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Brits Give Up Passwords For a £5 Gift Voucher

So it turns out you don’t need any fancy password cracking software like John the Ripper or Cain and Abel you just need a handful of £5 gift vouchers for Marks and Spencers! But we had discussed this in part before, some people will give out their passwords if you just ask, some if you […]

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Google Calendar a New Target for Phishing

It seems like the Phishing crews at trying to get some new ideas on how to con people into giving away their credentials and leaking info. The latest target appears to be Google Calendar. As always be on your guard as these scams are coming from all directions. A few months ago, spam came to […]

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‘Untraceable’ Phone Frauders Vishing for Credit Cards

Vishing, now there’s a new term for you. Basically its Phishing – but utilising VoIP call services, which makes it very easy to spoof the Caller ID. Even though Caller ID Spoofing was Made Illegal in the USA – people will still continue to do it, remember the FCC said it’s still easy to spoof […]

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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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Chocolate Owns Your Passwords

The same old story, if you ask people for something they will most likely give it without thinking of the consequences.. Even more so if you are a pretty girl, and in this case you offer someone chocolate. Hey who doesn’t love chocolate? I have to say I don’t love it enough to give out […]

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Multilingual Worm Spreads Over MSN Messenger

Another MSN worm spreading with the same tactics as usual, “Wanna see my pictures before i send em to facebook?” and so on. The only really interesting thing about this worm is it sends the message in the language of the locale installed on the infected machine, this is pretty intelligent and is much more […]

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Doubleclick Involved in Malware Distribution

We recently reported on thousands of people being hooked by big sites distributing malware, it now seems Doubleclick was the one at fault. It’s a pretty neat trick and a good spin on Social Engineering leveraging on the trustworthy nature of the sites. CNN even? Rogue anti-spyware software that pushes fraudulent PC scans has found […]

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Thousands Hooked by Malware from Big Sites

If I recall this is not the first time this has happened, delivering viral payloads via banner ads and flaws in scripting. It seems that malware peddlers are getting more aggressive though, it obviously shows there is actual monetary value in infecting people and stealing their data. A subtle form of social engineering too, by […]

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Trojan Mimicks Windows Activation Interface – KardPhisher

Recently a new Trojan popped up that mimics the Windows activation interface, phishing for credit card details and even the PIN number. The Trojan itself isn’t particularly advanced technically, it’s mostly just a social engineering attack. Symantec is reporting on a Trojan horse that mimics the Windows activation interface. What they are calling Trojan.Kardphisher doesn’t […]

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Social Engineering Gets a Big Jewel Heist

It just goes to show, sometimes the simple things are the most effective. A box of chocolates can defeat all the most hi-tech security systems if you add a little charm. 21 million Euros of diamonds, that’s one hell of a catch. A thief has evaded one of the world’s most expensive hi-tech security systems, […]

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