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Has the Tor takedown begun?

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

Three days ago the TOR Project blog warned, The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network There has been some suggestion that this […]

ITsecurity Daily Briefing: 08/13/2014

Posted by Kevin on August 13, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Wednesday August 13, 2014. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Almost 40% of adults rarely protect themselves against cyber crooks UK’s National Crime Agency: “Four in ten adults don’t always install security software on new computers and mobiles, increasing the risk of cyber criminals accessing their cash, passwords and […]

Of paedophiles, cybercriminals and surveillance

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2014

The European cops have been busy this week. First the UK’s NCA announced the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles (Wednesday); and then (Thursday) Europol announced the dismantling of a Romanian cybercrime network. I don’t want to make too much of it being the same week in which the UK government bulldozes through a new cyber […]

NCA leads international disruption of Shylock banking malware

Posted by Kevin on July 10, 2014

The internationally coordinated global law enforcement action against malware and botnets continues: this time it’s Shylock. “On 8 and 9 July 2014, an alliance of law enforcement and industry undertook measures against the Internet domains and servers that form the core of an advanced cybercriminal infrastructure attacking online banking systems around the globe using the […]

Time’s up; Zeus is back

Posted by Kevin on June 18, 2014

Bang on time, Zbot’s back. Admittedly, it’s Zbot rather than specifically GOZeus, but it’s pretty much the same malware. Two weeks ago, the NCA warned: Action taken by the NCA to combat the threat will give the UK public a unique, two-week opportunity to rid and safeguard themselves from two distinct but associated forms of […]

Europol, FBI, NCA and others disrupt the Gameover Zeus botnet — claim a 2 week window for users to get clean

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

There’s nothing from the FBI yet (at the time of writing); but that will surely follow. In the meantime Europol has announced, On Friday, 30 May 2014, law enforcement agencies from across the world, supported by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, joined forces in a coordinated action led by the FBI which ensured […]

Worldwide crackdown on BlackShades RAT users

Posted by Kevin on May 20, 2014

First official indications emerged at the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit (although there have been rumblings in hacker circles for a couple of weeks now). This was last Wednesday. The FBI executive assistant director Robert Anderson, appointed in March to oversee ‘all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance’, announced: […]