Brazilian Police Arrest 85 Bank Hackers

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Brazilian police arrested 85 people on Thursday accused of stealing more than $33 million by hacking into the online bank accounts of unwitting Internet users, authorities said.

The raid — dubbed Operation Pegasus — was carried out by 410 federal police officers in seven states, making it one of the biggest crackdowns on electronic crime in Brazil.

In all, 105 arrest warrants were issued after a four-month investigation found that the suspects had pocketed about 80 million reais in the scam.

Source: Reuters

Two Arrested In Zotob Worm Probe

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Authorities in Morocco and Turkey have arrested two people believed to be responsible for unleashing a computer worm that infected networks at U.S. companies and government agencies earlier this month, the
FBI said Friday.

Farid Essebar, 18, was arrested in Morocco, while Atilla Ekici, 21, was arrested in Turkey on Thursday, the FBI said. They will be prosecuted in those countries, the FBI said.

The Zotob worm and its variations targeted computers that run Microsoft Corp. operating systems, with
Windows 2000 users most seriously affected.

The worm disrupted computer operations in mid-August at several large news organizations, including The Associated Press, ABC, CNN, and The New York Times, such companies as heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau.

Microsoft played a role in locating the suspects, the FBI said.

Source: AP

ID Theft Ring Escapes Shutdown

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An ID theft ring that has hit thousands of people is proving hard to shut down.

Discovered by US security fim Sunbelt Software, the scam used keyloggers to steal data stored by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.

Variants of the original bug are popping up and sending data to other servers and are continuing to harvest data from unwitting victims’ machines.

Tools are now appearing to help people find out if they are infected and to remove the sophisticated bug.

Source: BBC

Amazon Is Selling Porn Movies

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Previous this week we found out that Amazon opened a sex store. But the thing that was obviously missing from that store was movies.

Well don’t worry; for all you romance seeking people, Amazon.com is also selling porn movies. Although you won’t find any DVD or video section for adults, searching for your favorite porn star or studio in the DVD / video section will result many movie titles from which you can pick.

Symantec AntiVirus Vulnerability

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iDefense Labs notified Symantec of an issue within the functionality of the Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition HTML help interface that allows an authorized, but non-privileged user to gain privileged access to files and functionality on the local system.

The Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition client help function uses HTML help, the Windows help interface, to provide support to the client user. This interface was made to provide the user with a common interface that the user understands, is familiar with, and is able to implement quickly and easily. When an authorized user accesses the GUI on the Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition client, the user can request help using the GUI toolbar.

In the vulnerable product versions, the HTML help functionality assumes permissions from the Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition privileged access, rather than retaining the more restrictive user privileges assigned to a non-privileged logged-in user. By manipulating the GUI interface the non-privileged local user gains the ability to browse all system files or execute local system applications and programs with local SYSTEM privilege.

The vulnerability affects Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9.0 and Symantec Client

Maintenance Releases and product upgrades are available through the Platinum Support Web Site for Platinum customers or through the FileConnect -Electronic Software Distribution web site for licensed users.

Source: Symantec

AMD Knocks Intel on Power

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AMD is fighting the power. Even with Intel Corp.’s new focus on delivering higher processor performance per watt of energy, unveiled here at its fall Intel Developer Forum, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. maintains that its Opteron server chips consume less juice than its rival Intel’s Xeon server chips, either available now or coming in the near future.

AMD executives camped out at atop the Westin St. Francis hotel only a few blocks from Moscone Center West, where the developer forum took place, argued that because Opterons use less power, servers based on them will cost businesses less money to run.

Source: eWeek

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