Stock Exchanges Fear Cyber Threat is Growing

Researchers working in the securities sector have warned that stock exchanges around the world have become the targets of cyber-criminals and that the potential exists for attacks that would close down financial markets. The warning was made in a report issued this month (July 2013) by the International Organization of Securities Commissions...

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I Spy With My Little Eye…A Scam!

If someone offered you the opportunity to secretly read your friends’ instant messages without being detected, would you want to do that? You could spy on your significant other, or your friends and coworkers—and no one would be the wiser. All you have to do is go to a discreet website and provide your cell phone number so you can...

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What To Do When Ransomware Holds a PC Hostage

In my previous post, I talked about ransomware locking a user out from his PC. This article is geared toward the IT professional who may be called upon to attempt to unlock the PC and clean up the mess the malware leaves behind. For the advice below, I consulted with John Harrison, Group Manager at Symantec Security Response. His team is in the...

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Your Computer Has Been Locked! Pay Money Now if You Ever Want to Use Your PC Again!

Recently I got a phone call from a friend who told me her PC had popped up a big bold warning message that told her that a virus had been detected on her computer. She couldn't get the message to clear off of her PC—the computer seemed to be frozen. The message said that she could pay $39 to load software that would completely remove the...

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FBI Ransomware Could Be Generating Big Income

A new type of ransomeware that tries to fool victims using Macs or Windows into paying fines of $300 could be making its authors hundreds of thousands of dollars a day, according to a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes. Jerome Segura wrote in a blog that the scam displays a message purportedly from the FBI telling the user that his or...

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