Cybercrime

  • Habitual Facebook users prone to phishing attacks by criminals 3 days ago

    New York: If you are perpetually online on Facebook and do respond to anonymous friends' requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, beware of phishing attacks. According to a new study by an Indian-origin researcher, habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing...
  • Millions of Google passwords leaked online; check if yours is safe 1 week ago

    New Delhi: A database containing about 4.93 million usernames and passwords of Google accounts was posted on a Russian Bitcoin security forum. The user posting the data claimed that about 60% of the logins in the leak were active could be accessed successfully using the leaked credentials. The same Google account password...
  • Banking apps on Android phones most at risk of virus: Kaspersky January 28, 2014

    Jerusalem: Banking applications on Android phones are most vulnerable to cyber crime, the chief executive and co-founder of Russian anti-virus software maker Kaspersky Lab said on Monday. Eugene Kaspersky said 99 per cent of mobile attacks are towards Android-based phones, since Apple has strict controls and does not allow third-party applications. The...
  • Microsoft's new Cybercrime Centre combines tactics against criminal hackers November 17, 2013

    The maker of the most popular computer operating system in the world is launching a new strategy against criminal hackers by bringing together security engineers, digital forensics experts and lawyers trained in fighting software pirates under one roof at its new Cybercrime Centre. Microsoft Corp's expanded Digital Crimes Unit inside the...
  • Infographic: Who is spying on you? And how to stop them August 6, 2013

    Every time you log on to the Web, you are potentially exposing your digital information to many types of threats. At home, at work or when outside, you are vulnerable and your privacy and identity is at risk. The threat is not only from hackers, but also from your ISP...
  • An 'e-vil empire' thrives on USSR's old domain name .su May 31, 2013

    Moscow: The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving. Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who've flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam...
  • Bloodless $45 million bank heist impresses cybercrime experts May 11, 2013

    New York: A bloodless bank heist that netted more than $45 million has left even cybercrime experts impressed by the technical sophistication, if not the virtue, of the con artists who pulled off a remarkable internationally organized attack. "It was pretty ingenious," Pace University computer science professor Darren Hayes said Friday. On...
  • Hackers stole $45 million in bank theft spanning 27 countries May 10, 2013

    New York: In one of the biggest ever bank heists, a global cyber crime ring stole $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries, US prosecutors said on Thursday. The US Justice Department accused eight men of...
  • Here is why Spamhaus Internet attack was good March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: It's been a few days since the worst denial-of-service attack in the internet's three-decade history. A 300-gigabit-per-second torrent of traffic flooded the networks of Spamhaus, and the Internet's major switches in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. It was like a million cars trying to get on to Mumbai's Sealink...
  • UK police close 'Climategate' investigation July 19, 2012

    London: British Police closed their three-year investigation into the theft of hundreds of climate science emails published to the Web, on Wednesday saying there was no hope of finding suspects. The theft, dubbed "Climategate" by some, caught researchers at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit discussing ways to dodge...
  • Microsoft seizes servers in Zeus cyberfraud March 27, 2012

    Washington: Microsoft Corp claimed a victory in efforts to combat online banking fraud, saying it had confiscated several servers used to steal login names and passwords, disrupting some of the world's most sophisticated cybercrime rings. The software maker said on Monday that its cybercrime investigation group also took legal and technical...
  • US 'virtual embassy' blocked by Iran net censor December 8, 2011

    Tehran: Iranian authorities blocked a website hours after it was launched by the US State Department to be a "virtual embassy" reaching out to people in the Islamic Republic. "In accordance with the cybercrime law, access to this website is not possible," read a notice to anyone inside Iran trying...
  • '386 phishing incidents from Jan to Oct' November 25, 2011

    New Delhi: The government today said 386 'phishing' incidents were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) between January and October this year. "There have been incidents reported to CERT-In by law enforcement agencies on the hacking of email accounts and posting of objectionable content, including videos, on...
  • Global cybercrimes cost $114 billion annually September 8, 2011

    Bangalore: A study by Symantec Corp, the maker of Norton computer security software, estimates the cost of global cybercrimes at $114 billion annually. The Norton Cybercrime Report 2011 said 431 million adults were victims globally in the past year, with costs of cybercrime surpassing the combined global black market in marijuana,...
  • US, Romania arrest more than 100 for cyber scams July 16, 2011

    Washington: US and Romanian police have arrested more than 100 people in a year-long effort to stop Internet fraud schemes that have cost Americans more than $100 million, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Romanian police carried out 117 raids on Friday, the Justice Department said. They arrested 90 people...
  • Timeline of LulzSec' publicised attacks since May June 23, 2011

    New York: Here is a timeline of some attacks claimed by hacking group LulzSec since early May. The group knocks websites offline by overwhelming them with Internet traffic in what are known as denial of service attacks. LulzSec also uses a variety of hacking attacks to break into computer networks and...
  • Online brawls may be fractious hackers' downfall June 23, 2011

    London: The rogue hackers behind brazen cyber attacks are clever online technicians but have a critical human frailty - petulant personalities prone to infighting that may spell disaster for their raids on spies, banks and companies. At least that's the hope among state cyber sleuths racing to track down the Lulz...
  • Australia unveils cybercrime laws to combat global threat June 22, 2011

    Canberra: Australia's government unveiled legislation on Wednesday to crack down on cybercrime in the wake of recent cyber attacks on multinational companies and institutions, from Google to the International Monetary Fund and the US Senate. Cybercrime was a growing threat to individuals, businesses and governments, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said, with the...
  • How to keep safe from Facebook scams and spams May 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Cybercriminals are like terrorists. They prefer to target the most high profile and frequented places. And Facebook is the currently the hottest and happening destination in the online world. While Facebook on its part is implementing new security measures to keep you safe online, the real responsibility lies...
  • Cybercrime: New tax return online scam unleashed March 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Cyber crooks are on the prowl this financial year closing and are using phishing attacks and hoax-alerts to gain access to account details of individuals who have filed their Income Tax returns online, warn experts. "It is the season of income tax returns. Many people file them online. Cyber...
  • BJP charges Cong with indulging in 'cyber crime' October 5, 2010

    New Delhi: The BJP today charged Congress with indulging in "cyber crime" over the issue of "theft" of its online identity and demanded a reply to the legal notice issued to the party more than a week ago. "The Bharatiya Janata Party suspects that the Congress party has covertly negotiated with...
  • US tops list of countries in cybercrime April 20, 2010

    Washington: Fake security software was the No. 1 cybersecurity woe afflicting computer users in 2009, and Apple users lost some of their immunity to cybercrime as they stored more data online instead of on hard drives, according to the cybersecurity firm Symantec. In a report released on Tuesday, Symantec noted...