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The takedown tale of Gribodemon

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 […]

Reuters editor accused of getting Anonymous to hack former employer

By William M. Welch and Byron Acohido, USA TODAY (Update. 15 March 2013: Reuters suspended social-media editor for the Reuters news agency charged Thursday in federal court with conspiring with the hacker group “Anonymous” to hack into and alter an online Tribune Company news story.) A social-media editor for the Reuters news agency was charged […]

Google execs lack clarity in closed-door briefing of Congress

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY, 3Feb2012, P1B Google executives faced tough questions Thursday, in a meeting with members of Congress, about changes to the company’s privacy policy scheduled to go into effect March 1. However, the search giant failed to assuage lawmakers’ privacy concerns stemming from the company’s controversial plans to step up the cross-referencing […]

Trust in the Internet falters after DigiNotar, Comodo hacked

The keepers of the Internet have become acutely concerned about the Web’s core trustworthiness. A hacker cracked into digital certificate supplier DigiNotar this summer and began issuing forged digital certificates for hundreds of web pages published by dozens of marquee companies. Unable to cope with the fallout, the Dutch firm, a division of Vasco, filed […]

Apps, social networks pose rising danger to kids online

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY, 07Sept2011, P3B There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy. The Federal Trade Commission last month announced a $50,000 settlement with app maker W3 Innovations for collecting and dispersing information of kids under […]

Surge of SpyEye attacks begins, as free, cheap hacking toolkits circulate

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY 22Aug2011, p1B SEATTLE — The odds that a cybergang will stealthily turn your PC into a bot this summer and use it to carry out all manner of cyberattacks just notched notably higher. That’s the upshot of a premier hacker’s toolkit, called SpyEye, recently being made accessible to cybercriminals of […]

Mass SQL hacking attacks takes aim at smaller online businesses

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY, 5 July 2011, p 1B Criminals who infect websites are making the Internet much riskier for small business owners. Since early June, one gang has been using a uniquely insidious type of automated attack to inject malicious code on some 20,000 to 30,000 sites, many of them small businesses that […]