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Hackers Make Malware Download Appear Legitimate

The creators of a recently-discovered form of malware (malicious software) have reportedly used stolen government ID to make the bogus software appear legitimate when presented on Windows PCs. Once the malware is installed, it can steal personal ... information, such as passwords or banking information, or download other malware programs to the PC. The malware is spread via infected PDF (portable document format) files that exploit a bug in the outdated Adobe Reader 8. (Source: ) The incident involves a code signing certificate, similar to the authentication systems for secure ... (view more)

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Massive ID Theft affects 3.3M Student Loan Borrowers

The names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of 3.3 million people were stolen in what is believed to be the largest-ever breach of personal information amongst university students. The issue could affect as many as 5% of all federal ... student-loan borrowers. According to Educational Credit Management Corp. (ECMC), a non-profit guarantor of federal student loans, during the weekend of March 20-21 the personal details of 3.3 millions borrowers were stolen from their St. Paul, Minn. headquarters. The theft did not involve hackers. ECMC spokesman Paul Kelash told the Wall Street Journal that ... (view more)

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Trojan Makes Off With Thousands of Identities

Need a job? At some point, all of us will be in that very position. However, nobody will ever want their identity stolen, although that's just what's been happening on one of the web's most popular job posting sites. InformationWeek recently ... reported the dirty doings of one particular advertising agency responsible for banners on the immensely popular and universal Uncovering the scam was security company SecureWorks, who discovered that one guilty party was responsible for thousands upon thousands of stolen identities. (Source: ) How'd they do it? The thieving ... (view more)


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