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FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday he is concerned about the potential for terrorists mounting cyber attacks and that the bureau is working "to stay ahead of these threats, both at home and abroad."

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CNNMoney: FBI Director: Cybercrime will eclipse terrorismupdated: Fri Mar 02 2012 07:55:00

Cybercriminals are becoming a threat that rivals terrorist groups like al Qaeda, according to the nation's top law enforcement official.

CNNMoney: LulzSec and Anonymous are the least of your hacker worriesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 19:37:00

This is part one of a week-long series on the ecosystem of cybercrime.

Inside a government cyber attack drillupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:42:00

Divided into two teams, cyber attackers and cyber defenders get a lesson in an "attack" on critical infrastructure.

China tech companies have army-linked 'cybermilitias'updated: Wed Oct 12 2011 22:55:00

Nanhao Group is, in many ways, an ordinary technology company. Its staff make online scoring systems, exam-mark scanners and other educational hardware and software.

Massive hack attack hits U.S., U.N.updated: Mon Aug 08 2011 07:14:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on a massive cyberspying operation targeting dozens of governments and companies worldwide.

As Android gets popular, so does Android malwareupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 14:28:00

As Android devices get more popular (today comScore reports Android phones comprise 40% of the U.S. smartphone market), they're becoming a more attractive target for cybercriminals. If you use an Android smartphone, you are now 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware (malicious software) than you were six months ago.

Hackers target Zimbabwe stock exchange siteupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 07:20:00

Computer hackers targeted the Zimbabwean stock exchange for the second time this week and used it as a phishing site, an official said Friday.

Police: North Korean hackers targeted South Korean game sitesupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 04:56:00

South Korean police arrested five men Thursday for allegedly collaborating with North Korean computer experts to hack into online game systems to generate millions of dollars in illicit gains.

CNNMoney: Countries brace for The Code Warupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 08:17:00

Repeated and constant cyber attacks against the United States have turned the country's assessment of national security threats on its head.

CNNMoney: The cyber Mafia has already hacked youupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 09:45:00

This is part three of a week-long series on the ecosystem of cybercrime.

CNNMoney: Low-tech Internet scams harvest billions of dollarsupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 07:44:00

This is part two in a week-long series on the ecosystem of cybercrime.

14 arrested in operation targeting Anonymousupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 04:30:00

Fourteen people have been arrested as part of an ongoing operation targeting the notorious hacking collective known as Anonymous, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI said on Tuesday.

Pentagon makes love, not cyber warupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 08:07:00

For one day, at least, you can call off the cyberwar.

Cyberwarfare finds a captive audienceupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 09:36:00

From scanning news headlines over the last couple of months, you might think the walls around Internet strongholds are made of rotting wood.

British man to appear in court over hacking attacksupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 07:27:00

A British man charged with attacks on three websites is due to appear in court Thursday, Scotland Yard said.

Analysis: The hidden cost of cybercrimeupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 23:04:00

A few years ago a disgruntled employee for a large multinational automotive firm left the company -- but when he walked out the door, he also walked out with plans for a new car model under development on a cheap USB drive.

Protecting yourself in a virtual worldupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 23:04:00

CNN's Deb Feyerick goes inside a state-of-the-art cloud and tells you how to keep your information safe.

Gmail hacking a sign of cyberattack threatupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 08:35:00

On Wednesday, Google announced that hundreds of users of its Gmail service -- including high-ranking U.S. and South Korean officials, journalists and Chinese political activists -- had been targeted by hackers who sought to steal their passwords and monitor their e-mails. Google concluded the attack came from a provincial capital in eastern China, which is also the location of a technical reconnaissance center for the Chinese military.

U.S. officials, Google hackedupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 08:35:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports hackers tapped into the personal Gmail accounts of government employees and military personnel.

CNNMoney: How top U.S. government officials got hackedupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 12:27:00

The targeted phishing scheme that struck hundreds of top U.S. government officials' personal Gmail accounts was neither difficult to perform nor incredibly sophisticated.

CNNMoney: Massive Gmail phishing attack hits top U.S. officialsupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:22:00

Hundreds of personal Gmail accounts, including those of some senior U.S. government officials, were hacked as a result of a massive phishing scheme originating from China, Google said Wednesday.

Phishing attacks come from China?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 11:45:00

CNN's John Vause speaks with Andrew Lih about cyber attacks on Google Gmail accounts.

The Pentagon's cyber attack policyupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 10:14:00

The Pentagon has a new strategy for handling cyber attacks: treat them as acts of war. But is this the best approach?

Pentagon doesn't rule out military force against cyberattacksupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 10:14:00

The Pentagon is formulating a new strategy on how to respond to cyberattacks that would include using military force, a spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.

FBI warns U.S. businesses of new Chinese cybercrime schemeupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 02:33:00

FBI agents combating international cybercrime are currently battling hackers on two new fronts -- from a remote corner of China to the virtual battlefields of "Call of Duty" emanating from the family playroom.

Iran's nukes under cyber attackupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 07:37:00

CNN's Brian Todd looks into the second cyber attack against an Iranian nuclear facility and who may be responsible.

CNNMoney: 'Prince William bachelor party photos!': Spam!updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:37:00

Hot in your inbox: "Kate's Wedding Dress Details - Leaked!" and "Prince William's Bachelor Party Photos!" If you click on these emails, then you've probably been spammed!

CNNMoney: Fed computer hacker pleads guiltyupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 17:42:00

A Malaysian man accused of hacking into the Federal Reserve's computer system pleaded guilty Wednesday in New York.

Mobile users more vulnerable to e-mail phishing scamsupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 18:32:00

Last week the news broke that the world's largest permissions-based e-mail marketing company, Epsilon, had been hacked -- compromising the security of an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names. Major companies with millions of customers, such as JP Morgan Chase and Target, sent e-mail notices alerting customers of the breach.

E-mail scam artist gangs of Ghanaupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 11:30:00 looks at the bizarre criminal world of Ghana's e-mail scam gangs.

European Union under cyber attack as major summit beginsupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 07:25:00

The European Union is under cyber attack, a spokesman said Thursday, as a major international summit begins.

Cyber attack on the Canadian governmentupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 10:24:00

From CBC News. Canada's federal government is under an unprecedented cyber attack against their computers.

2011 cyberattack targets: iPhone, Facebook, Foursquareupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 10:25:00

Spamming e-mail is so last year.

WikiLeaks supporters strike backupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 11:25:00

CNN's Brian Todd investigates claims that Visa and MasterCard are under cyber attack from supporters of Julian Assange.

Is WikiLeaks engaged in 'cyber war'?updated: Thu Dec 09 2010 11:25:00

Media outlets and a Twitter feed this week lobbed a controversial term into the public debate about cyber attacks over WikiLeaks:

WikiLeaks reports another electronic disruptionupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 14:36:00

After posting thousands of secret government documents, WikiLeaks came under an electronic attack designed to make it unavailable to users, the whistle-blower website said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: 'Zeus Trojan' zaps $3 million from bank accountsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 14:47:00

An international cybercrime ring was broken up Thursday by federal and state officials who say the alleged hackers used phony e-mails to obtain personal passwords and empty more than $3 million from U.S. bank accounts.

U.S. launches a drill to test international cybersecurityupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 14:21:00

It's only a drill and no computers will be harmed in testing now underway to check whether governments, private industry, and other computer infrastructure could handle a major cyberspace attack.

GAO: Information logjam leaves U.S. more vulnerable to cyberattackupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 21:43:00

The public and private sector are not doing enough to share information that could help prevent a catastrophic cyberattack on the nation's critical infrastructure, according to a report by the General Accountability Office released on Monday.

The ongoing war against cybercrimeupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 09:33:00

Like most college students, Jake McCoy had to apply for several loans to pay for his education.

Travelers vulnerable to 'phishing' scamsupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 13:04:00

A stolen bag. Lost cash. A missing passport.

CNNMoney: Nigerian prince still wants your moneyupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 13:23:00

Internet fraud cases surged by 22% in 2009, and financial losses doubled compared to the year before as scammers took advantage of Americans rendered desperate by the recession.

Reports: Phishing attack hits Twitterupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 11:44:00

If you're on Twitter, it may be a good idea to change your password today.

Is chasing cybercrooks worth it?updated: Mon Mar 15 2010 10:09:00

This week's arrests of three men in connection with one of the world's largest computer-virus networks may seem like great news -- perhaps even a sign authorities are starting to win the war against cyberthieves.

Fact Check: Cyberattack threatupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 18:42:00

A Washington think tank staged a mock cyberattack on the United States on Tuesday in a bid to evaluate strategies for fighting cyberterrorists. Former senior government officials gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center to play the roles of Cabinet members responding to a simulated attack on the nation's computer infrastructure.

CNNMoney: Google may leave China after cyber attackupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 12:14:00

Google said Tuesday that it may leave China and shut down its strictly monitored site there,, citing censorship rules and a targeted cyber attack on its network infrastructure.

Report: Countries prepping for cyberwarupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 11:11:00

Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a "Cyber Cold War," amassing cyberweapons, conducting espionage, and testing networks in preparation for using the Internet to conduct war, according to a new report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.

Facebook, Twitter crooks just a click awayupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 09:54:00

If you're on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, you could be the next victim.

Facebook, Twitter users beware: Crooks are a mouse click awayupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 17:27:00

If you're on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, you could be the next victim.

Authorities: 100 in U.S. and Egypt charged in ID theft ringupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 23:06:00

Authorities indicted 100 Americans and Egyptians on Wednesday in the smashing of an international identity theft ring billed as one of the largest cybercrime cases ever.

Will your privacy be compromised online?updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 07:26:00

The 2010 Census is nearly under way, but don't expect an e-mail from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you personal questions in its head count of America.

Study warns of cyberwarfare during military conflictsupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 14:39:00

An independent research group predicts that cyberwarfare will accompany future military conflicts and is recommending international action to blunt its impact.

CNNMoney: Cybercrime: A secret underground economyupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 09:11:00

If the word 'cybercrime' conjures up images of computer geeks trying to crash computers from their mothers' basements, think again.

UK Pentagon hacker loses appeal, will be sent to U.S.updated: Fri Jul 31 2009 22:47:00

The Briton accused of hacking into U.S. government computers on Friday lost his court appeal to have his case heard in Britain, his legal team said.

South Korea under cyber attackupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 03:53:00

North Korea is thought to be behind recent cyber attacks in South Korea. CNN's Sohn Jie-Ae reports.

Cyber attacks touching celebrities, governmentsupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 03:53:00

The death of Michael Jackson and Internet attacks in the United States and South Korea share a cyber-crime connection.

Dangerous Internet search terms grow with cybercrimeupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 05:17:00

Cyber criminals are setting snares that move at the speed of news.

Online words that hurtupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 05:17:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks to Kevin Voigt, business editor, about the power of words in cyberspace

Facebook hit by phishing attacks for a second dayupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 15:59:00

Facebook stopped a phishing attack on Thursday, its second day in a row of dealing with a worm on the site that lures people to a fake Facebook page and prompts them to log in.

Hackers reportedly have embedded code in power gridupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 09:57:00

Computer hackers have embedded software in the United States' electricity grid and other infrastructure that could potentially disrupt service or damage equipment, two former federal officials told CNN.

Hackers penetrate gridupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 09:57:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports foreign hackers have embedded software in the U.S. electric grid.

Internet crime jumps by a third last yearupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 20:58:00

Internet-based rip-offs jumped 33 percent last year over the previous year, according to a report from a complaint center set up to monitor such crimes.

Crime lab backlog 'too long' for crimes against childrenupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 17:56:00

Hundreds of investigations of online child sexual exploitation and child pornography have been significantly delayed by backlogs at FBI cybercrime labs, according to a Justice Department report released Friday.

Online dirty tricks may mar U.S. electionsupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 05:35:00

As the U.S. presidential elections draw closer, voting activists are bracing themselves for an onslaught of online dirty tricks and misinformation campaigns designed to deceive and disenfranchise voters.

Online dirty tricks may mar U.S. electionsupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 12:09:00

As the U.S. presidential elections draw closer, security experts and voting activists are bracing themselves for an onslaught of online dirty tricks and misinformation campaigns designed to deceive and disenfranchise voters.

Fighting the agents of organized cybercrimeupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 00:43:00

Back in the good old days of the Internet, the hacker was a teenager motivated by high-tech pranks and bragging rights. Today, the online thief could be anyone with 'Net access after a quick buck.

Brand-jacking: business battles online scammersupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 23:11:00

What's in a name? If it's a big brand name, plenty. The top 100 global brands have a combined value of $1.2 trillion, estimates consultancy Interbrand. That's bound to attract online scammers.

Teen questioned in computer hacking probeupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 07:20:00

A New Zealand teenager has been questioned in connection with a scheme by hackers to remotely take over more than 1 million computers worldwide and use them for criminal activity, New Zealand police and the FBI said Thursday. IRS Issues Warning on Wildfire Scamupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 16:00:00

People should be on the lookout for a new e-mail scam soliciting donations to California wildfire victims in the name of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. government

CNNMoney: Internet crime gets personalupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 14:11:00

Internet pirates have begun to turn away from traditional attack modes such as viruses and worms and are increasingly using targeted emails and other techniques to swipe critical personal information, according to an Internet security report released Monday.

CNNMoney: Beware Social Security e-mail scamupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 15:08:00

If you get an e-mail announcing the cost-of-living increases scheduled for 2007 Social Security benefits and purporting to be from the Social Security Administration, don't answer it and don't click on any links in the e-mail.

Investors target of spam and scamupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 05:17:00

Have you won the lottery lately? Not the one you bought a ticket in for last Saturday night's big draw, but the international one from Amsterdam or Spain?

Fortune: Online scams create "Yahoo! millionaires"updated: Thu Jun 01 2006 09:43:00

Akin is, like many things in cyberspace, an alias. In real life he's 14. He wears Adidas sneakers, a Rolex Submariner watch, and a kilo of gold around his neck.

Fortune: The Net's not-so-secret economy of crimeupdated: Mon May 15 2006 13:17:00

Raze Software offers a product called CC2Bank 1.3, available in freeware form - if you like it, please pay for it. Raze's attractively designed Web site, registered in Belarus, may suggest a shaky command of English -"I shall pleased any estimation in respect of my programs and this page," it reads - but it displays the classic characteristics of web commerce, like visitor statistics, advertising, and links to Web sites of partners.

Beware of tax refund 'phishing' scamsupdated: Thu Apr 13 2006 15:44:00

It's just the news that hardworking taxpayers want to see in their inbox: an update on their refund from the Internal Revenue Service.

CNNMoney: Cybercrime on the rise, survey findsupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 09:09:00

Cybercrime is on the rise -- and today's attacks are often silent, hard to detect and highly targeted, according to a new survey.

FSB: Data Lockdownupdated: Fri Jan 20 2006 10:02:00

A recent survey estimated that almost two million Internet users in the U.S. inadvertently gave personal information to cyberscammers last year. Increasingly the weapon of choice is a "phishing" ex...

CNNMoney: Cyber scams to soar Tuesday?updated: Tue Dec 13 2005 06:53:00

Tuesday is expected to be a very busy day for online shoppers and for cyber thieves, according to a published report.

Phishers trying to reel in taxpayersupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 19:14:00

A British Internet-security firm is warning people to not get hooked by an e-mail scam promising tax refunds from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Hackers shift focus to financial gainupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 10:40:00

Internet criminals want your computer, your money and your identity. And their tactics are becoming increasingly refined and organized, according to security experts.

Net thieves shift focus to financial gain, controlupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 16:30:00

Internet criminals want your computer, your money and your identity. And their tactics are becoming increasingly refined and organized, according to security experts.

CNNMoney: Gone phishingupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 16:55:00

An unwelcome dose of reality hit the booming online marketing industry this week. Online security fears are beginning to lower confidence in online commerce.

CNNMoney: Credit card breach: Tracing who dunnitupdated: Tue Jun 28 2005 13:38:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - News that hackers broke into the database of payment processor CardSystems, which contained information on over 40 million credit card accounts, raises the obvious question: Who did it?

Companies at risk from cyber-crimeupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 11:14:00

Bank robbery has come a long way since the days of Bonnie and Clyde.

Virus alert: Don't open FBI e-mailupdated: Tue Feb 22 2005 19:50:00

Don't open those e-mail attachments that appear to be from the FBI. They might contain a computer virus.

Digital evidence: Today's fingerprintsupdated: Fri Jan 28 2005 15:51:00

Police and prosecutors are fashioning a new weapon in their arsenal against criminals: digital evidence. The sight of hard drives, Internet files and e-mails as courtroom evidence is increasingly common.

Experts: Cyber-crime bigger threat than cyber-terrorupdated: Tue Jan 18 2005 18:08:00

As David Perry left a cyber-security conference in Luxembourg in 2004, an airport terminal handling international flights was in chaos.

CNNMoney: Giving for tsunami reliefupdated: Wed Jan 12 2005 16:13:00

Since the devastating tsunami in South Asia last month, Americans have been generously donating to relief efforts.

Internet aids tsunami recoveryupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 09:44:00

The Internet has played an unprecedented role supplying aid, money and information in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunamis.

CNNMoney: 'Tis the season for ID theftupdated: Fri Dec 10 2004 15:59:00

This holiday season, there's one gift you don't want to give -- your identity. But there are a slew of con artists trying to get just that.

Ramasastry: Hooking phishermenupdated: Mon Aug 16 2004 09:17:00

Phishing is a particularly pernicious type of Internet identity theft scam. So far, little has been done to stop it. But that will change if a promising new anti-phishing bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy becomes law.

CNNMoney: Heeeey, that wasn't Citibank!updated: Tue Aug 03 2004 15:48:00

Someday soon, if it hasn't happened already, you'll open an e-mail from eBay (or Citibank or Visa or another merchant or financial institution) informing you that your account has a problem. It will ask you to visit the company's Web site to straighten it out.

E-mail scam uses anti-terrorism hookupdated: Mon Jan 26 2004 11:03:00

E-mail users are being warned about a new identity theft scam that tries to snare victims by accusing them of violating the government's anti-terrorism Patriot Act.

Fortune: Viruses, Attacks, and Sabotage: It's a Computer Crime Wave Crime of many kinds is dropping these days--except when it comes to cupdated: Mon May 15 2000 00:01:00

If you read the newspapers, you might get the impression that cybercrime is limited to a handful of near cataclysms--the Melissa virus, say, or the coordinated attacks that brought eBay and Yahoo t...

Fortune: Insuring Your PC Against Hackersupdated: Mon May 24 1999 00:01:00

If insurers have their way, cautious companies will buy one of the dozens of new computer-crime policies designed to protect corporate America's swelling digital assets.

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