Six security risks SMBs need to guard against

Social media networks and mobile devices top the list of six security risks that small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) need to focus on, according to security experts. The mad rush for businesses

Published on: January 6th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

How to fight the malware pandemic

If malware were biological, the world would be in the grip of the worst pandemic in history. In 2009, more than 25 million different unique malware programs were identified, more than all the

Published on: August 10th, 2010 Roger A. Grimes

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

Canada introduces anti-spam law as spam URLs become pervasive

The Government of Canada recently re-introduced anti-spam legislation, titled the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (FISA), in the House of Commons. The goal of the proposed legislation is to deter damaging and

Published on: June 9th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Report names 10 riskiest Canadian cities for cybercrime

A small but bustling southern Ontario city and British Columbia municipalities off the banks of the Fraser River are the riskiest Canadian municipalities when it comes to spam and online fraud, according to

Published on: March 23rd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

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

Microsoft to use legal strategy to bust botnets

Microsoft has several other botnets in its crosshairs, and believes it can use the same legal tactic against them that it deployed last week to strike at the Waledac botnet's command-and-control centers.But the

Published on: March 2nd, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Kneber botnet — a multi-headed hydra that’s wreaking havoc

Information gathered about a newly discovered botnet called Kneber indicates that multiple infections by different malware on the same host could work together as a sophisticated mechanism to give all the malware a

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 Tim Greene

Pushdo botnet pummels more than 300 Web sites

More than 300 Web sites are being pestered by infected computers that are part of the Pushdo botnet, according to security researchers.The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Twitter and PayPal are among the

Published on: February 3rd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk and Joaquim P. Menezes

Russian hacker gang linked to multi-million dollar Citibank theft

U.S. authorities are investigating the theft of an estimated tens of millions of dollars from Citibank by hackers partly using Russian software tailored for the attack, according to a news report.The security breach

Published on: December 22nd, 2009 Owen Fletcher

735,000 Facebook users hit with massive bot blitz

A massive bot-based attack has been hitting Facebook users, with nearly three-quarters of a million users receiving fake password reset messages, according to security researchers.The attack, which began Monday afternoon, according to e-mail

Published on: October 30th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Foxy ‘Bahama botnet’ causes surge in click fraud

A new botnet has caused a sharp spike in click fraud because it is skirting the most sophisticated filters of search engines, Web publishers and ad networks, according to Click Forensics. The company,

Published on: September 21st, 2009 Juan Carloz Perez and Joaquim P. Menezes

Twitter – the latest trick to control botnets

A security researcher has found that hackers are using Twitter as a means to distribute instructions to a network of compromised computers, known as a botnet. The traditional way of managing botnets is

Published on: August 17th, 2009

Twitter attack was part of ‘massively coordinated’ campaign

With Twitter back in action with degraded service – after yesterday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack – speculation is rife about what caused the incident.The DDoS assault had a mild impact on

Published on: August 7th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes