Saturday, November 06, 2010

Zeus Trojan Money Mule Suspects Arrested

Brian Prince writes on eWeek:

Two men sought by the FBI on cyber-crime charges were picked up recently by authorities, ending a month-long manhunt, according to media reports.

Dorin Codreanu and Lilian Adam, both originally from Moldova, appeared in court Nov. 4 in Madison, Wisc., after being arrested a day earlier, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Both Adam and Codreanu are accused of working as money mules for a cyber-gang that used the Zeus Trojan to infect computers and swipe online banking information.

In September, law enforcement officers arrested scores of suspected members of the ring around the world. In New York, federal prosecutors charged 37 people in connection with the crew, which is alleged to have looted millions of dollars compromised accounts.

According to the complaint, Codreanu served as both a money mule and a manager for the organization who recruit two other mules into the crew. Adam is alleged to have opened at least three accounts into which roughly $14,620 was fraudulently wired from a victim’s account. Some $7,900 of that was withdrawn, the complaint states.

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Hackers Break Into OECD Computer Systems

Andrew Rettman writes on

The OECD, the Paris-based club of the world's 33 richest countries, has been successfully hacked by people looking for sensitive information on money laundering, high-level corruption and tax evasion.

OECD spokesman Stephen Di Biasio told EUobserver by phone from France on Thursday (4 November) that the body first detected "unusual" activity in its IT network in August and is still battling to get malware out of its computers three months later despite calling in help from the French security services and private cyber-defence companies.

"We've got a team trying to close down their points of entry, but we're not in a position today to say we've cleared them out of our system," he said.

"What we know is it's quite a sophisticated attack. We've got quite high levels of security protocols at the OECD and this has been able to bypass those security measures ... What we are seeing is that it's not a destructive attack. It's obviously fishing for information. Because the OECD works in such a broad array of areas, they are searching around to see what they can get."

Mr Di Biasio said the malware appears to have got in via a USB memory stick and that the attacks are coming from "different geographical areas, quite a few points in Asia." He was unable to say if the assault involves a government or a private entity.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Welcome, Oidhche Shamhna (Samhain Eve)

Via Wikipedia.

The Samhain celebrations have survived in several guises as a festival dedicated to the harvest and the dead. In Ireland and Scotland, the Féile na Marbh, the "festival of the dead" took place on Samhain.

Samhain Eve, in Irish and Scots Gaelic, Oidhche Shamhna, is one of the principal festivals of the Celtic calendar, and is thought to fall on or around the 31st of October. It represents the final harvest. In modern Ireland and Scotland, the name by which Halloween is known in the Gaelic language is still "Oíche/Oidhche Shamhna". It is still the custom in some areas to set a place for the dead at the Samhain feast, and to tell tales of the ancestors on that night.

Traditionally, Samhain was time to take stock of the herds and grain supplies, and decide which animals would need to be slaughtered in order for the people and livestock to survive the winter. This custom is still observed by many who farm and raise livestock.
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