The FBI has issued a warning about an email scam that attempts to extort money from unwitting recipients. The emails say the recipient is the subject of a criminal investigation and that charges will be pressed soon. The messages go …
In less than two weeks, the long-awaited Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) will finally go into effect after four long years of humming and hawing by the Canadian government. There are many – I included – who are crying “it’s …
Both the Security Exchange Commission and security experts are warning investors about a sharp increase in penny stock spam. Penny stock spam has been around forever and has cost many people a lot of money. Scammers send out emails claiming …
In a classic example of truly dirty pool, one of the latest ways attackers are convincing victims to install the Zeus malware is to send users links to the malware stored in Dropbox accounts. Attackers are now trading on victims’ gullibility and their general trust of the file sharing service. Dropbox, which is growing in popularity amongst consumers and businesses alike, is not considered a malicious or even a suspicious website. More and more enterprises are using Dropbox to share data. Attackers are banking on this fact and that potential victims are becoming accustomed to accessing shared data from others with whom they collaborate via dropbox.com links.
According to security researchers, Q2 experienced a huge uptick in spam. Why? Many think it’s related to the fact that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April. The 13 year old OS will no longer be patched or updated, …
On Monday 2 June 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced that they had successfully taken down a botnet used to distribute the Gameover ZueS malware, and servers used by the Cryptolocker malware. Gameover ZeuS is a password stealing Trojan that focuses on banking sites, while Cryptolocker is what is called ransomware; encrypting users data and extorting a ransom from them in exchange for the keys to decrypt their data.
It sounds unbelievable but it’s true. Pavel Vrublevsky was the spamming mastermind behind the Festi botnet, a DDoS attack against a Russian airline that cost it millions, and one of the country’s largest pharmacy spam networks. He was one of …
Just a couple of days ago, the Department of Justice announced that a legal action involving international cooperation had made a real difference by taking down Cryptolocker, but any relief this provided to the general public seems short-lived, as there’s a new piece of ransomware out there now. It’s called Cryptowall, and as you might have guessed, it is just as nasty as Cryptolocker. Operating primarily through malvertising, Cryptowall is the culmination of a one-two punch. Here’s how people fall victim, and what you need to know about it.
A new spam campaign in Japan is making use of an old consumer warning. It’s not selling anything or pushing malware, it’s what’s known as scare spam. The included links probably give some spammer increased ad revenue, but that’s it. …
In a landmark case, EU judges have awarded a man unspecified damages after he sued UK retailer John Lewis for spamming him. The man, Roddy Mansfield, claimed the company started spamming him after he registered on their website. He claims …
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