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 Some $7,900 of that was withdrawn, the complaint states.
Hackers Break Into OECD Computer Systems
Andrew Rettman writes on EUobserver.com:
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.