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New Internet Scam

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

Example of monitor display when computer is infected with Reveton ransomware New Internet Scam‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment 08/09/12 There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI. “We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims. Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when
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Cyber Threat, Part 2: Partnerships and Challenges

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

Shawn Henry  The Cyber ThreatPart 2: Shawn Henry on Partnerships, Challenges 03/30/12 Part 2 of an interview with Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Q: Why are partnerships so important? Henry: The threat we face is not solely within the FBI’s area of responsibility. So we work very closely with other law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community domestically. We share tactics and intelligence. We also partner with the private sector, because they often are the victims and see attacks before anybody else. The final piece—and one
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Cyber Threat: On the Front Lines with Shawn Henry

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

The Cyber ThreatPart 1: On the Front Lines with Shawn Henry 03/27/12 Shawn Henry realized a lifelong dream when he became a special agent in 1989. Since that time he has traveled the world for investigations and become one of the FBI’s most senior executives and its top official on cyber crime. FBI.gov recently sat down with Henry—who is about to retire from the Bureau—to talk about the cyber threat and his FBI career. Q: You were involved with cyber investigations long before the public had an awareness of how serious the threat is. How did you
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Taking International Aim at Child Predators

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

Operation AtlanticTaking International Aim at Child Predators 03/01/12 On Wednesday, Europol released the results of its first joint operation with the FBI against international child predators, announcing the identification of eight child victims and the arrest of 17 individuals for child sexual molestation and production of pornography. Operation Atlantic has led to the identification of 37 child sex offenders in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The investigation, which began in December 2010, continues as individuals overseas are still being sought. “Online child predators and child exploitation are not just
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Cyber Alerts for Parents & Kids Tip #2: Beware of ‘Sextortion’

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

Cyber Alerts for Parents & KidsTip #2: Beware of ‘Sextortion’ 02/10/12 At the beginning of her summer break in June 2005, a 15-year-old Florida girl logged onto her computer and received a startling instant message. The sender, whom the girl didn’t know, said he had seen her photo online and that he wanted her to send him pictures—of her in the shower. When the girl didn’t comply, the sender showed he knew where she lived and threatened to hurt the girl’s sister if she didn’t agree to his demands. Worried and hoping to
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‘Gameover’ Malware Targets Bank Accounts

October 2, 2012 in Cyber Crimes, FBI News by News

Malware Targets Bank Accounts‘Gameover’ Delivered Via Phishing E-Mails 01/06/12 Cyber criminals have found yet another way to steal your hard-earned money: a recent phishing scheme involves spam e-mails—purportedly from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)—that can infect recipients’ computers with malware and allow access to their bank accounts. The malware is appropriately called “Gameover” because once it’s on your computer, it can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. And once the crooks get into your
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