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Spear-Phishing Attacks in the Cards for the Next Year

With the avalanche of security breaches this year, spear phishing attacks are to be expected in coming months. Hackers eviscerated data servers of highly visible companies and state institutions, (most recently NASA and the FBI) and had user private data put out on display - some on underground forums, but mostly on the Internet for everyone to see and use.  This provides criminals a lot of information- lik...

Fraudulent Website Suckers Germans with MacBooks, iPhones and iPads

A new spam campaign uses the promise of hot dates to lure Germans to a page with promises of MacBooks, iPhones and iPads. The e-mail poses as an announcement from eHarmony to see photos of singles and “find love today” but it actually works to attract victims to a fraudulent web site. After clicking on the link promising photos of singles, users are redirected to a fake survey website and tempted with popul...

Identity Thieves Woo Spanish Speakers with Love Songs

Spanish speakers are lured to buy international romantic songs but instead they have their identities stolen. Bitdefender spotted a spam campaign exploring users’ melancholy and depression, the two least welcome holiday guests.   Here’s a reason to be jolly: relationships are the most common trigger for Christmas depression, according to a study reported in 2007 by the Mayo Clinic. Also, two-thirds of women...

Pocket Guide to Black Friday Scams: How I Almost Gave My Credit Card Details for Coffee Coupons

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Last year, Black Friday sales in the U.S. increased 6.6 percent over the same day in 2010. Americans spent $11.40 billion, the biggest dollar amount ever spent during the day, according to ShopperTrak. But some hidden retailers are also making special offers: malware writers, phishers and all sorts...

OMG!!!!! Shocking Truth About Cyber-Criminals. Your jaw will drop when you see what they did!!!

You will lose all respect for cyber-criminals after reading this blog post! After sending out rumors Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have died, Facebook scammers are again spreading “embarrassing” videos with the two American celebrities to steal users’ credentials and money through bogus surveys. Users can’t get enough of sexy videos with celebrities! So scammers “resurrected” two of the most popular American star...

Phishing Campaign Targets CloudFlare Customers

Popular content distribution and DDoS specialist CloudFlare has issued a warning about a targeted phishing campaign making the rounds among its customers. According to a support notification issued by CloudFlare, the rogue e-mail message comes with a spoofed e-mail address that belongs to CloudFlare. To make it seem more legitimate, the message includes the domain the victim is using in conjunction with the...

Fraudsters Arouse Twilight Fans with Bogus Contact Lenses

As thousands of fans camp out in Los Angeles ahead of next week’s “Twilight” world premiere, cyber-crooks lure Facebook users with a fresh “Breaking Dawn″ scam to steal credentials and money. A freshly created Twilight Facebook page has already driven the attention of up to 35,000 fans, most of them young women. The unwary lady users are lured with free Twilight Vampire contact lenses that may come in diffe...

Halloween Trick or Trick: Cyber-Ghouls and Goblins Use Fake Commercial Spam to Steal Credentials

Most Halloween cyber-criminals make believe they advertise products while they are actually hunting users’ personal data through fake commercial spam campaigns, according to an analysis by Bitdefender. Up to 70 per cent of spammers who take advantage of Oct. 31 celebrations flood inboxes with images of cars and pharmaceuticals such as Viagra that redirect people to other websites. Users are then asked for p...

Twitter’s Own Shortlink System Gets Blacklisted, Renders All Twitter Links Inaccessible

Millions of Twitter users were unable to access hyperlinks in tweets on Sunday evening as the social network's own short-link system got pulled off the DNS zone for over an hour. The incident, which basically affected all accounts, led any click on the tweet hyperlinks to an error page claiming that the resource the user tries to visit was unavailable. Unlike other social networks, Twitter uses their own li...

Online Banking Scams in the UK Increasing in Frequency, Professionalism

The number of fake bank websites targeting the 26 million Brits who bank online is rising 3 percent a month as criminals targeting UK citizens tighten their focus and improve their scams, according to a 60-day research by Bitdefender.   The UK brands most-used to create fake web pages are HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest, Barclays, Reliance Bank, ING Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, and Standard Chartered....

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