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In a coordinated takedown, law enforcement agents around the world have teamed up to shut down the well-known cybercrime forum Darkode, pursuing 70 of its members and associates resulting in 28 arrests so far. In the US, the Department of Justice and the FBI have announced criminal charges against...

July 15th 2015 at 3:35pm 0 Comments
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Europol and police forces across Europe have shut down Ramnit, a botnet that infected up to three million computers world-wide. The virus, generally installed by email phishing attacks or rogue sites (please stop clicking on attachments, whoever your are) was mostly used by criminal hackers to ste...

February 26th 2015 at 4:44am 0 Comments
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The US is already snooping on computers around the world, but Google is worried that it might be sneaking in a rule change that would sanction more nosy behavior. The search firm has filed comments protesting an advisory committee proposal that would let the government get warrants for "remote acc...

February 19th 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments
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Malware frequently strikes multiple targets, but online services rarely do a great job of warning each other about related threats; your data could be at risk simply because your favorite social network didn't get a heads-up in time. Facebook is clearly sick and tired of this problem, as it just l...

February 11th 2015 at 12:37pm 0 Comments
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Remember Cryptolocker? It was a clever but terrible piece of malware that encrypted files on your PC, charging you a ransom to get them back. The leader of the gang behind to be behind the software is now awaiting trial, but that won't help around 500,000 people who still can't get at their prized...

August 6th 2014 at 8:34am 0 Comments
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It looks like the Pony botnet that stole two million passwords in December has an even more egregious sibling galloping around. According to security firm Trustwave, this more advanced botnet has compromised 700,000 various online accounts up to date (it's been active since September), including 8...

February 25th 2014 at 9:46am 0 Comments
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Though most of us cast stones at large-scale corporate password thefts, we ought to be checking our own glass houses, according to a security company called Trustwave. It just revealed that a single attack from a Dutch-based server has resulted in 2 million passwords pilfered from individual users...

December 4th 2013 at 12:49pm 0 Comments
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Earlier today, Google announced it had built Project Shield to help small websites stay online during DDoS (distributed denial of service) strikes, and it turns out the search giant also unveiled a frequently-updated online map of such assaults. Dubbed Digital Attack Map, the project was created i...

October 21st 2013 at 8:48pm 0 Comments
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Virtual crime can lead to very real damage, and the European Parliament knows this well enough to have just issued a draft directive toughening up the EU's penalties for internet-based violations. Get caught running a botnet and you'll face a minimum of three years in prison; dare to attack critic...

July 5th 2013 at 2:22am 0 Comments
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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it took down 1,400 Citadel botnets with the help of the FBI, and now Ballmer and Co. have divulged just how big of an impact the effort had. According to Richard Domingues Boscovich, the firm's Digital Crimes Unit assistant general counsel, the operatio...

June 18th 2013 at 7:45pm 0 Comments