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Tag: Cyberattacks

Was Microsoft’s takedown of Citadel effective?

(Naked Security) by James Wyke – As we mentioned last week, Microsoft recently fought back against more than 1,400 Citadel botnets by sinkholing their Command and Control (C&C) infrastructure. SophosLabs has been monitoring Citadel for some time, including individual botnets such as those targeting Canadian institutions, so I decided to take a closer look at…
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Ticketmaster warns phishers using tickets as bait

(The Register) Australian online ticketing service Tickemaster has been hit by a phishing raid that has defeated Spam filters. Several Reg readers report receiving multiple emails yesterday (Vulture South received nine), all purporting to report newly-purchased tickets…read full article

Users Warned About Father’s Day Spam Campaigns

(Softpedia) Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 16) and as many users are rushing to do some last minute shopping, scammers and spammers are taking advantage of the opportunity. Symantec has spotted several spam campaigns. Some of them advertise replica watches and shady products and services, while others lure users to fake surveys…
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Romanian phishers sentenced to U.S. federal prison

(SC Magazine) Two Romanian citizens will spend time in U.S. prison for their involvement in a phishing scheme which targeted customers of several banks, eBay and PayPal. On Monday, a U.S. district judge in New Haven, Conn., sentenced Bogdan Boceanu, 30, to 80 months in prison, and Andrei Bolovan, 29, to 27 months in prison.…
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Scam Alert: Donate to UN High Commissioner for Refugees to Help Syrians

(Softpedia) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is accepting donations from individuals who want to help Syrian refugees. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to help those in need, you must beware of the many donation scam sites set up by fraudsters. McAfee Senior Threat Researcher Francois Paget has come across a legitimate-looking…
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Hacktivists Inadvertently Cause Damage to People They Claim to Represent

(Softpedia) On Monday, RSA released its monthly online fraud report for May. Besides the figures about worldwide phishing campaigns, the study also makes an interesting link between phishers and hacktivists. While hacktivists, such as the ones from the Anonymous movement, usually rely on distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks to make their point, they sometimes decide to…
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Phone Spam Alert: Your Google Account Has Been Hacked, Reply Now

(Softpedia) Experts warn mobile phone users to be on the lookout for a phone spam campaign which informs them that their Google accounts have been hacked. According to ThreatTrack Security experts, the spam messages read something like this: “Your Google Account has been hacked. Reply NOW to take a call to verify your account.” While…
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Fighting ATM Cash-Out Schemes

(Bank Info Security) A recent ATM cash-out scheme that netted $45 million puts a spotlight on the need for fraud prevention measures, says John Buzzard of FICO’s Card Alert Service. U.S. accounts are prime targets for these attacks because of outdated payment-card technology and ineffective transaction monitoring systems, Buzzard contends. The U.S. “is a playground…
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New backdoor ‘KeyBoy’ malware hits Asia with targeted attacks

IDG News Service – Users from Vietnam, India, China, Taiwan and possibly other countries, were targeted as part of an attack campaign that uses Microsoft Word documents rigged with exploits in order to install a backdoor program that allows attackers to steal information, according to researchers from security firm Rapid7. The targeted attacks used specifically…
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NSA Whistleblower Article Redirects to Malware

(Threatpost) Hackers have latched on to the NSA surveillance story—literally. A news story on the outing of whistleblower Edward Snowden posted to the Washington Free Beacon is serving malware redirecting visitors to a malicious site where more malware awaits. The Free Beacon site remains infected, according to Invincea researchers, who said they have contacted the…
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