Here’s some encouraging cyber crime news –

Working with the U.S. FBI, Romanian police this past week have arrested 70 suspects of long-running online scams and fraud, thought to be from three organized cyber crime groups. The alleged fraudsters were involved in online auction scams targeting users of eBay.

News broke this week of another incident involving high-level cyber crime stemming from China –

The Conficker worm dominated the security news last spring, and now this much-publicized piece of malware is back in the press again – this time because of what we may be able to learn from the global response to the Conficker cyber attack.

We’ve warned you before about the rise of rogue security software, as cyber scammers continue to push their fake products. A simple, yet effective, way for these criminals to increase rogue sales is to hitch a ride on the back of a well-known security product, and distribute it through a rogue website.

In its second out-of-band update (meaning delivered outside of the regular Patch Tuesday schedule) in the past three months, Microsoft said today that it’s planning to issue an emergency security update tomorrow. The update will patch a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 that has been used to launch drive-by attacks.

Check Microsoft’s ‘Security Bulletin Advance Notification’ for full details.

Does it feel like you’re always plugged-in – whether it's signed-in, logged-on, or other various methods of being connected through the latest networking sites and tech gadgets?

Are you living in a cyber crime hotspot?

For those following the news which broke in January of the cyber attacks against Google – believed to be originating from China – and Google’s subsequent plan to stop censoring search results, there’s been a recent update:

Tax season is not a favorite time of year for most of us, but it’s drawing near in many parts of the world.

For those in the U.S., the April 15 income tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, tax season has its own set of security traps that you’ll need to watch out for, with cyber scammers jumping to take advantage of the swell in online activity and the handover of personal information.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) that serves as a clearinghouse to triage cyber crime complaints, has released its 2009 annual Internet crime report. This year’s findings show that, once again this year, online crime complaints ‘increased substantially,’ highlighting the threat posed by cyber criminals.

From the 2009 Internet Crime Report:

In Lavasoft Malware Labs’ Internet security predictions for 2010, we listed scareware and rogue (fake) security products as a rising threat to watch out for. The money made from this malware model ensures that cyber criminals will not abandon what is a very profitable endeavor for them - meaning that this prediction will, unfortunately for users around the world, continue to ring true this year.

You may have seen the reports from last week’s RSA conference, with online crime estimates by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). According to the FDIC:


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