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Mattel exec falls for $3 million con by fake CEO

A finance executive of US toymaker Mattel fell victim to a phishing scam that fooled him into wiring $3 million to a Chinese bank. Just when you thought phishing schemes couldn’t get trickier, you stumble on this story and can’t help thinking “Wow, that email must have been convincing!” .Here's why the scam worked: Good timing and credibility - it was signed by the recently appointed CEO, enough reason to s...

Seagate employees at risk of identity theft after employee data disclosed

Past and present US employees of data storage firm Seagate are learning to face the facts: their identities may now be in the hands of a criminal gang, after the company revealed that a phishing attack had successfully stolen personal and tax information. Source: Wikipedia  It appears that an employee was tricked into sending W-2 tax forms (which include such sensitive information as workers' social securit...

Beware malicious invoices spammed out via email

It's been over 20 years since the first Word macro virus reared its ugly head and pulled the carpet from underneath the feet of computer users worldwide. Up until then, it was pretty easy to know what to look out for - executable files (normally .EXE or .COM) and floppy disk boot sectors. But macro viruses changed all that, infecting the templates inside Microsoft Office files - Word documents, Excel spread...

Fax notification email aims to infect your PC

Computer users have often been warned to be wary of opening unsolicited email attachments because of the risk of malware infection, and yet many continue to be infected via precisely this method. In other words, the malicious hackers attempting to infect your PC don't need to take advantage of any zero-day exploits in your software, all they need to do is concoct the right camouflage for their email to fool...

Ashley Madison Scams: Extremely Convincing and Dangerous

37 million people were registered to online dating site Ashley Madison before it got hacked. Intimate details about millions of users were exposed to the world. Embarrassment, million-dollar lawsuits, bounties on hacker heads and alleged suicides soon followed.   The media took full advantage of the juicy story, of course. But journalists aren’t the only ones. Scammers also paid attention, targeting those i...

First Ransomware Disguised as Windows 10 Upgrade, Bitdefender Warns

Don’t be fooled by fake emails offering updates to operating systems and other software! Cyber-extortionists are trying to take advantage of the millions of people looking for a free system upgrade to Windows 10. Cybercriminals are spreading CTB Locker via fake emails claiming to install Windows 10 kits, Bitdefender Antispam Labs found. Attackers demand 2 Bitcoins (worth $600) be paid within 96 hours to res...

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...

Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware, malware researchers from Bitdefender Labs found. Interestingly, hackers have resorted to a less “fashionable,” yet highly effective trick to automatically execute malware on a victim’s machine and encrypt its contents – malicious .chm attachments. Chm is an extension for the Compiled H...

Banking Trojan Lurking Inside Innocent Fax Messages, Bitdefender Warns

A massive spam wave is installing banking Trojan Dyreza on tens of thousands of computers to steal sensitive financial data from unsuspecting customers, Bitdefender malware analysts warn. The malicious spam messages carry links to HTML files. The files link to URLs directing to highly obfuscated Javascript code that automatically downloads a zip archive from a remote location. Interestingly enough, each dow...

CTB Locker Ransomware Targets French Companies

A spam campaign delivering CTB Locker is targeting employees from French companies, Bitdefender researchers found. The  spam e-mails  carry an attachment,a .cab file and a message claiming to be from a co-worker of the victim . The e-mails look like authentic bills and  are allegedly sent to management departments.   The e-mails invite people to open the .cab file, an auto-executable Microsoft archive. Once...

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