Malware kingpin Vladimir Tsastsin has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a $14 million click fraud scheme that the FBI dubbed Operation Ghost Click. The scheme, which also involved money laundering, affected 4 million victims in 100 countries.
Warning: All versions of Flash Player are vulnerable to a zero-day, weaponized exploit that became public when Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team was hacked, and 400 GB of corporate data leaked. Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw.
U.S. businesses and consumers have reported experiencing more than $18 million in losses stemming from CryptoWall ransomware, the FBI warns. Security experts say ransomware's ease of use and low risk fuels the increasing numbers of attacks.
Symantec has issued new warnings about a malware strain known as Poweliks, noting that this Trojan is being used in conjunction with ransomware. But security experts disagree over the severity of the threat.
Britain's computer emergency response team - CERT-UK - reports that malware remains the dominant mode of online attack for cybercriminals, and Zeus their most preferred tool of choice. But the team is promoting a free information-alert service to help.
More hackers are holding data for ransom, demanding everything from bitcoins to the shutdown of nuclear reactors, under the threat of leaking sensitive information. But it's not clear how many such attacks generate revenue for attackers.
Ransomware attacks are getting more agile, varied and widespread, and are increasingly taking aim at businesses of all sizes in all sectors, rather than consumers. That's why employee education is so critical.
Adobe confirms that a zero-day flaw exists in its Flash browser plug-in and promises to soon release Windows, Mac and Linux fixes for affected versions of Flash Player. The vulnerability is reportedly already being targeted by in-the-wild attacks.
The Union Home ministry has formed a five-member panel to devise a roadmap to tackle cybercrime. But do the members have the experience necessary to fulfill the mission? Security experts express reservations.
A tiny Illinois hospital was the target of an extortion scheme in which an anonymous e-mailer threatened to make public patients' information. The incident shows why providers of all sizes need to be prepared to deal with emerging threats.