Malware

EIU warns of student data security breach (updated)

From the Associated Press: Eastern Illinois University says someone outside the school may have broken into files containing personal information from about 9,000 current and former students and applicants. The university on Friday said it found a number of viruses on a server used by the university’s admissions office that could have provided outside...

Malware rebounds as cause of data loss

The 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security survey identified a number of shifts in significant cybersecurity threats this year. Malware infections jumped to 64% from 50%, reversing a dip in the number of companies experiencing malware infections that started in 2005. That year, the figure was 74%. Other significant changes were an almost doubling...

PA: Students’ social security numbers compromised

Kevin Cirilli reports: A Penn State professor’s grade book from 2001 to 2004 that contained 303 students’ social security numbers, among other personal information, was found to be compromised by a computer virus in the last couple of months. Penn State Security Operations and Services (SOS) discovered the incident and immediately took the personal...

Hackers steal credit-card numbers from restaurant customers

Theodore Decker reports: Diners who frequent a popular Downtown restaurant should review their charge-card statements because hackers broke into its computer system to loot debit- and credit-card numbers, police said today. Between 30 and 50 people have reported fraudulent charges on their accounts, and Columbus detectives said that anyone who used a charge card...

Two held in global PC fraud probe

Two suspected computer hackers have been arrested in Manchester in a major inquiry into a global internet scam designed to steal personal details. The trojan program is believed to have infected thousands of computers around the world, said The Metropolitan Police which is leading the investigation. A man and woman, both aged 20, have...