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

Kill Zeus — upstart Trojan tries to trounce rival

An upstart Trojan horse program has decided to take on its much-larger rival by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers.Security researchers say the relatively unknown Spy Eye toolkit

Published on: February 11th, 2010 Robert MacMillan and Brian Jackson

Hackers peddling stolen Twitter accounts for $1,000

According to researchers at Kaspersky Lab, cybercriminals are trying to sell hacked Twitter user names and passwords on-line for hundreds of dollars.Since 2005, the bad guys have been developing new data-stealing malware that

Published on: February 1st, 2010 Robert MacMillan and Gregg Keizer

Small firms must do more for safe online banking, experts say

Use a dedicated computer for online banking transactions to stay safe says the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and American Bankers Association – but that alone won’t cut it if businesses really want

Published on: January 17th, 2010 Brian Jackson

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

H1N1 spam scam unleashes havoc

A massive spam campaign that poses as a message from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) asking people to register for H1N1 vaccinations remains a big problem today, a security researcher said.The messages

Published on: December 4th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Another Panda-mic? Deadly Panda virus expected to strike again

A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee.The

Published on: November 30th, 2009 Owen Fletcher

Trojan behind phishing scam can be found via Google

A Trojan used in an e-mail phishing attack targeting corporate users this week can be controlled by anyone that Googles its Web-based command and control centre.Zeus is a tough-to-detect Trojan that steals personal

Published on: October 21st, 2009 Brian Jackson

Security breach shuts down payroll service yet again

For the second time this month, PayChoice Inc., a large online provider of payroll processing services, has had to shut down its online portal because of a security breach.The company said its Online

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Banking trojan victims transformed into hapless mules

A sophisticated Trojan horse program designed to empty bank accounts has a new trick up its sleeve: It lies to investigators about where the money is going.First uncovered by Finjan Software last week,

Published on: October 7th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Hackers make a killing trading compromised PCs on “Golden Cash”

It's dubbed the Golden Cash network, and serves as a type of online exchange for cybercrooks to buy and sell access to batches of compromised PCs.The reach and impact of Golden Cash botnet

Published on: June 22nd, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Hacker uses Trojan to steal account numbers, swindle $112,000

A Hampton, New Hampshire, man has pleaded guilty to fraud charges for his role in a scheme to empty brokerage accounts by installing malicious Trojan horse software on victims' computers.According to court documents,

Published on: June 10th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

UTMs unmasked – can they really protect against security threats?

In the beginning was the firewall, and it was pretty good. A big box of rules that sat between your network and the evils of the Internet, the firewall examined ports and protocols

Published on: May 29th, 2009 Brian Chee and Curtis Franklin Jr.

Pirated Windows 7 RC contains Trojan

Pirated copies of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) on file-sharing sites contain malware, according to users who have downloaded the upgrade.Windows 7 RC, which Microsoft Corp. will officialy launch tomorrow, leaked two weeks

Published on: May 5th, 2009 Gregg Keizer