PayPal Anti-Phishing – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

So, my recent blog about PayPal calling its own email phishing seems to have received a bit of attention. The Good In response, I got an email from their Principal Security Engineer who asked me for a copy of the email that was incorrectly identified as a phish so he could use it to help

PayPal and Phishing Continued: Grooming Phish Victims

In view of some of the discussion generated by Randy's blog on PayPal's "confession" of "phishing", it's refreshing to see a straightforward summary of the issue from the estimable Larry Seltzer for PC Mag (see http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2009/12/paypal_admits_to_phishing_its.php?sms_ss=twitter). PayPal's view of the issue seems equivocal. They've gone to some lengths to dismiss this issue as the agenda of

PayPal Admits to Phishing Users

Yes, it is true, I am not making this up. I do not believe that PayPal has stolen anything from users, but they have told me that their own email is phishing. Here’s what happened. I sent them one of their own legitimate emails and told them it was a bad idea to include a

The Perils of Craig’s List

Frankly, I am really amazed that Craig’s list has not been much more attacked. They must be doing something right. Still, the opportunities for social engineering attacks seem quite bountiful to me. So far the majority of scams I have heard about involve old fashioned attacks, like having someone send an item they sold after

PayPal Phishing

With the holiday purchasing season in full swing, expect to see a rise in PayPal phishing attacks. The bad guys know that there is a high likelihood of increased PayPal use. As we get closer to Christmas, the need for timely orders will increase. This will probably result in a lot more of the phishing

No Mule’s Fool

After a few years in the security business, it's easy to get a bit too used to the background noise, and forget that not everyone is familiar with concepts like phishing (see Randy's recent blog at http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/11/16/once-upon-a-cybercrime%e2%80%a6), or botnets ("whatever they are", as my brother said to me quite recently), or money mules. I've written

Once Upon a Cybercrime…

Recently ESET commissioned Competitive Edge Research and Communications, Inc. to conduct a study about attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of Americans with respect to cybercrime. There were some interesting results. One of the findings is that most American’s are not aware that cybercrime is linked to organized crime. Viruses and Trojans are no longer the purview

The Blame Game

I recently learned a new acronym: SODDI (Some Other Dude Did It). What this refers to is the defense that criminals routinely use (plausible deniability) – and even more so when it comes to illicit activities on the Internet. On Sunday, November 8th 2009 the Associated Press published an article regarding an individual that was

Ataques de phishing a Facebook generados por ZeuS

Como lo hemos mencionado en otras oportunidades, ZeuS constituye una de las botnets más populares y más grandes que actualmente se conocen, y se caracteriza fundamentalmente por sus esfuerzos en robar información privada de los usuarios, principalmente credenciales de acceso al home-banking. Sin embargo, no sólo se centra en obtener credenciales de acceso a cuentas

Hmmm, Phishing Works

Specifically spear-phishing, where the target is deliberately selected, as opposed to a random untargeted attack. An article at Dark Reading.com discusses the entirely unsurprising results of a test that concluded that the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Palm have essentially no protection against spear-phishing attacks. http://www.darkreading.com/insiderthreat/security/app-security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=221100150&cid=nl_DR_WEEKLY_T LinkedIn was used as the service to send a fake invitation

Phishing, the FBI, and Terror

In a recent speech given by Robert S. Mueller, III, Director of the FBI, he claimed that he had almost been the victim of a phishing attack targeting his bank account. Mueller went on to say that at his wife insistence he has since given up on-line banking. The article I saw was http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/FBI-Director-Nearly-Hooked-in-Phishing-Scam-Swears-Off-Online-Banking-616671/. It’s

The Truth About Cybercrime

I was quoted last month in an article at PC Retail (http://www.pcr-online.biz/features/305/The-truth-about-cyber-crime), which is nice. However, I just came across the notes I made at the time of the original enquiry/interview, most of which wasn’t used, so here are my full responses to the questions Andrew Wooden asked, in case they’re of interest. (Actually, they’re slightly expanded and I’ve

Truth, Fiction and HTTPS

Update, 19th October. I was recently contacted indirectly by Eddy Nigg of StartCom, who points out, quite rightly, that this issue is not specific to StartCom, nor a problem created by StartCom. He commented further in a comment to Dan Raywood’s article for SC Magazine arising from this blog entry, and I think it’s only

Código malicioso made in Brasil

En lo que a Latinoamérica respecta, el negocio del malware gestado desde Brasil es uno de los más activos en la actualidad, y las amenazas propagadas se encuentran orientadas al robo de información privada de los usuarios y fraudes en línea post infección, sobre todo phishing. Desde nuestro Laboratorio de Investigación hemos detectado una serie

Ataque de phishing a Twitter

Los ataques de phishing son muy comunes y no se limitan solamente a la obtención de información de índole financiera, motivo por el cual hace un tiempo atrás era muy habitual encontrar clonaciones de sitios web de entidades bancarias, sino que entran en el juego de los atacantes cualquier sitio web que ofrezca servicios y

The Faces of Cybercrime

I was recently reminded of the truism that security is about managing risk. You cannot eliminate all risk. When we think of cyber criminals we tend to think of phishers, criminal gangs writing malware to steal passwords, and eBay scammers. So we try to deal with “reputable” companies to eliminate the risk of theft and

Mugs and Muggings, Scams and Facebook

The estimable Gadi Evron has posted an article at DarkReading about a dialogue he was caught up in on Facebook. One of his contacts popped up in a Facebook Chat window and told him how she’d been been held at gunpoint and robbed in London, losing her credit card, cash and mobile phone. Well, having

Reporte de amenazas de mayo

Los problemas de infección por gripe porcina no sólo se limitan a la vida social de las personas sino que también captó la atención en los internautas para infectar sus equipos a través de Ingeniería Social. Sin lugar a dudas, mayo se caracterizó por este y otros temas en materia de malware, que a continuación

Phishing Persistence

Here’s something I haven’t noticed before (but then I don’t pay nearly as much attention to phishing messages as I used to, owing to the need to sleep occasionally). I’ve started to receive messages purporting to be from the Alliance and Leicester, in the UK. The messages are much the same, apart from the Subject

Ataque de phishing a través de Win32/Qhost

Existe una familia de códigos maliciosos que ESET NOD32 detecta bajo el nombre de Win32/Qhost; y en los últimos días se ha estado propagando por correo electrónico una nueva variante, detectada bajo el nombre de Win32/Qhost.NHM. Bajo la excusa de ser una tarjeta virtual, este troyano tipo banker que busca infectar los equipos de los

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