Cyber-age goodfellas

Thursday, 19 February 2004, 12:39 PM EST

The government claims that a pair of wiseguys aligned with the late John Gotti's Gambino crime family, working with veteran advertising hucksters and sophisticated publishing executives, took in more than $400 million over a five-year period in the late 1990s in twin scams involving the Internet and telephone services.

The schemes allegedly mousetrapped Web surfers who logged onto pornography sites by presenting "free tours" in exchange for credit card information. The sites, as described in government search warrants, contained a cyber-age version of a mob-style offer that can't be refused: The browser's "back" button was temporarily disabled and no exit offered from the screens. Instead, charges mounted as viewers paged through the website.

By Tom Robbins at The Village Voice.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

Windows 0-day exploited in ongoing attacks, temporary workarounds offered

Posted on 22 October 2014.  |  A new Windows zero-day vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk to users on servers and workstations that open documents with embedded OLE objects.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Thu, Oct 23rd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //