Skimmer Innovation: ‘Wiretapping’ ATMs

Banks in Europe are warning about the emergence of a rare form of ATM skimmer involving a wire-like device that is inserted through a tiny hole cut in the cash machine’s front. The hole is covered up by a fake decal, and the thieves somehow attach the device to the place inside the ATM where the customer’s card is inserted.


Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

wiredmikey writes A federal court has temporarily shut down and frozen the assets of two telemarketing operations accused by the FTC of scamming customers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services. According to complaints filed by the FTC, since at least 2012, the defendants used software designed to trick consumers into believing there were problems with their computers and then hit them with sales pitches for tech support products and services to fix their machines. According to the FTC, the scams began with computer software that claimed to improve the security or performance of the customer’s computer. Typically, consumers downloaded a free, trial version of the software that would run a computer system scan. The scan always identified numerous errors, whether they existed or not. Consumers were then told that in order to fix the problems they had to purchase the paid version of the software for between $29 and $49. In order to activate the software after the purchase, consumers were then directed to call a toll-free number and connected to telemarketers who tried to sell them unneeded computer repair services and software, according to the FTC complaint. The services could cost as much as $500, the FTC stated.

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Hackers tried to hold a Detroit city database hostage

Online criminals aren’t just trying to extract ransoms from unsuspecting individuals; they’re targeting whole cities, too. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has revealed that hackers tried to hold a city database hostage in April, demanding 2,000 Bitcoins…


Firing Range — Open Source Web App Vulnerability Scanning Tool From Google

Google on Tuesday launched a Security testing tool "Firing Range", which aimed at improving the efficiency of automated Web application security scanners by evaluating them with a wide range of cross-site scripting (XSS) and a few other web vulnerabilities seen in the wild.
Firing Range basically provides a synthetic testing environment mostly for cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities


Detekt, a free tool for Windows to detect surveillance spyware

Detekt is a free tool for computers and devices running Windows operating systems that scans for traces of surveillance spyware on the system. Designed to provide journalists and human rights activists with a program to detect potential surveillance spyware on computer systems, it can be downloaded and used by anyone running Windows computers. The program, […]

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Microsoft Visual Studio Now Free For Non-Commercial Use!

If you like programming, one of the major frustrations with Windows has always been the cost of obtaining development tools. While there are admittedly many companies offering products at good value, the "gold standard" in this area has always been Microsoft, and their products are expensive. Visual Studio 2013, for example, which is the ultimate development suite containing everything you need in order to write Windows programs, retails for upwards of $500.

Until now, at least.

Microsoft has now announced Visual Studio Community 2013. It’s pretty much a full copy of Visual Studio, as available in the shops for $500 or so. You can use it to create programs for Windows, Android and iOS. The deal is that it’s available for use by individuals, non-profit companies, and teams of fewer than 5 developers. Which pretty much means every amateur programmer on the planet.