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Botnet Necurs Turns Its Focus On Banks

Just days after the FBI issued a private warning to the banking industry (read more here), the botnet network known as Necurs began a spamming campaign that targeted the banking industry. The activity was discovered by the security research firm Cofense. According to Cofense, the Necurs network started a concentrated spear phishing campaign against approximately … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Upholds Conviction Under the CFAA, Rejecting Argument That the Law Is Unconstitutional

In a recent decision, the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (which covers New York, Connecticut,  and Vermont) affirmed the conviction of an Italian citizen for misdemeanor computer intrusion in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA). The decision is noteworthy in that, among other things, the Second Circuit … Continue Reading

World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the organizations, which lend them to have multiple networks, including industrial control systems, payment systems and customer service … Continue Reading

Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in information and credit card data.He faces a mandatory sentence of two years in prison and will be sentenced on May … Continue Reading

Public-private team of security experts disrupt Dorkbot malware

This is how it should be—private companies working with law enforcement to disrupt evildoers on the Internet. Late last week, Microsoft announced that it teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security, Europol, the FBI, Interpol, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, the Computer Emergency Response Team Polska, security vendor ESET, and the Canadian Radio, Television … Continue Reading
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