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Windows Fan Calls For Opera Ban

David Taraso of the JCXP.net Website argues that Microsoft should be allowed to put its Internet Explorer browser in Windows without having to promote a competing browser

The European Commission’s antitrust case against Microsoft on the browser front has spurred strong reactions both for and against the software giant, including a recent call to outright boycott Opera Software, which issued the complaint that led to the EU case in the first place.

David Taraso, managing editor at the Windows enthusiast Website JCXP.net, in a 12 June blog post called for a boycott of Opera and its software. Taraso maintained that Microsoft should be able to include whatever it wants in its own operating system and that the EU claim against the company is unreasonable.

“That’s right, they’re being sued for including their own browser in their own operating system,” said Taraso of Microsoft in the EU case.

Meanwhile, Taraso also pooh-poohed the EU’s proposed solution that Microsoft include a ballot screen on Windows to enable consumers to choose a browser from a list of options.

Said Taraso: “This is absolutely nothing more than a company who can’t legitimately gain market share trying to squeeze their unpopular browser onto Windows systems. Opera is simply upset because their browser is dead last in market share, and has already been surpassed by the recently released Google Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari browser for Windows.”

Yet, depending where you look for data, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has anywhere between 48 percent and 60 percent of the European browser market, while Opera has about 5 percent of the European browser market—although Microsoft’s U.S. share is higher and Opera’s is lower than their respective European numbers.

In addition to launching its boycott campaign, Taraso also went so far as to recommend alternatives for both PC and mobile browser users. Said Taraso:

Please consider these great alternatives to Opera Web Browser:

· Internet Explorer

· Mozilla Firefox

· Google Chrome

· Apple Safari

Use Opera on your mobile device? Here are some fantastic alternatives:

· Skyfire

· Iris

· Bolt

Ironically, in a follow-up post, Taraso acknowledged that he has been a regular Opera user:

“I would like to make one thing clear though. I don’t hate Opera and I don’t hate their browser (Opera 9 was my main browser for most of 2008). Opera has introduced many fantastic innovations to the browser market over the years, and I applaud them for that. But I don’t agree with what they are trying to do here. I definitely agree that Opera should have a larger market share, but not by forcing Microsoft to advertise their product in Windows. I think Opera would be able to make a fairly large splash in the market if they simply invested in some proper advertising. Put some commercials up on TV, start a viral ad campaign, advertise on some web sites. Spread the word that you’re out there, the world should know, but not by taking down your competitors – that’s just silly.”

Moreover, Taraso said he believes IE’s dominance has been good for the market because it has helped drive competitors to be more innovative.

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Windows Phone 7 Sales Peek Offered By Analyst

Windows Phone has sold just 1.4 million units in its first year of release, according to one analyst

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Analyst Horace Dediu believes that Microsoft may have sold approximately 1.4 million Windows Phone units in the platform’s first year of release.

Compare that to the 1.723 million smartphones that research firm Gartner estimates Microsoft sold in 2011 (a number that includes both Windows Phone and the now-antiquated Windows Mobile).

Wrong Approach

Moreover, Dediu feels that Microsoft has taken the wrong approach to marketing Windows Phone.

“The dependence on a complex value network means that products do not reach users quickly enough and when they do the marketing message is weak, even when backed by large budgets,” he wrote in an 12 October posting on his Asymco website.

“The real problem with Microsoft’s approach is that it’s neither viral like Android (because it has a price and a contract associated with it) nor is it focused and agile like Apple’s,” he said.

In other words, he added, “it seems to suffer from the worst aspects of modularity (market lag) without benefiting from the control over the ecosystem and end user experience that differentiates it.”

Poor Sales

Although it’s declined to release exact sales figures, Microsoft nonetheless acknowledges Windows Phone’s soft market performance. “It was under a year ago that we launched the first Windows Phone,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told an audience of media and executives at this year’s financial analyst meeting. “We haven’t sold quite as many probably as I would have hoped in the first year.”

Nonetheless, Microsoft is gearing up for a significant Windows Phone push in months ahead, starting with the 27 September release of its wide-ranging “Mango” update. The company hopes that Mango’s 500 new tweaks and features could give the platform the momentum it needs with consumers to more effectively combat Apple’s iOS and Google Android. Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, racked up a million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability.

In addition, Microsoft has signed significant deals with companies such as Nokia to produce a wide variety of Windows Phone Mango devices. Other partners include Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics, Acer and ZTE, all of which will likely obey Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements while giving their own unique spins on their respective smartphones. Dual-core and LTE devices are supposedly in the pipeline.

In an Oct. 11 interview with The Seattle Times, Windows Phone division President Andy Lees knocked Android, which he predicted would enter a “chaotic phase” of increased fragmentation across multiple platforms. “If you’ve used some of the (Android) phones, some of them are great, but some of them are not great,” he told the newspaper. “But it’s random.”

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Windows Phone Mango Update Adds Bing features

Windows Phone’s “Mango” update will offer Bing Audio, augmented reality, text dictation and audio navigation

Windows Phone’s upcoming “Mango” update will add some previously unannounced features, according to an online report.

The Windows Phone Dev Podcast interviewed Brandon Watson, director of developer experience for Windows Phone, as part of a podcast posted 8 May. In the course of the show, it was revealed that the Mango update (also known as Windows Phone version 7.5) will include Bing Audio, which allows a smartphone to identify any songs playing in the vicinity, and Bing Vision, an augmented-reality feature that will let a smartphone scan barcodes, QR Codes and the like.

Windows Phone 7.5 will also include a turn-by-turn navigation feature, complete with voice guidance, and the ability to dictate SMS texts.

Mango will arrive on the Windows Phone platform sometime in the latter half of 2011, although an exact release date remains unclear. As previously announced, it will deliver Windows Phone’s version of multitasking, allowing smartphones to download new applications and content in the background, and stream music via one application while working in another. It will also feature the faster Internet Explorer 9.

Even as Microsoft works on producing Mango, it is also prepping developers for the release of updated Windows Phone Developer Tools, which will (at least in theory) allow for the creation of more integrated and high-performance applications. Platform features include application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application processing, in addition to the ability to leverage augmented reality experiences.

A long road ahead

Microsoft could have a long road ahead as it pushes for greater Windows Phone adoption among consumers. New data from The Nielsen Company suggests that 6 percent of consumers indicated they wanted a Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7 smartphone as their next device, compared with 31 percent for Android, 30 percent for Apple’s iOS and 11 percent for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.

That’s paired with numbers from other research firms suggesting Windows Phone, at least in its first half-year of release, retains a small share of the overall smartphone market: in a May 6 note, for example, comScore suggested that Microsoft held 7.5 percent of the US smartphone market in March 2011, a dip from 8.4 percent in December 2010. That placed the company fourth behind Google, RIM and Apple.

Microsoft is also trying to desperately leave behind the increasingly antiquated (and fragmented) Windows Mobile, which may be exerting a drag on the company’s overall smartphone market numbers. Microsoft has stayed largely silent on smartphone shipment numbers, save for a January announcement that some 2 million Windows Phone units had shipped from manufacturers to retailers.

Microsoft’s alliance with Nokia, which will see Windows Phone ported onto the latter’s hardware, also has the potential to radically alter the smartphone landscape. However, those devices most likely won’t make an appearance before 2012.

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Windows Phone On Track For This Year, Says Nokia

The first Nokia Windows Phones will arrive this year, ahead of Elop’s schedule, says a Nokia executive

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop recently expressed hope, on a Finnish television programme, that the first Nokia smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform could arrive in 2011.

Not wishing to disappoint, the company has promised nothing until 2012. However, Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, has indicated that Elop may get his wish.

Once Moving, Pace Will Quicken

During a recent trip to New York, Harlow (pictured) said that the first Nokia Windows phone is on track to hit the market later this year, with additional devices launching at a “rapid three-month pace”, according to a report in PC Magazine.

“We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that,” she said. “We’re going to keep coming with new devices in order to have something to talk about.”

Harlow additionally told Forbes, “Our target is absolutely still this year… and the target looks good.”

Elop announced on February 11 that Nokia was making a major shift, effective immediately, and that Windows, not Symbian, would be the company’s primary focus. Both Nokia and Microsoft have had trouble winning consumers away from the Apple iPhone and Android-running smartphones.

During a recent visit to China – one of several since he took the post six months ago – Elop told Anna Shipley, communications director of Nokia Greater China, that the company was shifting its mindset “to a challenger mindset”.

“We have significant competition, we have to fight hard, we have to show intellectual curiosity – make sure we understand the competition – and of course everyone’s got to be accountable, at the same time, for the results,” Elop said. Because of the competition, he added, “we have to go faster and harder and more aggressively now than we’ve ever gone before”.

Part of the Nokia strategy, and part of what had brought him to China, Elop explained, was a focus on locally relevant applications.

“There will always be those global applications that everybody likes to use all over the world, but we have focused for many years on providing locally relevant material, whether it’s educational materials, whether it’s things that help people in their business – things unique to that culture – those are the things that I think really make a difference,” he said.

Eyeing The Lucrative Chinese Market

With China’s growing smartphone market, Nokia could hardly ask for a larger local base. Morgan Stanley has reported that by 2012 China will account for 41 percent of tablet shipments – while the United States will be responsible for just 11 percent of the market.

Toward the goal of launching successful applications, Elop said Nokia is also working “to create a great environment for the developers of applications”. Part of this is the decision to collect together all the applications for Windows Phone, Series 40 and Symbian to offer maximum exposure.

Despite Symbian’s second-fiddle role, Elop said investment in the OS “absolutely continues“. Indeed, on May 25 the company launched a new Symbian phone, albeit for a very specialised market.

The Nokia Oro features 18-carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and hand-wrapped leather from “one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds”, Nokia shared on its Conversations blog. Selling for about $1,140 (£692), Nokia expects to find buyers in the Middle East and Russia.

While Nokia announced that it plans to sell about 150 million Symbian devices “in the years to come”, the Oro is not likely to make much of a dent.

Alessandro Lamanna, Nokia’s vice president of marketing, said in a video on the blog that it will be available in “very low volume, on purpose, and available only in some shops, in some regions”. When it comes to a premium product, he added, “it’s not a matter about shouting but a matter about whispering”.

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Xoom Sale Concerns Aired Due To Price And New iPad

Despite good reviews, analysts are warning the Xoom will likely be impeded by the arrival of the iPad 2

The public outing of the Motorola Xoom at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show 6 January impressed the crowd thanks to its 3D and other GUI capabilities associated with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

It was even dubbed by the press as the Apple iPad “killer,” but then the Xoom saw some bumps as rumours swirled that Motorola and Verizon would price the tablet at $800 (£496).

And then Apple deflated nearly two months of excitement surrounding Motorola’s Xoom tablet 23 February when it announced an iPad-related media event scheduled for 2 March, one day before Verizon launched the Xoom 24 February for $599 (£371) with a two-year deal, or $799 (£495) for an unlocked LTE (Long-Term Evolution) version.

iPad 2 Arrival

The announcement of the event, expected to be the coming out party for the iPad 2, will likely freeze consumers from buying the Xoom. The iPad 2, some believe, may match the Xoom most in functionality and in price.

Analysts agreed the move was coldly calculated to paralyse tablet shoppers from snapping up the Xoom, which is upgradeable to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said Apple’s freezing the market goes beyond just clever timing. “Apple is the clear market leader, and everyone is waiting to see what the next generation iPads look like and how much they cost,” Greengart said.

Enderle Group founder Rob Enderle said it’s all par for Apple’s calculated course.

“Apple keeps what they are doing quiet so they can react to what their competitors do and out-game them with launch timing and provide launch marketing that showcases competitive strengths,” Enderle told eWEEK. “Apple enters the market knowing more about their competitors than those competitors know about Apple, and as long as this continues, it will be nearly impossible to beat them.”

With 15 million first-generation iPads sold and counting, and an iPad on the way that adds features the first iPad lacked, the best strategy for the army of Android tablet suppliers might be to try to distinguish their offerings from the iPad instead of trying to beat it.

No Flash Support

Enderle, who is testing the Xoom, found his model unfinished and cautioned against the fact that consumers will have to send their current Xoom models back to Motorola for a 4G LTE upgrade later this year. He also noted the lack of Flash support, which is coming next month, and said Netflix won’t work on it at all.

Also, while the Xoom does run many of the existing Android Apps, finding one that really showcases this device has been elusive, he said, echoing a complaint made by Robert Scoble and others.

Google is increasingly reminding me of some of Microsoft’s historic problems in that they don’t seem to finish things and the folks using their platform don’t seem to be able to apply finishing touches before shipping,” Enderle said. “In the end, the iPad will likely come off as far more polished and complete and at a very competitive price.”

Lack Of Polish

Greengart tested his Xoom review unit against the first-gen iPad and found:

“Honeycomb’s multitasking is more efficient than iOS’ task switching, but still significantly lags webOS in utility and polish. Active widgets and Android’s generally high level of customisation favour people willing to invest time to make the device their own. The iPad is considerably simpler to navigate and offers less customisation – it’s Steve Jobs’ tablet, he just lets you use it.”

Greengart cautioned that while the Xoom does appear to be faster launching and switching among applications than the current iPad, it remains to be seen what the iPad 2 will be like, which is the real competition.

That measure of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) was the whole point of Apple’s little pre-announcement earlier this week.

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XSS Exploit Hidden In Facebook Bully Video

Facebook cross-site-scripting exploit uses “bully video” to deliver a sophisticated payload

A security researcher discovered a new cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on Facebook, days after the social networking giant patched a different XSS flaw in its mobile API. At least one active scam is exploiting the new bug at this time.

“Found another instance of that Facebook app XSS – and it’s a Facebook XSS issue. Do not click links involving a video of a bully,” Joey Tyson, a security engineer at Gemini Security Solutions, posted on Twitter. Tyson writes about social networking sites’ privacy and security issues on his blog, Social Hacking.

Malicious JavaScript Payload

The flaw has to do with the way browsers load particular links formatted in “a certain syntax” as Javascript even though they are not filtered by Javascript, Tyson said. It is more sophisticated than most XSS attacks as the actually video does load for the user. “The JS payload can do quite a bit,” Tyson added.

The app can post the link to the “video” on the user’s Wall, add the user to a scam event and send invites to the event to friends, and send out the link on Facebook Chat.

Many past Facebook scams displayed a page and told users to download a plugin – really malware – to view the video, or just redirected users to a survey or another malicious site. Viewers rarely saw the video they had clicked to see.

Facebook has informed Tyson that it is tracking the attack and will be pushing out an update “soon”, according to Tyson. Facebook has removed several of the apps already, which made it a little challenging for Tyson to find an active scam to analyse. He pasted the actual exploit code on text-sharing site Pastebin which pointed to a video titled “Pal Pushes Bully”.

A malicious app called “April Fools Prank” identified by Google engineer Ashish Bhatia on his personal blog appears to have used the same exploit, according to Tyson.

Users on Facebook who click on a link and land on an app page with an embedded video should not click on the video, Tyson warned. Infected users should check “liked” pages for any rogue sites and reset their passwords.

Tyson confirmed to eWEEK on Twitter that this flaw was different from the mobile API XSS flaw that Facebook patched on March 31.

The bug in the mobile API allowed malicious apps to automatically post spam messages on users’ Walls, according to Symantec. As unsuspecting friends clicked on the links embedded in the Wall posts, the infection spread even further. There were several copycat attacks exploiting this XSS flaw, which was caused by insufficient Javascript filtering.

Any user logged into Facebook and accessing a site with the malicious Javascript code on a mobile device would automatically post the Spam message on his or her Wall, said Symantec security expert Candid Wueest.

“There is no other user interaction required, and there are no tricks involved, like clickjacking. Just visiting an infected website is enough to post a message that the attacker has chosen,” said Wueest

Symantec advises users to log out of Facebook when they are not actively using it or to use script-blocking add-ons to prevent these kinds of attacks.

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Yahoo Denies Spying On Mail Users

Yahoo has defended itself against accusations by consumer watchdog Which? that the recently revised terms and conditions of its Mail service violate Internet users’ privacy.

The argument centres around Section C of Yahoo Mail‘s ‘Additional Terms Of Service’, which reads: “By using the Services, you consent to allow Yahoo’s automated systems to scan and analyse all incoming and outgoing communications content sent and received from your account (such as Mail and Messenger content including instant messages and SMS messages).”

Which? claims that this gives Yahoo the right to read messages within its members’ Mail and Messenger accounts, including those sent to them by non-members.

“This is a blatant intrusion of privacy,” said Sarah Kidner, editor of Which? Computing. “People should have the right to send messages without Yahoo snooping through them.”

Standard practice

However, a Yahoo spokesperson told eWEEK Europe that Yahoo’s new terms and conditions do not differ greatly from those of other free webmail services (such as Google Mail). The emails are scanned by a machine – not a person – which searches for keywords in order to filter out spam, he said. This will also be used to serve targeted advertising in the future.

Yahoo Mail users are given the option of whether or not to accept the update – which offers improved performance, enhanced spam protection and a customisable inbox – via a pop-up notice which outlines the new terms of service and privacy policy. By accepting the update, the user automatically agrees to additional scanning.

“We think transparency is key because our business depends almost entirely on the trust of our users,” said Yahoo in a statement. “We therefore ask users (via a pop-up notice) for consent to the extension of machine-scanning inbound and outbound emails to look for keywords and links to further protect you from spam, surface photos and in time, serve users with interest-based advertising.

“If you prefer not to consent, you can remain on our existing mail, although we will, as Yahoo and other free webmail service providers do, continue to machine scan emails to protect against spam,” the company added.

Third parties vulnerable?

As for those people who send email messages to Yahoo Mail customers, they must rely on the recipient to inform them of the scanning measures. However, according to Senior Which? in-house lawyer Georgina Nelson, this is impractical.

“The obligation to notify those who email you that their message will be scanned is nonsensical and unrealistic,” said Nelson. “When exactly are you supposed to do this?”

 

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Yahoo Rolls Out Search Direct To Challenge Google

Yahoo Search Direct predictive-search technology is geared to help searchers find answers, not links, faster

Yahoo on 23 March launched Search Direct, a feature that retrieves immediate search results to rival the Google Instant predictive-search technology.

Like Google Instant, Search Direct brings users search results as they type characters, and before they complete a query, hit the search button, or go to a search results page.

The idea is to shave several seconds off all search queries, coaxing users to search more and, ideally for Yahoo, see and click on more ads.

Providing answers

Yahoo executives during the Search Direct launch event at Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, California, headquarters marketed the technique as a move to bring users “answers” instead of the signature blue links search engines typically surface.

Direct Search covers top trending searches, movies, TV, sports teams and players, weather, local, travel, stocks and shopping categories on Yahoo.com. Eventually, the service will include popular music and local listings. Currently in beta for US users only, Search Direct will be available in other Yahoo products and markets later this year.

Direct Search demonstrates Yahoo’s commitment to its users’ search experience despite the fact that Microsoft’s Bing search engine powers its results under a 10-year deal that began last August.

Microsoft pays Yahoo 88 percent of search traffic ad sales to power its rival’s search engine, though Yahoo is free to innovate on the front end.

Catching up with Google

Google thrust the real-time, predictive-search technology into the mainstream last September with Google Instant, which expands on the Google Suggest technology by guessing users’ queries as they begin to type them.

Marissa Mayer, then vice president of search products and user experience for Google, said at the time users tend to spend 9 seconds, on average, entering a search query into Google.

Early on, Instant appeared to boost Google’s search market share, but the company has returned to its usual 65 percent search share range. Yahoo, meanwhile, is hovering around the 16 percent market and is losing share as Bing gains.

Search Engine Land showed how Google Instant beat Search Direct in a handful of quick-and-dirty queries.

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Yemen, Egypt Government Sites Taken Down By ‘Anonymous’

The activist group ‘Anonymous’ has attacked websites belonging to the Yemeni and Egyptian governments in support of protests

Hacktivists in the loosely affiliated group “Anonymous” painted a bull’s eye this week on websites belonging to the governments of Yemen and Egypt.

Members of the group launched DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks against a number of sites, including the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the country’s Ministry of Interior.

Support for protests

“Welcome back to the Internet, #Egypt. Well, except http://www.moiegypt.gov.eg – you stay down. #Jan25 #OpEgypt #Feb4,” the group tweeted on 2 February.

The attacks are believed to have been carried out in support of protests against the Egyptian government. According to The New York Times, Gregg Housh, a member of Anonymous, said the group organised about 500 supporters in online forums to bring down the sites for Egypt’s Ministry of Information and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Housh personally disavowed any illegal activity.

“We want freedom,” Housh reportedly said. “It’s as simple as that. We’re sick of oppressive governments encroaching on people.”

Following the cyber-attacks on Egypt, the website of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, presidentsaleh.gov.ye, was knocked offline on 3 February following calls by Anonymous members for attacks on the site.

Arrests

The attacks marked another in a long list of websites taken down by the group. In December, Anonymous was credited with DDoS attacks against several businesses and organisations in retaliation for the crackdown on WikiLeaks. Last month, police in the UK arrested a mix of teenagers and adults for taking part in the attacks.

On 27 January – the same day as the UK arrests – the FBI executed 40 search warrants tied to the investigation of the December attacks.

Housh was quoted as saying that the arrests will have little effect.

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Zeus v3 Trojan Steals £675,000 From UK Bank

A new variant of the Zeus trojan has cost the customers of one British bank £675,000 in unauthorised withdrawals over the last month

Cyber-criminals based in Eastern Europe have stolen £675,000 from a British bank, using a new version of the infamous Zeus Trojan that cannot be detected by traditional firewalls.

According to security researchers at M86 Security, Zeus v3 spreads through legitimate websites and online advertising to infect victims’ computers. Once the Trojan is successfully installed on a PC, it lies dormant until the user connects to their online banking page. It then transfers the user’s banking login ID, date of birth, and a security number to a command and control server, enabling the hackers to break into the account.

About 3,000 online customers of an unnamed British bank have fallen victim to the cyber-criminals since 5 July, with each losing between £1,000 and £3,000, the experts claimed. However, money transfers are only carried out if the hacked account balance is bigger than £800. M86 claims that the attack is still progressing.

Bradley Anstis, vice-president of technical strategy at M86, explained that this latest version of the malware is “extremely sophisticated”, and is able to avoid detection by using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to communicate with the command and control centres.

UK bank accounts targeted

Only last week, researchers at security softeware maker Trusteer uncovered a large botnet of 100,000 computers built using a different variant of the Zeus malware. Again, almost all of the infected machines were thought to be in the UK.

After infecting the computers with Zeus 2, the botnet pilfered all kinds of user data, ranging from login information for banks to credit and debit card numbers and browser cookies.

“This is just one out of many Zeus 2 botnets operating all over the world,” said Amit Klein, Trusteer’s chief technology officer, at the time. “What is especially worrying is that this botnet doesn’t just stop at user IDs and passwords. By harvesting client side certificates and cookies, the cybercriminals can extract a lot of extra information on the user that can be used to augment their illegal access to those users’ online accounts.”

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU) also recently arrested six people as part of a suspected online banking fraud. The arrests took place across London and Ireland, and concerned the theft of credit cards, as well as personal information and banking details.

It is thought that more than 10,000 online bank accounts and 10,000 credit cards were compromised in phishing attacks, and the bank account take-over fraud amounted to approximately £1.14 million, with £358,000 stolen successfully.

Cyber crime budget cuts

The UK government recently axed plans for an increase in funding to the Metropolitan Police’s cyber crime unit. With online fraud and other electronic crimes becoming increasingly commonplace, the Police Central e-crime Unit had been hoping for extra funding from the Home Office for training and equipment purposes. However the extra funding was cut as part of the coalition government’s £6 billion deficit reduction plans.

“There is concern that at the moment the cyber crime authorities are pretty pitifully funded for the level of crime that is going on,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, speaking to eWEEK Europe last week. “I think the one thing we can be sure of is that the cyber criminals aren’t cutting their investment in this kind of crime. We are seeing more attacks than ever before. We see 60,000 pieces of new malware every single day, which is simply staggering, but that’s the level of crime that we’re seeing. So companies need to keep on top of this problem.”