Safenetting for June

User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report As the days heat up, so too does cybercrime — it seems. Here’s this week’s mix of phishing and malware news
— this week’s notes:
[] Mac malware – top tips for avoiding infection
[] Apple Mac malware: A short history
[] Norton: The Android malware problem is just beginning
[] Amazon Web Services Hosting Banking Malware: Kaspersky
[] iPhone 5 ‘sneak peek’ spreads malware
[] Boy-in-the-Browser attacks evade anti-malware software
[] Detectives detail Facebook phishing scam
[] Sony warns of phishing attacks after latest hack
[] Google China Wars: How to Restore Brand Integrity
[] SPAM : 100 Billion industry
[] . . . and more


Mac malware – top tips for avoiding infection

More Mac scareware appeared overnight, with the cybercrooks following the same sort of strategy which has worked so well on Windows
      Here are some top anti-scareware tips for Apple users
READ THIS REPORT Full story : nakedsecurity.sophos.com


Apple Mac malware: A short history

There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the threat that malware poses on the Mac OS X platform. It’s clearly an emotive subject, with strongly held views on both sides.
      To help some of the discussions, here’s a brief overview of some of the malware we have seen infecting Apple computers. From the early 1980s, right up until the present day, here are some of the highlights in the history of Apple Mac malware.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : nakedsecurity.sophos.com


Norton: The Android malware problem is just beginning

It seems like we keep hearing about new versions of Android malware every other day and Norton says that isn’t an accident.
      The bad guys are going to be increasingly focused on the mobile space and Android should be one of the largest targets.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : IntoMobile


Amazon Web Services Hosting Banking Malware: Kaspersky

Security researchers have long warned that cloud services were providing cyber-criminals with extensive computing resources that could be used to launch powerful and damaging cyber-attacks.
      A Kaspersky researcher uncovered an example of how Amazon’s cloud services are being used to spread malware.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : eWeek


iPhone 5 ‘sneak peek’ spreads malware

Just as Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference featuring previews of Apple’s latest devices gets underway this week, so has a new spamming operation using a fictional iPhone 5G to fool victims
      Computer security firm Sophos said a new batch of spam mail claims to come from Apple with the subject line, “Finally. The amazing iPhone 5. Now available in black edition.” . . . the body of the emails contains an Apple logo and an image of the supposed iPhone 5 with a built-in physical keyboard.
“The Trojan only infects the Windows operating system”
READ THIS REPORT Full story : GMANews.TV


Boy-in-the-Browser attacks evade anti-malware software

Boy-in-the-Browser (BITB) attacks are gaining force as they continue to evade traditional anti-malware software.
      Tomer Bitton, from the Imperva Application Defense Center, explains, “Many are familiar with Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attacks, but most are unaware of the lesser known Boy-in-the-Browser (BitB). Not as sophisticated as MitB, BitB malware has evolved from traditional key loggers and browser session records. The recent spate of BitB trojans that targeted Chilean banks, and their customers, demonstrates that this type of attack is gaining force and continues to evade traditional anti-malware software.”
READ THIS REPORT Full story : securitypark.co.uk


Detectives detail Facebook phishing scam

Joseph Campbell is facing some serious charges. Police say for about two years, the 24-year-old stalked women in Pinellas County. He allegedly did it through his computer.
      Det. Jim Howard of the Belleair Police Department said the women are still dealing with the effects.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : MyFox Tampa Bay


Sony warns of phishing attacks after latest hack

Sony has been the target of repeated attacks after its PlayStation Network was hacked in April.
      Last week, hacking group Lulz Security targeted its entertainment division Sony Pictures, posting 37,500 records of users online.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Nicole Kobie PC Pro


Google China Wars: How to Restore Brand Integrity

Last week, Google’s patience wore thin and the company publicly confronted China with evidence of government complicity in a spear phishing hack of Gmail accounts, including those of senior US officials, Chinese dissidents, journalists, and others (phishing tricks users into giving up sensitive information including passwords).
      How Google Lost Its ‘Do No Evil’ status … Levy documents the period when Google engaged with China as the tipping point in a series of ambitious initiatives that dented the search giant’s halo:
READ THIS REPORT Full story : BNET (blog)


SPAM : 100 Billion industry

a new report by a team of U.S.-based computer scientists contends that the spam industry, which generates an estimated $100 billion annually, uses just three banks — one in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark, and one in the West Indies — to process 95 percent of its transactions.
      The authors of the study, titled “End-To-End Analysis Of The Spam Value Chain,” ran several computers without any spam filters or antivirus protection over a period of three months. They then waded through billions of spam e-mail messages and made hundreds of purchases of generic medicine, fake luxury goods, and counterfeit software.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Nikola Krastev – www.rferl.org


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