Black HatBlack Hat A researcher has uncovered a sophisticated check counterfeiting ring that uses compromised computers to steal and print millions of dollars worth of bogus invoices and then recruit money mules to cash them. The highly automated scheme starts by infiltrating online check archiving and verification services that store huge numbers of previously cashed checks, Joe Stewart, director of malware research for Atlanta-based SecureWorks, told The Register. It then scrapes online job sites for email addresses of people looking for work and sends personalized messages offering them positions performing financial transactions for an international company. The scammers then use stolen credit card data to ship near exact replicas of the checks to those who respond.
ReviewReview If you can live without support for FLAC or Ogg Vorbis, then Sony's Walkman PMPs have long been the obvious choice for anyone concerned about sound quality but not wanting to chance lesser known players from Cowon or iRiver.
Toshiba has been talking up tellies based on the Sony PlayStation 3's Cell chip for years, and today unwrapped three new models due to go on sale in October.
A small software company did not infringe copyright in analytical software giant SAS's software by writing a program that emulated its functions, the High Court has provisionally ruled.
The Ministry of Defence has revealed that its annual ICT spending rose from £1.15bn in 2007-08 to £1.39bn in 2008-09.
The government is considering ending the right of workers at outsourcing firms to expect broadly similar working conditions to those enjoyed by their co-workers who previously worked in the public sector.
HTC may have posted the very long awaited Android 2.1 update for its Hero smartphone last month, but it's been taking Orange rather longer to release a version for its own-brand Hero.
Windows users keen to make use of Apple's Magic Trackpad, announced yesterday, can now do so - possibly.
I love when IT vendors simplify things and make them more consistent. Because when they do, that is the surest way to know they have made something more complex for reasons they will never explain to customers.
UK-based software maker Sage reported this morning “improving organic growth trends” in its third quarter, and said that its full-year results would be in line with market expectations.
SanDisk has launched what it calls a paperclip-size USB thumb drive, designed to fit on a key ring and store from 2GB to 16GB of data.
Investigators have released more details on the arrest of a Slovenian hacker suspected of creating the code behind the infamous Mariposa botnet.
GiveawayGiveaway Belkin's latest line of broadband modems and wireless network gadgets are finally shipping, and Reg Hardware has one to give away.
The Press Complaints Commission has issued a mild wrist slap to the Hull Daily Mail for its coverage of Paul Smith - the man behind local news site HU17.net who was discovered to have a bit of previous form knocking together smut websites.
Smartphone sales and American connections are keeping Carphone Warehouse healthy, with the CEO telling investors that things are only going to get better for Blighty.
We're delighted to report that the RAF have shown Russian donkey dangler Vasily Gorobets - the man responsible for the Sea of Azov airborne ass - just how it's really done.
Did the World Cup bring any sunshine to Virgin Media? The company today announced profits of £80m on increased turnover of £964m in its most recent quarter. But long-suffering shareholders take precedence over customers - Virgin will spend £375m buying back shares. Buy-backs usually have the goal of raising the share price. Virgin also gave itself the target that debt should be reduced to three times its annual operating cashflow "within two to three years". NTL, having absorbed its only cable rival, acquired Virgin Mobile four years ago.
The RSPCA has warned the good burghers of Bolton to keep a sharp eye out for Chilean Rose tarantulas after a couple of the eight-legged critters were spotted in local gardens.
Mozilla’s second beta for Firefox 4 arrived yesterday and, as expected, it now sets its Chrome-like tabs-on-top feature as default for Mac fanbois.
DreamWorks SKG has signed a multi-year deal with Cerelink for cloud computing access.
The expansion in official snooping on communications records has continued with a record number of requests last year for details of who is talking to whom.
The Brit charged with holding one of seven digital keys necessary to re-establish a system of trust in the highly unlikely event of a collapse of the DNSSec (DNS Security Extensions) system has spoken of the practicalities of his responsibility.
Vodafone has launched another round of its Mobile Clicks compo, offering €100,000 to the best mobile startup - even if it hasn't actually started up just yet.
The R4 card, a Nintendo DS add-on that allows users to transfer Rom code to the handheld, has been banned in the UK.
ReviewReview The Galaxy S is Samsung's hero handset for 2010 and one the company clearly has high hopes for. It's the closest thing to an iPhone the Korean firm has yet produced, and packs in Android 2.1 OS, multi-touch screen, powerful 1GHz processor, 5Mp camera, GPS, an updated TouchWiz UI, social networking and Samsung's own App store in addition to Android's Market.
Adobe Systems has agreed to buy Switzerland-based Day Software Holding AG for around $240m in a clear move to bump up the Flash and Photoshop company's Web2.0 portfolio.
AnalysisAnalysis There's a theatrical quality to the publication of the Wikileaks Afghan logs that's quite at odds with what they contain. You'll recall that Wikileaks obtained a large number of classified field reports from US forces in Afghanistan and gave three media outlets, the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the Guardian, advanced copies of a small portion of the material, before publishing on Monday. We're told that they're sensational, but this mundane and arcane collection of scraps of information has landed with a thud: it doesn't really tell us anything we didn't already know. Yet everyone involved has a role to play, and is hamming it up to the full. The oohs and aahs wouldn't be out of place at a WWE Smackdown, or a Christmas panto. Something feels not quite right here, but what is it?
A leading computer scientist has warned of the security risks of using smart meters in controlling utility supplies.
Apple has updated its Safari web browser today, less than two months after it landed with a bump for some fanbois in early June.
Black HatBlack Hat Apple has fixed a flaw in Safari that exposed user names, email addresses, and other sensitive information when the browser visited booby-trapped websites. The update, which included an unrelated fix for a separate information disclosure vulnerability in Safari, comes a day before security researcher Jeremiah Grossman is scheduled to show attendees of the Black Hat Security conference in Las Vegas how to trick the AutoFill feature in the Apple browser into turning over detailed user information with no user input except visiting a particular website. Grossman said previously he had brought it to Apple's attention privately but received no response from the company.
Black HatBlack Hat Following a path first taken by Microsoft, Adobe Systems plans to provide security partners with information about upcoming security patches to give providers of antivirus products and intrusion prevention systems a head start in warding off attacks that target the flaws. Rather than create the program from scratch, Adobe will release the technical details through MAPP, short for the Microsoft Active Protections Program, which the software giant established two years ago. Under the program, Adobe will provide comprehensive vulnerability information to all 65 MAPP members to make sure they can distribute protective signatures to their customers before exploits become widely available.
Google is in talks with various online gaming companies as part of an effort to develop (another) Facebook competitor, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone 4 gets its Swiss launch on Friday, with an odd choice of attendant gender-related promotional faff.
Convirture has unveiled a management tool for open source hypervisors. It's been clear from the beginning of the server virtualization wave that eventually the hypervisor would become commoditized and that the real action, in terms of functionality as well as in money, would come with the management tools that wrap around the hypervisor and make it sit up and bark.
This Thursday, the X Prize Foundation will announce its next competition: a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs to find ways to clean up after such environmental disasters as BP's Gulf gusher.
Microsoft watchers and stockholders scratching their heads over the recent cloud re-org, Bing's continued losses, and potential prospects for Office 2010 will have to personally trek to Redmond this year if they want to hear from those directly in charge about what's going on.
Lara Croft Way, part of a new ring road in Derby, officially opened this week, with a Tomb Raider look-a-like posing for photos.
When AT&T's wireless service buckles and chokes, defenders say that Big Phone's infrastructure is being overloaded by iPhone users — but a new study shows that Jobsian handheld owners' data hunger is handily eclipsed by that of users of Verizon data plans.
Facebook has unveiled a limited beta of its long-rumored question-and-answer service, a tool that lets you toss questions at people who spend lots of time on Facebook.
Victims of rogue anti-virus scams rarely attempt to claw back fraudulent credit card payments for worthless software packages, according to new research.
What with Inception tearing up the cinema box office, this is unlikely to be the last you'll hear of this particular story. A dream diary kept by biologists marooned on the Farrallon Islands, a barren rocky outcrop some 20 miles off the Northern California coast, shows they often shared the same dreams.
That $500m investment in XenSource from three summers ago is starting to pay off for Citrix Systems. The virtual desktop wave that helped lift Citrix in the first quarter continued to swell in the second quarter as the company booked $458.4m in revenue, up 16.7 per cent, and net income rose to $47.6m, up 11.8 per cent.
Purdue University, the engineering school known by the nickname "The Boilermakers", has tapped Hewlett-Packard to build a 1,000-node HPC cluster for scientific research. Rather than put the cluster into a traditional data center, Purdue is stuffing the machinery into HP's POD containerized data center.
Black HatBlack Hat A startling percentage of the world's automated teller machines are vulnerable to physical and remote attacks that can steal administrative passwords and personal identification numbers to say nothing of huge amounts of cash, a security researcher said Wednesday. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Barnaby Jack, a security researcher with IOActive, demonstrated attacks against two unpatched models from two of the world's biggest ATM makers. One exploited software that uses the internet or phone lines to remotely administer a machine made by Tranax Technologies. Once Jack was in, he was able to install a rootkit that allowed him to view administrative passwords and account PINs and to force the machine to spit out a steady stream of dollar bills, something the researcher called “jackpotting.”