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Cyber Security 2007: Special Holiday Issue

Scams we keep falling for, scammers paying their dues and other Cyber Security Issues in this special edition of Government Technology's Security E-Newsletter.

by / December 23, 2007

Scams we keep falling for, scammers paying their dues and other Cyber Security Issues in this special edition of Government Technology's Security E-Newsletter.

Features

Naughty or Nice: Is Santa Putting Children's Information at Risk?
Data protection laws lay down strict conditions for the use of personal data and there is no evidence that Santa Claus has an adequate compliance program in place.

Identity Theft in 2007, Predictions for 2008
Consumers, government agencies, educational and medical facilities and businesses all need to handle personal information with the greatest care to prevent ID theft.

False Sense of Cyber Security Reported Among Americans
"The education initiatives happening throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October are a must because Internet users need to understand the dos and don'ts of cyber security to protect themselves from the potential risks of the Internet and being online."

Cyberstalkers -- Today's Wild West Villains
When Susan started receiving threatening messages on her MySpace account, she knew she'd made a mistake.

Cyber Criminals Rely on Mind Games to Scam Internet Users
"Scam spam works best by providing recipients with a sense of familiarity and legitimacy, either by creating the illusion that the e-mail is from a friend or colleague, or providing plausible warnings from a respected institution."

Social Networking Users Happy to Reveal All to Potential ID Thieves
"Freddi may look like a happy green frog that just wants to be friends, but actually he's happy because he's just encouraged 82 users to hand over their personal details on a plate."

 

Scams We Keep Falling For

Social Engineering

Rash of Spam Uses Social Engineering to Exploit Victims
Spam claims to offer free tickets and a trailer of new movie.

Worms, Trojans and Harry Potter?
A dangerous Trojan disguises itself as a trailer for the latest Harry Potter movie in order to infect users' computers.

D'oh! Spammers Exploit Interest in The Simpsons Movie
Springfield's favorite family used by cyber-criminals trying to confirm e-mail addresses are live.

E-mail Scammers Use Dog to Commit ID Theft
"The criminals are offering the pet puppy in an attempt to gather information from kind-hearted people who jump in to help."

Mac Users not Immune to Social Engineering
"This Trojan exploits the vulnerability within the person sitting in front of the keyboard. It's the Mac user who is giving permission for the code to run and allowing their computer to be infected."

Screensaver Spam Installs Rootkits and Trojan Horse
"If you receive an unsolicited e-mail with an encouragement to run the 'cool screensaver' attached then alarm bells should instantly be ringing in your head."

Bots

"Bots" Fastest Growing Malware Threat
Malware menace now "significant focus" for tech support services, identity management firms and law enforcement.

Botnet Threatens iPhone Buyers
The botnet has been used by cyber-crooks to control over 7,500 computers infected by the Aifone.A Trojan.

Botnets Fueling Unprecedented Attacks
Spam levels and associated costs are the highest in history.

The Storm Worm

"Storm Worm" Launched on Tail of European Storm
Used news of the European storm as the hook to lure the unsuspecting.

Hackers Use Fake YouTube Video in Latest Storm Worm Attack
Spam "E-card" used as disguise for malware.

Resurgence in "Storm Trojan" Spam E-cards
"Maybe it would be better if people used old fashioned letters and stamps to send their good wishes if e-cards are going to increasingly become a method for spreading electronic attacks."

Scams, Spams and Phishing, Oh My!

Nearly 95 Percent of E-mail is Spam, Says Report
Spammers increased usage of attachments, such as PDF files in 2007.

Something Vishy: Be Aware of a New Online Scam
VoIP is one of the latest breakthroughs in telecommunications -- and criminals are hopping on the bandwagon to hijack identities and steal money. It already has a name: "vishing."

g the pet puppy in an attempt to gather information from kind-hearted people who jump in to help."

Mac Users not Immune to Social Engineering
"This Trojan exploits the vulnerability within the person sitting in front of the keyboard. It's the Mac user who is giving permission for the code to run and allowing their computer to be infected."

Screensaver Spam Installs Rootkits and Trojan Horse
"If you receive an unsolicited e-mail with an encouragement to run the 'cool screensaver' attached then alarm bells should instantly be ringing in your head."

Bots

"Bots" Fastest Growing Malware Threat
Malware menace now "significant focus" for tech support services, identity management firms and law enforcement.

Botnet Threatens iPhone Buyers
The botnet has been used by cyber-crooks to control over 7,500 computers infected by the Aifone.A Trojan.

Botnets Fueling Unprecedented Attacks
Spam levels and associated costs are the highest in history.

The Storm Worm

"Storm Worm" Launched on Tail of European Storm
Used news of the European storm as the hook to lure the unsuspecting.

Hackers Use Fake YouTube Video in Latest Storm Worm Attack
Spam "E-card" used as disguise for malware.

Resurgence in "Storm Trojan" Spam E-cards
"Maybe it would be better if people used old fashioned letters and stamps to send their good wishes if e-cards are going to increasingly become a method for spreading electronic attacks."

Scams, Spams and Phishing, Oh My!

Nearly 95 Percent of E-mail is Spam, Says Report
Spammers increased usage of attachments, such as PDF files in 2007.

Something Vishy: Be Aware of a New Online Scam
VoIP is one of the latest breakthroughs in telecommunications -- and criminals are hopping on the bandwagon to hijack identities and steal money. It already has a name: "vishing."

Spam Level Surge Caused by Mass Pump-and-Dump Scam
"The scale of this stock pump-and-dump spam campaign is like nothing we've seen before."

Phishing Scam Soliciting Donations for Calif. Wildfire Victims
"People should exercise caution when they receive unsolicited e-mail or e-mail from senders they don't know. They should avoid opening any attachments or clicking on any links until they can verify the e-mail's legitimacy."

Upsurge in Attacks for Stealing Personal Banking Details
A technique Called "Man in the Browser" becomes more popular among cyber criminals.

 

Scammers Paying Their Dues

DOJ, FBI Release Results of Operation Bot Roast
"The majority of victims are not even aware that their computer has been compromised."

Bot Roast II Reveals More Than $20 Million Loss
"Today, botnets are the weapon of choice of cyber criminals. They seek to conceal their criminal activities by using third party computers as vehicles for their crimes."

Two Texans Accused of Zombie Computer Stock Scam

SEC lawyer said to have received one of the pump-and-dump e-mails.

Fujacks Worm Writer Sentenced to Four Years in Jail
"Panda burning incense" worm stole passwords and usernames.

Gina M. Scott Writer