Monthly Archives: September 2012

Does Cybercrime Pay?

Researchers out of England have published a report that shows the amount of money cybercrime has swindled or stolen from people and companies over the years. Unfortunately on the Internet crime does pay: Fake antivirus malware = $97 Million Online banking fraud from phishing emails = $320 Million Online banking fraud from malware = $370 […]

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Emma Watson is the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet

Internet searches for Emma Watson have a 12.6% chance of returning a malware site. This is according to the latest research from the anti-virus software company McAfee. Criminals know people are looking for gossip, pictures, and movies of these celebrities and create malware sites to trap unsuspecting users. Other celebrities on the top ten list […]

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Citadel Reveton Ransomware – The story of one laptop

Variants of the Reveton Ransomware by country This weekend one of my most computer savvy family members had their security hardened laptop brought to its knees by the Citadel Reveton Ransomware. This is the story of an infected laptop and attempts at cleaning up a very advanced set of malware. Background: The Reveton Ransomware was […]

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Take Charge of Your Online Reputation

Controlling your online reputation is an important step for everyone using Social Media. Every piece of information you or others post about you can lead to identity theft, cyber bullying, damaged reputation, and real world threats. View the full size Infographic from TrendMicro: The Risks of Posting in Social Networks A new study released by […]

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Don’t leave your Laptop or Phone Unattended

This week the NU crime log lists two cases where an iPhone and MacBook Pro were stolen while the owner left them unattended. 11:19 a.m. A student reported that his unattended iPhone 4S was stolen from Hurtig Hall. He said that he had tried to call the phone and could confirm that it was still […]

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Fake Northeastern Helpdesk Service Call

IMPORTANT MESSAGE The Office of Information Security has been notified that a person(s) is impersonating a Northeastern employee in an attempt to trick students to install remote monitoring software and malware on their computer. Example of the call: A student received a call from an “Unknown Number” and the caller identified himself as a Northeastern employee. […]

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Hackers Go Low Tech to Steal Romney Tax Returns

Hackers have reportedly stolen years of Romney’s 1040 tax returns from PricewaterhouseCoopers Nashville office last Wednesday. This claim has yet to be proven true, but let’s assume for a moment it is true. What is remarkable, politics notwithstanding, is the low tech means the hackers used to pull off the theft. From the statement on […]

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Update Java – Critical Security Vulnerability

SecureNU recommends Mac and Windows users update Java on your computer (this is different from javascript used for your web browser). Security holes were discovered in Java that allows an attacker to take over your computer. Oracle has released a security update to close this hole. Don’t know if you have Java? Go to Java.com […]

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