Tag Archive | "scammers"


10 June 2008 | 12,714 views

Virus Variant Extorts You by Encrypting Your Files

Malware authors are getting sneaky again, in the latest turn of events they have started encrypting your files and holding them at ransom! You have to pay up to get the ‘decryptor’ and get access to your files again. This is pretty dangerous…and cunning too. It’s not easily broken either, they are using RSA 1024-bit [...]

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22 May 2008 | 3,584 views

Spammers Target Social Networking Sites

It makes sense, spammers will follow whatever is popular, wherever the social mass is at and reading they will bombard. In the earlier days Myspace was a big target, now they are moving on to other sites such as Facebook. Social networking sites are an ideal place for spammers as they can exploit the trust [...]

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10 April 2008 | 7,530 views

Spammers Harnessing Web Mail Servers – Gmail & Yahoo! Throttled

It seems like spammers are now moving to automated spam via popular web mail services as a way to bypass IP-blacklisting services. It’s a large advantage for them as they can still use botnet sources to generate the e-mail but the source IP address will be from a ‘trusted’ domain such as Gmail or Yahoo!. [...]

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21 January 2008 | 8,313 views

Perl.com Sends Visitors to P*rn Site!

Another tale to do with advertising, it just goes to show it’s really not a good idea to run JavaScript from a 3rd party source on your site, especially if you don’t want your visitors redirected to a p*rn site! This is just what happened to Perl.com a few days ago. Visitors to Perl.com, the [...]

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27 November 2007 | 4,623 views

UK Consumers Lose Faith in ‘Phished’ Brands

It seems Phishing is have effects in ways that weren’t originally obvious, it comes back to the same topic we generally discuss here when it comes to security and consumers. IGNORANCE. Someone consumers see a Phishing attempt from ‘Brand X‘ as a negative against that brand…even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the [...]

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24 October 2007 | 3,259 views

The Next Evolution – GFI Uncovers MP3 Spam

If you remember a while back we mentioned PDF & Image Attachment Spam – The New Problem with E-mail, now we have another ‘innovation’ in spamming.. MP3 spam! It seems they are using it for the same old pump and dump tactics (Microcap stock fraud) to artificially inflate stock prices then sell out fast. Spammers [...]

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06 February 2007 | 5,191 views

Spam on the Increase – Image Spam Accounting for More

As always, spam filters get better and smarter, but so do spammers..and frankly spammers have more to gain by beating the spam filters so they always work harder and think in more innovative ways. As they get their spam resembling real emails more and more, the spam filters become less accurate. On top of that [...]

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13 January 2007 | 7,619 views

Rock Phish Group Accounts for 50% of Online Scams?

It seems common in most things, and it’s the same in infosec and especially malware, phishing and spam. The majority of malware, phishing attacks and spam mails are coming from the same few sources, I’d say it’s a case of 80/20. 20% of the people are sending 80% of the messages, one of the big [...]

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30 October 2006 | 7,098 views

Anti-Spyware Groups Still Require Legislation

Cyber and computer laws are always a grey area, they tend to be very vague and don’t cover specific technologies. Spam is a good example, look at how long we’ve been getting spammed, and it’s been a SERIOUS problem for at least the last 5 years, spam legislation has only started coming in to effect [...]

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04 August 2006 | 4,765 views

419 Scammers Duplicate Interpol Site

Scammers are getting more inventive and so it seems more technically advanced. They have actually duplicated the Interpol site to dupe people. 419 advanced fee scammers have created an exact copy of the Interpol website, which is expected to be used to dupe victims into believing they are dealing with the real International Criminal Police [...]

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