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Events like the recent spat of earthquakes and hurricanes in the United States inspire curiosity, especially when it’s so easy to find information these days. However, any time there’s a topic with a high volume of search traffic, cybercriminals swoop in … Continue reading

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ATMs certainly come through in times of financial need–they are yet another crutch in our increasingly technological world.  As such, they also serve as a big target for thieves and hackers.  It’s no secret that thieves can use ATM card … Continue reading

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The advent of online advertising brought with it a heap of illegal online practices aimed at making bank.  And they haven’t gone away.  In fact, as online advertising evolves, cybercriminals inevitably find ways to fraudulently capitalize on the influx of … Continue reading

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Cyber security blogger and malware researcher Dancho Danchev’s whereabouts have been unknown since September of 2010.  The details surrounding Danchev’s sudden disappearance are unclear to say the least, and one of his colleagues, Ryan Naraine, is asking for any information … Continue reading

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As people look for information or video online, it’s important that they understand that cyber-criminals may be using this opportunity to find more victims. This is just another example of how cybercriminals capitalize on global events or major news stories … Continue reading

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Cybercrime, like regular crime, appears in a variety of forms. There are direct violations, such as the unauthorized hacking of an account, and there are more subtle varieties, such as posing as a Facebook friend, that involve tricking victims into … Continue reading

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Social networks provide the ideal forum for spammers and hackers to engage in all types of cybercrime. Due to the inherent trust factor involved, most people (not including our tech-savvy readers, of course) don’t think twice before clicking on a … Continue reading

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As we become ever more dependent on our laptops, smartphones and various other means to surf the web, internet crime continues to increase at an alarming rate. There’s no doubt that this rise in cybercrime is linked to organized crime; … Continue reading

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Russia, long known as a haven for hackers and spammers, is finally taking steps to crack down on cybercrime. Over the last several years, the Russian government has frustrated officials from other nations by allowing organized cybercrime gangs operating in … Continue reading

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As rates of cybercrime continue to increase exponentially, law enforcement agencies will have to enhance their cyber-defenses to effectively fight online attacks. New technologies promise to play an important role in this battle for cybersecurity.  The Federal Office Systems Exposition … Continue reading

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Previous posts have discussed how cybercriminals adapt their ploys to conform to societal conditions; therefore, it’s no surprise that all types of employment scams have emerged in response to the global recession. We recently posted about an online employment scam, known … Continue reading

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Malware production has increased and web-based PDF attacks are on the rise, according to the Symantec Global Internet Threat Report for 2009. This important report “provides an annual overview and detailed analysis of Internet threat activity, malicious code, and known … Continue reading

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Over the past 10 years, cybercrime has been thrust into the government spotlight with new gusto. Although more attacks on government hardware have transpired than will ever be admitted, there are multiple public instances where other countries have bypassed US … Continue reading

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Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the harshest punishment for a computer crime ever handed down in an American court. Yet, despite this small victory in the war on cybercrime, law enforcement officials still face major problems … Continue reading

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Any social interaction online can make someone the target of a predator looking to make a profit, and online gaming is no exception, despite the close-knit community of users. There are a number of ways to manipulate gamers, compromising both … Continue reading

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Domain names, the URLs you type into a browser to visit a particular website, are getting a new look as we move into 2010. What is good news for the international community, though, may bring a concomitant increase in the … Continue reading

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Cybercriminals: What Will They Think of Next? Cybercriminals are nothing if not entrepreneurial. One way that they can make money outside of their usual schemes is to sell Do-It-Yourself crime kits, fostering a new crop of hackers and earning a … Continue reading

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As cybersecurity concerns increasingly become front-page news, there is a burgeoning effort to combat cyberattacks with the same defensive tactics employed in traditional warfare. There is, however, a novel complication—finding the attackers in the first place—but should security efforts concentrate … Continue reading

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In the wake of Gmail cyber attacks by Chinese hackers, the prevalence of cybercrime has been thrust into the international spotlight. The question should be, though, why wasn’t it a hot topic before? Cybercrime encompasses any sort of crime having … Continue reading

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Cybercrime is a growing problem in our technologically dependent society, costing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars through scams and phishing schemes and exacting a heavy mental and emotional toll on those affected by instances of identity theft, … Continue reading

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Don’t let cybercriminals steal your hard-earned cash! Anyone with an email account is aware of the common dangers and general annoyance factor associated with spam emails, so we all know to avoid obvious tricks, such as messages touting extreme product … Continue reading

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Over the past several years, Russia and China have been considered the world’s top cybercrime capitals, but a new haven for hackers and spammers might surpass these criminal cyber-hotspots in the near future. Statistics show that cybercrime is growing at … Continue reading

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The infamous hacker Albert Gonzalez was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in stealing approximately 130 million credit and debit card numbers. This punishment, the harshest ever handed down in an American court for a computer … Continue reading

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Cyberfraud, an all-too-common phenomenon these days, causes major headaches for any victim. But whereas banks provide protection for individuals who lose their money to cybercrooks, small businesses aren’t afforded a similar safety net.

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With each new cybersecurity report and study, it appears that every variety of cybercrime is increasing at an unstoppable rate – from a surge in banking trojans to an increase in the production of malware. Yet, despite these grim statistics, … Continue reading

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Expressing oneself in 140 words or less is a popular phenomenon; in fact, Twitter was the fastest growing social network in 2009. A recent report by Barracuda Labs links this increase in public interest to a key rise in celebrity … Continue reading

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As the economy slowly begins to recover from the recession of the last few years, businesses are reprioritizing and looking for key positions to face current challenges. One main focus, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, … Continue reading

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In the post-9/11 United States, terrorism is one threat of which every American is all too aware. As the internet becomes more important to every aspect of our lives, a new danger might soon replace the fear of traditional attacks: … Continue reading

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The Council of the European Union is contemplating the creation of a cybercrime unit that would foster international cooperation on issues arising from technology-related matters. The centralized agency would bring together law enforcement agencies and other organizations dedicated to fighting … Continue reading

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