Botnet

GameOver Zeus malware returns from the dead

Did you think we had heard the last of the GameOver Zeus malware threat?

Sadly, you were wrong. The banking malware continues to pose a threat.

Police tell UK public they have only hours to combat GameOver Zeus malware

Have you checked your computer for the GameOver Zeus malware?

British police say you only have until midnight on Tuesday. So you might want to get a move on…

Evgeniy Bogachev: The shaven-headed hacker who likes to go boating around the Black Sea

Have you seen this man?

If so, the FBI would like to talk to him about cybercrime.

GameOver Zeus: Cybercrime’s Mr Big named by the FBI

The US claims that Russian citizen Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is the leader of the gang that spread the GameOver Zeus (“GOZ”) malware and Cryptolocker ransomware, and ran botnets that hijacked up to one million computers around the world.

How computer attackers have changed

In the mid-1980s, when computer malware first emerged, it was very different from today.

Many people weren’t even sure if computer viruses truly existed or the stuff of legend – as unlikely to be real as the Loch Ness Monster or the Himalayan Yeti. So much has changed in 30 years…

Read more in my article on the VASCO Data Security blog.

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Over 500,000 PCs attacked every day after 25,000 UNIX servers hijacked by Operation Windigo

Malware researchers at ESET have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal operation that has seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers.

Learn more in my guest article on the We Live Security blog.

Google fights back against the fake YouTube view industry

Next time you check out the popular videos on YouTube, should you be wondering if they are *really* popular… or if someone has paid money to artificially boost their apparent number of views?

SpyEye malware creator Aleksandr Panin pleads guilty

The primary developer of the notorious SpyEye banking malware has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, in relation to his role in a cybercriminal campaign that has infected over 1.4 million computers worldwide.

Mariposa botnet mastermind receives almost five year prison sentence

Matjaž Škorjanc, also known as “Iserdo”, has been sentenced to prison for nearly five years by a Slovenian court, after writing a piece of malware used to infect millions of computers around the world.

Three key security threats seen during 2013 – and how to protect against them

Security researcher Sorin Mustaca identifies some of the biggest security threats of 2013, and what you need to do to protect against them.

Over 4 million infected PCs in 100 countries, but guilt of DNS Changer gang not proven says court

An Estonian court has found the case against four suspected members of the DNS Changer malware gang, arrested under “Operation Ghost Click”, not proven.

Almost 2 million stolen passwords uncovered in cybercrime haul

A stash of almost two million usernames and passwords, stolen by cybercriminals from users of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and many other sites, has been uncovered.

And it makes for some sorry reading.

Perfect IT security is impossible. But you can close the gap…

Make sure to attend this free web seminar, where you can learn how to best convince your firm’s bosses about the need to protect against security threats.

WordPress 3.7 released – complete with automatic security updates!

Automatic updating comes to self-hosted WordPress sites, with the hope of stamping out security vulnerabilities.

If you run a WordPress-powered website, check today which version you are running – and upgrade to “Basie”.

NSA’s website goes offline. Human screw-up or DDoS attack?

The National Security Agency’s website goes down.

Is it the work of hackers, or a just a regular technical screw-up?

Should the armed forces hire convicted hackers?

If someone had a criminal record for hacking, should they be considered for recruitment by a country’s cyber defence forces?