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Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir. The "Big Data" analysis company made a Form D filing with the SEC on Thursday disclosing a $58m cash infusion, and other reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times …
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013

BIGGEST THREAT to Europe’s cybersecurity? Hint: not hackers

Forget cyber-espionage, cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism. The biggest threat to Europe’s infrastructure cybersecurity are power outages and poor communication. On Thursday, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) held its biggest ever cybersecurity exercise involving more than 200 organisations and 400 cyber- …
Crime in Russia

Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

A hacker based in Odessa, Ukraine has become the main provider of data stolen from compromised credit cards, a new study claims. According to Russian cyber-security consultancy Group-IB, a person or persons operating under the pseudonym “Rescator” (AKA Helkern and ikaikki) uploaded details of over five million cards onto the …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2014
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Cardslurping kingpin caged for 18 years over Carderplanet forum

A Ukrainian national who co-founded the infamous cybercrime marketplace CarderPlanet has been jailed for 18 years following a lengthy US legal process that ran for more than a decade. Roman Vega, 49, eventually pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit money laundering and access device fraud offences – but he was only …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013

China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

The emperor’s-new-clothes world of Bitcoin trading suffered another major blow this week after reports emerged that China has banned all third party payment providers from offering clearing services for digital currency exchanges. The Middle Kingdom’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), met with over ten payment …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013
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Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

An attorney for Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of masterminding the online drugs marketplace Silk Road, has asked that the money-laundering charges against his client be dropped on the basis that Bitcoin, Silk Road's preferred medium of exchange, doesn't count as money. Ulbricht was arrested in San Francisco in October after a …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014

Vulns, exploits, hacks: Trusteer touts tech to terminate troubles

Infosec 2013 Trusteer is expanding from its speciality of providing transaction protection security to financial institutions with an enterprise-level product designed to guard against zero-day exploits and social engineering. Unpatched application vulnerabilities in widely deployed endpoint applications (such as web browsers) can be given …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2013

94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

No matter how optimistic British tech supremos may be, they're still battling to hire and keep skilled hands, according to a new study. This is a headline finding from the latest Innovation Economy Report by the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The financial institute surveyed 1,218 CEOs, CFOs and other executives around the world in …
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

Defunct Bitcoin exchange MtGox has revealed a little more information about its problems, updating its sparse webpage with an “Application for commencement of a procedure of Civil Rehabilitation”. The new statement (with MtGox's punctuation intact) says that “At the start of February 2014, illegal access through the abuse of a …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
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New target for 419 fraudsters: Struggling 'weak' banks

Desperate banks have become the target for so-called 419 advance-fee fraud scams. Increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of the credit crunch and subsequent banking failures might be expected to deter banks from entertaining investment or deposit offers that come with up-front fees, payable by the bank, attached. But many …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2012

Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

Security researchers have spotted a surge in attacks against online banking customers, thanks to a new strain of Java-exploiting Trojan Caphaw (aka Shylock). Over the last month or so the malware has targeted customers in at least 24 financial institutions, including Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, First Direct, Santander …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2013
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'Most US banks' were DDoSed last year - survey

Nearly two-thirds of retail banks experienced at least one distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the past year, according to a new survey. In a new report, (12-page/941KB PDF) commissioned by Corero Network Security, 64 per cent of 650 IT and IT security experts from 351 banks said a DDoS attack had been carried out on …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Jan 2013

Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

Tons of internet traffic is being deliberately diverted through locations including Belarus and Iceland, and intercepted by crooks or worse, security experts fear. Network intelligence firm Renesys warns that victims including financial institutions, VoIP providers, and governments have been targeted by the man-in-the-middle …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013
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REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

Cybercrooks on an underground forum have developed a technique to bypass anti-Trojan technology from Trusteer used by financial institutions worldwide – including HSBC and Paypal – to protect depositors from cybersnoopers. Trusteer has downplayed the vulnerability and said it's in the process of rolling out beefed-up protection …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2013
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Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites

An international team of cops has taken down 36 websites that were being used to shift vast quantities of stolen credit card and bank account data. The Serious Organised Crime Agency in the UK, along with the FBI and the US Department of Justice, and agencies from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Ukraine and Romania pulled the …

Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

The new National Crime Agency has caged its first criminal - a crook who netted hundreds of thousands of pounds using a phishing scam. Olukunle Babatunde, 27, of Croydon, South East London, was sent down for five years and six months at Inner London Crown Court after admitting swindling £751,229 from more than 700 online banking …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

The infamous Cryptolocker malware, which encrypts your computer files and demands a payment of £534 ($860) to unlock them, may have been sent to "tens of millions" of Brits, Blighty's crime-busters warned today. According to an alert from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), a fresh round of ransomware-loaded spam posing as bank …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013

Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

Exclusive IT staff at the world's largest securities transaction clearing house are facing a rough few days after a Reg reader was inadvertently deluged with emails leaking session IDs, transfers, and account details for executives at big-name customers. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) handles the vast bulk of stock and …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2013

Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

Underwriters are reportedly refusing to insure energy firms because poor security controls are leaving them wide open to attacks by hackers and malware infestations. Lloyd's of London told the BBC they had seen a surge in requests for insurance from energy sector firms but poor test scores from security risk assessors means that …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2014
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Romanian phisher confesses to scam targeting financial giants

A Romanian man has admitted he took part in a sophisticated phishing scam that targeted PayPal and at least nine other financial institutions by tricking their customers into giving up their account credentials. Ovidiu-Ionut Nicola-Roman, 22, of Craiova, Romania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on …
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2008
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US general: Beware of Iran's Revolutionary Cyber-Guard

Cyber-attacks on Iran have forced the country to beef up its defences, with the result that the country's cyberwar capabilities have become far more complex, a US general has said. General William Shelton, who heads up the US cyber ops, told reporters during a briefing that Iran had responded to repeated computer virus attacks …
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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

Cybercrooks are running distributed denial of service attacks as a smokescreen to distract bank security staff while they plunder online banking systems, according to a researcher. Avivah Litan, vice president at Gartner Research, reports that cyber criminals looking to attack financial institutions are getting more ambitious by …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013

The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS

There's something missing in Twitter's S1 IPO prospectus. There's only a fleeting reference to the midichlorians that power the dark side of the "Twitter economy" - that is, fake accounts. A company's S1 document is supposed to list "the factors which the Company considers to be the most substantial risks to an investor in this …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Oct 2013

Hackers just POURING through unpatched Internet Explorer zero-day hole

An as-yet-unpatched zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer is being abused much more widely than analysts had previously suspected. The vulnerability first came to public attention last week with the Operation DeputyDog attacks against targets in Japan, as first reported by net security firm FireEye. Websense, …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013
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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

Spooks carrying out state-sponsored cyber-espionage were responsible for one in five data breaches last year, researchers have claimed. New statistics contained in Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report 2012 found that 19 per cent of all attacks were carried out by agents acting on behalf of their government. Researchers …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2013
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Alleged SpyEye big fish hauled in for US trial

Alleged SpyEye kingpin Hamza Bendelladj now faces a 23-count computer hacking and fraud indictment following his extradition from Thailand to the US last week. Bendelladj, a 24-year-old Algerian national, is suspected by the FBI of making millions from selling the SpyEye banking Trojan toolkit to cybercrooks through various …
John Leyden, 09 May 2013
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Amazon, eBay, banks snub anti-fraud DNS tech, sniff securo bods

Despite the best attempts of security vendors, neither online stores nor the financial industry seem particularly keen to adopt DNSSEC tech - an anti-fraud mechanism that makes it difficult for fraudsters to spoof legitimate websites. DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) uses public-key encryption and authentication to guard against …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2013
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iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies

Japanese electronics firm Sharp has warned that it might not be able to keep going as a company, a situation that could put pressure on supply of iPhone 5s. Sharp's consumer electronics division is dragging it down and growth in its components business won't be enough to save it on its own, financial results show. "As operating …
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MiFID: Financial borders fall but small firms must beware

Pan-European regulation of large sections of the financial services sector comes into force today, but the benefits of the system will largely pass smaller firms by, according to the British Banking Association (BBA). The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is a European Union directive aimed at allowing financial …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Nov 2007
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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

Banks and TV stations in South Korea have been hit by a debilitating attack on their computer networks. Three financial institutions - Shinhan, Nonghyup and Jeju - and two insurance firms as well as broadcasters KBS, MBC and YTN have either been partially or completely crippled by malware, it appears, according to South Korean …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
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Five charged as Feds bust largest credit-card hack in history

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say they've busted what could be the biggest credit card hacking fraud in US history, with companies such as NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, and Dow Jones falling prey to an Eastern European criminal gang. According to the indictment, the gang stole data on up to 160 million credit cards and then sold them on …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
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Nextgen connects data centres for cloud boom

The rise of cloud based services and data centre proliferation has prompted Nextgen Networks to launch a premium grade transmission service connecting nominated data centres in mainland capital cities. Offering up to 10 Gbps, the Data Centre Connect service is available on Ethernet, SDH or Fibre Channel interfaces. Nextgen says …
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TSYS dials Dimension Data for financial support

Dimension Data and payment services firm TSYS have teamed up to target financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with improved managed services. Dimension Data's call centre subsidary Merchants will support TSYS' managed services division to provide back-office, cross-selling, and up-selling functions to card …
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Banking IT cowboys 'need whipping into shape by watchdog'

The technology underpinning the UK's financial services sector needs urgent investment if regulators are to be able to spot potential abuses and prevent future financial crises, an influential report has claimed. Intellect, the trade association for the UK technology sector, said in its report (62-page/5MB PDF) that banks should …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2012
MasterCard's DisplayCard includes a hard token one-time password generator

Singaporeans get hard token baked into credit card

Two-factor authentication just got a whole lot more convenient for residents of Singapore, after Standard Chartered Bank's local outfit teamed with MasterCard to offer account-holders a credit card that is also a one-time-password-generating hard token. MasterCard calls the device a 'Display Card' and says it includes “an …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2012

Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? His Girl Friday, All The President’s Men, Pravda, Broadcast News... As a journalist, I ought to be thrilled by reading books and watching dramatisations about other journalists being journalists and generally going about doing their journalisming. Yet there are few things in popular media as forlorn as a journalist talking about …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2014
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Inquiry ordered after phone exchange blaze

The Australian government has launched an inquiry into the communications collapse that ensued after a fire engulfed a pivotal Telstra exchange last week. The fire wiped out communications for a large portion of South Western Victoria at Telstra’s Warrnambool telephone exchange hub, leaving over 60,000 residents without fixed …

Ballmer: 'Microsoft would have a stronger position if I could redo the last TEN YEARS'

Quotw This was the week when MtGox finally admitted that it had probably lost all its Bitcoin investors' money, although it refused to give any definitive statements. The one-time top digital currency exchange said on its website: At the start of February 2014, illegal access through the abuse of a bug in the bitcoin system resulted …
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South Korea data-wipe malware spread by patching system

South Korea's data wiping malware that knocked out PCs at TV stations and banks earlier this week may have been introduced through compromised corporate patching systems. Several South Korean financial institutions - Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank and Jeju Bank - and TV broadcaster networks were impacted by a destructive virus ( …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2013
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New 'Madi' cyber-espionage campaign targets Iran AND Israel

Security researchers have discovered a new cyber-espionage campaign targeting victims in the Middle East. Kaspersky Lab and Seculert identified more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the course of monitoring control servers associated with cyber/espionage operation over the last eight months …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2012
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Facebook IPOcalypse cases: One lawsuit to end them All

The 57 different cases against Facebook or the NASDAQ over the free-content ad firm's disastrous IPO have all been mashed up into one uber-lawsuit to be heard in New York. The technical glitches that marred the first day of Facebook's stock trading have been blamed by many for the share's low prices, sparking class action suits …
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Good Tech: Apple dominates mobile enterprise

Apple CEO Tim Cook said this week he wants to get more iPads into big business. The latest figures from enterprise gadget management software company Good suggests it's already happening. Good's RIM-rivalling software comprises a client component that is activated from a company's servers. Good said the iPhone 4S accounted for …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2012
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FTC settles spying charges on rent-to-own computers

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled a case against a software vendor and seven rent-to-own PC sellers over charges that they illegally spied on customers. According to the settlement, software company DesignerWare sold an application for sellers of rent-to-own PCs that would enable them to brick computers that were …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2012
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DDoS crooks: Do you want us to blitz those phone lines too?

Cybercrooks are now offering to launch cyberattacks against telecom services, with prices starting at just $20 a day. Distributed denial of attacks against websites or web services have been going on for many years. Attacks that swamped telecoms services are a much more recent innovation, first starting around 2010. While DDoS …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2012

Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Today will be like no other day because it’s the last Patch Tuesday for Windows XP. Yet there's good news if you're still using XP. For starters, you're not alone. Thirteen years after it was released, Windows XP remains the world’s second most popular PC operating system. It's running on 27.69 per cent of consumer machines, …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2014
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Muslim vid protest hackers turn web-flood hosepipe away from US banks

Islamist hackers busy blasting bank websites with network traffic have suspended their assault after a controversial anti-Muslim video ceased to be available through YouTube. The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters crew launched a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in September and December, with the stated …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2013
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'Self-aware' bank account robbing code unleashed by hacker

A hacker has published code for potent cross-site scripting attacks that he claims go beyond the usual cookie stealing and phishing for users' private details. Cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws allow attackers to present content under their control in the context of a vulnerable yet trusted site, thus tricking marks into handing …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2011
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Australian cops bust Romanian credit card thieves

Australia's Federal Police (AFP) has triumphantly announced it has brought a gang of Romanian credit card fraudsters to heel, but not before the criminals purloined half a million credit card numbers from small Australian retailers. Detective superintendent Brad Marden, the AFP's national co-ordinator for cybercrime operations, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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If you see 'URGENT tax rebate download' in an inbox, kill it with fire

FireEye has put together a list of the most common words and phrases that appear in fake emails designed to infect corporate networks and steal data. The security firm said that the list spotlights the social engineering techniques that feature as a key component of so-called spear phishing attacks. Hackers tend to use words …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Automated bank scam 'Operation High Roller' stole from the rich

Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated, multi-tiered financial fraud ring that may have defrauded businesses, wealthy individuals and banks of tens of millions of dollars. Operation High Roller bypasses multi-factor authentication technology employed by banks to attempt fraudulent transactions of &euro,60 million ($ …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012