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Week in Security: Grief for gamers, Unicorn spotted – and America wakes up

Cybercriminals once again had gamers in their sights this week, with leaks of multiple account details and a new Steam scam – but there was good news in the form of upgraded security on Whatsapp, and dawning awareness on privacy.

Facebook scams – ‘Naked woman eaten by shark’ is latest bait

The latest salacious video – promising ‘Naked Woman Eaten by a Shark’ – is just one in a long chain of viral video scams spread via Faceboook.

Steam gamers targeted with ‘free screensaver’ phishing scam

Gamers on the popular Steam gaming service have been targeted with phishing scams via the service’s popular Marketplace – with apparent ‘bargains’ offering a sting in the tail.

Realistic looking phishing websites work 45% of the time, Google claims

Google has teamed up with the University of California in San Diego to publish surprising new research about phishing, how effective it is and how scammers work their phishing operations.

Support Scammers: Hoping to Reign in Spain?

More about the support scammer trend towards finding victims in Spain who aren’t fluent English speakers.

Snapchat privacy – spam deluge may make users feel fat

Concerns over Snapchat privacy rocketed this week after users were bombarded with spam messages written in a style which suggests that a user’s own friends think they are overweight.

Support Scams: Expect the Scammish Inquisition*

An update on support scams: but are the scammers looking for fresh fields and posturings new?

Facebook to start charging $2.99/month? It’s nonsense!

Thousands of Facebook addicts are feverishly sharing a “news report” claiming that from November 1st you’ll be paying $2.99 every month to access the site.

Week in security: Free iPhone scams target eager fans

This week offered a lesson in how cybercriminals follow the news, and time their attacks to dupe the unwary – with several different attacks aimed at iPhone fans, in the week where Apple unveiled its iPhone 6.

Scottish independence poll – warning over phishing scams

This Thursday, September 18, is the biggest day in Scottish political history, as the country votes on whether it should become independent from the United Kingdom – but an ESET security expert has warned cybercriminals could strike.

eBay scam: site ‘slow to react’ after iPhone phishing attack

The dangers of clicking on links in eBay scam postings were highlighted after a fake posting advertising iPhones linked to a phishing site designed to steal usernames and passwords for the site.

Free iPhone 6 Facebook scam does the rounds, right on time

Facebook scams tend to crop up in the run-up to a big Apple launch with around the same regularity as big Apple launches themselves. This week’s iPhone 6 launch is no exception.

MH17 plane crash victims exploited by cold-hearted scammers

The sad truth is that scammers and fraudsters don’t have any conscience, and are prepared to do anything if it might net them a rich reward.

So it’s no surprise to see them taking advantage of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

TorrentLocker now targets UK with Royal Mail phishing

Three weeks ago, iSIGHT Partners discovered a new Ransomware encrypting victims’ documents. They dubbed this new threat TorrentLocker. TorrentLocker propagates via spam messages containing a link to a phishing page where the user is asked to download and execute “package tracking information”. In August, only Australians were targeted with fake Australian Post package-tracking page. While

YouTube scam warning after fake “suspension” emails strike users

A YouTube scam where users are threatened with suspension for an unspecified “violation” of the video site’s guidelines has been circulating via email. Here’s what to do if you get one.

Data breach in South Korea hits 27 million – half the population

A data breach of staggering proportions has hit South Korea – involving 27 million people and 220 million private records – all bought from hackers with the goal of stealing money from online games.

Google Images hacked? Searches fill with morbid image

An image of a Russian car crash has piled up in Google Images – leading to speculation that the service has been hacked. What’s less clear is why, or who might have done it.

Week in security: Nuclear attack, scareware back and traffic-light hack

This week saw two of the scariest targets for hacks ever – nuclear plants and city-wide traffic systems. Tthe traffic-light hack could basically have paralyzedany one of 40 American cities, and America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past three years.

Traffic light – ‘easy’ to hack whole city’s systems

The most famous traffic light ‘hack’ in history is in the classic film, The Italian Job (1969), where the heist involves paralyzing Turin via its traffic control system – but the reality is much easier.

Gamescom: How gaming grew up into a target for crime

Video games have gone since the late 1970s and early 1980s from being a small offshoot of the “traditional” computing industry to becoming a full-fledged multi-billion dollar industry – with its own brand of criminal.

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