a major botnet network of infected computers. The Mariposa botnet, which appears to be one of the world's largest, took over

Published on: March 4th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Google hackers broke into more than 100 companies’ systems

The hackers who broke into Google two months ago have gone after more than 100 companies, according to an estimate by security vendor Isec Partners. Researchers have been closing in on the unidentified

Published on: March 2nd, 2010 Robert McMillan

Iceman gets 13 years, must pay $27.5M to hacking victims

A former security researcher turned criminal hacker has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for hacking into financial institutions and stealing credit card account numbers.Max Ray Butler, who used the hacker

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Google attack turns spotlight on corporate espionage by China

Google's decision Tuesday to risk walking away from the world's largest Internet market may have come as a shock, but security experts see it as the most public admission of a top IT

Published on: January 15th, 2010 Robert McMillan

ISP owner arrested, charged with conspiracy to defraud customers

The owner of a Dallas-based Internet service provider that was raided last April has been charged with participating in a conspiracy to defraud more than US$15 million from companies such as Verizon, AT&T

Published on: January 13th, 2010 Robert McMillan

First iPhone worm only affects jailbroken devices

The first worm written for Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been unleashed and is infecting phones in Australia.However, the worm, known as Ikee, is only a threat to users who have jaibroken their phones

Published on: November 10th, 2009 Robert McMillan