Malware

Malware snags Pentagon Federal CU member’s SSN and data

Through its lawyers, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed)  has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office  of a security breach. According to a letter sent to the state on December 30, on December 12, PenFed discovered that a laptop had been infected with malware.  The compromise allowed access to a database containing names, addresses,...

Keylogger captured Sovereign Bank customer data

By letter dated December 22,  Sovereign Bank’s Chief Privacy Officer notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office of a security breach: On October 15, Sovereign Bank… became of aware of unusual activity based on IP traffic.  Upon discovery of the issue, the Bank launched an investigation, and performed due diligence which was completed on...

(follow-up) Fired Fannie Mae contractor sentenced to 41 mos. for attempting to destroy all data on servers

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced computer programmer Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, age 36, of Montgomery County, Maryland, today to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for computer intrusion arising from the transmission of malicious script to Fannie Mae’s computer servers. A federal jury convicted Makwana on October 4,...

Fallout from Recent Spear Phishing Attacks?

Brian Krebs writes: McDonald’s and Walgreens this week revealed that data breaches at partner marketing firms had exposed customer information. There has been a great deal of media coverage treating these and other similar cases as isolated incidents, but all signs indicate they are directly tied to a spate of “spear phishing” attacks against e-mail...

TX: Cyber thieves hit Gregg County for $200K

Glenn Evans reports: An international cyber attack on the Gregg County Tax Assessor has cost at least seven taxing entities a total of about $200,000, officials said Monday. Other Texas counties could also be victims. The cyber theft hijacked local tax payments from a daily electronic transfer, that day totaling $690,000, destined for schools...

Russian gang used customized virus bought from hacker forum on ATMs

Members of an organized criminal group responsible for infecting ATMs with a computer virus have been arrested in Yakutsk, capital of the far eastern Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) according to the Ministry of the Interior. The leader of the gang sought the services of a hacker through an international Internet forum. Once recruited...

UK: Hacker fined over Soas student password scam

A computer hacker who broke into the email accounts of hundreds of students has been fined £21,000. Daniel Woo, 23, a Bulgarian, admitted repeatedly posing as a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Bloomsbury, central London. Police said Woo, of Knightsbridge, took financial data, and fraud later occurred in some...

Former UCM students indicted for scheme to sell stolen information

David Twiddy reports: Two former University of Central Missouri students have been charged with stealing the identities of thousands of their classmates and faculty with the goal of the information. A federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted Joseph A. Camp, 26, of New York, and Daniel J. Fowler, 21, of Kansas City, with...