Articles By Robert McMillan

Small firms losing millions in massive cyber attacks

Cyberthieves are hacking into small- and medium-sized organizations every week and stealing millions of dollars in an ongoing scam that has moved about US$100 million out of U.S. bank accounts, the U.S. Federal

Published on: November 5th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Adobe responds to attacks with faster patching

Hackers like Adobe Systems, and now the company knows it all too well. Adobe's software has increasingly come under attack in recent years as hackers have come to realize that it can be

Published on: October 7th, 2009 Robert McMillan

OpenDNS Web filter offers alternative to blocking Web access

For National Veterinary Associates, the decision to block the Web was sealed with a virus. It was about three years ago. One of the company's 120 pet hospital offices got hit with a

Published on: September 28th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Malicious ads attack has Lyrics.com singin’ the blues

Criminals flooded several online ad networks with malicious advertisements over the weekend, causing popular Web sites such as the Drudge Report, Horoscope.com and Lyrics.com to inadvertently attack their readers, a security company said

Published on: September 25th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Researchers find way to break WiFi encryption in a minute

Computer scientists in Japan say they've developed a way to break the WPA encryption system used in wireless routers in about one minute.The attack gives hackers a way to read encrypted traffic sent

Published on: August 31st, 2009 Robert McMillan

Cyber crooks empty out school district’s bank accounts

The criminals knew what they were doing when they hit the Western Beaver County School District.They waited until school administrators were away on holiday, and then during a four-day period between Dec. 29

Published on: August 12th, 2009 Robert McMillan

‘Hacker gods’ reform infamous group

The news report begins with shots of a tense space shuttle launch. Engineers hunch over computer banks and techno music pounds in the background. There is a countdown, a lift-off, and then you

Published on: July 27th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Hundreds duped by Twitter phishing attacks

Twitter users who thought friends were directing them to a "funny blog" Thursday ended up experiencing something completely different: a phishing scam.Twitter was hit by two different rounds of phishing Thursday, as criminals

Published on: May 25th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Researchers devise attack that could pulverize Twitter

Computer security researchers have devised a new Twitter attack that they say could spread virally, much like a worm on the microblogging service. The attack, posted online Thursday by researchers at Secure Science,

Published on: March 23rd, 2009 Robert McMillan

Cybercrooks use card-sniffing malware to hack into ATMs

Diebold has released a security fix for its Opteva automated teller machines after cyber criminals apparently broke into the systems at one or more businesses in Russia and installed malicious software.Diebold learned of

Published on: March 19th, 2009 Robert McMillan

E-payment site breach compromises 5 million customers

CheckFree Corp. and some of the banks that use its electronic bill payment service are notifying more than 5 million customers that criminals took control of several of the company's Internet domains and

Published on: January 8th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Browser flaw paves way for “undetectable” phishing attack

With the help of about 200 Sony PlayStations, an international team of security researchers have devised a way to undermine the algorithms used to protect secure Web sites and launch a nearly undetectable

Published on: December 31st, 2008 Robert McMillan

Teacher who narrowly escaped jail in spyware case says her life is ruined

If there's a poster child for the dangers of spyware, it's Julie Amero. The 41-year-old former substitute teacher was convicted of four felony counts of endangering minors last year, stemming from an Oct.

Published on: December 1st, 2008 Robert McMillan

Symantec says goodbye to Thompson, hello to CEO Salem

Symantec CEO John Thompson is retiring.Thompson, 59, has led the Cupertino, California, security vendor for the past decade. He will be replaced by Enrique Salem, the company's chief operating officer, effective April 4,

Published on: November 19th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Canadian hacker ‘Mafiaboy’ seeks redemption

The Internet attack took Yahoo engineers by surprise. It came so fast and with such intensity that Yahoo, then the Web's second most-popular destination, was knocked offline for about three hours.That was on

Published on: October 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan