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SEO poisoning, Londoning and Icelanding

I was asked whether I'd seen SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisoning relating to the Icelandic eruption and the very widespread grounding of aircraft in Europe. Well, there were certainly attempts in March to exploit the earlier Eyjafjallajokull eruption in order to drive googlers interested in finding out more towards malicious web sites. So it would be naive

“Londoning”: Mugs and Muggings Revisited

Last summer (June 2009), I posted about an example of a very common scam that relies on the scammer gaining access to someone else's email or Facebook account, then sending messages to all their contacts claiming that they've been mugged while abroad on business or vacation, and need their friends to send them some money

Census Scams and ‘Grandparent Scams’

Two phone scams of a type that might be new to you: fake surveys asking dangerous questions, and a Londoning scam that seems to target seniors.

Some possibly interesting links and a very old new paper

If you regularly follow my blogs, you'll know that while this my primary blogspot, it isn't the only site to which I post (see signature for full details). Here are a few recent blogs and microblogs that may be of possible interest. @Mophiee asked me about the ICPP Trojan on Twitter (where I'm @ESETblog or

Social Media: 5 Unexpected Threats

…a piece at Discovery News about 5 Unexpected Threats of Online Social Networking…

New Documents

Just a quick note to draw your attention to a couple of new documents that have just become available. "AMTSOlutely fabulous" (sorry – it seemed like a good idea when I wrote it…) is a review of what the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization has achieved so far and what it might achieve in the future. It's

Armor-Piercing Rounds for Chain Mail

In my copious free time, I contribute to and in some cases maintain a number of other blogs (the ones with a security bias are listed in my signature here). The chainmail/hoax checking page at http://chainmailcheck.wordpress.com/ was specifically set up to explore a hoax/chainletter mitigation project that's still in the preparatory stages, but I've been posting

2013: a View to a Scam

There are plenty of scams effective enough to rate a warning or three, in the hope of alerting potential victims to the kind of gambit they use. And so, even though much of ESET’s business is focused on the bits and bytes of malicious software, I’ve spent a lot of time writing on WeLiveSecurity and

Phish Phood for Thought

In 2007, David Harley and Andrew Lee suggested at Virus Bulletin that poorly-designed phish quizzes did more harm than good. Has the picture changed much?

Facebook scams – the ‘classics’ and how to avoid them

But some things on Facebook haven’t changed – namely, the scams. It’s not that cybercriminals are unoriginal – it’s just that there are a few Facebook scams which work again and again. Here’s why.

Tax Scams, Malware, Phishing and a 419

A roundup of scam information, including a tax scams article, email with a link to malware, a phish, and the worlds laziest 419.

The London Scam and the Londonderry Air

My colleagues at ESET Ireland, report that an all-too-familiar scam is currently hitting Irish mailboxes. I’ve talked about it at some length here previously – for instance here and here – but here’s a quick summary. Someone, apparently someone you know (a friend or a family member) contacts you to tell you that they’ve been

Avoid Election Season Scams: Donations and cruises to avoid

As the Better Business Bureau recently warned, scam artists are gearing up for the Presidential election season. So what pitfalls do consumers face during the final stretch of campaigning, on computers and on the phone? Recently, we’ve seen examples of phony phone calls, phony websites seeking donations, and there may be more to come. Regular

Icelandic 419, Smoke, Ashes, and Mirrors

I've just blogged at a site that specializes in chainletter-related spam and scams about a 419-type spam  that masquerades as an email from the non-existent Frank Adam at the Civil Aviation Authority.,It's aimed at people whose air travel was disrupted by the Icelandic volcano, specifically those who found themselves stranded somewhere on mainland Europe. However, I thought

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