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Open Redirect Vulnerability on MasterCard’s Australia Web Site

An open redirect vulnerability has been found on MasterCard's Australia web site (mastercard.com.au), according to an advisory by researcher Anastasios Monachos from Packet Storm. An open redirect vulnerability consists of the malfunction of a web app that, according to the Common Weakness Enumeration dictionary, "accepts a user-controlled input that specifies a link to an external site, and uses that link ...

Iranian hackers set up fake news website, and posed as journalists on Facebook to spy on United States and others

Security researchers claim to have uncovered a three-year-old internet espionage campaign, targeting military personnel, diplomats, and defence contractors in the United States and Israel. The campaign, dubbed "NEWSCASTER" by iSIGHT Partners, saw more than a dozen fake profiles created on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, pretending to be journalists, government or defence workers...

Orange France Hacked Again; Bitdefender Sees Targeted Attacks Increase

The number of phishing attacks against Orange France has jumped since a recent cyber-attack on the company, the second to hit the telco this year. Personal data of more than 1.3 million victims is still at risk, according to media reports. The Bitdefender Anti-Phishing Lab has seen a recent rise in phishing attacks targeting Orange France. While most phishing attacks are easy to notice due to their unrelate...

In the wake of Heartbleed, watch out for phishing attacks, disguised as password reset emails

Everywhere you look people are panicking about the Heartbleed bug. And, to be fair, it is a very serious bug that does give malicious hackers, security researchers and snoopers the opportunity to spy upon what should have been private communications, and hoover up confidential information such as email addresses and passwords. The good news is that some of the affected websites and services have already tak...

Phishing and Adware Marks US Tax Season

Bitdefender has detected two types of scams that impersonate the Internal Revenue Service to phish for US citizens’ identification data as the country nears the end of tax season. The refund phishing scams promise users thousands of dollars in tax rebates and silently steal sensitive authentication data through phishing forms. The collected info is likely later sold on underground markets and used to steer ...

Wave of phishing and malware marks UK tax season

We know it’s UK tax season when spammers start sending Brits false tax refund forms by e-mail to steal identities and money-related information. Bitdefender Anti-Spam Lab points to a total of 10,000 tax-related e-mails sent in a single day in the first week of March.  E-mails scams promise users hundreds of pounds, then silently steal sensitive authentication data either through phishing forms or by deployi...

Facebook Cyber-Crooks Use ‘Leaked’ Snapchats Again

Cyber-crooks are making money once again through ‘leaked’ snapchats that lure Facebook users to phishing websites, according to Spyware Sucks. Almost 800,000 users have been already invited to check out the tempting images used as bait to grab confidential data. The series of ‘Snapchat’ scams started to circulate in December 2013 when security experts warned of a website called leaked-snapchatz.com that was...

New Suspect Arrested for UK Student Phishing Attack

A new suspect was arrested for a phishing attack that caused the theft of £1.5 million from UK-based students in 2011, according to Tech World. Police caught the alleged botnet creator on December 18 and may continue the investigation for further arrests. Detectives picked up the 34 year-old Nigerian man in Manchester and confiscated several computers and phones for evidence. The suspect may have been invol...

Fraudsters Target Cyber-Stalkers, Bitdefender Finds

In the age of all-pervasive social networks, hacking and 24-hour connectivity, cyber-stalkers may seem to be scary predators indeed. But a growing class of cyber-crook has now started to prey on the predators, according to Bitdefender research. The antivirus software provider has discovered that cyber-stalkers are targeted by cyber-criminals who place malvertising on people search engines, where anyone can ...

Cyber Thieves Target Account Data of Virgin Media Customers

E-mails allegedly sent by Virgin Media tell users their billing subscription expired and the associated e-mail account will be suspended unless they provide their login data, warns Virgin Media on their website.   But the message is fake - sent by cyber-crooks hoping to con its recipients into revealing account login details, personal and money-related information. Their targets are Virgin Media customers f...

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