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.
Hackers create malicious versions of a report released by Mandiant which linked cyberattacks to the Chinese army, but the IT security vendor says its system is not breached.
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.
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.
Malicious hackers are using the Google Code repository to host Trojans horses, backdoors and password stealing keyloggers
Microsoft is planning to ship an emergency Internet Explorer update tomorrow (December 17) to counter an escalating wave of malware attacks targeting a zero-day browser vulnerability.[ SEE: Hackers exploiting (unpatched) IE 7 flaw to launch drive-by attacks ]The out-of-band update, which will be rated critical, follows the public discovery of password-stealing Trojans exploiting the bug on Chinese-language Web sites.
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.
Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center has uncovered a half of gigabyte of stolen data from US Healthcare organizations and from a major airline on crimeware servers in Argentina and Malaysia.A representative of Finjan stated:"Hackers incorporated sophisticated attacks using crimeware toolkits, Trojans, and Command and Control servers to drive traffic from a specific region with specific characteristics.
Governments from all around the globe are engaged in a virtual war where the weapons are hackers and trojans and the prizes for winning a battle include corporate secrets and disruption of the enemies IT infrastructure.
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.
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.
Symantec is preparing to launch an online security and backup service in Australia next month, which will directly compete with Microsoft's OneCare Live.Norton 360 is a diverse security service that along with the usual firewall, antivirus and anti-spam products, also includes an automatic external backup system that is able to encrypt and send users' most valuable files to an external server for safe keeping.
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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Microsoft's OneCare fails to impress, but McAfee, Symantec and others respond. Also, Vista plays hide-and-seek with hackers, a limited Microsoft firewall and Firefox patches.
As Microsoft continues its own foray in to the security software business, critics (mainly supporters of the existing cottage industries) have argued that Microsoft will never to be able to build antivirus, antispyware, and personal firewall tools that are as good as those that come from the third party providers that are far more focused (as a percentage of the companies' overall efforts) on malware -- companies like Symantec, McAfee, and Zone Labs (a subsidiary of Checkpoint).
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