Archive | Spammers & Scammers


06 November 2008 | 3,635 views

Malware Authors Jumping on the Obama Bandwagon

No surprise here, the malware authors are leveraging on the social engineering aspect of the US presidential elections. In less than half a day Google Adwords adverts and custom malware was popping up conning users into a sense of security by using Obama’s name. Malware purveyors have wasted no time capitalizing on Barack Obama’s landslide […]

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04 November 2008 | 11,304 views

Twitter Squatting – The New Domain Jacking?

It seems the latest target for spammers, opportunists and those into Domain Squatting is the registration of interesting or possibly valuable Twitter usernames. Twitter has exploded recently as a new ‘micro-blogging’ platform and it works really well, especially when combined with more traditional blogging and the host of tools that have been build around Twitter […]

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20 October 2008 | 12,039 views

DarkMarket Carding (Credit Card Fraud) Site Part of FBI Sting

You may remember the story about the Pro ATM Hacker ‘Chao’ and his Tips a while back, apparently that was the start of a big global sting operation on credit card fraud. Chao was admin/moderator on a community of carders (where they bought/sold stolen credit card info) called DarkMarket and the first to be busted, […]

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16 October 2008 | 5,100 views

E-mail Scammers Target Microsoft Users

Microsoft users are being targeted again by malware via e-mail, scammers/spammers never give up and for once the e-mail looks fairly legitimate. Usually this kind of ‘baitware’ is riddled with terrible grammar and horrible spellings, do make sure you brief the less security aware friends you have about this though just in case. Email scams […]

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10 October 2008 | 5,521 views

Symantec to Buy MessageLabs (Email Spam and Web Traffic Filter)

Some interesting security industry news, it seems like Symantec is really setting itself up to be the Microsoft of the security world. They are buying up anything and everything and merging it into the Symantec borg…things that are successful of course. Their latest acquisition is the popular MessageLabs, a good example of both cloud computing […]

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30 September 2008 | 34,677 views

Pro ATM Hacker ‘Chao’ Gives Out ATM Hacking Tips

It seems like ATM hacking is still the way to go for those into a bit of hardware hacking. One of the most notorious and well known ATM hackers was recently arrest in Turkey and a list of his tips discovered online where he also sold the ATM skimming equipment. Well his tips can’t be […]

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24 September 2008 | 3,203 views

Intercage – Spam/Malware Friendly ISP Back Online

There has been a big hoo-haa recently about a US ISP called Intercage who have said to have been harbouring spammers and scammers via their largest client an Eastern European webhost called Esthost. Their plug got pulled 2 days ago by the upstream provider IP transit provider UnitedLayer after weeks of criticism from the community […]

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05 September 2008 | 3,504 views

Twitter Targeted by Malware Distributors

This one is of interest to me as I do actually use Twitter as a microblogging service and to keep up with what various friends are up to. It’s quite an interesting wep app especially paired with something like Twitterfox in your browser and Twibble in your mobile phone. It must have made it big […]

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03 September 2008 | 3,708 views

Productive Botnets

We all know what botnets are (think so), but anyway let’s see a proper definition of botnets taken from shadowserver… and I quote: A botnet is a collection of computers, connected to the internet, that interact to accomplish some distributed task. Although such a collection of computers can be used for useful and constructive applications, […]

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06 August 2008 | 6,870 views

HD Moore’s Company BreakingPoint Suffers DNS Attack

It’s somewhat ironic that shortly after the Kaminsky DNS bug went wild and almost immediately got ported into Metasploit that it was then used to attack HD Moore’s very own company BreakingPoint. It happened just a couple of days ago, it doesnt seem to have been a targeted attack though more like mass spammers/scammers leveraging […]

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