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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Friday about an uptick in complaints about an Internet virus that locks computers and demands payment after falsely alleging the user is guilty of a crime. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center first issued an alert in August about the virus known as Reveton ransomware virus, a malware program that can engage as soon as a victim clicks on a compromised website. The virus then locks the victim's computer and displays a message claiming that there has been a violation of federal law. The computer often displays a fake message purporting to be from the FBI or Department of Justice, claiming that the user's Internet address has been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal activity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Friday about an uptick in complaints about an Internet virus that locks computers and demands payment after falsely alleging the user is guilty of a crime. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center first issued an alert in August about the virus known as Reveton ransomware virus, a malware program that can engage as soon as a victim clicks on a compromised website. The virus then locks the victim's computer and displays a message claiming that there has been a violation of federal law. The computer often displays a fake message purporting to be from the FBI or Department of Justice, claiming that the user's Internet address has been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal activity.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Concerns last week that combat drone aircraft were compromised by a computer virus were dismissed by the U.S. Air Force. In a rare disclosure, the Air Force revealed that computer systems involved in its drone program were infected with a virus, but it did not hinder flight operations in any way. "It's standard policy not to discuss the operational status of our forces," Col. Kathleen Cook, spokeswoman for Air Force Space Command, said in...
BUSINESS
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors said they had foiled an international cyber-crime ring that targeted bank accounts in the U.S. and around the globe. The criminal charges, disclosed Wednesday, highlight the vulnerabilities of online consumer banking, which has become more popular in the digital age. It also comes just months after most every major U.S. bank suffered a relentless round of online attacks by Middle Eastern hackers. In the case unveiled Wednesday, three men - a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian - allegedly created and spread a virus they called "Gozi" that infected more than 1 million computers around the globe, including at least 40,000 in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1988
Computer experts have known for several years that computers are vulnerable to attacks by "germ warfare." It is possible to electronically "infect" a harmless program with a "computer virus" that replicates itself in other computers and eventually damages them all. A person wishing to infect a program adds just a few lines of instructions to it. These few lines contain the virus, but the computer executes them so quickly that no one is aware that additional tasks are being carried out.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors said they had foiled an international cyber-crime ring that targeted bank accounts in the U.S. and around the globe. The criminal charges, disclosed Wednesday, highlight the vulnerabilities of online consumer banking, which has become more popular in the digital age. It also comes just months after most every major U.S. bank suffered a relentless round of online attacks by Middle Eastern hackers. In the case unveiled Wednesday, three men - a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian - allegedly created and spread a virus they called "Gozi" that infected more than 1 million computers around the globe, including at least 40,000 in the United States.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | From Times wire services
A computer security specialist estimated today that there have been up to hundreds of thousands of computer virus attacks against American corporations and the government in recent years. Carolyn Conn, an official of the EDP Auditors Assn., told a House panel that the majority of incidents go unreported "because there is not a high expectation of successful prosecution."
BUSINESS
January 29, 2002 | Bloomberg News
A new computer virus that poses as a link to digital photos on the Internet probably will be contained within a few days, a computer security expert said. The virus, dubbed "MyParty .Worm," first appeared Saturday, said Vincent Weafer, a researcher with computer software maker Symantec Corp. The virus comes in an e-mail containing what looks like a link to photos from a recent party on a Yahoo Inc. Web site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department was hit by a computer virus that forced jail workers to manually book prisoners Saturday and disconnected employees from the Internet and e-mail. The virus, which struck early Friday, did not do any serious damage, said Lt. Don Crist. But jail workers could not operate the computer programs they usually use to fingerprint and book suspects, so they had to do the jobs manually, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997
Officials say they should be able to correct by early next week the problems caused by a computer virus that has infected some databases in the Los Angeles Public Library. The virus has affected an online reference system known as the Virtual Library since Feb. 12, denying patrons at 18 of the city's 66 branch libraries access to databases ranging from periodicals to investment information, said Bob Reagan, a library spokesman. "We don't know how the virus got in there," Reagan said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
A cyber-crime case brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York may add to the fears of anyone who banks online. The charges against three foreign nationals -- a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian -- allege they were involved in creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than 40,000 computers in the United States in an effort to steal customers' bank-account data and other information. The so-called Gozi virus led to the theft of unspecified millions of dollars, court documents say. U.S. Atty.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
TULSA, Okla. - Jim Thavisay is secretly stalking one of his classmates. And one of them is spying on him. "I have an idea who it is, but I'm not 100% sure yet," said Thavisay, a 25-year-old former casino blackjack dealer. Stalking is part of the curriculum in the Cyber Corps, an unusual two-year program at the University of Tulsa that teaches students how to spy in cyberspace, the latest frontier in espionage. Students learn not only how to rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook.
OPINION
June 21, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Cui bono? That's what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asks. "Who benefits" from recent leaks of intelligence information to the media? The answer is obvious, Noonan writes, and therefore so is the source of the leaks: It's the folks in the Obama administration, who want to make their man look steely and steady at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. Noonan charges "high administration sources" with "diarrhetic volubility" that is "a real breakthrough in the history of indiscretion.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
It reads like a riveting sci-fi novel, but it's stunningly real: A super-sophisticated malicious computer virus burrowed its way into Iran's nuclear facilities and took down several parts of the operation. Oh, and it apparently came from us.  In 2010, it was the U.S. who launched Stuxnet, a seek-and-destroy cyber missile so sophisticated that some briefly thought it might have an other-than-earthly origin, against Iran's nuclear infrastructure, according to a New York Times report . The virus was, in fact, created jointly by the U.S. and Israel.
WORLD
May 31, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Computer virus experts at Kaspersky Lab, acting with the blessing of the United Nations, were searching for a villain dubbed the Wiper when they came across a much more menacing suspect requiring a new moniker: Flame. The malicious program left experts all but certain that a government sponsor intent on cyber warfare and intelligence gathering was behind some suspicious activity, in part because of the likely cost of such a sophisticated endeavor. "We entered a dark room in search of something and came out with something else in our hands, something different, something huge and sinister," Vitaly Kamlyuk, a senior antivirus expert at Kaspersky Lab, said in an interview Wednesday.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Beauty queen — Prosecutors in Santa Clara County have accused a former Mrs. Pakistan World of enticing desperate homeowners to pay her tens of thousands of dollars in a loan-modification scam. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office charged Saman Hasnain and her husband, Jawad, with 17 counts of grand theft, accusing them of bilking 17 homeowners, the San Jose Mercury News reported. In the scheme, prosecutors allege, Hasnain and her husband told homeowners that for an advance fee of at least $4,500, they would negotiate with banks to reduce the homeowners' mortgages and forgive overdue payments.
NEWS
November 12, 1988 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
Last week's disruption of two interlinked government-operated computer networks by a computer virus could have been minimized or perhaps avoided if systems managers had simply implemented earlier instructions for fixing known defects in their systems, according to experts in government and academia. Graduate student Robert T. Morris Jr.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Computer virus — The Federal Trade Commission has started mailing refunds to 300,000 consumers who were victims of a scam in which they were tricked into buying unnecessary software to remove nonexistent viruses and spyware from their computers. The perpetrators of the scheme caused ads to appear on victims' computers, informing them that a "system scan" had detected viruses and other threats that needed to be removed immediately.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Concerns last week that combat drone aircraft were compromised by a computer virus were dismissed by the U.S. Air Force. In a rare disclosure, the Air Force revealed that computer systems involved in its drone program were infected with a virus, but it did not hinder flight operations in any way. "It's standard policy not to discuss the operational status of our forces," Col. Kathleen Cook, spokeswoman for Air Force Space Command, said in...
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