Malware

Maine breach reports obtained by DataBreaches.net

To follow up on my curiosity about what kind of year 2010 is turning out to be, I decided to use a primary source. Thanks to the cooperation of officials in Maine who responded promptly to my requests under Freedom of Information, I was able to obtain data on all breaches reported to them...

AVG uncovers new data-stealing Mumba botnet

Jeremy Kirk reports: Researchers at AVG have uncovered a botnet that has been harvesting personal information and uses the latest version of the Zeus code, underscoring the widespread use of the sophisticated malware. Dubbed the Mumba botnet, the campaign infected more than 35,000 computers when it started at the end of April, according to...

(follow-up) AU: Alleged hacker pleads guilty to data theft

ABC News in Australia reports: An alleged computer hacker has confirmed guilty pleas to charges of theft of personal information. South Australian police alleged Anthony Scott Harrison, 21, infected more than 3,000 computers worldwide with software designed to capture bank and credit card details and had potential to infect up to 74,000 computers. Harrison...

Oregon State U. notifies 34,000 of computer virus

Clearly Oregon State University does not pay enough attention to security bloggers who have derided such trite phrases as “in an abundance of caution.” Their press release from today: Oregon State University is notifying 34,000 current and former employees that a computer containing some of their personal information was recently infected by a virus,...

OU Reports Virus, Security Breach

The University of Oklahoma is warning students about a security breach that may put their personal information at risk. The university said its Information Technology department noticed unusual Internet activity on a laptop computer associated with its network. It said it determined the computer belonged to an employee and was infected with a virus...