Chaos Computer Club Sues German Government Over Mass Spying Claims

The Chaos Computer Club and the International League for Human Rights filed a criminal complaint with Germany’s Federal Prosecutor General’s Office, the Europe’s largest association of hackers said on February 3. “We accuse US, British and German secret agents, their supervisors, the German Minister of the Interior as well as the German Chancellor of illegal and…


FIS, DHS Partner on Cybersecurity Research

FIS, a large banking and payments technology provider, will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity research partner, the company said on February 3rd. Under the partnership, FIS representatives will work with DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to address and respond to cyber-threats against the global financial industry and critical…


Covertix SmartCipher Protects Key Confidential Files

The healthcare market has been generating much attention lately.  Everyone from individuals to corporate executives is focused on the changes and provisions as they relate to health insurance. Well, almost everyone. The information security professionals in the healthcare industry are still focused on data security and how to best protect sensitive patient records from exposure…


ScrapeDefender Protects Website Content With New Anti-Scraping Software

These days every company conducting business on the Internet must be vigilant to stave off the endless onslaught of viruses and other malware.  Attackers who use software programs to make unauthorized intrusions are eager to steal website content and gain access to the content and databases behind each website. Then these thieves use the stolen…


SpyEye Developer Pleads Guilty

The primary developer behind banking Trojan SpyEye pleaded guilty January 28 to committing wire and bank fraud, according to a statement from the commercialized the wholesale theft of financial and personal information. And now he is being held to account for his actions,” Sally Quillian Yates, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said in a statement.

Panin started selling SpyEye in 2009 and quickly overtook the older Zeus Trojan because of its lower price tag and the ability to add custom plug-ins. While SpyEye’s popularity peaked in 2011, the malware was still used to successfully compromise more than 10,000 bank accounts in 2013. The Department of Justice said over 1.4 million computers in the United States have been infected with this malware.

Trend Micro researchers worked with the FBI on this case, according to a blog post by Loucif Kharouni, a senior threat researcher Trend Micro. The team correlated information found in the malware and C&C server’s configuration files, posts on underground forums, and domain name settings, Kharouni said.

“Cyber criminals be forewarned—you cannot hide in the shadows of the Internet. We will find you and bring you to justice,” Yates said.

Fahmida Y. Rashid is an accomplished security journalist and technologist. She is a regular contributor for several publications including where she is a networking and security analyst.  She also was a senior writer at eWeek where she covered security, core Internet infrastructure and open source. As well, she was a senior technical editor at CRN Test Center reviewing open source, storage, and networking products. 

U.S. Lifts Gag Order on Government Requests for User Data

Under new Department of Justice rules, technology and telecommunications companies are now allowed to provide more information about government requests for customer data. However, they will still be restricted from disclosing what is being collected, or how much. The new rule comes days after President Obama promised changes in how long requests from the Foreign Intelligence…


Lockheed Martin and EMC to Invest in Advanced Technology Projects in Israel

Global security company and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp and data storage equipment maker EMC Corp, RSA’s parent company, have announced that they will jointly invest in technology projects including cloud computing, data analytics and cyber technology. Under the arrangement, Lockheed Martin and EMC will identify a series of development opportunities that can be contracted…