When the man who called himself “Mo” made a series of threats to detonate bombs last year, police had to scramble every time. Mo remained elusive for months, communicating via email, video chat and an Internet-based phone service without revealing his true identity or location, court documents show. So with no house to search or telephone to tap, investigators turned to a new kind of surveillance tool delivered over the Internet.
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Every now and then, security researchers come across a server used by hackers to store stolen account credentials. The latest instance of this has been flagged by Daniel Chechik and Anat (Fox) Davidi of Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, who have discovered a stash login credentials for nearly two million online accounts.
BIPS, based in Copenhagen, Denmark and one of Europe's largest bitcoin payment processors, was breached last week. 1,295 bitcoins, worth around $1,000,000, were stolen. It is thought a two-stage attack — DDoS followed by hack — was employed.
Adam Lanza may have hinted at his deadly plans online in the days before last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. In documents that were part of a report released Monday, authorities say a Texas woman contacted Hartford police the day of the December 14 attack to say her son had interacted with someone while playing a videogame 20 hours earlier who said there would be a school shooting.
The courts have generally accepted evidence collected from the Internet as long as its authenticity can be established. Commonly accepted digital forensic methodologies can all be used to identify a three-pronged approach to Internet forensics.
This year has seen a few high-profile wins for the good guys in the form of botnet takedowns, especially those by Microsoft and Symantec earlier this year. But at least one security researcher is warning against rejoicing too heartily: the takedowns, he said, do little to make an impact on web safety for end users — and actually point out ongoing industry weakness in being able to mitigate bots.
A worm-like type of malicious software has been found targeting Apache Tomcat, an open-source Web server application, according to Symantec. The malware, which Symantec calls "Java.Tomdep," differs from other server malware in that it's not written in the PHP scripting language.
Huge chunks of Internet traffic belonging to financial institutions, government agencies, and network service providers have repeatedly been diverted to distant locations under unexplained circumstances that are stoking suspicions the traffic may be surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to its final destination.
Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.
On November 3, 1988, 25 years ago, people woke up to find the Internet had changed forever. The night before, someone had released a malevolent computer program on the fledgling computer network. A graduate student named Robert Morris was unmasked as the culprit. Before Morris unleashed his worm, the Internet was like a small town where people thought little of leaving their doors unlocked. The Morris Worm destroyed that complacency.
A Dutch children's rights organization has warned of an epidemic of minors being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urged police around the world to crack down on the practice.
A few weeks ago we mitigated a 100Gbps Network DDoS attack that turned out to be one of the largest in the Internet's history. Mitigating such events is no trivial task. However, from a professional standpoint, these volumetric DDoS threats are far from being the most dangerous or complex.
Three years ago, Jim Clark, chief technology officer of West Liberty University, had a number of IT headaches. A botnet had resisted efforts to eradicate it from the West Virginian university's network, and students complained that Internet requests were often slow. Clark considered doubling the campus' 100-Mbps connection, but first decided to try out the free domain-name system (DNS) service offered by OpenDNS.
Shortly after reports that the developer of the Blackhole exploit kit was arrested, one of the groups leveraging the Cutwail spam botnet to spread banking trojans has dumped the widely used exploit kit in favor of a different vector: the Magnitude kit, which delivers ZeroAccess and Zeus/Zbot to its victims.
"Headless" browsers pummeled a trading platform's website this past week in a rare form of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that lasted for 150 hours. The attack employed some 180,000 IP addresses — and continues to rebound in smaller pockets — according to cloud-based DDoS mitigation service provider Incapsula, which discovered and mitigated the massive attack for its customer.
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are getting harder to identify, and they will most likely be found to originate in Indonesia or China. According to Akamai Technologies, "Adversaries conducting DDoS attacks spend increasing effort to make their attacks look more and more like legitimate 'flash mobs' in an effort to elude automated defenses."
It was a cold-hearted online post that a Florida sheriff said hastened the arrest of two girls, aged 12 and 14, in the bullying-suicide case of Rebecca Sedwick. Authorities in central Florida said Rebecca was tormented online and at school by as many as 15 girls before she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death September 9.
In 2011, 43-year-old Army veteran Edwin "Trey" Gennette lived just outside Pensacola, Fla., with a pet possum and a talking Ford Mustang. One warm June evening, he began poking around the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist, where he found an ad promising a novel erotic situation. The "situation" led to his being arrested and charged as a sex offender.
Authorities in the state of Washington arrested two people last week in connection with drug sales on the Silk Road, a clear indication of a crackdown on dealers using the notorious site. According to a 16-page criminal complaint, the two suspects, Steven Lloyd Sadler and Jenna White, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Police in China's Xinjiang region are cracking down on people who promote jihad online, state media has reported, amid a nationwide campaign against internet rumors that activists say is a blow to freedom of speech.
The term “hacktivism,” derived by combining hack and activism, refers to the use of computers and any other IT system and network to debate and sustain a political issue, promote free speech and support human rights. This post will analyze the origin of the phenomenon, its evolution and incidence in the current social texture, and hacktivism’s concrete impacts on society, internet users’ habits, business security and governments’ policies.
In March, anti-spam website Spamhaus suffered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that peaked at 300 gigabits per second, the largest ever recorded and sufficient to disrupt the internet itself in some parts of Europe. What isn't widely known is that a 16-year-old London schoolboy was arrested as part of an international swoop against a suspected organized crime gang in connection with the world’s biggest cyber attack.
The industry of digital forensics and electronic discovery is still a rather young one. Yet it has been around long enough to develop standards and best practices for handling multiple types of digital files on various mediums. The challenge of taming the land of social media and Webmail—where each platform has its own rules, or no rules at all—is just like taming the Wild West.
The stop-and-frisk tactic, once the linchpin of the police’s efforts to get guns off the streets, is in a steep decline. In its place, the New York City Police Department has focused on those responsible for much of the city’s violent crime: youth gangs, known as crews or sets.
New York needs to update state laws dating from 1986 to better prosecute white-collar criminals, according to a special task force report released by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Current laws predate the Internet, social media and e-commerce and can’t keep pace with increasingly sophisticated frauds, Vance said.
While California's tech giants lobby the European Union to weaken the proposed General Data Protection Regulation, especially the "right to be forgotten," their home state inaugurates its own admittedly more limited version. California's governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that gives minors, those under the age of eighteen, the right to remove posts they have made to sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
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