All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Phishing’

Facebook Hoax Alert: Apparently, People Are Still Falling for the ‘See Who Viewed Your Profile’ Scam

Guys, we need to talk. It appears that people still think that there’s some way to see who has viewed their Facebook profiles. Scammers keep designing bogus apps to capitalize on this belief, and there’s a new one in town according to security firm Symantec. Here’s what Symantec found: The phishing site boasted that the application would enable users to …

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Watch Out For Health Insurance Exchange Scams

Security experts are warning that scammers are exploiting the new health insurance exchanges to trick consumers with phishing schemes. McAfee VP of Global Consumer Marketing Gary Davis told Fox Business, “I can say with a high degree of certainty that they will come. We live in a world where people look at compelling events and look to do something malicious. …

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Google Adds Data on Unsafe Websites to Transparency Report

Google is adding a new section to its online Transparency Report, which currently documents data requests from the government, content removal requests, and just recently, National Security Letter information. Starting now, Google will show information on malware and phishing attacks around the web. Google says that this info comes from their Safe Browsing program, which has been finding and flagging …

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Facebook Phishing Scam Poses as Message from Mark ‘Zurckerberg’

Facebook CEO Mark Zurckerberg is not sending out privacy notices, requesting that users verify their accounts. That’s because no such messages would ever come from the Facebook CEO. There’s also that pesky little detail that the CEO of Facebook is not Mark Zurckerberg. This one should immediately throw up some red flags, considering that the scammers can’t even spell “Zuckerberg” …

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Twitter Goes DMARC To Fight Phishing

Over a year ago, fifteen major companies joined forces to create DMARC, a “technical working group” to develop antiphishing standards. The companies were: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal (eBay), Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, American Greetings, Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, Return Path and Trusted Domain Project. Today, Twitter announced that it is using the DMARC technology with its emails, …

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Facebook Phishing Scam Claims You’ve Violated Policy

Another day, another Facebook-based phishing scam looking to snatch all of your personal information (including bank account info) and use it for nefarious purposes. The latest scam to hit the network comes in the form of messages sent to users’ inboxes. These are not simply spam messages that will get caught up in that “other” inbox that Facebook reserves for …

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Facebook Scammers Pose as Security Team to Phish Your Info

Facebook users should be cautious if confronted by a message from the “Security Team,” as they could be unwittingly giving up their private info to scammers. It’s the latest phishing attack on the network, which sees its fair share of such deceptions. Some users are currently receiving messages from pages called Security Team, which ask users to verify their accounts …

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Facebook Wants You To Help Identify Phishing Scams

Anyone who’s spent even a little bit of time on Facebook knows that users need to be vigilant. Phishing attacks, although relatively rare, do exist, and Facebook’s media-rich login based system is the perfect place for scammers to target potential victims. Today, Facebook has unveiled on new way for users to report phishing attempts across the network. Now, if you …

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Google Discusses Its Safe Browsing Record

No, this isn’t an advertisement for the benefits Google’s Chrome browser provides. Not even vicariously. Instead, the latest post over at the Google Security Blog is discussing the measures Google has taken to keep browsers safe through a number of anti-malware initiatives. While there’s still a ton to watch out in regards to phishing and various other forms of malware, …

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Fake Facebook Emails Claim You Have Missed Notifications

When browsing your inbox, be cautious around any email you receive claiming that you have Facebook notifications pending. That’s because a new email scam is on the loose and it’s targeting Facebook users. This new email scam comes packaged in a highly convincing fashion and claims to come directly from Facebook. The subject line will tell you that “you have …

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LinkedIn Password Leak Brings Email Spam

With more than 6.4 million LinkedIn passwords leaked onto a hash-cracking forum this week, there is no wonder that spammers will have a field day with the confusion it brought. Cameron Camp, a security researcher for the ESET cybersecurity software company, announced that ESET had been notified by “several” people that they had received spam emails purporting to be from …

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German Court Rules Phishing Victim at Fault

It would appear that German courts have little rational tolerance for various sorts of internet idiocy as of late, recently ruling that Youtube is responsible for its users when they upload copyrighted songs – and now a German Federal court in the town of Karlsruhe has just ruled that a victim of a phishing scam is responsible – for being …

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Gmail Phishing Attacks Could Dupe the Unwary

The security gurus over at Naked Security are warning gmail users about a phishing scam they have seen emailed around to gmail users recently. A phishing scam is one in which a user is tricked into entering account usernames, passwords, or other personal information into fields on compromised websites designed to look official. The usual format is something along the …

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BBB Warns of Walmart Text Message Scam

The Better Business Bureau has warned of a new scam regarding cellular text messages which offer a potential $1,000 Walmart gift card. Uninformed recipients are then taken to a website which prompts the entry of personal information, after they click on a link embedded in the message text. The BBB is fielding complaint all across the U.S. concerning the texts. …

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Gmail Now Tells You Why An Email Was Marked Spam

Not everyone delves into the dark depths of their Gmail spam folder, but for those that do: Have you ever wondered why Gmail marked a particular email as spam? Now you can easily find out, as each email marked as spam now displays a little message box at the top that explains to you why it was thrust into your …

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DMARC: Major Web Players Join Forces On Antiphishing Standards

Fifteen major companies have joined forces on a “technical working group” called DMARC to develop new standards to help reduce the threat of spam and phishing emails. DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance. The companies involved include: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal (eBay), Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, American Greetings, Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, Return Path …

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Phishing Email Targets Apple Customers

Over the holiday weekend some Apple customers began receiving email messages claiming to be from Apple. The message informed customers that they needed to update their billing information or have their accounts shut down. The email included an apparent link to the Apple store, which took users to a sign-in page. Upon signing in with their Apple ID, customers were …

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Is Your Mobile Device Secure?

Mobile devices today are used for just about everything. From gaming to social networking to banking to office tasks – nearly anything you need to do, you can do it on your mobile device. It’s funny to think about, but the phone features are almost secondary with some users.

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Gmail Shows Users More Info About Senders

Google has decided to start showing more information to Gmail users about who email is actually coming from. It’s that you’re getting new information exactly, but more that it’s just more readily visible. When you get a message from someone who isn’t in your Gmail contacts, Google will now show the sender’s email address in the header. Even when a …

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Epsilon Breach – Phishing Likely the Main Threat for Customers

The Epsilon security breach continues to have people on edge and irritated. Meanwhile, the companies’ with email databases that were compromised continue to send out emails to customers alerting them of the situation. Some are going further, and providing advice on how to procede. For example, Citi customers received an email this morning, warning them of potentail phishing attacks as …

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Phishing Gangs Focusing On Social Networks And Classifieds

Phishing gangs have been increasing their tactics against brands, social networks, online  classifieds and online gaming, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

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PayPal Responds to iTunes Scam Issues

The other day, reports surfaced of scammers running up iTunes users’ tabs through PayPal. Apple said there was no vulnerability in its system, and some blamed users for being gullible and falling for phishing scams.

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PayPal Users Find Unauthorized iTunes Charges – Phishing Suspected

Some iTunes users are finding that scammers are stealing their money through PayPal. Numerous people have been claiming as much on Twitter and Facebook.

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Text Phishing Attacks See Big Drop In Q1

Text-to-phone phishing attacks saw significant a drop in the first quarter of 2010, decreasing 62 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a new report from security firm Internet Identity (IID).

Even with the drop, the number of credit unions being spoofed in text-to-phone cases stayed the same, meaning these organizations were the most targeted by industry. In these attacks, cyber criminals impersonate companies by text message and try to get people to call a fake interactive voice response (IVR) system designed to steal account information.

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One Cybercrime Gang Generated Most Phishing Attacks in

A single cybercrime gang using advanced malware was responsible for two thirds of all phishing attacks detected in the second half of 2009, according to a new report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The report authors found the Avalanche phishing gang was responsible for 66 percent of all phishing attacks launched in the second half of 2009. Avalanche successfully targeted some 40 banks and online service providers, and domain name registrars and registries.

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One Cybercrime Gang Generated Most Phishing Attacks in

A single cybercrime gang using advanced malware was responsible for two thirds of all phishing attacks detected in the second half of 2009, according to a new report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The report authors found the Avalanche phishing gang was responsible for 66 percent of all phishing attacks launched in the second half of 2009. Avalanche successfully targeted some 40 banks and online service providers, and domain name registrars and registries.

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One Cybercrime Gang Generated Most Phishing Attacks in

A single cybercrime gang using advanced malware was responsible for two thirds of all phishing attacks detected in the second half of 2009, according to a new report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The report authors found the Avalanche phishing gang was responsible for 66 percent of all phishing attacks launched in the second half of 2009. Avalanche successfully targeted some 40 banks and online service providers, and domain name registrars and registries.

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One Cybercrime Gang Generated Most Phishing Attacks in

A single cybercrime gang using advanced malware was responsible for two thirds of all phishing attacks detected in the second half of 2009, according to a new report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The report authors found the Avalanche phishing gang was responsible for 66 percent of all phishing attacks launched in the second half of 2009. Avalanche successfully targeted some 40 banks and online service providers, and domain name registrars and registries.

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Hijacked Brands Reach Record Level In Q4

Cybercrime syndicates are expanding the base of brands they exploit for online fraud beyond major financial institutions and online merchants, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The number of hijacked brands reached a record 356 in October, up nearly 4.4 percent from the previous record of 341 in August 2009.

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You May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Twitter Account

Twitter initiated a password reset to a bunch of user accounts who were suddenly following a couple of suspicious accounts. These accounts were determined to be involved in phishing scams related to torrent sites.

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