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Rustock Botnet Reportedly Taken Down, as Spam Volumes Plummet

Krebs on Security is reporting that a huge drop in the volume of e-mail spam circulating worldwide on Wednesday was the result of a planned takedown of the Rustock botnet, which, at one point, was the most prolific purveyor of spam in the entire world. According to the Composite Spam Blocklist (CBL), which measures global spam volumes, Rustock spam (usually ads for online pharmacies and male enhan...

Hacked and Hijacked! What's Next When Your Facebook/Twitter Is Hacked

Symptom: Maybe your Twitter or Facebook friends have gotten viciously spammed with fake offers for a free iPad, or a link to a fake app -- from your profile. Or, maybe you've discover posts on your profile that you never wrote, often with links leading to websites, apps or coupons. You may discover personal messages sent to friends that you didn't write, perhaps asking them to wire money. Or,...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your E-mail Account Gets Compromised

Symptoms: People listed in your e-mail contacts report being flooded with spam messages sent from your account. Or, you start receiving a bevy of "bounced" e-mails from random addresses you don't know. You aren't able to log into your account or change its settings, or you've discovered the settings have been altered. You attempt to use e-mail, and find it has been blocked by your provider. ...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and ...

Global Spam Volume on the Decline, Report Shows

Hey, here's some good news: it looks like spam is on the decline. According to Symantec's latest State of Spam and Phishing report, the volume of spam and junk mail in circulation around the world has been decreasing steadily since August, and dropped noticeably around Christmas. No one has a concrete explanation for the drop-off, but Symantec's Eric Park suggests that the demise of major botnets...

2010: A Record Year for Malware

Symantec says that 2010 will wind up being a record-setting year for malware -- that some 95 billion phishing e-mails will have been sent before the New Year. Combined with other spam messages, those e-mails will account for 89-percent of all e-mail traffic during 2010. Of those spam messages, 95-percent are now being sent by botnets, vast groups of hijacked computers. The number of new malicious ...

Facebook Secretly Gave Illegal Profile Access to Italian Police, Report Claims

Italy's L'Espresso is reporting today that Facebook has signed a secret agreement with Italian police, giving them unfettered and potentially illegal access to user profiles. According to what the paper calls "reliable" sources, the agreement allowed 400 police officers to gather information on Italian Facebook members suspected of identity theft, phishing scams and possession of child pornography...

New Clickjacking Scam Hits Facebook, Tries to Charge Your Phone Bill

The security experts over at Sophos have just unearthed a new clickjacking scam making its way around Facebook, and, if you fall prey to it, you might end up losing some cash. This latest scam looks similar to a previous worm that spread throughout Facebook by tricking users into "liking" malicious pages. Instead of exploiting the "like" button, though, this new "sharejack" scam relies on the "...

Gulf Oil Spill Victims in Florida Hit With Phishing Scam

As if folks on the Gulf Coast don't have enough worries already, phishing (and, sadly, not fishing) is now plaguing Florida. According to a Reuters report, many Floridians have received an e-mail from scam artists posing as BP CEO Tony Hayward. In the e-mail, the fake Hayward claims the recipient is eligible for a $500,000 grant from BP in exchange for personal information. To spread the wor...

Europe Surpasses Asia, Becomes World's Leading Producer of Spam

Forget its tumbling currency and stagnant labor market. Europe has another issue far more important: spam. Lots and lots of spam. According to a recently released report from security firm Sophos, the Old World has just surpassed Asia as the world's leading spam continent, accounting for more than a third of all junk e-mail sent during the second quarter of 2010. Among individual European countrie...

Rogue Facebook Apps Brazenly Make You Do Their Dirty Work

Share At this point, we've been well-trained not to trust Facebook applications -- and seemingly with good reason, since every week another hack or phishing scam pops up. What makes the two most recent instances special, though, is their brazenness -- hiding in plain sight, and relying on people's gullibility to spread across the social network like wildfire. First up is yet another mock IQ t...

Real Police Investigate Theft of Virtual Furniture at Habbo Hotel

The online virtual world of Habbo Hotel, at first glance, seems like just another idyllic, peaceful, fake community, where fake people exchange goods with a fake handshake and a fake smile, and decorate their fake residences with fake furniture. Basically, it's Orange County. But beneath the placid, Norman Rockwell veneer of non-existence lies an all too real underbelly of crime, deception and th...

Foxconn Takes Action Over Suicides, File Sharing Case Headed to Supreme Court

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... After 12 suicide attempts, an undercover expose and a public statement from Apple, Foxconn factory officials finally vowed to take meaningful steps in addressing the tragic and surreal phenomenon. The Chinese gadget factory will reportedly implement 20-percent pay raises for its employees, who start out earning $130-per-month to m...

'Tabnapping' Is a Terrifying New Phishing Attack

We talk up the security of Firefox quite a bit around here, but don't misunderstand; Firefox is not impenetrable. In fact, a new, particularly devious phishing attack that manipulates browser tabs works best against the second most popular browser in the world. The attack, dubbed "tabnapping" by Firefox creative lead Aza Raskin, uses Javascript to replace the contents of a tab and its label. T...

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...