The Wrap: Fujacks, E-Cards, And Google
Gamers who were infected with the Fujacks worm should be pleased to know four people have been charged with creating and distributing it online.
|The Wrap: Fujacks, E-Cards, And Google|
It’s no secret to anyone with exposure to computer security news that China figures prominently as the origin of a multitude of Internet threats. Only those in China seem to be surprised, as security firm Sophos noted the charges against four Chinese hackers.
The quartet have been accused of writing and disseminating the Fujacks worm. The worm stole login credentials for MMORPGs, and left behind infected programs with their icons turned into a picture of a panda burning joss-sticks.
One person confessed to writing the worm and selling it to a dozen buyers for about $12,500. The group also sold the information they gathered from compromised machines. They could face five years in jail if convicted.
AOL E-card Spammer – “You’ve Got Jail”: Michael Dolan could get seven years in stir after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with access devices, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced Dolan’s plea. For about four years, Dolan and others spammed AOL users with fake Hallmark.com greeting card emails that delivered a Trojan to a PC.
The Trojan spawned a program that informed victims they would need to re-enter personal information in order to log back on to AOL. Dolan and others used that information, which included the subscriber’s name, credit card number, bank account number, and Social Security account number, to commit thefts.
Google Didn’t Feel Photogenic: Attendees of the Google Dance, a search industry party held at Google’s headquarters during the SES San Jose conference, were treated a little differently if they happened to be unsavory media types.
Google assigned new employees from their corporate communications team to shadow members of the press. Those employees also interfered with press who tried to take photographs of people at the event, according to Bub.blicio.us blogger Brian Solis and Google Blogoscope’s Philipp Lenssen.
Although Solis observed plenty of non-press people taking pictures, he and other press were told they needed permission to photograph anyone’s faces. One Google handler physically assaulted Solis, grabbing his arm when he tried to take a picture of people playing Twister.
Solis downplayed the heavy-handed security, saying he respected Google’s requests but noted media types were not told of such rules before attending what was by other accounts an enjoyable time.