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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.

Beware scammers preying on Boston Marathon tragedy

In the wake of the cowardly and despicable bombings in Boston today, people who want to help need to be wary of appeals for money for victims or schemes like retweeting and “Likes” on Facebook.

Nine out of ten employees knowingly ignore cyber safety policies

The biggest cyber security problem large companies face could be employees – a survey reveals that nine out of ten employees knowingly ignore or violate their company’s data policies.

Android app store has serious clean-up with 60,000 apps removed

60,000 Android apps were removed from Google’s Play app store this February. Categories such as personalization (ringtone apps) were targeted heavily, with 12,277 deletions.

Don’t save that date – bogus wedding invitations are latest spam trend but also deja vu

Emailed wedding invitations have popped back up as a way to distribute malware Will this tactic join other malware-email staples like malicious tax season messages.

Criminal hacking continues to cause headaches for Yahoo members

Malicious spam may still be spreading across Yahoo! Mail accounts. We show you how to turn on the added verification process that Yahoo! offers.

Job Scams: Nice Work If You Can Get It

The new ESET blog format must be striking a real chord with people. At any rate, job offers are just pouring in. Except that they don’t seem to be jobs for security bloggers, or for web developers like the team that maintains this site.

Tax-related scams plague IRS and taxpayers

Answers to common questions about tax season scams in America and advice about fending off the malicious activity that seeks to exploit tax matters.

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.

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