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Travel Scams Are Back, Expedia Customers Victims of Phishing

It’s that time of the year -- scammers are taking advantage of people looking to book a room over the holidays. Expedia, one of the largest travel sites in the world, warns about a phishing scam targeting unsuspecting customers, according to news reports. Source: expedia.com Some Expedia customers have been emailed and called from someone pretending to work at the reputable company, after a breach at a thir...

Spammers are After Apple Credentials, Bitdefender Warns

Emails claiming to come from Apple are being sent to English-speaking users to lure them into giving away their financial data, Bitdefender warns. Attackers ask unsuspecting users to review their billing information in a well-crafted message. Once they click on the “Reset now” link, the login screen asks them to enter their Apple ID and password. Next, users are asked to fill in account information, includi...

After the Anthem hack, the phishing scams begin

Well, that didn't take long. Within days of US health insurer Anthem announcing that hackers had broken into its servers, and accessed databases containing sensitive information about tens of millions of customers, fraudsters are taking advantage of the scare with phishing campaigns. As if it wasn't bad enough that a hacking gang had accessed data including names, medical IDs, social security numbers, addre...

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...

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