One of the few criminal requirements that transcends time and the physical/cyber realm is the need for money mules, or a person who transfers money acquired illegally on the behalf of others.
In the physical criminal world, the mule is paid for their service of either using a courier service or hand delivering money obtained through various methods of crime.
In the cyber world, the mule might transfer the money without ever knowing they are committing a crime.
In a blog posted today titled “Fuel for the Mule: Fake Secret Shopper Site a Dangerous Proposition” by Chris Boyd, aka @paperghost, on the ThreatTrack Security blog; Boyd talks about a Bolivian website that was hacked and now hosts a money mule scam disguised as a Walmart Secret Shopper Page.
This month marks the 10th Anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, or NCSAM, here in the United States and hopefully influences folks from all over the world to learn, prepare and take action to make our shared cyber world a safer one.
The theme is “Our Shared Responsibility” and I think that really hits the head on the nail when it comes to cyber security. Some people might think that using the Internet safely is purely for personal protection but it also protects potential victims that could only be attacked because of a single reckless user.
The Ransomware family ‘Reveton’ has been a thorn in the sides of many for over two years. It has employed a dynamic approach by tailoring the malware to specific countries and frequently changing infection methods.
Nevertheless, one thing that remains constant in Reveton is its ability to instill fear in users by accusing them of various illegal activities, and demanding payment for absolution. To this end, Reveton has once again reinvented itself, this time with a contingency plan just in case the user doesn’t pay up.
Now, while Reveton has been on a roller coaster as far as how much they demand from users, they seem to try and maximize on their potential target, rather than how much they think their target will pay.
Sometimes you would see Ransomware that asks for thousands of dollars from small businesses, and other times you will see only $100, a low number that some people might consider paying.
This new version of Reveton takes it a step further and regardless of how much users are willing to pay, or not pay, the bad guys are still getting a profit.
With all the talk about backdoor encryption, phishing attacks and privacy, I think it’s a good time to mention that today is Patch Tuesday! That means that Microsoft is releasing a lot of critical updates to their software today; updates that deal with some of the concerns of the day.
So be sure to update your system as soon as you can, though for those of you who might not know how simply head to:
There are a total of 14 updates today with four of them being of the critical nature, that is that the patches will prevent would-be attackers from using remote execution exploits on your operating system. Remote execution exploits allow an attacker to execute exploits give that full remote control of your system which could result in spying, credential stealing or malware being installed.
The SEA was at it again on Monday when they attempted to gain sympathy from members of the U.S. Marine Corps. How did they do it? By hacking of course!
An article posted on CSO this morning, by Steve Ragan, explains how the SEA were able to redirect traffic going to Marines.com to a propaganda site, asking Marines to not fight against their “Syrian Brothers.”