FBI Warns of Ransomware Scam That Freezes Your Computer Until You Pay A Fine

The FBI released a statement last week addressing a new Internet "drive-by" virus called Reveton ransomware, which operates by freezing a user's computer and displaying a notification that the user recently violated a federal crime (such as "illegal use of downloaded media" or "computer-use negligence"). The message then instructs the user to submit a payment to unlock the computer and provides an easy-to-use "pay MoneyPak" entry box right on the screen.  

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FBI Warns Unsuspecting Travelers of Cyber Booby Traps Found In Hotel Internet Connections

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued a notice on May 8th that revealed a recent claim by the FBI and other agencies that cyber criminals are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while they attempt to connect to the Internet in their hotel rooms. Specifically, as travelers attempt to setup a hotel room Internet connection through their laptop, they are presented with a pop-up window that asks to update a widely-used software product. If the user clicks “accept and install,” malicious software downloads on the travelers’ laptops. The pop-up window appears to offer a routine update to a legitimate software product for which updates are frequently available. 

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“Hacktivism” 2012: Verizon’s Take on Data Breaches and How They Can Be Avoided

In an attempt to improve the planning and security efforts of its clients, Verizon released its annual Data Breach Investigation’s Report 2012. Conducted by the Verizon RISK Team in cooperation with the Australian Federal Police, Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, Irish Reporting and Information Security Service, Police Central e-Crime Unit, and the United States Secret Service, the report carefully breaks down and analyzes global data breach statistics from 2011 in an attempt to recommend effective solutions designed to successfully prevent future breaches in 2012. The statistics cited in the report help illustrate how easy it can be for businesses to thwart possible data breaches, and identify which organizations are most vulnerable.   The Report analyzes 855 data breach incidents that compromised nearly 174 million records in 2011, and notes that large and small businesses alike are experiencing the second highest data loss total since Verizon’s annual report began keeping track of compromised records in 2004. The Report, which can be downloaded here, gathers its results from first-hand evidence collected during paid external forensic investigations of 765 data breach incidents.

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