Although organised online crime has largely been considered to be state sponsored, Symantec now claims that it has uncovered a highly organised 50- to 100-strong hacking group in China that can be hired out to conduct attacks globally.
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Before heaping all of the blame on cyber criminal methods, perhaps we should all step back and take some responsibility for security failures too.
Many small businesses struggle to cope with internet security and are refusing to trade online as a result.
Cybercriminals are distracting banks and other businesses with a DDoS attack while they quietly lay siege to sensitive data on the network, which they can use for credit card cloning and other fraud.
Scammers and spammers have changed tack and are now moving to social media to look for better victims according to Symantec's first quarter threat report.
Hackers have targeted supporters of the Anonymous hacktivist group with a version of the Slowloris denial-of-service attack tool that loads the Zeus banking Trojan, according to security company Symantec.Anonymous supporters began to be deceived into downloading and installing Zeus botnet clients via a corrupted Pastebin link on 20 January, Symantec said in a blog post on Friday.
As part of a sting operation, Symantec told a hacker group that it would pay $50,000 to keep the source code off the Internet.
Symantec, along with other companies, is reporting it has seen Android malware that automatically changes each time it is downloaded — much like server-side polymorphic viruses aimed at desktops
Hackers thought to have been behind the recent attack on Indian government servers have said they will release the Norton anti-virus software's source code on Tuesday.
When hackers crash their systems while developing viruses, the code is often sent directly to Microsoft, according to one of its senior security architects, Rocky Heckman.
When hackers crash their systems while developing viruses, the code is often sent directly to Microsoft.
Presently no significant Mac viruses are in distribution; hackers have a propensity to target the Windows operating system due to the utter number of computer users. Apple claims the Mac is very much secure right out of the box, that it screens every file you download, and that it provides security updates to quickly address any prospective security threat.
Social networking sites, scareware and mobile viruses are some security threats to watch out for in coming year, finds new report from Symantec.
Symantec today announced its acquisition of MessageLabs, a 520-person UK-based email filtering and security vendor. Given the cost and hassles that information & knowledge management professionls (IKM Pros) have keeping email spam down to a dull roar and keeping viruses outside the firewall, this is a great move for Symantec.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Georgia turns to Google's Blogger amid Russia onslaughtDancho Danchev: Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progressZDNet UK: Georgia accuses Russia of co-ordinated cyberattackVideo: Defcon: Where feds and hackers rub elbowsNews.com: Defcon ends with researchers muzzled, viruses written Ed Bott: Windows security rendered useless?
Symantec is urging its customers to patch their security products after being warned about a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to execute code remotely.
On hackers, attackers, dot-bank domains and mobile phone viruses
Security specialist Symantec has warned businesses over an increasing trend for criminals to use "parasitic storage" on networks of compromised systems.While botnets -- illegal networks of PCs infected with remote software by hackers -- are used mainly for sending spam, criminals are increasingly storing sensitive or illegal data in distributed environments, the security company told our sister site ZDNet UK on Tuesday.
Number of unique phishing messages jumped 81 percent in the first half of 2006, which is a sign that hackers are putting more thought into their attacks, Symantec says.
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