Online banking, transactions and security – how safe are we really?

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| As online criminals and hackers develop ever more sophisticated Trojans,
| spyware, botnets and attack vectors, are the banks, online stores, social
| networking sites and others really doing enough to keep their customers safe
| and secure?
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/15594/1105/

World on the brink global cyber warfare?

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| At the height of these attacks, 20,000 networks of compromised computers were
| linked, and analysis of the malicious traffic showed that computers from the
| United States, Canada, Brazil, Vietnam and others were involved.
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http://www.itwire.com/index.php?opti...r+your+vote%21


Related:

In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised. * * *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=661


Over 50% of corporate desktops infected with malware: IronPort

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| The report also reveals that more than 50% of corporate desktops
| worldwide are infected with some type of spyware with the rate of
| infection as high as 70% in the United States. Trojans or malicious
| system monitors represented over 7% of the infections. Rootkits and
| trick loaders, which reinstall spyware and other obfuscation techniques,
| make remediation very difficult thus prevention is the key to stopping
| these threats.
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http://www.crn-india.com/breakingnew...ies/66870.html


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/


China Crafts Cyberweapons

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| The Defense Department reports China is building cyberwarfare
| units and developing viruses.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...icle.html(News)


Estonia suspects Kremlin in Web attacks

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| He said more than 1 million computers worldwide have been used in
| recent weeks to attack Estonian government and business Web sites
| since a dispute arose with Moscow over Estonia's moving of a
| Soviet-era war memorial from downtown Tallinn.
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/interne...?eref=rss_tech


U.S. cyber counterattack: Bomb 'em one way or the other

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| If the United States found itself under a major cyberattack aimed
| at undermining the natio's critical information infrastructure,
| the Department of Defense is prepared, based on the authority of
| the president, to launch a cyber counterattack or an actual
| bombing of an attack source.
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http://www.networkworld.com/news/200...r-attacks.html


US plans for cyber attack revealed

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37563


Homeland Security sees cyberthreats on the rise

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| To test the nation's response to a cyberattack, the Department
| of Homeland Security plans to hold another major exercise,
| called Cyberstorm II, in March 2008, Garcia said. A first
| such exercise happened early last year.
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http://news.com.com/2100-7355_3-6157...0-20&subj=news
http://tinyurl.com/2dpbmv


Zombie botnets attack global DNS servers

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| Hackers launched a sustained attack last night against key root servers
| which form the backbone of the internet.
|
| Security firm Sophos said that botnets of zombie PCs bombarded the
| internet's domain name system (DNS) servers with traffic.
|
| "These zombie computers could have brought the web to its knees,"
| said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...-attack-global


Perspective: *Microsoft security--no more second chances?

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| CNET News.com's Charles Cooper says the software maker is running out
| of excuses for a history of poor security.
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| As if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff didn't have enough on
| his plate.
|
| Not only has he had to deal with Katrina and Osama. Now he's also got to
| whip Steve Ballmer and the crew at Microsoft into shape. If past is
| prologue, that last task may be the most daunting of all.
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http://news.com.com/2010-1002_3-6104...4512&subj=news


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports. "Despite all that, the net is still working,
| which is pretty amazing. It's pretty resilient," he said.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/


EveryDNS, OpenDNS Under Botnet DDoS Attack

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| The last time the Web mob (spammers and phishers using botnets)
| decided to go after a security service, Blue Security was forced
| to fold and collateral damage extended to several businesses,
| including Six Apart.
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http://securitywatch.eweek.com/explo...os_attack.html


Secure web browsing through Live Linux distros

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| Banking isn't the be-all and end-all: there's many other reasons you'd
| want a secure system, separate from what's on the hard disk, besides
| Internet banking. Traveller's can't necessarily trust the integrity of
| a computer in an Internet cafe.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/13292/53/


NZ banks demand a peek at customer PCs in fraud cases

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| The code also adds: "We reserve the right to request access to your computer
| or device in order to verify that you have taken all reasonable steps to
| protect your computer or device and safeguard your secure information in
| accordance with this code. *
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http://www.computerworld.com/action/...tsrc=news_list


Linux FlyBuys into financial transactions

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| Linux may be an operating system synonymous with a flightless
| bird, but Loyalty Pacific, the company behind popular retail
| loyalty and rewards program FlyBuys, has announced it will
| jet its infrastructure to open source software.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...98;fp;2;fpid;1


FNB [South African Bank] switches 12 000 desktops to Linux

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| With 12 000 desktops switching to Linux this is very likely the
| most significant Linux and open source implementation in South
| Africa to date.
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http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1562


Swedish bank hit by 'biggest ever' online heist

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| Haxdoor typically installs keyloggers to record keystrokes, and
| hides itself using a rootkit. The payload of the .ki variant of
| the Trojan was activated when users attempted to log in to the
| Nordea online banking site. According to the bank, users were
| redirected to a false home page, where they entered important
| log-in information, including log-in numbers.
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http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1...9285547,00.htm


Online banking fraud 'up 8,000%'

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| The UK has seen an 8,000% increase in fake internet banking scams
| in the past two years, the government's financial watchdog has warned.
|
| The Financial Services Authority (FSA) told peers it was "very concerned"
| about the growth in "phishing".
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6177555.stm