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…

New PCI Data Security Standards

Version 3.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) goes into effect on January 1, 2014. That is only 45 days from today. The PCI SSC published the 3.0 standards in their document library on Thursday. The changes are suppose to allow for more flexibility, with an increased focus…

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…

Silk Road 2.0, Real or Fed Sting?

“The Godfather”, the user handle of a Silk Road user, claims to have started up a new Silk Road website. He has also assumed the handle of the previous owner, Dread Pirate Roberts. As in the movie “Princess Bride”, The Godfather is treating Dread Pirate Roberts is a title and not an identity. He said…

Loverspy Creator Makes FBI Most wanted

The FBI alleges that Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara is the creator of a spyware called “Loverspy”. The offense occurred in 2005. This week he was added to the FBI Cyber’s Most Wanted List. Perez was placed on the list because the FBI have been unable to track him down. Loverspy was advertised as software that can…

Malware That Downloads Malware

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) reports a rise in the spread of the Win/32.Upatre Trojan. Upatre is spread via email attachment. Once it has infected a machine its purpose is to download further malware. The chart below shows the uptake in Upatre infections. The most commonly downloaded Malware by Upatre is Win32/Zbot.gen!AM which steals…

FBI Warns Of New Malware

The FBI is warning people of a new type of malware known as Beta Bot. Cyber criminals are using Beta Bot to target financial institutions, e-commerce sites, online payment platforms, and social networking sites to steal sensitive data such as log-in credentials and financial information. Beta Bot blocks computer users’ access to security websites and…

AV-Comparatives Scores Panda 100%

On October 31st Panda Security announced that their cloud based antivirus product, Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Addition, received a 100% detection rating by AVComparatives.org. Considered to be the most complete and rigorous test for antivirus software, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test, evaluates how such products perform in real life. The test reproduces everyday user scenarios to see how…

SAP The Target Of New Malware

There is a new Trojan discovered by Doctor Web, a Russian antivirus company, in the last few weeks that is searching for computers containing SAP client applications. For now this is the Trojan’s only activity. This type of action would indicate the criminals are amassing a network for a future attack. SAP makes software for Enterprise Resource…