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Support Scams On The Rise (2)

The problem with preventing such scams is that social engineering is very lo-tech in nature, requiring little in the way of technical resources and investment. Scammers are relying on the victims naivety, to grant them access to their computer and credit card details, so there’s very little a security company can do to prevent them,

Ohhhh Free Money!!!

I received the following email recently: Greetings, Please forgive me for the unofficial way of reaching you via email Contacting you is the only option left to me due to the doctors report on my deteriorating health condition which raised a lot of worries regarding some amount of money i secured in Iraq. For you

GoGo Gone

So, this is the first blog entry I have ever written and posted from an airplane. Until the end of July, Alaska airlines has free wi-fi on some of their flights. Not all of the planes are wi-fi enabled. The provider is called GoGo. One of the first things I noticed is that even though

A New Scam?

David Harley sent me a link to an article about a scam I wasn’t familiar with. I wouldn’t really call it a scam, it is more a diversionary and blocking tactic after a victim’s account has been compromised, but it may be an indicator of an attack. According to Wired (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/05/telephony-dos), what happens is that

The Juror Scam

I recently received a summons for Jury duty. The date I was supposed to appear on coincides with a date I am scheduled to be out of the country. In Seattle they really put computers to good use. I was able to go online and reschedule the date of my jury duty. What caught my

Health Coverage Scams

The front page of USA Today has a headline titled “Health coverage scams spread”. A common theme is that a company offers health insurance for a price that is much lower than what major, well known insurance companies charge. It’s the old “if it looks too good to be true…” scam all over again. In

iPad scammers target the unwary

The Apple iPad is the current gadget du jour amongst the digerati and has been seeing strong presales, with estimates as high as 150,000 units on the first day.  With such attention in the media and the blogosphere, it is no wonder that both legitimate businesses and scammers have taken to using it as bait

Haiti Help Resources

Update: more resources I picked up on  a security list just now (I'm drowning in email here!) Apologies for any duplication. Update 2: more additions below. @imaguid pointed out in a microblog that there's a pattern to the use of social engineering around disasters like the Haiti earthquake:  "first comes the tragedy, then malware purveyors exploiting the

Holiday Shopping Deadlines

In just a couple of weeks you will be out of time to shop online and have that gift delivered in time for the holiday. I expect that there will be a surge in phishing attacks designed to take advantage of the panic factor. You get an email that says something to the effect that

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

Research and the Art of the Obvious

We know that spam works: well, it works well enough for spammers to keep devoting time and money into pumping sewage into the arteries of the internet. The interesting question is why does it work? The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), a global coalition of network operators and messaging providers who do some vital work

Anti-Antimalware: Faking It, Not Really Making It

Update: a quick tip of the hat to Steven, who sent us a URL for a somewhat related blog about problematic premium text services. Speaking of the 2008 report, here’s another extract, this time about fake antimalware. "We expect to see increasing volume and sophistication in criminal attempts to extort money from end users in

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