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Big companies still fall for social engineering “hacks” by phone – and it’s not getting better

Major companies such as Disney, Boeing and General Electric are still handing out information to “hackers” using the most basic tool of all – the human voice, according to a report on a competition at DefCon.

Tech support scam update: still flourishing, still evolving

[Update 30th October 2013: with regard to the ping gambit discussed below, please note that protection.com now responds to ICMP echo requests – in other words, if you now run the command “ping protection.com” you should now see a screen something like this: Note that this is perfectly normal behaviour for a site that responds

Rebuffed! Social site Buffer fights off onslaught of fruity weight-loss spam

An invasion of fruity posts offering miraculous weight loss flooded Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to the social sharing app Buffer – appearing on official accounts for companies such as Brussels Airlines and Startup Genome.

A dream job at a luxury store? Nope – just a clever $1.5 million phishing scam

Six Nigerian men have gone on trial today in London for an alleged phishing scam where job offers at London’s exclusive Harrods department store were used as “bait”.

Twitter faces fruit invasion as weight-loss spammers invade via Hootsuite

Twitter has been hit by a wave of spam promising “pure garcinia cambogia” – a vegetable extract used in weight loss supplements. High-profile accounts such as Jane Fonda’s fell victim, with attackers compromising Hootsuite accounts to gain entry.

Overconfident? Introverted? Study reveals personality traits of “perfect” phishing victims

A new study aims to identify the sort of people who are most likely to fall for phishing scams – and has found that women, introverts and the overconfident are more likely to confuse “real” email with phishing scams.

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

Spear-phishing attacks are “on the rise” warns FBI

Many industries are now being targeted by well-tailored spear-phishing scams, the FBI has warned, with emails containing accurate information about victims, harvested from social networks or from previous intrusions into the same network.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Where? – Academic Publishing Scams

[A shorter version of this article was originally published – without illustrations – on the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s eCrime blog.] Phishing attacks targeting academia aren’t the most high-profile of attacks, though they’re more common than you might think. Student populations in themselves constitute a sizeable pool of potential victims for money mule recruitment and other

Phishing “test” finds half of employees will take bait, says Atlantic Media CTO

Atlantic Media CTO Tom Cochran emailed employees a fake phishing email supposedly from “Google Apps”, and found that 58% clicked the link.

Instagram hit by fruity spam attack

Instagram users were bombarded with pictures of fruit over the weekend in a spam attack that swept the photo-sharing network.

FTC issues record $7.5m fine for calls to U.S. veterans on Do Not Call Registry

A telemarketing company has been hit with a $7.5m fine for repeatedly contacting people on the Do Not Call Registry – the largest civil penalty ever issued in a Do Not Call case.

Blizzard issues World of Warcraft security alert over auction house scams

Blizzard, makers of the hit online game World of Warcraft, issued a security alert today after a spate of unauthorized logins and player reports of “money laundering” scams.

Banks “ignore early warnings” of cyber attacks, says Australian security chief

Banks should look to spam emails and their own server errors as a source of information, says Nicholas Scott of National Australia Bank (NAB), speaking at the RSA Conference Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

Cybercriminals use photo-sharing to snare victims in auction scams, FBI warns

Cybercriminals are using online car auctions and photo-sharing services to dupe victims into downloading malware, the FBI has warned. Once infected, the victims are led to fake websites to buy cars – and when they pay up, the criminals vanish.

Support scam cold-calling: the next generation

Stop me if you’ve heard this before… While I was in London recently for the InfoSec exhibition and some other meetings, my wife received a call from a lady with a heavy Indian accent, who told her that she had errors on her computer caused by viruses, and offering to remove them for her. For a fee, of course…

Parents need to teach pre-school children to use the internet safely

Pre-school children should learn to get to grips with technology and its problems, argues David Harley, ESET Senior Research Fellow.

Preventable errors are behind most security breaches, says Verizon report

Most cyber attacks are simple and predictable, relying on basic tactics and preventable employee errors, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The problem is made worse by the fact that companies often take months or even years to detect such breaches.

Online PC Support scam: from cold calling to malware

Here’s a brazen fake antivirus program that falsely declares you are infected, then locks your screen and asks you call a toll free number for Support, which then asks you to pay to remove the fake infection.

Supermarket security breach puts 2.4 million credit cards at risk

Up to 2.4 million credit cards may have been compromised after St. Louis grocery chain Schnucks was targeted with malware, the chain revealed this week.

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