Skynet Creator Arrested

Skynet is a botnet based on the ZeuS Trojan that has been used to steal more than $945,000 worth of Bitcoins. German police have three people in custody for being involved with the malware. Although the Germans are not offering details, one of the detainees is believed to be the actual author of Skynet. The…

Beware of Phishing Scam Using Skype

There is a new email phishing scam impersonating Skype. The subject of the email reads “You received a new message from Skype voicemail service.” The scam email spoofs the address “Skype Communications” with the attachment Skype_Voice_Message-7776C24212.zip. In reality the attachment contains an executable, Skype_Voice_M_497564___random_numbers___872345.wav.exe, that installs a Trojan. The body of the email reads: This…

Fake Antivirus Takes Hijacks Webcams

There is fake antivirus software called “Antivirus Security Pro” that takes screenshots and webcam pictures to scare you into purchasing more of the malware. The program disguises itself as a free antivirus scan. The scan from this criminal decoy reveals you are infected with several malware packages by displaying results like this: Experienced IT professionals…

Cellular Carriers Kill Samsung ‘Kill Switch’

The FCC is trying to fight smartphone theft, but wireless carriers seem to be thwarting FCC efforts. The FCC claims more than  33% of all robberies involve a smartphone. Of course this works out well for cellular carriers who not only get to sell the victims a new phone, but also get fees when someone down…

Fake Antivirus Email Spreads Malware

An email claiming to alert you to an antivirus software update has been infecting it’s victims with a variant of the Zbot Trojan. The email suggests, by referencing “the new malware circulating over the net”, that the critical update will protect you from CryptoLocker. With all of the reports about CryptoLocker it would be hard not to…

Fake iTunes Attacks Windows Users

People are receiving emails for an iTunes update. The email contains a link the takes victims to a page identical to the iTunes download page offering the latest iTunes update. The download is really malware. The malware was discovered by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, a variant of Backdoor.Bifrose.N. Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY becomes part of the Windows process explorer.exe with the purpose…

Beware of Fake PayPal Emails

There is a phishing scam going around pretending to be form PayPal. The email claims to need confirmation to complete or renew your PayPal sign up.  The subject of the emails is “Confirmation required,” and the body of the email reads: “To finish signing up for your PayPal account, you must click the link below…

Cracked[dot]com Spreads Malware

On Monday, November 11th, it was discovered that Cracked[dot]com was infected by malware performing drive by downloads. The discovery comes from Barracuda Labs Research. The malware was spread through a drive-by-download. The number of systems it has infected is unknown. Given the site is ranked by Alexa as number 289 in the U.S. and 654 worldwide the…

FBI Needs Help

The FBI needs help prosecuting Vladimir Tsastsin. Just over a year ago Tsastsin and six of his cohorts were arrested in Estonia charged with running a click fraud scheme that infected more than four million computers in over 100 countries — an estimated 500,000 of those PCs in the United States.  The defendants are suspected of using…

Cyber Security For The Boss

On December 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Cyber Security Institute will present “Cyber Security For Decision Makers: A Non-Technical Presentation”. The one day conference will take place at the NASA Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center. Cyber Security Institute Executive Director T. Andrew Yang said “This daylong presentation will provide…