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Domain registrar and Web hosting company Namecheap is warning customers that cybercriminals have been trying to access their accounts by using credentials obtained from third party websites.
Europol has launched a new taskforce designed to tackle cybercrime in the European Union and beyond.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that it and the US Secret Service were "working to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions."
JPMorgan Chase said Thursday that it was cooperating with law-enforcement officials to determine the scale of reported cyber attacks against US financial institutions.
Hackers believed to be from Russia broke into the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and a second US bank earlier this month, sparking a federal investigation, US media reported Wednesday.
A federal jury in Nebraska convicted the former acting director of cybersecurity at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for his involvement in a child pornography enterprise.
The United States Secret Service estimated more than 1,000 businesses have been infected by the "Backoff" point-of-sale malware, and many of them are unaware they have been compromised, according to a Department of Homeland Security advisory.
Roman Valerevich Seleznev, a Russian national accused of operating several carding forums and hacking into point of sale systems, has been denied bail, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.
Edward Snowden says dishonest comments to Congress by the US intelligence chief were the final straw that prompted him to flee the country and reveal a trove of national security documents.
Operation Epic Turla targeted intelligence agencies, government institutions, embassies, military groups, education institutions, and research and pharmaceutical companies in more than 45 countries, the security firm said on Thursday.

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Rod Rasmussen's picture
In this second column in a two part series, Rod tackles the impact of the DNSChanger malware and simple solutions to counter similar DNS attacks on enterprises and major government agencies.
Chris Poulin's picture
To effectively defend yourself against an enemy, you have to think like your adversary. Put yourself in their mind, their shoes. What’s the motive? How determined are they? Will they stop at a well-hardened network perimeter or move on to other tactics, including social engineering? Once you suffer a breach, how do you share your analysis?
Idan Aharoni's picture
The worlds of counter terrorism and fraud prevention should increase their ties. Systems that are already implemented in one world may be applied to the other. Solution providers and policy makers from both worlds need to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and experience for the benefit of both.
Noa Bar-Yosef's picture
This week, we highlight a mix of tools and tool types that security researchers should have in their weapons in arsenal, including tools unveiled for the first time at the Black Hat conference.
Michael Goff's picture
Once a Software Vendor discovers that their software has been pirated, the gut reaction is to put an immediate stop to it. If piracy is discovered, it’s best to react, but don’t overreact. Be proactive, yet patient.
Idan Aharoni's picture
Crowd sourcing investigations could harness the power of the web and its population to track down cybercriminals. But such a community effort of a cyber investigation comes with big challenges....
Idan Aharoni's picture
There are many security companies, individual researchers and certain circles in academia that hold a wealth of information on cybercrime activities that could be the difference between a bust and a cybercrime investigation that leads to a dead end. It’s not just about collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, but also about collaboration with the security industry.
Mike Lennon's picture
Enjoy this selection of top picks for 2010, listed in no particular order. Happy New Year!
Idan Aharoni's picture
Cybercriminals are constantly going up against anti-fraud measures designed to stop their efforts and they need to bypass them in order to make a profit.
Zeus 2.1 now boasts features that help it avoid analysis and hostile takeover from law enforcement, researchers, or competing cybercriminal organizations.