Social networks teeming with spam and malware

Do you rely on social networks to boost your professional or personal profile? Does your company launch marketing campaigns on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or BlogSpot?If so, you certainly need to

Published on: January 26th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Man faces 5 years in slammer for phishing fraud

A Romanian national pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge related to a phishing operation that sought to defraud customers of banks such as Citibank and Wells Fargo, and of Web sites such

Published on: January 19th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk and Brian Jackson

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

Microsoft funds anti-piracy exhibit at Royal Ontario Museum

A Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) exhibit, partly funded by Microsoft Canada Corp., will include a display featuring several Microsoft products and warns against the dangers of software piracy.Dubbed “Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and

Published on: January 8th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Security expert stunned at bank’s fraud prevention practices

Checking out of a Hilton hotel in London, security expert Roger Thompson was told his Visa card had been declined due to suspicions it was stolen, a situation that only got more disconcerting

Published on: December 16th, 2009 Ellen Messmer and Joaquim P. Menezes

Restaurant owner sues point-of-sales vendor following hack attack

When Keith Bond bought a computerized cash register system for his Broussard, Louisiana, restaurant, he thought he was modernizing his restaurant. Today, he believes he was unwittingly opening a back door for Romanian

Published on: December 3rd, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Spam mastermind gets four years in slammer

Alan Ralsky, the self-styled "Godfather of Spam" has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.One

Published on: November 27th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk and Brian Jackson

Free iPhone app lets you track swine flu outbreaks

A free iPhone app called "Outbreaks Near Me" is designed to help users track and report oubreaks of swine flu and other infectious diseases. Researchers at Children's Hospital in Boston built the application

Published on: November 9th, 2009 Matt Hamblen and Joan Goodchild

Quartet of online swine flu scams become malware pandemic

The words "swine flu" had barely been uttered last spring when spammers and malware authors, hoping to take advantage of fears and curiosity about the virus, began devising ways to trick people with

Published on: October 30th, 2009 Joan Goodchild

How to wrestle down online impostors … the WWE way

It's hard to understand who in their right mind would want to incur the wrath of "Triple H," the intimidating superstar of professional wrestling. But when a poser created a fraudulent MySpace account

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Cybercrooks using stolen credentials to plunder small business accounts

An organization representing more than 15,000 financial institutions has issued a warning about a growing wave of attacks against small banks and businesses by cybercriminals using stolen banking credentials to plunder corporate accounts.In

Published on: August 27th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

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

Low cost airline uses hi-tech tool to vanquish credit card fraud

J. Prajapathy, an ICICI Bank credit card holder, was shell-shocked when he received a bank inquiry for a Rs. 32,000 (around Can$720) transaction he had never made. His credit card had been deceitfully

Published on: August 7th, 2009 Sneha Jha

‘Canadian Pharmacy’ spam – a nightmare for legit firms

To most people, Canadian Pharmacy means just another spam e-mail message promising cheap Viagra pills that is deleted in microseconds – but to David Zimmer, it's a reputation nightmare for his business.Zimmer is

Published on: August 7th, 2009 Brian Jackson