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Articles tagged with: identity theft

Zitmo: A New Malicious Trojan That Steals Your Bank Info

The people responsible for the horrible ZeuS botnet have started exploiting a vulnerability in mobile banking that allows them to steal bank passwords. The spyware app is a Trojan called Zitmo and it has recently been modified to attack Android devices.

The malware works by posing as bank activation software, in where it preys upon its victims and steals all your bank details as you bank online.

Sony Music Ireland Website Got Hacked

Sony Music Ireland said its web site was hacked Monday after three bogus news stories appeared on the homepage. It was the latest in a string of attacks on Sony dating back to the infiltration of its PlayStation and Qriocity networks in April.

One fake article at the Sony Music Ireland site had the headline “Tragedy Strikes The Script” and reported the death of two band members. Sony issued a statement that said the band members are indeed fine. The hackers also posted fake articles about Rebecca Black, R Kelly and “X Factor” contestants.

Regulators Request Banks To Improve Network Security

US financial regulators have asked that all banks do their best to boost network security after companies have gone through a flurry of cyber attacks. The Federal Financial Institutions Council recommended that banks perform regular risk assessments as well as keeping customers informed about any online banking security issues.

The Council urged that all banks demand more than one form of customer authentication since hacking often occurs via keyloggers, where passwords are stolen on personal computers.

Facebook Hoax Spreading Like Wildfire

Unfortunately, some people take advantage of hacking frenzies like the ones we’ve been facing, to create hoax threats and scares because they know that contextual cues will help the hoax be believable.

It doesn’t help that the media preys on fear of its viewers, because fear sells. People innately seek to be fearful of something because it has been beneficial to the survival of our ancestors, and thus, we carry the same trait.

Sega Gets Hacked- 1.3 Million Accounts Compromised

Sega Corporation, the massive videogame manufacturer said on Friday that there was a massive hack to Sega’s network, compromising data from 1.3 million customers. Fortunately, no bank information was stolen as that info is stored on a different system.

This comes after the Sony hack, Xbox hack, and Nintendo hack, leaving little doubt at the next possible targets, most likely video game corporations. Of the stolen information, names, birth dates, e-mails, encrypted passwords.

Xbox Live Hacked- 60,000+ Accounts Leaked

The name you all should know by now, LulzSec, has just hacked Xbox Live and has exposed over 60,000 Xbox Live gamertags, passwords, and even PayPal information. The information was taken down from forums multiple times, but it keeps getting posted.

If you use Xbox Live or Paypal, I recommend changing your password on both platforms, as well as your bank account, immediately. World Of Warcraft usernames and passwords were also stolen.

Four Men Caught In $1.5 Million Skimming Operation

According to PCWorld, three Romanian men and one Austrian man were indicted on Monday by U.S. federal prosecutors. The four men stole over 1.5 Million U.S. dollars by cloning payment cards with stolen account information. The men are charged with skimming (recording account details from the magnetic stripe of payment cards while capturing a person’s PIN by using fake overlays on the number pads.

Accounts were targeted at Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase between March 2010 and May 2011. The affected cities included New York, Miami, and Chicago. The four stole about $110,000 per month over those fourteen months, perhaps splitting it four ways at about $27,000 each, per month ($324,000 individual ‘salary’).

Sony Is Sorry, Offers Free Stuff

Following Sony’s massive hack and losing personal information of over 100 million users, as well as having 3-4 weeks of downtime has caused Sony to offer an “apology package.” The package includes a selection of free games, extra days of premium content, a free 12-month identity protection program (available for gamers in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, as well as the U.S.), fraud support, a dedicated helpline, and insurance-covered identity restoration. The only catch is that the user must be over 18 years of age and have been an account holder as of April 20th, 2011.

Sony PSN Finally Back Online

After weeks of downtime, millions of stolen credit cards, a hundred million hacked accounts, and pure frustration, gamers can finally game on a network that is purportedly more secure than before. The PlayStation Network is finally back online in the United States, Canada, and Europe. With the new system, gamers are required to reset their passwords, and can enjoy the gaming they expect from the Play Station 3. Sony’s Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai gave another standard apology to customers and thanked them once again for their patience in the matter.

Sony Delays PSN Launch For 3 More Weeks

We’ve been covering the Sony situation with Geohotz, Anonymous, and the lawsuits involved. We know that you’ve already waited long enough for the PlayStation Network to get back online, but according to Sony’s Press Release , they are still working on delivering a system that is secure enough not to get breached again.