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Crooks Bombard Victim's Phones While Swiping $399,000

Share Last November, Florida dentist Robert Thousand, Jr. was the victim of a denial-of-service attack where crooks initiated transfers totaling $399,000 from Thousand's Ameritrade retirement account. When Ameritrade attempted to call Thousand to confirm the transfer requests, Wired reports, the thief (or thieves) used several VoIP accounts and automated dialing software to tie up Thousand's hom...

FBI Targeted Spam Suspects' Google Docs

Back on August 21st, federal investigators in New York issued a search warrant against Levi Beers and Chris di Diego, both of whom were accused of masterminding a spam operation called Pulse Marketing. Instead of just seizing the suspects' e-mails, though, police went one step further and snatched all files saved on their respective Google Docs, as well. Ten days after FBI officials issued the ...

Scammers Target Unemployed with Phony Jobs

Landing a job in a stagnant labor market, as many have found out, is no easy task. The process only becomes more frustrating when cyber-criminals begin capitalizing on that desperation for their own parasitic benefit. As the Wall Street Journal reports, increasing numbers of scammers have begun posting fake job ads across the Internet in the hopes of luring optimistic job seekers into their devio...

Shaoxing, China Identified as World's Malware Center

According to a recent report by Symantec Corp., the city of Shaoxing, China produces more malware attacks than any other place on this planet. While that might not be a huge surprise, it's shocking just how many of those attacks come from Shaoxing, a city of 4.3 million, and once known for its calligraphy and bridges. While China leads the world with 30-percent of the world's malware, about 21.3-...

Seattle Ranks as America's Most Dangerous City... Online

Share Symantec, maker of the Norton line of security products, conducted a study in which it analyzed the number of cyber-attacks, malware infections, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other factors in order to determine the 50 riskiest online cities. Not surprisingly, Forbes magazine's 2009 most wired city is Symantec's 2010 riskiest city. Seattle, Washington was the most vulnerable city by a large margin,...

SEC Accuses Russian Hacker of Manipulating Stock Prices

Share Valery Maltsev, believed to be the sole owner and operator of Broco Investments, has found himself in the crosshairs of the SEC. The St. Petersburg, Russia-based trader has had his assets and accounts frozen after being fingered as the man behind a "pump and dump" scam. According to a complaint filed by the SEC, Broco hacked several accounts at AmeriServe Financial, and used them to m...

Forbes's Billionaire List Full of Geek Bigwigs, Pirates Ignoring New French Laws

Highlights form this morning's other big tech headlines.... Forbes has released its Croesus rankings of the world's wealthiest billionaires, and the list includes an impressive team of nerd all-stars, including Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer. He may not own the overall top billionaire spot anymore (that honor going to Carlos Slim), but Bill Gates still leads the tech rankings...

'American Idol' for Hackers: The U.S. Government's Latest Recruitment Strategy

Attention, amateur hackers: Uncle Sam wants you to help fight cyber-crime -- and he's getting pretty desperate, too. As cyber-attacks become more complex and virulent, the U.S. government has poured billions of dollars into securing our nation's digital borders. Problem is, it's facing a severe shortage of manpower. Out of the roughly 20,000 "elite" cyber-experts that the U.S. needs, there are onl...

Police Want Access to Web Users' Personal Docs

As part of an overarching movement to overhaul the legal protocol that dictates online investigations, police forces are now pushing for the creation of a new national law enforcement Web interface. The hope is to streamline the procedure by which police can seize personal data of suspected cyber criminals. The proposed system would provide police with a direct link to e-mail and Internet provider...

Build-Your-Own Phishing Kits Make Cybercrime Easier than Ever

DIY is all the rage these days. People are building musical instruments, beer keg-monitoring robots, baby rocking machines, and iPhone-controlled cars, and gaining the satisfaction of making something with their own hands while saving a little cash. Bad news for the Web browsing public however, the DIY fad has spread to cybercrime and phishing scams. Marc Rossi, R&D manager at Symantec, to...

Convicted Hacker Left in Charge of Prison Computer System

In a twist of Alanis Morrissettian irony, a man serving a six-year prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars through online credit card fraud recently succeeded in (surprise!) hacking into his prison's computer network, effectively paralyzing the entire system. The really incomprehensible part, though, is that officials at Ranby Prison, close to Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, gave h...

Dan Brown Clue Seekers Foiled by Online Scam

People following clues that could reveal parts of the plot for best-selling author Dan Brown's upcoming book, 'The Lost Symbol,' didn't find what they were looking for Tuesday. Instead, they were led to a Web site that installed a fake anti-virus program on their PCs. According to Wired, the scam is the result of a promotion on NBC's 'Today' show, in which host Matt Lauer reveals clues about 'T...

Government Web Sites Suffer Independence Day Attack

On July 4th, as U.S. citizens celebrated the War of Independence, unknown cybercriminals launched a concentrated attack on several Federal Web sites. According to Associated Press reports, the unusually sophisticated attack affected Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Transportation Department Web sites. Sources familiar with the situation believe the elabora...

U.S. and E.U. Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime

Cybercrime spans the entire globe, and, until now, there's been little collaboration between nations when it comes to combating international networks of hackers. The Wall Street Journal reports on the newly formed European Electronic Crime Task Force -- a Rome-headquartered effort between the United States and the European Union. The group is backed by the muscle of the U.S. Secret Service, an I...

Scammers Busted for iTunes and Amazon Music Fraud

A group of English ne'er-do-well scammers, have been arrested by the Metropolitan police (also referred to as Scotland Yard) for international music fraud. After uploading a few songs they allegedly recorded to iTunes and Amazon, the group commenced to repeatedly create and buy its own songs with 1,500 stolen credit cards. An unnamed police source told the Times Online, "We will not know why they ...