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.

Android “master key” leaves 900 million devices vulnerable, researchers claim

Up to 900 million devices running Android could be affected by a new vulnerability which would allow cybercriminals “full control” over affected handsets, Bluebox Labs has warned.

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

Know who your Friends are: Staying safe on social sites

Making a mistake on Facebook or other social sites can cost a great deal – either in terms of accidental “oversharing”, or allowing a cybercriminal access to your computer.

Gaming giant Ubisoft falls victim to breach – user emails and passwords at risk

Game publisher Ubisoft has fallen victim to a website hack, which exposed data including email addresses, user names and encrypted passwords.

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.

The Home Campaign: overstaying its welcome

The Home Campaign is a malware campaign that uses a modified variant of Darkleech to direct visitors to the Blackhole exploit kit. We want to give a better idea of the size and extent of this campaign.

Natural gas plants in U.S. face wave of brute force cyber attacks

Cybercriminals have targeted U.S. energy companies with a wave of brute force cyber attacks, according to the Industrial Control Systems Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).

More malware targeting crypto-currencies: Litecoin stealing Trojan found

Bitcoin is not the only crypto-currency targeted by malware now that a Trojan designed to steal Litecoins has been discovered. In this post we review recent discoveries in malware impacting digital money.

Business secrets being stolen on “industrial scale” says UK spy agency chief

Every month, around 70 sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns target government or industry networks, Sir Iain Lobban, head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said.

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.

Smart device security on vacation

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.

Man of Steel movie streams used as bait for Slideshare spam pages

Hit movies such as Man of Steel and World War Z have been used as bait to lure victims to spam pages on sharing site Slideshare, according to a report in The Register this week.

Carberp source code leak “could lead to new wave of attacks”

The source code for banking malware Carberp has been released online – raising the possibility a new wave of attacks using variants of the sophisticated Trojan.

Google identifies 10,000 phishing and malware sites every day

Google’s Safe Browsing program is now flagging 10,000 suspect websites per day, the search giant announced in a blog post

Social Engineering, Management, and Security

A BYOD dissonance between economic imperative and loss of central control? Discontented staff susceptible to social engineering? David Harley reflects on aspects of Business Reimagined, a new book by Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, interivewed by Ross McGuinness in Metro.

Security never takes a holiday: 5 tips for cybersecurity on vacation

More people will be enjoying more digital devices on holiday trips this year than ever before, so we’ve rounded up the top tips for protecting your technology on the road, so you can enjoy a safer, less stressful vacation.

Tips for securing your household’s multiple digital devices

Summer is here and school is out, what better time to take a look at improving the cyber protection on all of your household’s many digital devices?

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.

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