The takedown tale of Gribodemon
March 6, 2014
by Donna Leinwand Leger and Anna Arutunyan, USA TODAY March 5, 2014
TVER, Russia — Sasha Panin called himself “Gribodemon,” and his evil works in the world of cybercrime have bedeviled millions.
Panin is a 20-something Russian computer whiz who until a few years ago lived in obscurity with his grandmother in this struggling riverside city.
Europol, FBI join forces to proactively fight cyber crime
February 11, 2014
By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog
PUNTA CUNA, Dominican Republic – Europol and the FBI are formalizing a partnership to proactively fight international cyber crime.
That’s the latest proof point that law enforcement continues to make slow, but steady progress coordinating investigations and overcoming cross-jurisdictional obstacles to stop cyber criminals.
“There is instinctively knowledge that we need to share information in fighting cyber crime,” Troel Oerting, head of the European Cyber Crime Centre, or EC3, told attendees of the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit, here this morning. “We all want a very free Internet, but it should also be secure. We will see many bumps in the road until we get it right. But we will get it right.” …More
Lessons from the capture of SpyEye’s mastermind
February 5, 2014
SEATTLE — The cyberunderground paused last week to note that Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, aka “Gribodemon,” had pleaded guilty to charges pegging him as the mastermind of SpyEye.
SpyEye is the tool of choice for hackers who routinely pilfer from online bank accounts. It arose in 2009 as a cheaper imitation of the pioneering banking Trojan, ZeuS, which was the creation of a brilliant, young Russian programmer who goes by the aliases Slavik, A-Z, Umbro and Monstr.
ZeuS’ creator remains on the loose.
The tale of how SpyEye overtook ZeuS could fit in any textbook on entrepreneurship. What’s more, it demonstrates how business-like and resilient the world of criminal hacking has become.
Let’s pick up the story circa 2009, with the help of Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence at security start-up PhishLabs, and Loucif Kharouni, researcher at anti-malware firm Trend Micro.
ZeuS is selling for as much as $8,000 to crime gangs expert at hijacking online bank accounts. ZeuS hacks require customized tuning of the attack code, and crews of hackers working in concert to pull off Ocean’s Eleven-like heists. …More
Concerns rise as hotel chains disclose data breach
February 5, 2014
SEATTLE — The disclosure of consumer data breaches at certain Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and other major hotel chains managed by White Lodging Hotels comes as Congress is getting briefed about how cybercriminals are taking advantage of flaws in systems that collect and store sensitive data.
Senators Al Franken, Dick Durbin, and Diane Fienstein yesterday got …More
Q&A: Why it’s high time to use e-mail more judiciously
January 31, 2014
Yet on Thursday the tech giant admitted hackers stole data from an undisclosed number of Yahoo mail users; this time getting to the precious data via a third party website.
SpyEye mastermind pleads guilty
January 29, 2014
Score one big win for law enforcement.
Aleksandr Andreevich Panin plead guilty on Tuesday in an Atlanta courtroom to charges pegging him as the mastermind behind the notorious SpyEye banking Trojan.
Panin plead guilty to conspiring to commit wire and bank fraud. Sentencing was scheduled for April 29, 2014.
SpyEye is a premier hackers’ tool, designed expressly to infect computers, and then use them in automated attacks …More
Can Shape Security revolutionize Web defense?
January 21, 2014
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