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09/27/2010

Will Cyber Crime Affect Our Lives Outside the Cyber Space?

Up to a few weeks ago, computer viruses were an issue for every person who uses a computer. People knew that they exist and people have been getting infected by them daily. Yet, for the regular John Doe, who is not an IT guy, it looked like another problem that can be solved by using an anti virus software or in the worst case, by formatting the machine and re-installing the OS.

Then, if you’ve been keeping a proper backup, you had less worries, but in the bottom line, computer viruses, in the eye of the regular user, have their own domain, which is the internet.

Last June we started hearing about a new virus – the Stunext, a Trojan/Worm, which is able to affect specific Siemens control systems. This virus was not written in order to use a person’s email/computer power or to steal passwords. This virus was able to monitor, track, update and change the operation parameters of real systems that we use in our daily life (not the cyber life). It could change train traffic, power plants and even nuclear plants.

There is no doubt that this specific Trojan was written for a specific use and in order to target specific systems in specific countries. The question it raises is, what will be next?

Will a crime organization be able to take control of our train systems? Maybe it will be able to shut down a whole city power supply?

The Stunext Trojan/Worm is only marking the beginning of a new era in cyber crime, a new generation of viruses that will affect our lives offline, outside the cyber space.

09/16/2010

Weekly Security News – September 16, 2010

1. ‘Stuxnet’ Worm Far More Sophisticated Than Previously Thought
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2. Report: More Than 1 Million Web Sites Serving Malware in Q2
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3. UK teen banned from US after sending threatening Obama email
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4. Houston, We Have a Problem - Spam Virus Hits NASA
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5. UK plans increased spending on cyber-security
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6. Global botnet offering DDoS services
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7. Crims use hacked email to steal house
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8. Malwarians at the Gate: Banks, Businesses and ACH Fraud
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9. A One-Stop Money Mule Fraud Shop
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10. Identity Theft Targets Hispanic Community
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11. Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
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12. Web threats are so prevalent that 65 per cent of online users have been hit by an attack, figures show.
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13. Rogue employees sell passport data of World Cup fans
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14. Hotel systems breached and card info stolen all over the U.S.
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09/05/2010

Weekly Security News – September 5, 2010

1. Apple Forgot to Filter Spam On New Ping Service
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2. Labor Day phishing warning
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3. Is Your Kid Ready for Email?
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4. Nigerian Advance-fee Scammer Gets 12 Years
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5. Investigators Find Famous DJ's Credit Card Details for Sale
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6. Fake surveys harvest personal information
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7. Cyber Thieves Steal Nearly $1,000,000 from University of Virginia College
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8. Malware protection tips for social media users
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9. Crooks Who Stole $600,000 From Catholic Diocese Said Money Was for Clergy Sex Abuse Victims
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10. Pizza deliveries lead to ID theft arrest for Georgia woman
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11. Cyberwarfare - Fact or Fiction?
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