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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.

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

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