Trio faces charges for alleged $100 million scareware scam

Three men are facing federal fraud charges for allegedly raking in more than US$100 million while running an illegal "scareware" business that tricked victims into installing bogus software.Two of the men, Bjorn Sundin

Published on: May 31st, 2010 Robert McMillan and Brian Jackson

Hacker offers up 1.5 million Facebook IDs for sale

A hacker named Kirllos has a rare deal for anyone who wants to spam, steal or scam on Facebook: an unprecedented number of user accounts offered at rock-bottom prices.Researchers at VeriSign's iDefense group

Published on: April 26th, 2010 Robert MacMillan

Nearly 40,000 Facebook users duped by gift card scam

A scam Facebook page offering the site's users a $1,000 Ikea gift card took in nearly 40,000 victims Friday.It's the latest example of a new and pernicious trend on the social-networking site as

Published on: April 13th, 2010 Robert McMillan and Robert X. Cringely

New wave of ransom-style scams hit the Internet

Criminals reused an attack from 2008 to hit the Internet with a huge wave of ransomware in recent weeks, a security company has reported.In the space of only two days, February 8 and

Published on: March 9th, 2010 John E. Dunn and Joaquim P. Menezes

New Threats and High Spam Rates Mark the Beginning of 2010

It’s no secret that scammers and spammers are always looking ahead to capitalize on topical news and seasonal activities to target unsuspecting web users. Whether it’s the New Year’s spam we’ve just intercepted

Published on: February 11th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Top Craigslist scams and how not to be bamboozled

Given everything from the "Craigslist killer" to Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal's campaign against the site to the escalating battle over prostitution ads, you'd have to live under a rock to miss Craigslist's

Published on: February 10th, 2010 Rachel Sadon

Scammers rake in $150 million peddling fake anti-virus apps

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says fake antivirus programs have raked in more than $150 million for scammers. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning on Friday, saying that web

Published on: December 15th, 2009 Robert McMillan and Tim Greene

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

Four steps to protect yourself on Facebook

If you're one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you've probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille's parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to

Published on: November 13th, 2009 Kristin Burnham

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

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

New phishing scams offer enticing bait

In September 2009, some unlucky visitors at the New York Times Web site clicked on an ad that attempted to install malware. The advertisement displayed a popup window informing readers that their computer

Published on: October 27th, 2009 Robert Vamosi

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

$55 million telecom scam cracked, global hacker gang busted

A federal grand jury in New Jersey today indicted three people in connection with the hacking into the IT systems of thousands of companies worldwide to gain free access to telephone services, according

Published on: June 16th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin and Jeremy Kirk