Tag Archives: financial

5 Mandatory Steps For Protecting Data From Eavesdroppers

5 Mandatory Steps For Keeping Data Safe

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Every day we hear news reports in the mainstream media about social network hacking, malware, malicious account takeovers and protecting data. It doesn’t matter if you are the average Joe Blow or a huge corporation like Burger King, everyone is being targeted these days. Cyber criminals are searching for everything from your banking and financial info …

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Anonymous Hackers Target CEOs in Operation Wall Street

Anonymous Hackers Target CEOs in Operation Wall Street

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Anonymous hackers have launched ‘Operation Wall Street’, a new protest started by the loosely organized hactivist collective against the US government, Wall Street and the financial services industry. The operation is a call to all Anonymous “members” and citizens of the world and seeks justice for the “innocent and exploited people being forced into homelessness” because of the “crimes of Goldman …

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Anonymous Hackers Release Data for 4000 US Bank Officials

#OpLastResort : Anonymous Hackers Release Data for 4000 US Bank Officials

Jeb Boone Global Post   Anonymous hackers released user and personal information belonging to 4,000 US community bank executives, in an escalation in their online battle against the US Department of Justice. Anonymous released the security credentials for over 4,000 US bank executives on Monday, posting their user account information, passwords and personal information online as part of OpLastResort. OpLastResort …

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How Cyber Criminals Are Exploiting Our Swipe-n-Go Society

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Curtis Abernathy, a small business owner in Arizona, never expected to be caught up as the victim of an international ring of cyber criminals stealing identities online.  But that’s exactly what happened last week when he received a call from Bank of America’s security office. The bank’s security team took notice after Abernathy used …

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Chinese Hackers To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

China To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

Michelle Florcruz International Business Times   Though the story of computer network attacks by Communist spies sounds like a plot line from a Hollywood action film, a new report has found that one-third of cyberattacks actually originate in China. According to Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), a digital technology platform developer, China accounted for 33 percent of cyberattack traffic all over the …

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Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

Andrew Tangel LA Times   A cyber crime case brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York may add to the fears of anyone who banks online. The charges against three foreign nationals — a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian — allege they were involved in creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than 40,000 computers in the United States …

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Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

John Lister InfoPackets   The group behind a collection of ‘premium’ hacking tools is apparently charging hackers $10,000 a month for permission to use their exploit kit. The proceeds are helping fund rewards for anyone who shares information with the hackers about previously unknown software vulnerabilities. According to security firm Sophos, the ‘premium’ hacking kit is the work of a …

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Al-Qaeda Linked to New York Phone Hacking Scams

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Hackers with ties to Al-Qaeda terrorist cells in Somalia and the Philippines are targeting New York small businesses using international phone hacking scams.  The scams are costing the companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in phone charges each month. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that the hacker group has a connection to Syracuse and it …

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Android Malware Steals Bank Data From Your Phone

Android Malware Steals Bank Data From Your Phone

Lucian Constantin PC World   Several malicious Android apps designed to steal mobile transaction authentication numbers (mTANs) sent by banks to their customers over SMS (Short Message Service) were found on Google Play by researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab. The Android malware apps were created by a gang that uses a variant of the Carberp banking malware to target …

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Criminals Targeting Holiday Shoppers With Dexter Malware

Criminals Targeting Holiday Shoppers With Dexter Malware

Chris Dougherty Virtual Threat Contributing Writer   As the Christmas season and holiday shopping hits full swing, cyber criminals are using sophisticated attacks to steal your money and credit card data. The latest scheme infects cash register machines with a malicious piece of software called Dexter malware. Seculert, an Israeli security firm, has identified a growing trend where criminals are …

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