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Phishbait: not so much a Smile as a rictus

Below, you can see the textual part of a bank phishing email I received today (it also contained a Smile logo, which was the only graphical content).  Here’s the message text from the phishing email:  Dear Account Holder, Do you know that with Smile Internet banking, you can eliminate the cost of receiving and transferring

Scam conference invites: a tale of several cities

An invite to a conference in California proves to be a scam, and a very similar spam claims the very same conference is taking place in New York in March.

It’s a wonderful hoax

In a world where nothing seems to be constant but change, it’s good to know that there are, in fact, some things that change fairly slowly. Unfortunately, readiness to believe and spread hoaxes is one of them.

Mystery shopper scam: misery shopping

Money for nothing? Don’t believe it: a variation on the Mystery Shopper scam that misuses the Pinecone Research brand.

2013 Forecast: Malware, scams, security and privacy concerns

What does the New Year hold for information security, malicious software, consumer privacy and cybercrime? Questions of this mature are posed by journalists toward the end of every year and, beginning about November, answers from security specialists start to appear in print. Indeed, ESET researchers in Latin America published a 20-page white paper on this

Phishing and the Smile on the Face of the Tiger

Two rough and ready phishing emails that nevertheless tell us a great deal about the social engineering underlying more sophisticated, graphic-rich scams.

UK Information Commissioner targets spammers

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 ($713,000) for bombarding the public with millions of unlawful spam texts over a period of three years. It’s the first time that the ICO has used its power to issue a monetary penalty for a serious breach of the UK Privacy

The guide to safer online shopping

Many of us now buy goods and services online for the convenience and savings. The experts at ESET put together this guide to safer online shopping so you get the goods you want, and no nasty surprises. Tune your shopping machine Like the tune-up your car gets before a long drive, your laptop may need

Diamonds are forever, and so are investment scams

Tempted to invest in colour diamonds or collectible bottles of wine? That irresistible offer could be a boiler room scam.

Premium Rate Scams and Hoaxes

Not all premium scam alerts are useful, but that doesn’t mean that premium rate telephone scams aren’t a significant problem.

New Support Scam Gambits: Frozen Virus a Frozen Turkey

New variations on the ‘pay us to fix your non-existent viruses’ scam: Windows Indexing, the Frost Virus, and scam globalization.

Support Scams and the Surveillance Society

Even if you really do have an infected system, it doesn’t mean that anyone who rings out of the blue knows as much about you and your PC as they want you to think.

Online Shopping and a Phishing Pheeding Phrenzy [2]

Phishing scams and online shopping. Part 2 of a three-part article on phishing scams old and new, and some of the ways to recognize the baited hook.

How’s your cyber security awareness? Or, do we really need security training?

As you may know, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in America, which is a good time to ask yourself how aware you are when it comes to threats to your digital devices and personal information.

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

Ransomware Part II: not just an Irish problem

More on the Gaelic ransomware, and how to spot ransomware in your own language, even if you aren’t Irish.

Misusing VERIFY (and other support scam tricks)

After Event Viewer, ASSOC, INF, PREFETCH and Task Manager, it seems that VERIFY is the latest system utility to be misused by PC tech support scammers.

.ASIA domain name scams still going strong

Today I received the following message in my inbox, claiming to be from the Asian Domain Registration Service and warning me that the eset brand was in danger of being registered by a third-party.   Here is the message I received, which I’ve included in its entirety, except for a few bits: Received: from mail.umail168.cn4e.com

Scareware on the Piggy-Back of ACAD/Medre.A

There are always people who want to piggy-back on the achievements of others. After ESET warned the public against ACAD/Medre.A in two blogs here and here  and issued a free standalone cleaner for remediation, there was always the possibility that drawing attention to the issue would result in the topic being misused for other purposes.

Back to school scams? They may be just around the corner

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on a blog post about the need to keep your data and devices safe on summer travels, I got an email from Apple letting me know that now was a great time to buy a Mac for college. I don't plan to go back to college at

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