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Tag: Phishing

Phishing Alert: Automated Tax Refund Notification from HMRC

(Softpedia) Emails purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) inform recipients that they have an unclaimed tax refund. In reality, the notifications have nothing to do with HMRC.  Entitled “Automated Tax Refund Notification,” the bogus messages read something like this: “Unclaimed Tax Refund Notification You are Receiving this Notification Because you are yet…
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Yahoo, Bing Found Directing to Bitcoin Phishing Site

(Threatpost) It looks like phishers have started poisoning Bing and Yahoo search results in hopes of duping users of the Bitcoin exchange site MtGox.com into giving away their log-in credentials. KrebsonSecurity.com reported that both the search engines have been redirecting unsuspecting clickers to MtPox.com – a domain set up two days ago that looks almost…
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Phishing attacks on Iranian Gmail users jump before Iranian election

(Ars Technica) Google researchers have detected phishing attacks originating inside Iran that target tens of thousands of Gmail users from that country, a company official said in a blog post published Wednesday. The attacks appear to come from the same group that pulled off a much more sophisticated attack in 2011 involving a forged secure…
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“You’re Pretty—You Could Make Some Money”

(Washingtonian) by Marisa M. Kashino – In the affluent Northern Virginia suburbs, a shocking problem has taken root: Police and federal agents have taken down dozens of juvenile sex traffickers in the last two years alone. Here’s how one gang recruited teenagers through Facebook, at Metro stations and shopping malls—even in the halls of Fairfax…
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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

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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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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