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SMS phishing attackers continue to pursue Apple users

You would be wrong to think that this is just an attempt by the criminals to steal your Apple ID password – bad as that would be. It’s much worse than that.

My video, My first video, Private video: Don’t fall for this Facebook scam

My video, My first video, Private video: Don’t fall for this Facebook scam, which is infecting accounts around the world with a very high rate of success.

Buying Ray-Bans? Don’t fall for this Facebook scam

Recently, we’ve observed a new wave of scams on Facebook. Crooks are luring social network users to visit bogus Ray-Ban e-shops and buy heavily discounted sunglasses there. Victims’ payment card details are at risk.

Robocalls: where is RoboCop?

Robocalls: often a scam, usually a nuisance. Do you have to put up with them?

Support scams: What do I do now?

ESET’s David Harley returns to the theme of what to do if a scammer gets a foothold on your system – people are still worried about support scams.

The security review: Remtasu and Facebook cheat sheet

From an outbreak of malicious spyware to the UK’s bill on investigatory powers, here’s our comprehensive breakdown of cybersecurity news from the past week.

Prince Charming: The Valentine’s Day scammer

In this feature, we highlight some of the key tactics used by cybercriminals via online dating websites, helping you stay safe on Valentine’s Day.

Southwest Airlines flight giveaway scams spread on Facebook

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and even if there was… who likes airline food that much anyway?

Facebook at 12: Bigger, better and securer?

In recognition of Facebook’s 12th birthday and its 1.2 billion active users who still enjoy using it, a timely guide on how to keep your account secure.

Tech support scams: 3 steps to conning unsuspecting victims

Tech support scams are “still big business”, ESET’s David Harley has previously said. In this guide we look at how fraudsters dupe their victims into handing over cash, while also corrupting their devices.

WhatsApp scam extends into multiple countries and brands

IKEA, KFC, H&M and 7-Eleven are just a few popular brands that are being exploited by cybercriminals via WhatsApp. We take a closer look at this multi-country, multi-brand fraud.

Tech Support Scams: Top of the Pop-Ups

Support scams and fake alerts are still big business. We look at scammer psychology and a little parapsychology.

Criminals, linguistics, literacy and attribution

Linguistics and some form of textual analysis can be helpful in analysing malware and scams. Regional attribution, though, still requires caution.

Fake vouchers and WhatsApp: Analyzing a new scam trend

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen an increase in fake vouchers being spread via WhatsApp. This scam has all the hallmarks of a global campaign.

Support scams, malware and mindgames without frontiers

Introduction It might not have escaped your notice that I write quite a lot about support scams, an issue in which most commentators in the security industry take only sporadic interest and tend to regard as of only niche interest. (As when a scammer is damaging their brand or product in some way, for instance

Support Scammers and Self-Justification

Support scammers: old twisters, new twists, and scammer psychology.

Microsoft advises ‘spoofed’ Skype users to change passwords

Skype users have been advised by Microsoft to change their passwords following reports that ‘spoofed’ messages are being sent without user permission.

Phone Scams: Increasing Numbers, Wider Scope

There’s a lot more to phone scams than tech support, giving rise to an escalating number of complaints. Here’s what two recent reports tell us.

(More) Confessions of a Support Scammer

David Harley examines the latest confessions of a support scammer to appear on the web, this time from a Reddit Q&A.

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?

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