Los Angeles (CA) – The Department of Justice has announced indictments against a worldwide phishing ring with members in Romania and the United States. In all 38 people were indicted on charges of bank fraud, racketeering and a host of other charges.
Former law enforcement officials are concerned about
the insecurity of the upcoming Passport Card or PASS card issued by the
US Department of State. The plastic card with embedded RFID-chip is
about the size of a credit card and is meant for land and sea travel
between the United States and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
GPS tracking bracelets are giving judges and police a new weapon to
fight against abusive husbands and lovers. In several states, these
bracelets now give authorities real-time tracking of high-risk
offenders and will alert police when a restraining order has been
violated. Studies show the bracelets have reduced repeat offenses, but
not surprisingly the offenders went back to their criminal ways after
the bracelets were taken off.
The California Department of Public Health has issued its findings
in the UCLA celebrity medical records snooping case. The department
found 14 more people snooped into the records of famous people
including Farrah Fawcett, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife
Maria Shriver. This brings the total to 68 people including
physicians, nurses, administrative staff and one volunteer.
Why hack into a server when you can simply steal the damn thing.
This is exactly what happened to a Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking
Corporation (HSBC) server containing 159,000 customer accounts, after
it went missing during a branch office rennovation.
Cyber crimes have evolved from hackers fighting against the
views of government to sophisticated identity theft, breaking into
banks and various criminal activities. So far, local police
organizations have been losing a lot of time to recover data from such
machines, and they need all the help they can get. Now Microsoft is joining the fight.
It is a rare thing when an anti-virus company raises an alert about a widespread trojan virus. However, that is exactly the case with the new trojan named Downloader-UA.h, with a million infections stopped by McAffee alone. This trojan is spreading through file-sharing networks, so caution is advised.
Several hundred to possibly a thousand laptops are missing from the
United States State Department, according to an internal audit. Many
of the laptops likely contain classified information and as many as 400
computers belonged to the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program which
provides counterterrorism training to other nations.
Secret agents have apparently been remotely scanning and decrypting
electrical signals since World War II, according to a newly
declassified NSA document. Titled “TEMPEST: A Signal Problem”, the
document describes leaky signals broadcasting from teletype machines
would cause nearby sensors to spike – those signals could then be
translated into keystrokes. Known as TEMPEST, this phenomenon was
mostly ignored by the United States in the following years, but it
appears the Soviet Union, Japan and other countries developed TEMPEST
scanning into an art form and used it against the USA.
You are concerned about spam and viruses? You ain’t seen nothing yet,
believe researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC): A next phase of more sophisticated viruses may not only exist
in software, but may be deeply embedded in hardware, or what the
scientists describe as ““malicious circuits”.
The initial uproar over news of Microsoft’s forensic USB thumb-drive
appears to be misplaced. Microsoft has confirmed that the drive is
just a compilation of publically available tools and adds that the
USB-based toolkit does not “backdoor” or bypass any of Window’s
An unclassified government PowerPoint presentation documenting
Chinese counterfeiting of Cisco routers has been published on the net.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation document was produced on January
11, 2008 and discusses how counterfeit routers, switches and interface
cards make it inside of American companies and government organizations.
The Department of Homeland Security has ceased operating its virtual
fence near Tucson Arizona because of complaints by Border Patrol
officers. The 28-mile fence had been touted as a high-tech way to
detect and capture hundreds of illegal immigrants that cross the area
every day, but the system couldn’t quickly alert officers to the
crossing. Furthermore, DHS complained that the remote controlled
cameras couldn't be turned quickly enough.