Security guard nabbed for trying to launch ‘Devil’s Day’ attack on hospital systems

The grainy video shows a bleary-eyed young man in a hoodie inside the Carrell Clinic in Dallas. As he hits the elevator button, the theme music from Mission Impossible plays in the background.

Published on: July 3rd, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Deadly online attacks subvert search results on infected computers

A new attack that peppers Google search results with malicious links is spreading quickly, the Computer Emergence Response Team in the U.S. warned Monday. The attack, which has intensified in recent days, can

Published on: May 20th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Brutal botnet steals data from 180,000 hacked computers

Researchers from the University of California gained control over a well-known and powerful network of hacked computers for 10 days, gaining insight into how it steals personal and financial data. The botnet, known

Published on: May 5th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Relentlessly stalk and shatter hacker groups, expert urges

Criminal cybergangs must be harried, hounded and hunted until they're driven out of business, a noted botnet researcher said today as he prepared to pitch a new anti-malware strategy later this week at

Published on: April 24th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

1.9 million computers hacked in colossal bot attack, Canada affected too

Canadian companies and consumers are among those affected by a gargantuan global hacker attack that's infected 1.9 million computers worldwide with malware, according to security firm Finjan Inc.This colossal botnet (network of hijacked

Published on: April 23rd, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

No major Conficker incident but the threat still lurks

An expected activation of the Conficker.c worm at midnight today passed without incident, despite sensationalized fears that the Internet itself might be affected, but security researchers said users aren't out of the woods

Published on: April 2nd, 2009 Summer Lemon

BBC blasted for “hijacking” 22,000 computers

Security company Sophos has lashed out at the BBC for commandeering some 22,000 computers earlier this month, claiming the move was a reckless breach of privacy that could inspire a wave of vigilante

Published on: March 18th, 2009 Darren Pauli

Botnet mastermind gets four years in slammer for fraud

The first person to be charged under federal wiretap statutes for using a botnet to steal data and commit fraud was sentenced to four years in prison this week.John Schiefer, a 27-year-old Los

Published on: March 9th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan and Gregg Keizer

Botnet saga – Deadly duo vanquished, replacements step in

Although the shutdown of a California Web hosting company eradicated several prominent botnets last year, others have stepped up to fill the gaps, a security researcher said today.Gone from the landscape are "Srizbi"

Published on: January 20th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Worm infects 3.5 million Windows PCs

A computer worm that exploits a months-old Windows bug has infected more than a million PCs in the past 24 hours, a security company said Wednesday. Early last Wednesday, Finnish security firm F-Secure

Published on: January 20th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

After brief respite beastly botnets are “back with a vengeance”

Two weeks after a hosting firm's shutdown sent global spam volumes plummeting, some researchers say spam has already bounced back.The shutdown of California-based McColo Corp., a company that hosted a staggering variety of

Published on: November 27th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

500,000 bots blotted out with shut down of Web hosting firm

The shutdown last week of a U.S.-based Web hosting company crippled more than 500,000 bots, or compromised computers, which are no longer able to receive commands from criminals, a security researcher said today.Although

Published on: November 19th, 2008 Brian Jackson

How social networks are turned into deadly botnets

A team of researchers have built a malicious Facebook program in an experiment to demonstrate the possible dangers of social networking applications.The experiment shows the ease with which attackers could dupe large number

Published on: September 8th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Ten reasons you should be paranoid each time you power up your PC

The truth is out there ... and so is your data. And just because there are no virtual black helicopters following you doesn't mean somebody somewhere doesn't have a bead on who you

Published on: April 2nd, 2008 Dan Tynan