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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. ...

Hacked Pinterest Accounts Push Spam to Facebook and Twitter

A series of Pinterest accounts were reported as compromised, while disseminating spam on Twitter and Facebook. Users who cross-linked social networking accounts were unintentionally responsible for the spam. Although Facebook reports on Pinterest spam messages were unfounded, Twitter posts revealed a high number of complaints regarding compromised accounts. The spam wave is losing momentum as users have bee...

“Activate the new security system” is a phishing scam targeting Italians

Ingenious phishing scam targets Italy’s post office and bank operator, Poste Italiane, with e-mails designed to con users into willingly give away authentication data to their online money accounts. The fake e-mail officially informs customers they can no longer use the prepaid PostePay service if they don’t activate the new web security system of Poste Italiane by August 16th 2013. Fig. 1 Bogus e-mail alle...

Brazilians Continue Under Heavy Phishing Attack with Banco Itau, Bradesco Impersonations

Fraud attempts are on the rise and Brazilians are in the cross hairs. Fraudsters use a variety of baits and send countless mails with attached phishing forms or misleading links to steal users’ critical financial data such as password, username, credit cards number, email address security code. Filling in the form gives crooks pretty much everything they need to access cash in the compromised accounts, impe...

Long-Term Scammers Target 2014 Glasgow Games

With 693 days until the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, according to their online countdown clock, organized cyber-crooks have already started spam campaigns with bogus Glasgow awards. Many scammers are organized professionals, whether operating from a small room in their parents’ house or a student condo. They monitor “business” trends, prepare holidays and events calendars, and launch phishing hooks well in a...

New Apple ID phishing attack targets your on- and off-line life

New phishing campaign that claims to safely change your Apple ID password is in fact fishing for gadget owners’ critical information. Apple customers are once again the target of a phishing campaign that attempts to collect log-in information. The message, disguised as a password reset message, lures victims to a phishing web page to “review” the original password. Making use of social engineering, the scam...

Online Fraud Earns Jail Time for German Felons

German authorities arrested a 23-year-old man who used a network of 187 fake online stores to make $1.36 million selling fictitious electric equipment and home appliances between November 2008 and August 2011. The cybercrime gang also launched a phishing campaign which asked users to verify their bank credentials because a possible virus attack might have left them vulnerable. More than 117 illegal transact...

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