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Operation Phish Phry reels in 100 in U.S. and Egypt

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The largest number of defendants ever charged in a cyber crime case have been indicted in a multinational investigation conducted in the United States and Egypt that uncovered a sophisticated “phishing” operation that fraudulently collected personal information from thousands of victims that was used to defraud American banks.

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Researcher refutes phishing account of hijacked Hotmail passwords

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

One researcher isn’t buying Microsoft’s and Google’s explanation that hijacked Hotmail and Gmail passwords were obtained in a massive phishing attack.

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Man sentenced for micro-deposit scam

September 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A 22-year old man was sentenced to 15 months in prison and restitution of $200,073.44 for fraud and related activity in connection with computers. After release from prison, Michael Largent will also face three years of strict restrictions on his use of computers and the Internet.

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Houston police bust large ID theft ring

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Police have busted a Houston-based identity theft ring that victimized 457 people and 83 businesses scattered across 25 states, investigators announced today.

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Security test prompts federal fraud alert

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A sanctioned security test of a bank’s computer systems had some unexpected consequences this week, leading the federal agency that oversees U.S. credit unions to issue a fraud alert.

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Rival used phony emails to snoop, firm says

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Affiliated Computer Services, an information technology firm, claims a competitor set up bogus email addresses in the names of dozens of ACS employees to divert mail and accounts to its rival’s computers. It claims Duncan Solutions’ “unauthorized diversion of ACS’ email not only interferes with the operation of ACS’ computer network, but it also gives Duncan access to...

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Finance company identifies 294 recipients of non-payment legal threat

August 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A finance company has disclosed the email addresses of 294 customers that it says are behind in their repayments to the firm. The company emailed the customers but did not hide the addresses of everyone it contacted.

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Password Advice

August 10, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Some advice and insight from Bruce Schneier on Password Security. Whether you agree or disagree, this is worth checking out.

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